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The Man With the Most Merits: Jay Stokes

By Merit on April 25, 2019

If you’re a skydiver, you know Jay Stokes’s name. He’s the former President of the USPA, after all. He came to professional civilian skydiving only after serving in the US Army for 24 years on the military side of the freefall fence, and in that time has earned a veritable gallery of certifications. (These certifications are above and beyond Jay’s two Masters’ degrees.)

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Merit Magnific: Chris Geiler

By Merit on February 4, 2019

When I talk to him, World Wingsuit Champion and elite wingsuit instructor Chris Geiler is gearing up for a busy day jumping his wingsuit from Italian cliffs. The road to terminal pasta-opia has been a long one, as Chris was born quite literally on the opposite side of the world—a small town in Western Australia, “in the middle of nowhere,” as Chris puts it. He spent his early childhood moving from state to state in Australia with his mom.

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Merit Magnific: Skydive University

By Merit on January 7, 2019

When I talk to Skydive University founder Rob Laidlaw, he’s in Guatemala. He’s personally supervising three examiner trainees as they conduct a Coach Examiner verification and AFF Instructor Certification program for the Guatemalan Parachute Association.

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Merit Magnific: Jenn Evans

By Dylan Avatar on December 10, 2018

Take it from us: Jenn Evans will sneak up on you. She’s unexpected.

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