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By not being a subscription holder you missed out last month on…

Bounce Proof: by Matt Blank, One man’s thoughts on the risks of BASE jumping and keeping oneself alive.

63 Vertical Women: by Melissa Lowe and Amy Chmelecki, Women’s Vertical World Record account from Skydive Arizona.

Photo Interview: Jennifer Sensenbaugh: by Zach Lewis

Celebration of Erik’s Birthday: by Kandace Rawling, a story of remembrance.

Sky Couples In Honor of Valentines:

  • The Story of Weenie and The Butt, by Hank Caylor (Weenie)
  • Dear Babe, by Josh Epstein
  • Sky Couple, Mark Wilson and Tricia Small, by Eli Godwin
  • Wedding Bliss, by Melanie Grillet

The Year of the Pilot, by The Fuckin’ Pilot

Turning Points, Shifting Skydiving World: by Kurt Gaebel, NSL

and of course all the good stuff packed into The Flyby and Dear SkyGod.

 

24 Interviews: Nope Can’t Take It Back, It’s In Cyberspace and Print

Today my 24th interview began landing in readers post boxes around the globe, as my 10th BASE article appears in the February 2013 issue of Blue Skies Magazine.

My latest is ESPEN FADNES SMOOTH OPERATOR.  If the opportunity to meet Mr. Fadnes, “Fast-Dog” of Midget BASE fame arises, take it.

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Espen “Fast-Dog” Fadnes

In fact if you are new to BASE jumping I guarantee that you will learn something about the sport, about the interviewees and yourself by reading from my body of work about BASE.  And again, if you have the opportunity to meet or speak to these people, take it.

  • Hank Caylor
  • Rigger Lee
  • Brendan Nicholson
  • Calvin 19 and his sisters Annie and Emily
  • Jeb Corliss
  • Clair Marie (The BASE Girl)
  • Rick Harrison
  • Tracey Space Walker
  • Michael Pelkey
  • Jevto Dedijer (BASE 66)
  • Lonnie Bissonette
  • Tim Mangan
  • Matt Frolich
  • Anniken Binz
  • Lika Borzova
  • Livia Dickie
  • Karen Lewis Dalton
  • Ana Isabel Dao
  • Tony Uragalla  (Tony Suits)
  • Miles and Nikki Daisher
  • Espen Fadness

These people embodied the essence of my blog tagline,”Everyone has a story to tell…some people use more exclamation marks than others.”

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Blue Skies Magazine: February 2013 Issue

Greeting’s from the desk of the editor of Blue Skies Magazine:

Happy Valentine’s Day.  We have a little treat for you, and it’s called the February issue of Blue Skies Mag, which is mailing out now.

If you don’t have your magazine by March 1, please email kolla@blueskiesmag.com. In the meantime, hang tight and keep checking your mailbox for this tasty morsel of delight.

If you’re not a subscriber, you can still get this issue with a new subscription or renewal. Just let us know what month you want to start with when you CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE. Subtle, I know. That’s what this day is all about.

So here is what is inside issue #40:

Cover Photo The great and powerful Jeffro takes a selfie. i40_February2013
“Making Old Skool Cool. Red Bull Air Force jumper Jeff Provenzano hadn’t seen Stefan Klaus or a sky surf board in years, but both showed up one day in Eloy, Arizona. A mirror glued to the bottom of the board and ‘Bam there it is. Pretty weird seeing a full-body reflection of yourself in freefall. I could not help but laugh.’”

“No Shit There I Was”
Katena (the one who's not a boy) on a day where she didn't land in the Atlantic Ocean.
Katena (the one who’s not a boy) on a day where she didn’t land in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Did you hear about the wingsuit chick who landed in the ocean at Sebastian Invasion? Katena Houfek was that chick and this is her story.

The FlyBy Monthly tit4tat, reader news, Blue Skies Mailbox, Point Break quiz, new NZ Aerosports CF canopy, and a fantastic new way to memorize randoms.

“Go Fast Slingshot” by Jimmy Pouchert, Apex BASE
You didn't think there was only one energy drink, did you?
You didn’t think there was only one energy drink, did you?

Jimmy Pouchert was a human spitball for the Crown Prince.

♥ “Kickin’ It Old Skool” by Randy Swallows

Jumpers Over Seventy (JOS)
Jumpers Over Seventy (JOS)

Randy Swallows photographed the record and has a few thoughts on these oldest of the old-school school. Bottom line: They’re awesome.

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“Espen Fadnes: Smooth Operator” by Cynthia Guzman

Espen Fadnes, ProBASE World Cup 2012 Champion
Espen Fadnes, ProBASE World Cup 2012 Champion

The amazing Miss Cynthia interviews the current ProBASE World Cup champ, who thinks, “I was at my best as a BASE jumper in 2006-2007. I hope to be that good one day again. To fly with that confidence. Maybe next year. I’ll try to do 300-400 wingsuit skydives before next season and then maybe…”

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“Top 10 Tunnel Flyers” by Jacob Diliberto

Havaard Flaat in the Bedford tunnel doing...something.
Havaard Flaat in the Bedford tunnel doing…something.

Jake assesses the tunnel talent around the world and makes his male and female rankings.

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Sebastian Invasion Photo Essay by Norman Kent
A picture here of the pictures featured would not help us in our goal to sell print magazines.

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“Paying the Piper: David Michael Winland, Tattoo Artist”

Some of David's work on the arm of Jason Peters.
Some of David’s work on the arm of Jason Peters.

David Winland and his shop, Judas Custom Tattoo & Social Club, was voted “Best DZ Tattoo Artist” in our December 2012 issue, so let’s get to know him, shall we? Oh and PS – the aerial photo in this feature was taken by Vince Arnone, whom we didn’t get photo credit in the mag for. Sorry Vince!

“Tales of the Badass: SoCal Converge” by Sydney Williams
Sydney interviews not one, but three badasses this month. Andy, Travis, and Matt are not too terrible at freeflying.

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“Turning Points: 4-Way Personnel Drama” by Kurt Gaebel, NSL
Kurt analyzes the new Arizona Airpseed and SDC Rhythm XP lineups. And as the title suggests, it involves a little drama.

“TSA Two-Step” by the Fuckin’ Pilot
Dean “Princess” Ricci is not in the Transportation Safety Administration’s fan club. Neither is Barry Williams, but they each have very different ways of showing it.

“I’m Serious!” by Melanie Curtis

Coach Mel and Team Luau Confusion, having no fun at all.
Coach Mel and Team Luau Confusion, having no fun at all.

Who says 4-way is serious?

Argon Air, Helipad Inspectors by Moe Viletto
A completely true story about a completely fake company, owned by BASE jumpers Bill Ding and Cliff Leaper.

SkyGod is apparently a Communist now.

That’s all! We hope you like this issue. Please send us feedback! Did you like something? Hate something? Have an opinion one way or the other on anything at all? Email me at lara@blueskiesmag.com or submit anonymously through our Letter to the Editor form online.