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Welcome to the June / July 2010 edition of my newsletter!


19th FAI World Parachuting Championships in Menzelinsk, Russia, Aug. 1 – 5, 2010 

Follow Spaceland Blue during the 2010 World Meet!

Spaceland Blue (USA women's team) is looking forward to competing in their second world meet which is being held in Russia. After a second place finish two years ago in France, the goal for this competition is to bring home the Gold.

The event is organized by DZ Menzilinsk of the Republic of Tatarstan with the full support of the Russian Parachute Federation, Central Airclub of the Republic of Tatarstan and CS ROSTO of the Republic of Tatarstan. Menzelinsk Skydiving Center is located in the Kama River Valley near Menzelinsk city.

Support the US women's team

If you have not already done so and would like to support the team by purchasing one of our awesome T-shirts, please contact Brianne at brianne (at) spacelandblue.com.

T-shirts are available in men's and women's sizes for $20 each. (Please click on image to enlarge.)

Scoring information will be available
on the official website



Skydiving out of my front door

On July 13th, 2010, Hollywood special effect wizards descended upon Perris Valley in California to create a mindblowing visual effects shot that included a balloon jump from 5000 feet. Hollywood Bubble, Inc., led by producer and skydiver Ruben Garay, teamed up with the mega-popular VFX artists behind FreddieW's Youtube channel consisting of Freddie Wong and Brandon Laatsch.

"This was a perfect opportunity for us to infuse skydiving with hollywood special effects and introduce the sport to FreddieW's massive user base of over 250,000 subscribers." says Ruben Garay. "Their videos get over a million views in average".

The effect involved having a couple of roommates living in loft style building that floats in the sky. Freddie says he's on his way out, and we notice the skydiving gear. He opens the door and reveals the structure is floating above earth, much like the animated film "Up!". 

His roommate asks him to go pick up some eggs from the grocery store as he leaps out of the building, super hero style (stunt performed by Ruben Garay and filmed by Niklas Daniel) and we see the building get smaller as he gets into free-fall. "They basically replaced the real life balloon with a 3D model of the building they actually live at in downtown LA". 

He gets the eggs and jets himself back up to the loft in the sky, and that's when the payoff occurs, which we believe makes half of the hilarity of this entire 1 minute clip.

Visit Freddie W's channel
Visit Hollywood Bubble, Inc.

Blue prepares for World Championships

Blue just completed another training camp at the Eloy Tunnel in Arizona. The team spent their entire time in the airflow with rigs.

Blue training in the tunnel with rigs

It's Official!

Blue training in their USA gear.

Blue flying with rig covers



Spaceland Blue's profile is now on the PD Blog

Past Events

Arizona Vertical Challenge

Jason Peters under canopy

If you are interested in ordering a print from the event,
please visit my online store.

Last point of an attempted 3 point 30 way


I'd also like to congratulate Brian Buckland on his 90percent cover shot of the event. Don't forget to check out his blog!


For names of participants, please click here.


Optimum Reserve from PD

TSO approved!

Here is some more information about the larger Optimum Reserves from PD. Video includes some footage from the PD photo shoot a few weeks ago.


Parachutist (July 2010)

pages 27, 46, 48, 50, 51, and 53


90percent 7/10

pages 18, 24 and 25.


PD Blog

Staying on Track



Follow Nik on twitter
Nik's profile is now on the PD Blog

Upcoming Events

7/13/2010 – 7/15/2010:   Camera Work Shop at Perris Skyventure and Skydive Elsinore, CA
7/19/2010 – 8/17/2010:   19th World Parachuting Championships in Formation Skydiving in Menzelinsk, Tatarstan, Russia
9/1/2010 – 9/4/2010:   USPA Canopy Piloting Nationals in Rosharon, TX
9/11/2010 – 9/24/2010:   USPA Nationals in Chicago, IL

Pictures and videos by Niklas Daniel if not otherwise stated.

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