Womens Star Crest Award in Byron

Written by iwanvdschoor on May 1st, 2013

History was made on Saturday April 27, 2013 at Bay Area Skydiving in Byron.
After a very successful 4 way scrambles event, 8 ladies got together and went out to achieve their Womens Star Crest Award.

The Women’s Star Crest Award is issued to anyone who participated in a traditional, round star formation, composed of at least eight women skydivers –provided the formation was held for at least five seconds. For more information on this, please refer to the WSCR website

Completed WSCR formation

Completed WSCR formation

WSCR Ladies in Byron after their jump

The Byron ladies after their successful attempt to get their WSCR award

The ladies, in the order they got to the formation are:

Karen Woolem
Deborah Bingham
Krisanne Combs
Rachel Kanowsky
Amanda Lum-Simmons
Tina Dobleman
Lori Connor
Erin Bishop

The reason the order is important, is that is how their respective WSCR Award numbers will be issued.

Thanks again for having me on the jump ladies!

To the men that came along to try to get their WSCR award, better luck next time, since we ran out of altitude to allow the men to dock next. Men can obtain a WSCR award as well, as soon as they join the completed women’s formation (after 5 seconds)




Written by iwanvdschoor on January 9th, 2012

In going back through last year I wanted to show a little commercial I helped with last year.

Through a reference from my friend Artem Mishin, Jesse Tarnoff from SandBox Love contacted me to help shoot aerial footage for a commercial for a new startup:  WeVideo (website). A company that allows for video editing in the cloud.

The final product:

Thanks to the whole team and Bay Area Skydiving for making this happen!

More info on the video production can be found on Jesse Tarnoff’s blog


Happy new year.. and the first resolution is in progress!

Written by iwanvdschoor on January 3rd, 2012

First of all a very happy new year to all of you.

My wife has been reading books on Feng Shui, and the latest one is on “Clear your clutter with Feng Shui”, here is the link to the kindle version ( so you don’t clutter your house / office with another book ).

We decided to take it to heart for the business as well, and started off organizing the massive photo library that I’ve accumulated over the last 13+ years of doing photography.

The benefits of this for us is:

– less harddrive space occupied with shots that are not really necessary to keep around

– we know EXACTLY what we have

The benefits for all of you:

more photos on the blog and website, as I have already run into some beauties that were “hidden in the clutter”

Looking forward to another exciting year, and hope to see you all at the different events around the country.

What are your new year’s resolutions for your business?


The best skydiving is flying with family!

Written by iwanvdschoor on October 5th, 2011

Jacco enjoying freefall with Bavo

Two weeks ago I had the great pleasure of jumping with my cousin Jacco!
We jumped together a couple of years ago, and this time his fiance gave him another tandem jump for his birthday.
September 17th, it was time to jump again.
Jacco trying not to be nervous in the door Last time we jumped together I flew with him, this time he asked me to shoot it for him so he had some nice large photos to hang on his wall, instead of a video to watch. Video is great, but it is not something you have playing all the time. A photo on the wall is more memorable (in my personal opinion)

Tandem parachute opening, thumbs up from Bavo!

Two thumbs up after a beautiful tandem

Two thumbs up after a beautiful tandem

I uploaded the photos to my SmugMug galleries.

To Jacco: you can only do 2 tandems buddy.. next one, you’re going on your own!!

A big thank you to my friend Bavo for taking such good care of my cousin, and a big thank you to Paraclub Hoevenen for just all around being awesome. An amazing feeling to walk back onto the dropzone after many years, and instantly feel back at home again.



Lodi Sequentials April 2011

Written by iwanvdschoor on May 10th, 2011

The Lodi Sequentials continues it’s reputation as a skydiving event that pushes the limits of freefly skydiving.

For the last 5 years I have been very lucky to be part of this event, and this year was again a big hit. The weather did not cooperate for most of the event. Friday and Saturday got winded out. The winds were too high and too unpredictable to be able to hold a safe event and Bill Dause, owner of the Parachute Center in Lodi, together with organizers Mike Knight and TJ Landgren made the call not to jump that day.

The group went out and did some other activities in the area, and gathered back at the dropzone on Sunday morning with hopes to turn that day into a big one. Which the team did!

4 rounds of 8 way VRW competition were flown, with 5 teams competing against each other, then a quick break for lunch and on to 4 formation loads to fly 40 way sequential freefly skydives.

A long day, but a satisfying one for sure.

The photos from the event can be found in my SmugMug galleries