i106: October 2018

Rick and Morty jump with Colin Phi Andrew (front), Polina Bulgakova (left) and Zej Mski (right). Photo by Łukasz Szymański www.czaplaphotography.com

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Cover Photo | by Łukasz Szymański • www.czaplaphotography.com

Featured Photo | by Ryan Jenkins

Team Tru3Blue’s Faith and Darin McKeen build a totem in training for the World Parachuting Championships.

The FlyBy

The Birds | by Melanie Curtis photos by Irina Leoni • power-portraits.com

I’m a winged weirdo artist dreamer doer dancer lover believing in tidal waves.

What are you?

What are you called to create? Do? Be?

Speed Riding for Skydivers | by Mike Wittenburg

With 13,000 jumps I thought I knew everything about a canopy; I was a total pro! Within that first year I quickly realized how much I didn’t know.

Centerfold | Norman Kent • www.normankent.com

Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld leads a formation over Skydive Perris. The group was contracted by a company to build Chinese characters as promotional material for a London fashion show.

Independence Boogie | by Mark “Trunk” Kirschenbaum • gethypoxic.com

Skydive Chicago’s Summerfest boogie photo essay

Escapism 101 | Mara Schmid

To a certain degree, survival books like Bear Grylls’ “How to Stay Alive: The Ultimate Survival Guide for Any Situation” are silly. How likely are you to have this book on you when shit goes down?

USPA Intermediate Class 2018: Drama and Excitement +Turning Points+ | Kurt Gaebel, NSL

The intermediate competition is the breeding ground for future U.S. top competitors and world champions. It only makes sense, logistically and athletically, to run the event separately and independently, and I had never thought about it before.

Matil Wisdom | Melanie Curtis

Matil may not jump out of airplanes but she definitely is a badass beautiful soul who isn’t afraid to ask for what she wants and needs, and give earnest love too.

Don’t Bother Knockin’ | The Fuckin’ Pilot

I honestly wish more than anything that I could go back to another time when I was the least political person I knew and, other than a few key figures, had not one god damned clue who was in office or what the hell they were up to but I’m afraid that’s just not gonna happen.


So, swallow your fucking pride, remember you’re part of an international community and don’t forget that as DZO, it’s your job and responsibility to ensure your jumpers continue being safe and knowledgeable.

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