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Tales from the Bonfire | Jumping Antarctica—A Bipolar Story
Tales from the Bonfire | October 2020, Top Three

Tales from the Bonfire | Jumping Antarctica—A Bipolar Story

By Bill Booth

After my fourth jump at the North Pole in 1997 (I made six in all), I decided I really needed to collect the complete set and make a jump at the South Pole.

Author: Bill Booth
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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | October 2020

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By William Mitchell

My adventures in skydiving began in 1968 while visiting my aunt and uncle, Pat and Ches Judy. On the mantel was a photo of Uncle Ches, D-1281, skydiving. Unknown to me at that time, that photo would dictate my life.

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Will Kitto | D-33634
Profiles | October 2020

Will Kitto | D-33634

By Brian Giboney

Will Kitto, D-33634, is a highly accomplished skydiver in two diverse disciplines: canopy formation (aka canopy relative work or CRW) and wingsuit flying.

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Former IPC President Claude Gillard Dies at 92
Five Minute Call | October 2020

Former IPC President Claude Gillard Dies at 92

Claude Gillard, an inductee to the International Skydiving Hall of Fame in 2012, passed away in his native Australia on August 3 at age 92.

Author: USPA Staff
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Flyerz, Squirrel and Local Jumpers Pay It Forward
Five Minute Call | October 2020

Flyerz, Squirrel and Local Jumpers Pay It Forward

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced closure of the many DZs located at the Aeroporto de Boituva in Brazil, approximately 50 parachute packers found themselves out of work.

Author: USPA Staff
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Remembering Ray Capa
Five Minute Call | October 2020

Remembering Ray Capa

Photo by Elliot Byrd | D-32251

Nineteen jumpers do one last jump with their friend, Ray Capa, C-17275, releasing his ashes over the skies of Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

Author: Elliot Byrd
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Featured Jumper
Photos | October 2020

Featured Jumper

Photo by Raymond Adams | D-30158

Ben Renze (green shoes) celebrates his 100th jump with a hybrid skydive at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

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“Behind the Lens”
Featured Art | September 2020

“Behind the Lens”

By Hannah Borg-Ore

“Behind the Lens”
Colored pencil and felt-tip pen

Hannah Borg-Oré | B-52582
Miami, Florida
orehannah@gmail.com

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Tales from the Bonfire | 1986 Is Calling
Tales from the Bonfire | September 2020

Tales from the Bonfire | 1986 Is Calling

By Kevin Gibson

His name is also Kevin. He didn’t even tell me until the end of the phone call. I had to ask.

Author: Kevin Gibson
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How Skydiving Changed My Life
How Skydiving Changed My Life | September 2020

How Skydiving Changed My Life

By Pete Rogas

It’s an age-old story: Boy is out having a blast; a young lady (many years younger) tickles his fancy and—wouldn’t you know it—they’re married.

Author: Pete Rogas
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Jared Miller | D-22031
Profiles | September 2020

Jared Miller | D-22031

By Brian Giboney

Jared Miller, D-22031, is the chief instructor at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, one of the busiest drop zones in the world. He started skydiving in 1995 and now has more than 22,000 skydives and multiple ratings.

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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | September 2020

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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“Natural Transition”
Featured Art | August 2020

“Natural Transition”

By Annalisa Beery

“Natural Transition”
Ink on paper

Annalisa Beery
annalisabeery.wixsite.com/faiththroughfreefall
annalisabeery@gmail.com

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Letters | August 2020

Opening Shock

By William Grut

The recent accident-statistics report—“Non-Fatal Incidents Summary” by Ron Bell in the May issue of Parachutist—was interesting and prompts me to bring up, once again, the problems of opening  shock.

Author: William Grut
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Tales From the Bonfire | I Was Already Dead
Tales from the Bonfire | August 2020

Tales From the Bonfire | I Was Already Dead

By Rick Thues

I was in a 2-way with my good friend (in freefall, OK?). She had only 100 jumps, and I had more than 2,000.

Author: Rick Thues
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Mike Brewer | D-33350
Profiles | August 2020

Mike Brewer | D-33350

By Brian Giboney

Mike Brewer, D-33350, is a skydiving filmmaker, instructor and organizer who has a huge international presence as a part of Kinetic, an organization comprised of creative athletes dedicated to exploring the world together.

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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | August 2020

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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“Ski and Donna Dive the Hills”
Featured Art | July 2020

“Ski and Donna Dive the Hills”

By Ebby Boehm

“Ski and Donna Dive the Hills”
Acrylic on canvas

Ebby Boehm | D-9410
Bradenton, Florida
Ebbyboehm@gmail.com

Author: Ebby Boehm
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Pablo Hernandez | D-29869
Profiles | July 2020

Pablo Hernandez | D-29869

By Brian Giboney

Pablo Hernandez, D-29869, is a highly accomplished Spanish canopy pilot whose father taught him how to jump at a young age.

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Letters | July 2020

Letters

D-Valuation

The D license represents that the holder has earned and demonstrated the highest level of expertise in our sport and is a master parachutist.

Author: Jim Graham
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Letters | July 2020

Letters

How to Count

Should jumpers who die inside skydiving aircraft be counted as skydiving fatalities?

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Tales From the Bonfire | A South Florida Cutaway
Tales from the Bonfire | July 2020

Tales From the Bonfire | A South Florida Cutaway

By Mark Perry

My second jump of the day, an 8-way formation skydive, was uneventful until I tracked away and pulled.

Author: Mark Perry
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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | July 2020

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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Parachutist Around the World
Parachutist Around the World | June 2020

Parachutist Around the World

Author: USPA Staff
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“I Met Myself on the Mountain”
Featured Art | June 2020

“I Met Myself on the Mountain”

By Kayla Perron

“I Met Myself on the Mountain”
Ink on paper

Kayla Perron | B-47722
Orlando, Florida

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Tales From the Bonfire | The Wild, Wild Midwest
Tales from the Bonfire | June 2020

Tales From the Bonfire | The Wild, Wild Midwest

By Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

As most older skydivers are aware, the Midwest was the wild, wild Midwest in the early 1980s.

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David “Junior” Ludvik | D-25148
Profiles | June 2020

David “Junior” Ludvik | D-25148

By Brian Giboney

David “Junior” Ludvik, D-25148, started skydiving in 1999 at Skydive Tecumseh in Michigan.

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Making It Through Together
Gearing Up | May 2020

Making It Through Together

By Ed Scott

In no wild nightmare could I have conceived that a virus would ground skydiving and, indeed, shut down the world.

Author: Ed Scott
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“Sunset Swoop!”
Featured Art | May 2020

“Sunset Swoop!”

By Sam Holliman

“Sunset Swoop!”
Colored pencils and pastels on paper

Sam Holliman | USPA #300435
Durham, North Carolina
Sam.holliman@gmail.com

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Larry Yount | D-18792
Profiles | May 2020

Larry Yount | D-18792

By Brian Giboney

Larry Yount, D-18792, was a military jumper who turned into a multi-talented, multi-discipline sport skydiver extraordinaire.

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