How Skydiving Changed My Life - Tiffany Becker

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by Tiffany Becker | C-40498 | Acworth, Georgia

"I'll never, ever skydive." I said those words out loud at one point in my life, partly because I was genuinely scared and partly because I could sense the pull toward the sky. Later, as a single, 27-year-old woman, I heard my sister say she would skydive, and I caught myself responding that I would jump with her. I seemed to have forgotten about that "never, ever" part and made tandem reservations for the two of us. We spent the day at the hangar waiting out clouds, and when it came time for us to jump, we had the plane to ourselves. I didn't want to witness my sister falling out of the plane, so I volunteered to jump ahead of her. My first thought once I landed was, "Why was I so scared of this? It's amazing!" After we walked back to the hangar, my tandem instructor gave me a brochure about AFF, and that's when I knew I was hooked. more »

Gearing Up - June 2015

EdScott

Some longtime members may have begun to wonder if they somehow missed a recent election of USPA board members. They didn’t. An election is scheduled for this fall, and for those interested in running for the board, the process begins now. Anyone who has been a USPA member in good standing for two years and who is at least 18 years old as of August 1 can submit the required materials described below to qualify as a candidate. more »

Profile - Mark Brown | D-16235

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20155Mark “Green Hornet” Brown began skydiving in 1991 after losing an office bet, and he fell in love with the sport. Twelve thousand jumps later, he is still in love with skydiving and the people in it. This makes him excel at bringing people together as the head formation skydiving organizer with Perris Organizers at Skydive Perris in California. He also has the rare ability to fill any slot on a load and nail the jump. Whether an AFF jump, a 10-way, a 150-way or a 300-way, the Green Hornet is always there for his friends in the sky. more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Ted Atkins

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by Ted Atkins | A-73783 | Notts, United Kingdom

“Tell me that again? Your first jump was from 29,000 feet?” Yes. It's a bit of a story... more »

Gearing Up - May 2015

EdScott

In a stunning display of engagement with USPA’s governance process, members of the Gulf Region flooded USPA’s inbox with their comments and suggestions concerning who should become their new USPA Regional Director and thus the newest member of the USPA Board of Directors. The opportunity arose when Todd Spillers recently announced his need to resign his position due to a career opportunity. more »

Profile - Roberta Mancino | D-29203

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20154Professional model and skydiver Roberta Mancino, D-29203, is one of the most beautiful people in the world, but she is also an amazing, world-class athlete. Thankfully, the world is taking notice of her skill at jumping from planes and fixed objects, flying in wind tunnels and diving with undersea creatures. She has appeared on the TBS talk show “Conan,” and Men's Fitness magazine named her the World's Sexiest Female Athlete. As a skydiver, Mancino first focused on freestyle and then dedicated herself to wingsuiting. Through it all, she’s had a dramatic positive influence on the sport and proved that skydivers are not just crazy people, they’re beautiful people, too. more »

Tales from the Bonfire - An All-Time Low

by Doug Moore | C-41678 | San Diego, California

A few months ago, I signed up for a beginner’s angle-flying and tracking camp conducted by a very experienced team. I made certain that no freeflying experience was required, paid my money and spent months waiting excitedly for my first experience getting fast and steep. I thought I was ready. Boy, was I wrong! more »

How Skydiving Changed My Life - Dara Shapiro

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by Dara Shapiro | C-42751 | Plantation, Florida

2014: What a crazy year! I experienced the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. more »

Gearing Up - April 2015

EdScott

First held in 1957, the USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships is the longest-running skydiving competition in the world. And yet it is in serious decline. From 92 college-enrolled skydivers at the 2010 Collegiates, registration has dropped each succeeding year. Only 65 competitors attended the 2014 Collegiates, and only 16 of them were not from a military academy. The military academies are actually a bright spot for Collegiates, with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy contributing the majority of competitors. But without action to increase the number of non-academy competitors, USPA’s Collegiates could eventually become an academy-only competition, which the academies could probably run themselves. more »

Profile - Tony Uragallo | D-29801

by Brian Giboney

PROFILE20153Tony Uragallo, D-29801, started jumping in the United Kingdom in 1972. Since then, he’s earned medals in formation skydiving, freeflying (in the second X Games, televised internationally) and wingsuiting. Even with all his in-air accomplishments, Uragallo is perhaps best known for his innovations in jumpsuit design. He made his first jumpsuit on his mother’s sewing machine in 1976, founding Tony Suits, and moved to Florida with his company a few years later. Now, Tony Suits has produced more than 75,000 jumpsuits of all kinds and is on the leading edge of wingsuit design. To this day, Uragallo still actively participates in—and often wins—international wingsuit competitions wearing his own suits. more »