Profiles

Profile - Amanda Festi | C-37891

Tag: Profiles, February 2015

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20152Amanda Festi was a professional ballerina who had always wanted to skydive. Seven years after her first jump, she won the 2013 USPA National Freestyle Championship by taking her graceful moves to the sky as the flyer for Animare. This past year, her team successfully defended its national championship. Although her first love is freestyle, Festi is also a talented belly-flyer, freeflyer and camera flyer and is a USPA AFF Instructor and a Federal Aviation Administration Senior Rigger. more »

Profile - Mark Kirkby | D-14701

Tag: Profiles, January 2015

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20151Mark “the Shark” Kirkby, D-14701, has made more than 26,000 skydives and is the most decorated formation skydiver in the world. He was a founding member of Arizona Airspeed (with Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld, Jack Jefferies, Kirk Verner and camera flyer John Leming), a team that redefined excellence in 4-way and 8-way competition. After the 2014 USPA Nationals, Kirkby retired from competition, the last founding member on the team he joined more than 20 years earlier, and will now concentrate on coaching future champions. more »

Profile - Zach Schroedel | D-29163

Tag: Profiles, December 2014

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE201412Zach Schroedel is an accomplished wingsuit flyer, organizer and photographer who developed a framework for 4-way wingsuit formation competitions. Today, he’s refining the discipline and working on having it added to official national and international competitions. Additionally, Schroedel runs a website called Wingsuit Media, which serves as a portfolio site for his and others’ photography and videography. more »

Profile - Kim Winslow | D-28140

Tag: Profiles, November 2014

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE201411According to her friends, when Kim Winslow started skydiving, she “took to it like a duck to water.” Now, more than 10,000 jumps later, Winslow is a professional skydiver who loves taking tandem students on their first skydives. She also trains military personnel, competes in 4-way vertical formation skydiving, organizes world record jumps, flies camera, instructs AFF students and is a Big Sister with Sisters in Skydiving, a tunnel instructor and an FAA Senior Rigger. more »

Profile - Carl Daugherty | D-5809

Tag: Profiles, October 2014

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE201410Carl Daugherty, D-5809, is a speedstar legend. His teams won 12 gold medals in the 10-way speed formation skydiving event at the USPA Nationals, including six in a row from 1985-1990. Daugherty also holds eight large-formation skydiving world records and is one of just six people who flew on all of the 100-way, 200-way, 300-way and 400-way world record teams. Daugherty is also a longtime instructor and was one of the jumpers who helped develop the accelerated freefall training method. He earned his AFF Jumpmaster rating (now the AFF Instructor rating) in 1984 and continues to share his knowledge of the sport with AFF students today. more »

Profile - Maxine Tate | D-31547

Tag: Profiles, September 2014

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20149Although currently best known for her skill in canopy piloting, Maxine Tate is a multi-faceted skydiver who is also accomplished in formation skydiving, canopy formation skydiving and instructing. A U.K. citizen and London School of Economics graduate, Tate now lives in Florida and combines her managerial and skydiving talents as the general manager of Flight-1, which promotes canopy flight education and includes Flight-1 Sport, Flight-1 Military and the Performance Designs Factory Team. more »

Profile - Alicia Moorehead | D-9821

Tag: Profiles, August 2014

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20148Skygoddess and world traveler Alicia Moorehead started jumping in 1978 and received mentoring from many legends of the sport, including Roger Nelson and Pat and Jan Works. Moorehead is now a big supporter of the Parachutists Over Phorty Society and previously led the group as USA TopPOP #9 and World TopPOP #2. She holds numerous formation skydiving records through POPS and its subgroup, Skydivers Over Sixty, and is currently the POPS records administrator. She and her husband, Pat, spend much of their time traveling around the world, spreading good cheer and acting as unofficial ambassadors for the skydiving community. more »

Profile - Blake Robinson | D-15810

Tag: Profiles, July 2014

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20147Like many in the 1990s, Blake Robinson started jumping after the release of the movie “Point Break.” In contrast to the rule-breaking, bank-robbing characters in the film, Robinson became a respected drop zone manager who runs Skydive San Diego in Jamul, California, by the book. Robinson is a USPA AFF and Static-Line Instructor, Tandem Instructor Examiner, Safety and Training Advisor and PRO-rating holder. In addition, he’s an FAA Private Pilot and Senior Parachute Rigger. He uses his myriad skills and knowledge to create the safest environment he can. more »

Profile - JaNette Lefkowitz | C-35536

Tag: Profiles, June 2014

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20146JaNette Lefkowitz earned a degree in mechanical engineering from MIT (the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge). She then became a professional skydiver, proving that smart people do, in fact, jump out of airplanes. She’s now a world-class 4-way formation skydiving competitor on team SDC Rhythm XP, an AFF instructor and an active organizer and 4-way coach. She has a closet full of medals and is certain to accumulate more in upcoming years. more »

Profile - Warren Cleary | D-29052

Tag: Profiles, May 2014

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20145PRO-rated skydiver, AFF instructor and camera flyer Warren Cleary was a world-class canopy-piloting competitor when he burst his L1 vertebrae during a competition in 2011. Although he suffered severe spinal damage, since that day he’s become an FAA-certified private pilot and master rigger, a Paralympic swimmer and has begun skydiving again. He’s also used his positive attitude and motivational skills to help others as a counselor and video producer at a spinal rehab facility. more »