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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.

Blue Skies Magazine: Big Girls Don’t Cry

Today I had one of those warm and fuzzy feelings usually experienced during childhood on Christmas morning, or when your greeted by a puppy or  the cute boy in your math class smiles at you.

I clicked on my Facebook page and saw the announcement from Blue Skies Magazine for this months issue featuring my interview with Anne Helliwell and Anniken Binz.

If you BASE jump or are even considering taking up the sport and you don’t know who Anne Helliwell is, shame on you.  If you BASE jump and don’t want to read about fellow female jumpers Anniken Binz, Karen Lewis Dalton, Lika Borzova, Ana Isabel Dao, Clair Crawford and Livia Dickie, well…shame on you too.  If you purchased the magazine to see hot chicks who take part in extreme sports, well I forgive you that one.

For any aspiring writer having people acknowledge your work often creates that warm and fuzzy feeling I spoke of; having a magazine devote six months worth of space to your article is a home run in the bottom of the ninth, with the game tied and two outs.  (A tip of the cap to the days when I was a 19-year-old writing weekly baseball wrap ups for the local paper)

Many thanks as always to the lovely women of BASE, to Editor Extraordinaire  Lara of Blue Skies Magazine for listening to me and understanding the importance in presenting BASE with the respect those who have devoted their lives to the sport deserve.

I can never say thank you enough to my friends in BASE, retired and still active for all your support in reminding me to not give a fuck what the haters thought and believe in myself.  You are all crazy fuckers, but I adore you one and all for the uniqueness that is you.

Lastly, to all my friends that devote their time and energy bleeding blood, sweat and tears into the art of the written word, “keep the faith and write, write, write”.

  ~Cynthia Lynn

Big Girls Don’t Cry: Straight Talk with Women of BASE jumping

Click here for the latest on this project. (July 13, 2001)

 

I know, I know… I said in my last post that I would soon be publishing the interview with the six women of BASE, but things have a taken a turn.

You see, this all started when Australian jumper, Feral, thought it was time for the women of BASE to take center stage. Feral has been working me over for months to do the interview, tossing out interview suggestions, names of female jumpers, really networking like a bandit in the night to make this interview a reality. Meanwhile, Canadian jumper, Lonnie Bissonnette has been cracking the whip on me to stay the course, ‘write, write, write’ and wrap this baby up. Together the two of them willed this article to fruition, then came the turn out of my comfort zone and down another road.

Last Thursday Feral took it one step further, he put me in contact with the editor of Blueskies Magazine who had expressed interest in the article.

In speaking with Lara the editor of the magazine, we came to the understanding that the magazine would publish the interview in its entirety. That’s right 6 parts, six unique, intelligent, and independent women coming at you month after month.

If you are not familiar with the magazine, they have been in circulation coming up on two years in July of 2011. The magazine features Skydiving, BASE jumping, Wing suiting, Speed Flying, Ground Launching and more. If it happens in the air, they have it covered. Check out an issue here. In case you are wondering, yes, the magazine is RATED M for Mature.

Right about now you are thinking, “Damn, BASE jumping and six of the sports hottest female jumpers, plus everything else the magazine has to offer. How do I get my hands on a copy?”

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Big Girls Don’t Cry-Straight Talk with Women of BASE
July-Anniken Binz
August-Karen Dalton Lewis
September- Lika Borzova
October- Ana Isabel Dao
November- Clair Crawford
December- Livia Dickie