Profiles

Profile - Matt Hoover | D-29246

Tag: Profiles, June 2013

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20136Jumpers best know Matt Hoover as a wingsuiter and skydiving photographer. Publications worldwide have printed more than 200 of his photos, and CNN, NBC and the Discovery Channel have aired his videos. Hoover was a member of the photography team for the 2009 68-way U.S. Record for Largest Wingsuit Formation, as well as the 2012 100-way Guinness World Record for Largest Wingsuit Formation. more »

Profile - Jen Sharp | D-17516

Tag: Profiles, May 2013

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20135Jen Sharp is passionate about skydiving, education and the internet. Sharp holds multiple USPA instructional ratings, owns Skydive Kansas in Osage City and has developed several skydiving websites, including skydiveschool.org, an online student program; dzos.net; educationalfoundationforskydivers.org; and femaleskydivinginstructors.com. She also created Skydive JumpSTART, a team-building workshop for business people that culminates in tandem skydives and she consults with other drop zones to help them streamline their schools. more »

Profile - Nicole Smith | D-32007

Tag: Profiles, April 2013

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20134Nicole Smith, D-32007, recently accomplished the mission of jumping in all 50 states. The accomplishment is all the more impressive since she completed her journey a little more than a year after a serious car accident required her to undergo eight months of grueling rehabilitation. Smith shares details of her skydiving odyssey, which has inspired countless people to make the most of life, on her blog at temptphate01.tumblr.com. more »

Profile - Luis Prinetto | D-30217

Tag: Profiles, March 2013

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20133Luis Prinetto, D-30217, is well known on the boogie circuit as a freefly organizer. He was on the 138-Way World Record for Largest Head-Down Formation in 2012, as well as the three previous head-down world records. When he’s not on the road, he spends his time flying at Skydive Sebastian in Florida, where he’s launched his canopy and freefly training school, Fly4Life. more »

Profile - Ori Kuper | D-31267

Tag: Profiles, February 2013

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20132Ori Kuper is an Israeli citizen who works at Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon, Texas. He’s a talented photographer and videographer who has covered several USPA Nationals, record jumps and other events. Parachutist frequently showcases his work, and his photos have appeared on the cover, as well as in the annual USPA Skydive Calendar. Along with his photographic talent, Kuper is an instructor, a canopy piloting and formation skydiving judge, a freeflyer, a swooper and recipient of the Chesley H. Judy Safety Award. more »

Profile - Alexandra Iancu | C-38564

Tag: Profiles, January 2013

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20131Alexandra Iancu, C-38564, is a jumper from Romania who makes her living flying camera at Skydive Nuggets in Leutkirch, Germany. During the German off-season, she travels to Spain and other warm climates to continue her passion for human flight. Iancu was recently on the 28-way German head-down record and has set her sights on participating in other record-setting formations around the world. more »

Profile - Will Pesek | D-24612

Tag: Profiles, December 2012

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE201212Will Pesek is a member of SDC Standard, the 2010-2011 Vertical Formation Skydiving National Champion team that is representing the U.S. at the 2012 World Parachuting Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Pesek is also active in 4-way formation skydiving with his team Paraclete XP4. In addition, he’s a wind-tunnel coach and a USPA Tandem and AFF Instructor. more »

Profile - Bill Schmitz | D-30164

Tag: Profiles, November 2012

PROFILE201211Bill Schmitz, D-30164, is a busy man. When he is not performing his duties as the camera flyer for renowned formation skydiving team Arizona Airspeed, he can be found instructing tandems, load organizing, working at the wind tunnel or filming a commercial. Originally based in DeLand, Florida, he relocated to Skydive Arizona in Eloy to get serious about expanding his medal collection. Schmitz has also been traveling to different drop zones load organizing … just to stay extra busy. more »

Profile - Phil Peggs | C-36427

Tag: Profiles, October 2012

PROFILE201210Phil Peggs, C-36427, is a founding member of the nonprofit organization Raise the Sky, which uses skydiving events to raise money for good causes. He was the freefall photographer for Raise the Sky’s first Project XRW, a groundbreaking event in which wingsuit flyers and canopy pilots flew relative to one another, and a member of the 68-way U.S. wingsuit formation record team. Though best known as a wingsuit instructor and flyer, Peggs has now shifted his focus to freeflying and recently joined vertical formation skydiving team STF BlockParty XP. more »

Profile - Pat Works | D-1813

Tag: Profiles, September 2012

PROFILE20129Pat Works, D-1813, has been a member of USPA for 50 years, three of those serving as a national director. Works was on the forefront of relative work (RW, now called formation skydiving) in the 1970s and founded the C.G. Godfrog Good Vibes Award at the USPA Nationals. He was also instrumental in developing vertical relative work (vertical formation skydiving) in the 1990s and brought freefly to a world audience as a judge and competitor in the X Games. Along with his myriad skydiving accomplishments, he wrote the seminal books, “The Art of Freefall RW,” “United We Fall” and “The Art of VRW: The Way of Freefly.” more »