Crazy kids we were! Skydive San Diego local crew ground launching the bunny hill back in the day. This was the fun we had when the dz (dropzone) was weathered out. As you can see in this old video it was very cloudy. The dz was socked in. Wyat Drewes and I worked for Icarus Canopies at the time. We were also sponsored pilots at Skydive San Diego. So when the dz got weathered out, Wyat and I would grab all the big demo canopies that we had from Icarus, grab our skydving gear and harness and go chuck people off of this hill. Literally, that's what we did. That little bunny hill was great practice and pretty forgiving and relatively safe as far as ground launching goes. It was great because we drove a car up and down the road and we would spend hours launching over and over again. Launch and land, launch and land. Really, really great practice for any skydiver to learn this type of canopy control. This canopy piloting really improves your skills all round. All the people we threw off of this hill were skydivers. If I remember I think the lowest jump number anyone had was 60 or 80 skydives. But we were launching big huge canopies. I'm talking 140 sq ft up to 210 sq ft. We tried to launch smaller cross braced canopies, but this little hill just wasn't steep enough. The bigger wings with some head wind popped right of the ground with little help from your friends pushing. Looks fun ground launching a big skydiving canopy, right?
Two local skydivers found this hill. It was BLM owned land. As you can see, we had A LOT of fun with it. Wyat and I taught so many skydivers how to ground launch on this little bunny hill. We let them use our skydiving gear and our parachutes and we gave them coaching and instruction all FOR FREE!! We were very generous with our demo wings and our own personal extra gear and harnesses.
I was the only girl ever interested in ground launching this hill until Jeannie Bartholomew came around. She was the only other female skydiver interested in ground launching this hill back then. And she was just a newbie skydiver with only a couple hundred skydives. I had over 1600 skydives at the time and Wyat had thousands. This was so much fun! Such good times. I love Sean Chuma's laughter in this video. So great! Fun fun fun!
I filmed this video with a Sony DCR-PC5 digital video handycam (basically a potato by today's standards) in April 2007. Wyat, Jeannie, Diana three way launch at the end. Jeannie almost took out Wyat on the launch LOL. I handed someone the camera to film our epic 3 way, but I don't know who. I can't tell from the voice.
Yep good old school video right here. Ground launching for me is the reality of human flight, and nothing compares. NOTHING! I absolutely love it. Welp, until next time. Take care everyone. People are awesome! #daredevilgirl #swoopgirl
***No skydivers were harmed in the making of this video***
Wyat Drewes died in a freak motorcycle crash August 10, 2007 while riding home from Skydive San Diego. RIP White Boy!
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