10 Ways to Get the Most Out of BASE
Tips from Matt Laj on enjoying your BASE journey...
World Records are cool, that’s why we put so much work into breaking them, to do things never done before, it’s pretty RAD!
But at the same time they can be restricting, there is a very specific goal which you have to achieve, once you have started, you are committed. Everything is done to achieve that one goal.
The April 2016 Live Bigz Sequentials event was not about breaking world records. It has been in the past, last year we set World Records for the biggest 2-point, 3-point and 4-point vertical formation skydives. But this time the goals were different.
The main goal was to make some EPIC skydives and keep everyone involved. From there we made up daily goals (pretty much as we went) this type of freedom afforded us the opportunity to match our goals with what was actually possible.
Over the 4 days we were split into 2 groups, these varied from 32 ways to 40 ways depending on the day with people turning up late or leaving early. Once the groups were equally split, each organiser then took the group and did his own thing. Bill “MX” Halsey taking one group and Mikey Knight taking the other.
After the second day of completing some really cool mixed formations we went into our next goal, which was to keep everyone moving as much as possible, so we shifted to faster points. To do this we had fewer head up flyers and less complex formations. In general as formations get bigger, the points slow down and some slots can be not as exciting or challenging as others. So we designed dives to get as many people moving as possible, at the same time trying to create not your average points, new shapes and new formations.
The end result after the 4 days was some pretty EPIC skydives. Not all the skydives worked out but we did nail some awesome formations!
But the real crowning glory of this event was the atmosphere. This is a not for profit event, (which is rare these days) Participants were asked to pay just their slots and $20 towards the outside camera slots. None of the organisers were paid. Donagene Jones put a lot of time and heart and soul into the organising and logistics of the event, MX and Mikey Knight spent 4 days coming up with Ideas and telling people what to do. The result is some very high level flyers (even professionals in the sport who make their money from organising and coaching) joined as participants. Everyone was there to have an AWESOME time!
Furthermore Stevie Boyd and the whole Skydive Spaceland team were behind us 100%! Sending formation loads with both planes not full. Whatever the event needed, they seemed stoked to help! It was as if everyone was feeding off the energy. The dropzone crew was feeding off the participants’ cool vibe, who were feeding off the team of organisers, who were in turn feeding off the awesome attitude from both the dropzone staff and the participants. It was simply MEGA!