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.
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.
Calvin 19 and his sisters Annie and Emily
Clair Marie (The BASE Girl)
Tracey Space Walker
Jevto Dedijer (BASE 66)
Karen Lewis Dalton
Ana Isabel Dao
Tony Uragalla (Tony Suits)
Miles and Nikki Daisher
These people embodied the essence of my blog tagline,”Everyone has a story to tell…some people use more exclamation marks than others.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. “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.
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?
Jimmy Pouchert was a human spitball for the Crown Prince.
♥ “Kickin’ It Old Skool” by Randy Swallows
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.
“Espen Fadnes: Smooth Operator” by Cynthia Guzman
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…”
“Top 10 Tunnel Flyers” by Jacob Diliberto
Havaard Flaat in the Bedford tunnel doing…something.
Jake assesses the tunnel talent around the world and makes his male and female rankings.
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.
“Paying the Piper: David Michael Winland, Tattoo Artist”
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.
“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.
Do you really know what you’re doing up there? Maybe read this article before your next XRW attempt. The life you save could be your own.
2012 World Parachuting Championships: A Photo Essay by Rolf Kuratle, Emirates Aviation Association
Have you heard of this placed called Dubai? It looks amazing!
Flopping Your Hog: A Guide to Boogie-ing on a Weather Hold by Faith Hewitt-Treadwell
Sandy hijinks at Skydive Palatka.
Homegrown Good Times by Amahra Perry
The best boogie you’ve never heard of, deep in the heart of the Midwest.
Racquetball, Anyone? by Moe Viletto
We are super psyched for the chance to publish some of the craziest, actually really happened stories by an urban BASE pioneer. This is the first of hopefully many entries into the BASE history category.
Centerfold: Roberta Mancino flies the crack by Noah Bahnson
She’s the shit.
Mission to the Eiger, Part 3 by Alastair Macartney
The conclusion of Jump4Heroes epic journey to the epic Eiger. With minimal casualties this time around. Video coming out any day now…
No More Needles for Me by Ian Smith
Ian sold plasma to buy his first rig.
My Egg Carton by Mariah Veis
Mariah sold future humans. Mariah wins.
World Wingsuit League Grand Prix
Speedy wingsuiting in China. Julain Boulle wins.
A Day with a Champion by Jay Sylvester
In what other sport can a beginner compete on the same team with a world champion? Skydiving wins.
Base 66: Jevto Dedijer
Paperback: 146 pages
Publisher: iUniverse.com (2 Nov 2004)
GroundRush by Simon Jakeman
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd (6 Aug 1992)
Confessions of An Idiot: Chris 'douggs' McDougall
Softcover: 255 pages
Publisher: BASEDREAMS 2009
FreeFall: Tom Read
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company (6 Aug 1998)
The Great Book of BASE: Matt Gerdes
Softcover: 269 pages
Publisher: Birdbrain Publishing
High Infatuation: A Climbers Guide to Love and Gravity: Steph Davis
Softcover: 189 pages
Publisher: Mountaineers Books (April 1, 2007)
Learning to Fly: An Uncommon Memoir of Human Flight, Unexpected Love, and One Amazing Dog: Steph Davis
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Touchstone (April 2, 2013)
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