I would like to thank Kolla, Lara & Pierre from Blue Skies Magazine for making one of my recent images their featured photo!
After competing at the 2017 World Cup in Germany, Brianne Thompson and Niklas Daniel of AXIS Flight School attended the Mountain Gravity event to fly their parachutes in the Swiss Alps. Jumping out of the legendary Pink Skyvan, participants came from all over the world to take in the fantastic scenery at the Ambri Airport, which is situated in the steep sided alpine valley of the Ticino river.
Over the course of three days, Nik and Brianne did several jumps swooping down the mountain, doing some MFS, and canopy flocking.
There are two major routes down the mountain: The tree-line (left), or the canyon (right).
Don’t forget to check out the Mountain Gravity Vimeo channel.
Brianne put together large belly groups and challenged them with formations AXIS put together. These jumps involved stepping out of the usual FS skill sets and rules and required participants to think fast and fly very precise. Nik provided video for some of the FS groups and also provided some free-fly organizing and angle jump coaching. The AXIS vs. Grillets big way belly sequential event ended up with a slightly different format than advertised. Because the turn out of the event was lower than expected, there just simply were not enough people to form four 10-way teams. Because of this, the participants were encouraged to come together and challenge their skills with more complex dives.
Performance Designes hosted their Backyard Accuracy Challenge, where participants were able to demo the Optimum reserve and fly through a simulated back yard with obstacles. The winner of the event walked away with a free OP Reserve!
On the evening of the 12th, three famous figures in the skydiving community were put onstage and asked to recall some of their favorite memories from their skydiving carriers. The evening took on a humorous mood as the mixing of crazy stories and alcohol continued. As Jason Cooke is located in Australia, he joined the event via a webcam and light projector.
For more images and info, check out the Vector Camp Facebook page.
Over the 4th of July weekend, AXIS Flight School visited Skydive Suffolk in Virginia to coach and organize. Skydive Suffolk is the premier skydiving center in the Virginia Beach area and has been in operation since 1960.
On the first day, the DZ enjoyed good weather with partly cloudy skies. Jumps were made from the DZ’s PAC 750 and Skyvan until sunset. Nik and Brianne oraganized some challenging yet fun jumps for the locals, including belly and freefly disciplines.
A couple of attempts were made at the Virginia state head down record, and for the sunset load AXIS organized a swoop and chug to close out the day. Unfortunately the weather quickly turned that evening and did not clear for the remainder of the event.
We look forward to returning to this awesome drop zone and highly recommend other jumpers check it out if you are in the area. Here are some images by Jimmy Hatch for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
For more photos, please visit the Skydive Suffolk Facebook page.