Wingsuit Progression Series
A series covering WS skydiving, from your FFC through Exits, Skydiving with Others & Safety, by Matt Gerdes & Taya Weiss...
For David Wall, the answer is yes. David grew up within sight of the cliff he is jumping in this video, and this jump was a special moment for him, to say the least.
“Victory moments come to everyone from time to time. This is a significant one in my life. The moment of full circle. I grew up in a polygamous cult isolated from the world, where our futures were defined for us and what we were to do with our lives was not much of a choice.
“From as young as I can remember I was always looking over the wall of those beliefs, out into a world I knew nothing about. I was constantly fascinated by an extraordinary life that was not an option. I wanted to experience the world in ways I could only imagine given we couldn't watch TV, listen to the radio or anything like that. I only knew people did sports, they raced cars and motorcycles, they jumped out of airplanes and off cliffs because I was always breaking the rules to seek it. Needless to say, for this reason and many others I was always facing significant discipline. I was told I needed to repent and find my place with god. I was constantly being made example of, embarrassed, shamed, abused, and sent off to reform camps many times. Lots of tragic moments I would rather not focus on. They never broke my spirit though. Not from a lack of effort, but because I knew there was a way to one day follow my heart. It was a battle that I had no way to win, so one day at age 15 I ran away. It was scary, and I faced some of the hardest things to find my way through life but I made it. I found success, I found freedom and I found an extraordinary life.
“On this day, I was able to return and fulfill my personal prophecy and tear down the ideas the leaders inflict. I was able to show the people I grew up with an extraordinary life is possible and the world is not the scary miserable place the cult made it out to be. I was able to return truly happy doing something I love. So on this day, I won that battle and that war. This is my victory.
“I would like to thank Hartman Rector for his part in this. He has helped me from the day I showed up to learn to skydive and every step of the way. I would also like to thank Chris Kulish for coming along and being a great part of the adventure. Chris also put together this little edit to share. Hope you enjoy.”