|Starting in Skysurfing|
People must met certain minimum requirements rather than a minimum jump number. Skydivers with 500 to 1,000 jumps may not be ready for sky surfing.
Before doing your first jump on a beginner board, you should be able to stand in freefall with good heading control. You need to be able to spin on the back and control it. Head-down flying is also good because you might end up in that orientation with the board over your head. You need to learn 3-D flying and fly vertical and get adjusted to seeing the horizon.
Michelle Germain takes candidates interested in skysurfing on a sit fly dive and asks them to perform a 360 degree pirouette in each direction while in a sit position, a standup, and layout loops. She wants to see them get out of control and be able to regain control. Often sky surfers learn new maneuvers without using the board first.
Sammy Popov teaches skysurfing in the wind tunnel. There, you have a 12 foot working space. At the Los Vegas wind tunnel, the student uses a special harness that allows motion on all 3 axis. The Pigeon Forge wind tunnel does not have a harness. $50 for 3 minutes of tunnel time.
It's necessary to dedicate a number of jumps to sky surfing in order to learn it. You need about 25 jumps with the beginner board, although some can get by with as little as 5. Deploy by 5,500 feet with a beginner board. At Quincy, Surf Flite allows beginners to demo beginner boards with proper instruction. Students must pay for the beginner board if they lose it.
Gearing up correctly and deploying correctly are the most important criteria--most beginners can stand up just fine on the board. Choose an experienced camera flyer to film you on the board.
Skysurfing begins on an intermediate board. The intermediate board has a lot more surface area. It is a whole new world with the feet in the forward position. The intermediate board has a narrower base of support from side to side and thus requires more skill to balance.
Doing leg lifts helps for strengthening the leg muscles.
Centrifugal force pushes blood in the brain and arm vessels. It can be painful and deploying can be difficult. You should cutaway the board if your fingers tingle and feel hot from the force of spinning. Learn your hard deck. The centrifugal force can be stronger than you.
The most difficult move to perform is to hang head-down with no rotation. With the left foot forward, the tendency is to spin towards the left.
Typically, women are more graceful skysurfers and men are more powerful.
Skysurfing is still growing.
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