Profiles

Profile - Sandy Grillet | D-10938

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20116Sandy Grillet, D-10938, is a legendary organizer and coach from the Midwest. Grillet expresses his love of the sport by organizing and mentoring jumpers—teaching freefall and canopy control skills—all free of charge. Organizing is such a part of his life he often dreams of skydives and will wake up in the middle of the night to make notes on new formations. Grillet also founded the Northern Plains Skydiving League (NPSL) and directed it for 10 years. more »

Profile - Marcus Laser | D-19362

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20115Marcus Laser started jumping in 1991 as a paratrooper and made his first sport skydive, an AFF jump, in 1995. In 1999, he left his job as a hydraulic technician to become a full-time skydiving instructor. Ten years later, he founded the Instructors Academy, which offers training for skydivers and skydiving instructors throughout Europe. more »

Profile - Curt Bartholomew | D-29202

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20114Curt Bartholomew is a relatively new jumper who became a force in canopy piloting both nationally and internationally in 2009, his first year of competing. Bartholomew took first overall in 2009’s Canopy Piloting Circuit™ Championships. He also placed sixth overall in the 2009 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting, securing himself a spot on the 2010 U.S. Team for the World Canopy Piloting Parachuting Championships. His goal is to become a world champion canopy pilot, and based on his recent success, there’s a good chance he will. more »

Profile - Brian Buckland | D-19047

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20113Brian Buckland once “cut away” by selling his house and walking away from a job with a six-figure salary in order to skydive and travel the world for two years. He’s a respected freeflyer who has photographed two world records for largest vertical formation (a 69-way in 2007 and the current 108-way record in 2009) and two Canadian, one Australian and countless state records. Additionally, while flying camera with his former team, Mandrin, Buckland won a USPA Nationals gold medal in vertical formation skydiving (VFS). more »

Profile - Sally Hathaway | D-17133

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20112Sally Hathaway, D-17133, has medaled in formation skydiving at a number of USPA Nationals and has achieved an impressive four women’s 4-way formation skydiving world championships. Hathaway jumps at Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida, and makes her living in the world of skydiving—she’s a USPA AFF Instructor and Coach Examiner; an FAA Master Rigger and owner of Paragone Rigging; and a wind tunnel coach at SkyVenture in Orlando, with more than 1,000 hours in the tunnel. more »

Profile - Kamuran "Sonic" Bayrasli | D-21394

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20111Kamuran “Sonic” Bayrasli, D-21394, started skydiving in 1992 after watching ESPN coverage of the then-current world record 200-way formation. He is now a USPA AFF and Tandem Instructor, PRO-rating holder and Safety & Training Advisor. Bayrasli is also active in swoop competitions and aerial photography and videography. In addition, he’s an FAA Master Rigger who owns The Ranch PROShop, the gear store and rigging loft at Skydive The Ranch in Gardiner, New York; and Ulster County Containers & Canopies (UC3), a BASE-gear company that sells gear approved by the FAA for skydiving. more »

Profile - Brianne Thompson | D-30035

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE201012Brianne Thompson is a professional skydiver, a member of 2010 U.S. Women’s 4-way Skydiving Team Spaceland Blue, co-founder of AXIS Flight School and a wind tunnel coach. Thompson has competed in formation skydiving at several world championships, earning bronze in Russia in 2010 and silver in France in 2008. She has also competed in seven USPA Nationals, adding more medals to her trophy case. Expect Thompson to be a force at future competitions. more »

Profile - James Hayhurst | D-6411

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE201011James Hayhurst made his first appearance on the U.S. Style & Accuracy Team in 1976. Since then, he has been on 18 U.S. Style & Accuracy Teams (including the 2010 team) and won 10 national style championships and several world titles along the way. Hayhurst is also a jet pilot who has flown F-15 fighters for the Air Force and jumbo jets for the airlines. He has more than 16,500 hours in the cockpit. more »

Profile - Karen Lewis | D-24575

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE201010Karen Lewis is a PRO-rated canopy pilot and freefall photographer based at Perris Valley Skydiving Center in California. She started skydiving in 1997 and since then has built up an impressive medal collection from the USPA National Skydiving Championships. Though Lewis is known mostly as a camera flyer, she is also an instructor, swooper and FAA-certified parachute rigger. She was also very active with Jump for the Cause (JFTC), the organization that set multiple women’s large-formation world records while raising money for the fight against breast cancer. more »

Profile - Pip Redvers | D-21950

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20109Pip Redvers is a talented load organizer who knows how to make skydives work. Originally from England, Redvers now makes Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida, his home drop zone. He is one of only a handful of people who have made more than 20,000 jumps, so if you get a chance to pick his brain about skydiving, it will be well worth your time. more »