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Parachutist Around the World   (Sep 2020) People Parachutist Around the World
For Dad Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

At Skydive San Diego in Jamul, California, instructor Patrick Woodruff takes Rachelle Babler for a tandem skydive to release the ashes of her father, 28-year Navy veteran Stanley Ljosdal. Ljosdal never got to make a jump, and Babler said, “That’s why I had to do it for him.”

2019 USPA Financials   (Sep 2020) Five Minute Call
JOS Members Set World Record in Italy Carlo De Martino   (Sep 2020) Competition Records Five Minute Call

Setting a world record with a team of only Italian skydivers may seem impossible, but that’s just what a group of nine jumpers did on July 15 in Cumiana, Italy.

Elsinore Hosts Its Infamous Poker Run   (Sep 2020) Five Minute Call

Skydive Elsinore in California held its 22nd annual Poker Run on June 29. This year’s event saw five teams participate in the combination 6-way formation skydiving meet and tequila-fueled poker game.

America Gets a Dose of LSD at Spaceland Houston By Alethia Austin   (Sep 2020) Event News Five Minute Call

After having great success in Europe over the past four years, the LSD (Level, Slot, Dock) Skills Camps made their way to the U.S., landing at Skydive Spaceland–Houston in Rosharon, Texas, in July.

Spaceland Hosts Sixth Annual 3-Way Formation Skydiving Competition By Christy West   (Sep 2020) Competition Five Minute Call

Coronavirus slowed but did not stop the Skydive Spaceland 3-Way Formation Skydiving Competition!

A Record for Indiana Photo by Ted Freidline | D-31175   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo

From left, Junior Melton, Dana Parker, camera flyer Dave Durant, Floyd Kehl, Chuck Surges and Al Lavine pose for the camera in October at Skydive Indianapolis in Frankfort, Indiana, after setting the Jumpers Over Seventy State Record for Largest Formation Skydive with a 5-way.

D-1 Becomes JON-23   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

Lew Sanborn, D-1, celebrates his 90th birthday at Mid-America Sport Parachute Club in Taylorville, Illinois, where friends held a cookout in his honor and presented him with a certificate proclaiming him the 23rd member of Jumpers Over Ninety (a subgroup of the Parachutists Over Phorty Society).

Jumpers Honor Infante at Perris   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Five Minute Call Featured Photo Five Minute Call

On July 14, friends and colleagues of Kellie Infante, B-46875, performed a memorial series of jumps at Skydive Perris in California, her home drop zone. 

Up-To-Date USPA Event Information Available Online   (Sep 2020) Five Minute Call

Due to the everchanging landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic nationally, USPA has been adapting its plans for events such as the 2020 USPA National Championships and the USPA Board Meeting long after Parachutist goes to press.

Jumpers Attend 16-Way Training Camp in Byron By Lauren Liddell   (Sep 2020) Five Minute Call

On Saturday, June 20, organizers Jeff and Karen Bodin, with assistance from John Verley, held a 16-way sequential formation skydiving training camp at Bay Area Skydiving in Byron, California.

Boogie That Wasn’t a Boogie Visits Melbourne Beach By Jeff Holmstock   (Sep 2020) Event News Five Minute Call

Tribe of The Traveling Tiki held its Beach Boogie—officially a three-day demo event—July 10-12 in Melbourne Beach, Florida.

Donors   (Sep 2020) Donors Five Minute Call
Gold State Gear Takes Over Retail Sales from Square One   (Sep 2020) Five Minute Call Gear & Industry Spotlight

After nearly 30 years as a skydiving equipment retailer, Square One passed the torch for retail sales to a new company, Gold State Gear.

Featured Jumper Photo by Pete Jabczynski | D-25812   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos To New Heights Featured Photo

Phil Lamm (upper right, blue helmet) and friends complete a 16-way in celebration of his 3,000th jump at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

Centerspread Photo by Craig O’Brien   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Centerspread

Friends of jumper Kellie Infante, who passed away earlier in the year, honor her memory by performing a simulated ash release with pink feathers at Skydive Perris in California.

Featured Training Photo Photo by David Gerstein | D-28242   (Sep 2020) Featured Photos Safety & Training Featured Photo

Tandem instructor Mike Hennessy gears up a tandem student at Connecticut Parachutists Inc. in Ellington.

Keep an Eye Out | Damaged Locking Loop   (Sep 2020) Safety & Training Keep An Eye Out

A jumper caught this damage to his locking loop while performing a thorough pre-flight inspection of his gear before his first jump of the day.

Rating Corner | Judging: The Other Ratings Track Jim Rees | D-13359   (Sep 2020) Safety & Training The Rating Corner

For jumpers, earning a judge rating can be another means of progress and personal development within the sport.