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Lodi Sequentials April 2011

Tuesday, 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

Camera flying seminar

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

With the beginning of the season kicking off, and people coming back out to the dropzone loaded up with new toys they got for Christmas (GoPro’s, Digital SLRs, etc) I was asked to hold a short seminar on flying the camera.

Please join us on Saturday April 23rd, after sunset (be there around 5pm or so) at Bay Area Skydiving for a seminar on flying the camera.

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2010 California State Freefly Record

Monday, November 29th, 2010

I had the amazing pleasure to be one of the first witnesses of the brand new 2010 California State Freefly Record! A three plane formation of 58 people + 3 skydiving camera men made this event into the skydiving history books!

No less than 58 people jumped from 16.500ft and linked up in freefall within 60 seconds and flew the formation for about 4 seconds until the safe breakoff altitude was reached. In reality the formation flew for about 15 seconds until the last person arrived in his slot. The skydiving footage will follow shortly, and I’ll share that here on my blog with all of you. The person was appropriately honored the name “Captain Carve-Around”, as you will be able to see in the linked photo gallery.

The event went over very well, everybody was very safe and stuck to the strict safety rules of Skydive Perris and the event organizers, SoCal Converge (Andy Malchiodi / Travis Fienhage / Matt Lewis) and David Gershfeld.

After the record was broken on Friday the team continued to jump together and did some beautiful sequential freeflying on Saturday.

Photo number 25 in the gallery below shows the brand new skydiving record for the State of California.

View photos at SmugMug

Byron Boogie 2010 favorites

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

I attended the “Beerlight Byron Boogie” last weekend at Bay Area Skydiving

Even though I was only there for 1 day, I made some amazing jumps, and I wanted to share three of them with all of you.

My favorite was the helicopter, and I got a chance to jump it twice, first with Todd Davis of Epic Spaces jumping his wingsuit off the helicopter! A special thanks to Sierra Air Helicopters for coming out to our event!

Copyright Iwan van der Schoor

After that I did another helicopter jump with Nigel:

Copyright 2010 Iwan van der Schoor

And to close off the day, I got to jump with brothers Brett and Nathan Niebergall of Southern Sandwich Company, a “rolling restaurant” that provided the food for the 3 day event! Thanks for bringing me along guys! This was by far one of my most amazing sunset skydives ever. It was a bit nerve wrecking on the plane seeing the light literally disappear and adjusting settings all the way up.

In the end I knew my flash would freeze the action, and I went with very slow shutterspeed settings, the result is below:

(camera settings: 1/100th F5.6 @ ISO 800, and the pop up flash)

Copyright Iwan van der Schoor

Copyright Iwan van der Schoor

Ash dive for Robert Whitsitt

Monday, September 13th, 2010

On Sunday September 12, 2010 we released the ashes of our friend and fellow skydiver Robert Whitsitt at Bay Area Skydiving in Byron, CA.

I had the honor of photographing and videoing this skydive, and I wanted to share Robert’s last skydive with all of you.

Skydivers on this jump:

Clay Bonavito
David Bick
John “MadJohn”  Dobleman
Ken Casey

Blue skies Robert!

Robert Whitsitt's last skydive, the release of his ashes