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Going The Distance (DIPC)

Going The Distance (DIPC)

Deane “Smudge” Smith of Jump4Heroes — the man behind the Poppy Proximity Flying video from Veterans Day — competing in one of the distance rounds at the third annual Dubai International Parachuting Championship (DIPC) at Skydive Dubai. Photo by Bruno Brokken. View Photo »
Distance Battles in Dubai (DIPC)

Distance Battles in Dubai (DIPC)

Following the Mad Swooping Skills video I posted earlier this week, here’s a mix of the canopy formation, formation skydiving, and canopy piloting rounds from Day 3 of the third annual Dubai International Parachuting Championship (DIPC) at Skydive Dubai. Keep your eyes peeled at 4:43 for some swooping carnage. Oh, and a rant from the... Watch Video »
Mad Swooping Skills in Dubai (DIPC)

Mad Swooping Skills in Dubai (DIPC)

After two weeks of intense competition (and a few injuries), the third annual Dubai International Parachuting Championship at Skydive Dubai is a wrap. The stakes were high this year with a staggering purse of $775,000! This is Benjamin Forde’s edit from the last day of the comp. Congrats to Curt Bartholomew for taking the overall... Watch Video »
The Swooping Of The Lambs

The Swooping Of The Lambs

Extreme sheep herding at it’s finest. I suddenly have a craving for lamb chops, some fava beans and a nice chianti. This reminds me of Jonathan Tagle swooping a camel in the Dubai desert. Watch Video »
Swooping The Pond... With A Hang Glider?!

Swooping The Pond... With A Hang Glider?!

Ok, so this isn’t a skydiving or BASE jumping video, and it isn’t exactly a pond either. But it was too good not to share. Have you ever seen a hang glider swoop over water like this? I think this guy should challenge Nick Batsch and his JPX Petra to a distance duel. Watch Video »
New Skydiving Toy: The Wingman Cam

New Skydiving Toy: The Wingman Cam

Who needs Goose or Jester from Top Gun when you have the Wingman Cam, a new flying camera platform (FCP) for GoPro cameras (or any other small format cameras). Although it’s used primarily by paragliders, Jeff Provenzano of the Red Bull Air Force takes his new toy out for a few spins on a parachute... Watch Video »
Friday Freakout: Synchronized Swooping Fail

Friday Freakout: Synchronized Swooping Fail

A brilliant display of synchronized swooping. “Just flare when I flare… biff when I biff.” Great team work guys; real friends stick together to the very end. Watch Video »
Best Idea Ever… Swoop 'n Slide

Best Idea Ever… Swoop 'n Slide

No, really! Best. Idea. Ever. What better way to cool off on a hot summer’s day at Skydive Arizona than to swoop a 200-foot slip and slide. Just another day at the office for Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School — the same guy responsible for setting his parachute on fire and skydiving with a... Watch Video »
Skydiving Fun in the Everglades

Skydiving Fun in the Everglades

Chris Regan put together this collection of tracking jumps, heli jumps, hybrid jumps, freeflying, swooping, and tons-o-fun at the 2011 Everglades Boogie at Skydive Air Adventures in Clewiston, Florida. When and where was the last boogie you went to? Watch Video »
Swooping For Silver at The World Cup

Swooping For Silver at The World Cup

This is how it’s done! Jason Moledzki of the PD Factory Team swooping — and taking 2nd place in accuracy — at the 2011 FAI World Cup Canopy Piloting. Photo by Bruno Brokken. Check out Bruno’s breathtaking sunset canopy flock photo and his hilarious Fun Jumper vs. Tandem Factory video — winner of the 2010... View Photo »
Skydiver's Barrel Roll Landing Close To Ground

Skydiver's Barrel Roll Landing Close To Ground

What do you get when using your rears and harness close to the ground on a Velo 90? A barrel roll that scares the shit out of everyone watching. This must be more fun than the dizzying 1080 swoop I posted last week. Some might say Ryan has big balls for trying this, while others... Watch Video »
Swooping Like A Boss

Swooping Like A Boss

Michael Vaughan swooping like a boss in yet another stunning shot from the Icarus Canopies (by NZ Aerosports) Summer Photo Competition. Photo via Icarus Canopies. View Photo »
Dizzying 1080 Degree Swoop

Dizzying 1080 Degree Swoop

Gettin’ dizzy just watching this skydiver crank out a 1080 degree hook turn while swooping. This reminds me of Nick Batsch’s hook turns on a 2.97 wingload when he was testing the JPX Petra 69 prototype from Icarus Canopies. Watch Video »
The Swooping Matrix: Reloaded

The Swooping Matrix: Reloaded

Remember the original The Matrix: Swooping pic I posted a few months ago? Well here’s a similar time-lapse shot of Max “Lovestoswoop” Krampe swooping his Icarus VX104, only this time from a different angle. Photo by Philip Be. Which version do you like better: this new angle or the original? View Photo »
Swoop-tastic Perspective

Swoop-tastic Perspective

A great perspective of Jari Venäläinen swooping at his local DZ in Finland. Thanks to Icarus Canopies for sharing this pic from their Summer Photo Competition. Check out more pics from the photo competition here. View Photo »
Swooping The Skyak by Red Bull's Miles Daisher

Swooping The Skyak by Red Bull's Miles Daisher

More skyaking — skydiving in a kayak — by Miles Daisher of the Red Bull Air Force. This is Miles’ first time swooping his skyak through the rocks of Pillar Falls near Twin Falls, Idaho. Click the ‘LIKE’ button if you like skyaking. Watch Video »
No Pond? Swoop The Puddle!

No Pond? Swoop The Puddle!

As skydivers, we usually don’t like rainy days… unless your DZ doesn’t have a pond to swoop. Then you pray for rain and swoop the puddle(s) once the clouds clear. This was another entry in Icarus Canopies’ Summer Photo Competition. Photo by Stephanie Schwarz. View Photo »
Swooping Over Glass at Skydive Elsinore

Swooping Over Glass at Skydive Elsinore

The pond looked like glass as Mike Kim swooped across it at Skydive Elsinore in a shot for one of Icarus Canopies‘ photo competitions. Photo by Alfonso Paz. View Photo »
Pilots of the Caribbean

Pilots of the Caribbean

This SkyArt canopy was part of the Icarus Canopies (by NZ Aerosports) 2011 Summer Photo Competition. Nothing says “good luck” like looking up at skull and crossbones before swooping. Photo by Gatsby Rynbout. If you were to get a SkyArt canopy from NZ Aerosports, what design would it be? View Photo »
Will Swoop For Beer

Will Swoop For Beer

Filip Morén swooping for beer at Skydive Näsinge in Sweden. If this is Filip’s first time swooping for beer, then that’s more free beer! Oh, the vicious cycle. Photo by Trond R. Teigen. What do you think: did he catch it or drop it? View Photo »