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Attend the USPA Summer Board Meeting from Home
Skydiving News | September 2020

Attend the USPA Summer Board Meeting from Home

USPA’s board of directors is holding its next meeting September 18-20 in Nashville, Tennessee, and we are excited to announce that it will now be broadcast Webinar style via Zoom.

Author: USPA Staff
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Gearing Up
Gearing Up | September 2020

Gearing Up

By Ed Scott

It’s safe to say that nothing about 2020 has proceeded according to anyone’s plans. Whatever was planned in January was tossed out the window by March.

Author: Ed Scott
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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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For Dad
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | September 2020

For Dad

Photo by Randy Forbes | D-10858

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.”

Author: Randy Forbes
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2019 USPA Financials
Five Minute Call | September 2020

2019 USPA Financials

Author: USPA Staff
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JOS Members Set World Record in Italy
Five Minute Call | September 2020

JOS Members Set World Record in Italy

Carlo De Martino

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.

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Elsinore Hosts Its Infamous Poker Run
Five Minute Call | September 2020

Elsinore Hosts Its Infamous Poker Run

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.

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America Gets a Dose of LSD at Spaceland Houston
Five Minute Call | September 2020

America Gets a Dose of LSD at Spaceland Houston

By Alethia Austin

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.

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Spaceland Hosts Sixth Annual 3-Way Formation Skydiving Competition
Five Minute Call | September 2020

Spaceland Hosts Sixth Annual 3-Way Formation Skydiving Competition

By Christy West

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

Author: Christy West
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A Record for Indiana
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | September 2020

A Record for Indiana

Photo by Ted Freidline | D-31175

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.

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D-1 Becomes JON-23
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | September 2020

D-1 Becomes JON-23

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).

Author: USPA Staff
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Jumpers Honor Infante at Perris
Five Minute Call Featured Photo | September 2020

Jumpers Honor Infante at Perris

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. 

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Up-To-Date USPA Event Information Available Online
Five Minute Call | September 2020

Up-To-Date USPA Event Information Available Online

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.

Author: USPA Staff
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Jumpers Attend 16-Way Training Camp in Byron
Five Minute Call | September 2020

Jumpers Attend 16-Way Training Camp in Byron

By Lauren Liddell

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.

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Boogie That Wasn’t a Boogie Visits Melbourne Beach
Five Minute Call | September 2020

Boogie That Wasn’t a Boogie Visits Melbourne Beach

By Jeff Holmstock

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

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Donors
Donors | September 2020

Donors

Author: USPA Staff
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Gold State Gear Takes Over Retail Sales from Square One
Gear & Industry Spotlight | September 2020

Gold State Gear Takes Over Retail Sales from Square One

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

Author: USPA Staff
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Featured Jumper
To New Heights Featured Photo | September 2020

Featured Jumper

Photo by Pete Jabczynski | D-25812

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.

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Centerspread
Centerspread | September 2020

Centerspread

Photo by Craig O’Brien

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.

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Featured Training Photo
Safety & Training Featured Photo | September 2020

Featured Training Photo

Photo by David Gerstein | D-28242

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

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Keep an Eye Out | Damaged Locking Loop
Keep An Eye Out | September 2020

Keep an Eye Out | Damaged Locking Loop

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.

Author: USPA Staff
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Rating Corner | Judging: The Other Ratings Track
The Rating Corner | September 2020

Rating Corner | Judging: The Other Ratings Track

Jim Rees | D-13359

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

Author: Jim Rees
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Ask A Rigger | Help! I Can’t Pull My Main-Deployment Handle!
Ask A Rigger | September 2020

Ask A Rigger | Help! I Can’t Pull My Main-Deployment Handle!

By Kevin Gibson

Far too often, skydivers face difficulties pulling their pilot chutes, and the results are often far too serious.

Author: Kevin Gibson
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Safety Check | National Suicide Prevention Week is September 6-12
Safety Check | September 2020

Safety Check | National Suicide Prevention Week is September 6-12

By Ron Bell

Jumping—usually from a structure—accounts for 5.8 percent of all suicides in the United States, and has an 85 percent success rate, which is similar to suicide by firearm.

Author: Ron Bell
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Featured Event
Featured Event | September 2020

Featured Event

Photo by Garth Baker | USPA #346098

Sven Jeseppi swoops in during a speed round at the Florida Canopy Piloting Association meet at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida.

Author: Garth Baker
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Featured DZ
Featured DZ | September 2020

Featured DZ

Photo by Andrew Matsis | D-38560

Brendan Greeley (left) and wingsuit flyer Alexander Lemaire carve around each other at Skydive Danielson.

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