I made my first jump because a co-worker wanted to try it and asked me to go with him. I remember watching the experienced skydivers laughing and beaming with excitement walking in from the landing area, and while I was scared out of my mind at the thought of jumping out of a plane I was curious what made those folks so giddy. After making my jump I was giddy too and signed up for the certification course. I never turned back.
I spent many years in the business end of skydiving, first as a camera flyer, then as a static line and AFF instructor and eventually as a DZO. These days I focus on FS organizing, event production, and serving our community as a Director on the board of the US Parachute Association and in an administrative capacity for the U.S. Parachute Team.
I am proud to be associated with Rigging Innovations. I have jumped R.I. products exclusively since buying my first rig in 1985, the year the Talon was introduced. As a working jumper I need a rig I can put through the paces and R.I products let me do that with confidence. I also need exemplary service to keep me in the air and Sandy, Brenda, and the family at R.I. ALWAYS deliver. Their commitment to the sport shows in everything they do. Of course there’s comfort and design too. I have owned the original Talon, the Talon II, the Voodoo, the Curv, and now the Curv II, and all have been superior in comfort, fit, finish, and most importantly function. With the introduction of the Bio-curv and Bio-yoke Rigging Innovations has yet again created the next generation rig and raised the bar that other manufacturers will chase.
Simply put, I jump Rigging Innovations rigs because they are the best.
@RedBullAirForce and @JoyRiders
For those of you that do not know me, I am a woman that is very fortunate to live the life I dream. I travel the world with the Red Bull Air Force and the Joy Riders jumping out of planes and flying in wind tunnels.
With over 16,000 skydives and 500 hours in the wind tunnel I am more inspired now then I ever have been.
Friday is a full time skydiver and instructor at a vertical wind tunnel. He lives in Eloy, Arizona where the weather is great for skydiving nearly every day. He spends most of his time teaching body flight techniques to individuals, teams, and various militaries in addition to training for upcoming competitions.
As a competitor he has been successful in both sky and tunnel. In the sky Friday has been on the podium MFS, VFS, and AE Freefly. His accomplishments in the tunnel include medaling for 2way and 4way Dynamic as well as 2way and 4way VFS.
With a passion for both the learning process and body flight, he is constantly growing as both a coach and a competitor. He has a great time sharing his passion at various events, camps, and workshops. Friday also enjoys extensive one-on-one coaching where he can connect with friends (new and old) to delve into both body flight theory and practice.
Scott Latinis began jumping in 1980. His first exit was with “military cheapo” gear, static-lined from a Cessna 182 over Beaumont, TX. Since then he’s managed to accumulate over 12,000 jumps, over 200 hours of freefall time, set 3 skydiving World Records, been a member of the USA Skydiving team at an international formation skydiving competition in Russia, won 9 USPA Nationals Gold medals (4-way Advanced class, 10-way, and 16-way), and been load organizer at events in the USofA, as well as Brazil and Spain.
Since the first time he slipped on a VooDoo almost 20 years ago, every skydive he’s made was with a Rigging Innovations rig on his back. From the original VooDoo to the Talon FS to the Talon FX to the Curv, he’s had complete confidence and trust in the most comfortable and reliable rig in the industry.
Latinis, based in Houston, TX, shows no signs of slowing down. He is currently director of event and load organizing for Skydive Spaceland. This allows him the opportunity to travel to various drop zones, enjoying what he loves most about skydiving – being with his sky family. “Every skydive is special. Some may be more memorable than others, but getting to jump out of an airplane is something special that the lucky few get to experience.”
Alex has logged over 3000 jumps since starting in 2009, calling Skydive Arizona home. He earned his AFF, Tandem, and Phoenix-Fly Wingsuit Coach ratings in 2012 and tries to use all 3 as much as possible. Most of his time is spent training with 4-way FS team Arizona Defiance after competing at Nationals in 2012 and 2015, with the occasional chance to do some XRW, student, and camera jumps. He's been jumping Rigging Innovations containers since jump 400 and absolutely loves his Curvs.