I will personally pay you $100 if you can watch this amazing video of 3 friends skydiving in Dubai without the biggest sh#&-eating grin of your life. And with 4 million hits on YouTube and counting, it looks like the world just can’t get enough of Nico, Cedrick and Seb: 3 friends who went to Dubai in search of adrenaline and made their Dubai Skydiving video with Fazza Sky as a testament to what life is all about.
We’re still in November, but look at the shopping malls and it’s pretty evident we’re already in ‘Christmas mode’, and beyond that, the promise of a new year. And with that, thoughts of things to cross off your bucket list before checking out of this life. We’re talking skydiving here folks, as in Off Track Planet’s list of the top ten places on Planet Earth to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. Interested? Better hurry up and get’er done – the Mayans claim the world is gonna end on December 12 of next year.
Coolness. So why is the guy now in hot water? Some admirable teen ager (who, if you ask me, is a little jealous of Torres’ sheer awesomeness) had an issue with the girl in the video, Howell. So he gets a copy of the tape and posts it online. A few days later, the tape goes viral and into the hands of the local cops and the owner of the skydiving school where the couple worked, Skydive Taft, in Bakersfield, California.
Now Torres is fired. The school’s owner, Dave Chrouch, hasn’t decided whether amorous secretary Hope Howell keeps her job. The cops say no charges are pending. But…because the couple got medieval on the seat in the cockpit, next to the pilot, the FAA is now investigating.
Understandably, safety is always a priority, so the FAA is certainly obliged to check out the escapade. And it’s understandable that the business owner, Chrouch, has to make a living and therefore canned Torres, who also goes by the moniker Voodoo.
But to the teenager who posted the video because he basically didn’t like the girl, I’m sorry, but you’re a serious wanker. Torres and his leading lady did something amazing and engaged in an act of celebration of life that precious few people will ever achieve. Having sex while sky-diving? That is just too awesome.
And to the angry parents who called the cops and the sky-diving school’s owner when they saw the video of Torres and Howell and their mid-air rendez vous, ask yourself, is making love while skydiving any worse than the violent video games that your kids play? Is it ok to watch a TV show in which a man threatens to kill another with a gun, yet a couple celebrates the gift of life by making love in a completely original and exhilarating manner and you call the police? If your answer is yes, I believe there is something wrong.
Torres may be fired, but as far as I’m concerned, the guy’s a stud. Ditto for Hope Howell. And notably, the Mile High Club has two new, very deserving members. I hope these two safely land on their feet.
Get ready, there’s a new dare devil on the block. And after seeing this ridiculous video, you’ve got yet another reason to ask Santa for a wing-suit this Christmas.
In the video, Corliss jumps off a helicopter and flies through a narrow crack in Tianmen mountain in China. You gotta see this one to believe it. Something tells me we’re gonna see more of Jeb Corliss in the future.
I thought I’d seen it all. I’ve blogged about wing-suits, kissing sharks, glacier surfing and plenty other neat ways to get your rocks off. But this one takes the cake.
I’ve only seen this attempted once before, in that 1991 classic Point Break, aka the best movie of all time. Evidently Travis Pastrana felt a little boxed in with his life, and felt like taking a plane, quaffing a beer, and jumping out of said plane…without a parachute.
For all us adrenaline monkeys, Travis Pastrana, no matter what he does for the rest of his life, has achieved the level of steel cojones. Brass balls. But the best part? He chugs a beer first. Actually, I think it’s a Red Bull, but I’m pretending it’s a beer.
Get ready for some air time! This video has some seriously amazing, if not demented jumping, from planes, ramps and things that make you go Boom! when you land. You might recognize some of these jumps from some of my earlier blog posts. There’s a bit of corporate plugging going on in a few stunts (drink Red Bull!), but you have to give it to them, they know how to put on a good stunt. Jumps five and two are my favourite. But number one is definitely justified as being the bravest, most hardcore jump of all time. And for that, I tip my hat to Joe Kittinger.
Old man 2010 is nearing the end of his lifespan, and with that comes the promise of a new year. Granted we still have a month called December to get through first. I don’t know about you, but I need a vacation already. Here are some ideas: Five Fun Things to Do in Dangerous Places (Part 1), courtesy of our off-track friends at Off Track Planet. Skydiving in Iraq anyone? Sign me up!
On August 16, 1960, American Air Force Captain Joseph Kittinger boarded a helium balloon at Wright Field, Ohio. For the next hour and 31 minutes, Kittinger ascended into the stratosphere. Then, at 102,800 feet, or 31,333 metres for us metric system devotees, he stepped OUT of the balloon gondola. What transpired for the next 13 minutes and 45 seconds was beyond awe-inspiring. Kittinger fell without a parachute for 4 minutes and 31 seconds and reached a maximum speed of 614 miles an hour plummeting to Earth. Suffice to say, this is the highest skydive in history, and the record has stood for 50 years. Now Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner, of BASE Jumping Christ the Redeemer fame, wants to break the record, some time within the year, in a highly publicized jump that would see him take a leap of faith from 23 miles above planet Earth. I hope he makes it, but I have to nod in respect to Kittinger first. A man who jumps from 20 miles in the air and lives to tell about it has cojones big enough to fit in a dump truck, and while records are made to be broken, Joe Kittinger will always be remembered as the first man to jump from space.
This one is just awesome, period. Two skydivers jump from one plane to another – without a parachute. Just listen to the sound of the air whipping by in this video. Amazing. You didn’t actually think you need to go to an airport to transfer flights now, did you?
Long before Patrick Swayze made it cool to jump out of a perfectly good airplane with a bag o’ cash strapped to your chest, another extreme skydiver made the leap. For those of you not familiar with the story, Dan Cooper, aka D.B. Cooper, hijacked a 727 in November of 1971 and demanded $200,000 in cash and four parachutes. After receiving his demands he ordered the crew to fly the jet from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Reno. He then opened the loading dock on the plane and JUMPED into the cold November night somewhere over Washington State near the Oregon border. He was subsequently not seen again and his fate remains unknown. He’s actually developed into something of a folk hero over the years – several communities in Washington State hold “D.B. Cooper Nights” at neighbourhood taverns, and many a pint has been been shared over the strange man – who captured the imagination of a nation and who ultimately never hurt anyone – in the hope that maybe he made it somewhere warm and tropical and he’s been living the good life ever since. Is this likely? Probably not. I certainly don’t condone hijacking airplanes, but you gotta admit, a man who jumps from a commercial jet over some of the most inhospitable terrain on Earth, long before the advent of GPS and modern-day survival suits, has cojones. This post is for D.B. Cooper, a true bad boy.