i88: April 2017

Robyn Young rides Oliver Henry at the Puerto Rico Freefall Festival. Photo by Jeff Donohue | facebook.com/SkwrlProductions

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Cover Photo | Jeff Donohue facebook.com/SkwrlProductions

Featured Photo

Milly Wallace takes a selfie over Torrey Pines Gliderport in La Jolla, California.

The FlyBy

  • Reader Question: Who are you (surprisingly) friends with thanks to jumping?
  • Take It DZ | Nadene Beyerbach, Adventure Creative
  • From Zero to Hero: How to Safely Begin a Professional Career in Skydiving Photography | Denis Zhuravkov
  • The Wingsuiting Corner | Simon Repton and Travis Mickle

Jumping on the Bottom of the World | Angela Alley

I was very lucky and got to jump with Omar. We got to freefly above Antarctica, which I believe is a first.

I Love You, Man, but You’re Going to Die. | Joe Nesbitt

I want you around for a long time and the only way that’s going to happen is if you learn where the line is and how to walk it. Slow the fuck down, take your time, show some reserve.

Gear Review: Protrack II by Larsen & Brusgaard
| DJ Marvin

Take all your favorite features from L&B’s other audibles and then put them all in one sexy package; that’s the Protrack II.

I’d Rather Live | Josh Nesius

This is the kind of family that I’ve been searching for. This is what I’ve been missing my whole life.

Centerfold | Maksim Slobodian

Darin McKeen evades the zombies above Skydive DeLand once again.

Profile: Ihab Mahmoud

What is the toughest thing to do in the sport of skydiving?
“Even think that I will stop skydiving one day.”

High Jinks, Part XXI | James L. Hayhurst

Let me begin by saying that for all the trouble it brought me, I remain grateful for having served as an official observer for the Stratos and StratEx jumps.

Five Skydiving Brands to Watch in 2017 | James La Barrie

Five skydiving brands are emerging (or re-emerging) into greatness. With each brand, I sense a palpable energy representing hustle, determination and a pure desire to be better and different.

Five Skydiving Brands to Watch in 2017

+Turning Points+ SDC Rhythm XP Beat Arizona Airspeed | Kurt Gaebel, NSL

It almost went by as if it were nothing special. It is actually a serious upset, and possibly a tipping point in recent U.S. 4-way history. The unthinkable became reality at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championships 2017: Arizona Airspeed was defeated by SDC Rhythm XP.

Accurate Style | The Fuckin’ Pilot

It’s been cool sitting back and watching the evolution not only of the flying in our sport, but the gear and the fashion of it as well. Truth be told, I think today’s skydivers look like they very much fit into the reputation deserved of an incredible sport filled with true professionals, and at least a few times every day at the drop zone I see someone and think, “Fuck, that is one cool mothafucka …”


PD New Beginning

Every Ounce of My Respect | Melanie Curtis

I call you to look around your life. To look around what you’ve already done and RECOGNIZE how capable you already are to apply courage.



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