Ah, skydiving - what fun it is to fly! It may not be the sport for everyone, but more and more people are trying it and turning into skydivers every year. My wife and I taught the sport at Parachutes Over San Diego, which was located by Otay Lake in San Diego, California. The drop zone has been sold though, and we're not sure what the new owner wants to do with it. Too bad, it's such a pretty site with the mountains and the lake right there. I have some pictures from there as well as some other locations around the planet, so enjoy the links. And if you ever want to really live for a few moments, go skydiving!
NEWS FLASH - Åsa was a member of the Women's World Record 118-way freefall formation, which was set in Perris California on September 5, 1999. We'll post a picture here when we get it. Yeehaw!
- Numero Uno This is my first jump, December 21, 1974 at Borderland Air Sports Center in San Diego.
- Mirror Image The 1981 "Mirror Image" team - (clockwise from top) Mike Eakins, B.J. Worth, Jeff Barbani, Hod Sanders, Mike Michigan, Jerry Bird, Steve Mayes, Jim Captain. This was the last Mirror Image team to win the World Championships.
- Freak Brothers 1982 National Champion 10-way team "Freak Brothers" (and our alternate) exiting from a DC-3 over Sandwich Illinois.
- Elmer goes to Austria The 1982 U.S. Parachute Team "Elmer & the Gluebags" won the 8-way event at the World Cup in Graz Austria in spite of this premature opening.
- Åsa filming a tandem jump This is Åsa (my wife) filming Frances Berg, who is taking a female passenger for her first tandem jump (and those aren't clouds - that's called "industrial haze").
- Åsa swooping Here's Åsa coming down under canopy preparing to land at Otay.
- Åsa Blade Running Åsa and I went to Lake Tahoe and participated in the Blade Running event. The object was to exit the helicopter and fly your parachute down a ski run as fast as you can without touching the ground. Great fun!
- Self portrait I took this shot as I was descending under my parachute.
- Sunset jump This is me coming down at the end of the day with Otay Lake in the background.
- 40-way The world's biggest gathering of skydivers is the World Freefall Convention in Quincy Illinois. This is one of Roger Ponce's 40-ways (I'm in the white hat, lower left).
- 16-way Thanksgiving '98 we went to Zephyrhills Florida to compete in the 16-way event. This is our team "Resurrected Chaos" (I'm in the blue suit at the 11:00 position, Åsa's in light green at 3:00).
- 282-way On December 16, 1999 282 skydivers set an FAI World Record freefall formation in Ubon Thailand. We held this baby for 7.11 seconds.
For fun we like to freefly, which is a way of freefalling in any other body position (head down, feet first, etc.) besides being parallel, belly towards the earth. I don't have any pictures of us freeflying yet. We plan on jumping at Perris or Elsinore after Otay closes and I'll post more shots here as we get them. See you in the sky...
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