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Mason Corby describes the goals and results of the famous Downunder Dynamics

Downunder Dynamics #10
Photo by Cameron Puttee

The Downunder Dynamic series started off in 2015 at Skydive Ramblers, Toogoolawah. The event was based on a mixture of events that I thought were some of the best I‘d been to, as a participant or as a coach. 

  • Voss freefly festival 2012 
  • Nordic meet – I never got to go to this but watched so many times 
  • Fly4Life 
  • Flaj Flaj 

These events in my opinion were some of the best in the business for progression and enjoyment. 

Half the participants at DD1, Skydive Ramblers

DD Goals 

I wanted to create something similar in Australia with Australian coaches to show the talent we have in our own country. Many times in the past coaches here were referred to as “only local coaches” and considered to be at a lesser standard. I wanted to show we can stand beside those of an international level and take the chance to grow our community and develop the freefly discipline. The coaches we had on the first one included Ty Baird, Keith Grealy, Matt Boag and I, with Joe Grealy and Dave Hyndman doing camera. 

DD2 – Chicko leading carving
Photo by Kia Bullock

The overall goal of the event was to create a camp that was focused on learning and coming up with initiatives on how the community wanted to grow freefly within Australia. We did this by inviting a lot of the current freefly leaders countrywide and holding nightly workshops with everyone, to discuss how we thought we could achieve this and then come up with ways to implement the ideas. 

DD Train the Trainer

The end the result was the DD ‘Train the Trainer’ series where Keith Grealy and I would travel the country running training events for various coaches in their local area to spread the same coaching knowledge countrywide. This would give the best possibility for the country to have one set way to progress, and therefore bridge the growing gap between intermediate and advanced flyers. 

Train the Trainer – Barwon, 2016

During the DD Train the Trainer series we also held more workshops to find out what difficulties local areas were facing and how we could help. Everyone said funding and incentive for coaches. We found a lot of coaches were getting burnt out in their local areas. There was little incentive to teach as the weekends that they used to spend on progressing themselves slowly turned into progressing others with little to no financial reward. Unfortunately this still hasn’t changed today. 

Downunder Dynamics 2

This caused me to start thinking differently. If it couldn’t change from the top down, maybe It could grow from the bottom upwards. At this time, I ran the second DD event, at Skydive Goulburn. It went well but was plagued by shitty weather and turned more into a skills boogie rather than a skills camp. I found it was very important to focus on having the right demographic with the right attitude, to help make a difference. So, it was time for some reshuffling. 

Headdown group at DD2, Mason leading
Photo by Kia Bullock

“After almost every skydiving event I attend I drive home and tell everyone it was probably the best skydiving event I’ve ever been to. But this time I’m actually being serious; DD10 WAS the best skydiving event I’ve ever been to! 

“I’m a pretty simple bloke, it doesn’t take a lot to sprinkle my donut, but if you’re reading this I reckon you’ll agree that bringing a group of the finest freeflyers in the country to a droppy with a super-fast plane and plentiful beer fines is gonna be a good time. Then for good measure give us some dope coaches and good weather and ya got enough to cobble dogs with!” 

Sam Broad

DD3

I changed DD3 into an all-skill-levels event, focusing on spreading the knowledge countrywide from the ground up rather than top down. The theory was new jumpers are generally they keenest/loudest and usually go back to their home drop zones and tell everyone what they learnt. 

DD3 – Strop leading an angle jump over Skydive Ramblers

The participants were still broken into set groups of similar skill level but now the beginners could see a clear progression path to intermediate and professional. They could chat to each other and interact with all skill levels each night around the bar as everyone was onsite. With over 15 coaches, 70 participants and some groups a 3:1 ratio, this brought a whole other attitude. 

It was inspiring to see soooo many keen new young jumpers frothing at the chance to learn every bit of info they could. We still held nightly workshops and seminars, with an open forum mindset encouraging thought-provoking ideas and questioning. Asking the students why do you do that, what caused you to move or think this way, how did you interpret what I said? Getting into the minds of the students and allowing them into the minds of the coaches and experienced flyers.

DD3 – Matt Boag coaching head-up

“Downunder Dynamics, what a ride it’s been! when Mason first brought it to Australia back in 2015 I don’t think anyone would have guessed what it would have turned out to be. I still remember shitting bricks when Mason asked me to coach the first one, after hearing Ty Baird and the Grealy brothers would be the other coaches. This was the first time I ever saw a head-down angle go through to the feet, and looking around now that move is now being flown and taught by many Australians. (If you are a flatty, wingsuiter or student and don’t understand that, it’s a big deal – kinda like reinventing the wheel.l) 

“This is one of many examples that I look back on and compare to where the sport was and where it is today. Mason not only taught flyers and coaches how to improve themselves, but also directed Australian freefly onto the path that caught us up with the rest of the world and beyond. It’s been an absolute pleasure being part of the journey, and if you ever have the chance to get on one of these camps, you should not even think twice, just do it.” 

Matt Boag 

DD7 – Brent leading an angle jump over Skydive Nagambie

DD Community

Over the next few years we ran many more DDs with this method and began to see a Downunder Dynamics community form. We started to see a flow-on effect, with participants that were once students on the camps turning into coaches at the events, and spreading their knowledge at their local DZs. We started to see a progression path form. DD began to be known as a leading progression skills camp where you can learn and hone your skills not just as a participant but also as a coach. It was great to see everyone so keen to learn. 

DD10 – Mixed group with Joe Grealy and Mason Corby
Photo by Cameron Puttee

My theory to achieve this with my coaches was, if I looked after them, then they in turn would look after the students. Don’t rip off your staff and they won’t rip you off. 

Thanks to our Amazing Sponsors

It is not cheap to run these events. We have received so much support over the years from many sponsors. I have to thank them so much as this is how we looked after our staff.

Job Connect recruitment were the first outside sponsor who supported us for growing the community and looking after the lower level. They just liked and appreciated what we did and I can’t thank them enough. Australian Parachute Federation supported DD with the Fi funding to help develop and grow the sport. Various manufacturers gave us discounts, demo gear and sometimes monetary support as well; Deem Flywear, Dekunu, Nzaerosports, LVN, Aerodyne, Cookie composites, Meeloft rigging, IFly Downunder. Plus of course the DZs that hosted us, Skydive Goulburn, Skydive Ramblers, and massive support from Skydive Nagambie (who btw are selling their DZ if anyone is interested). 

DD10 – Matt Boag’s group breaking off
Photo by Cameron Puttee

“The opportunity to be a part of mind-blowing jumps cooked up by the country’s best coaches was invaluable and I hope to be a part of many more of these! “

Elliot Ng

DD10

With times changing economically in the world and money getting tighter DD10 was to be the last DD event for some time. Not to say that it will be the last forever, but it’s time for a break to recoup and redirect my energy into other areas to add further and different value to the sport. So, it was time to get back to the roots and have a last DD Hurrah. 

DD10 – Scotty’s group
Photo by Cameron Puttee

For DD10 the focus went back to fewer coaches and more technical jumps. Participants were selected rather than open to all skill levels. We wanted to create some cool jumps again and push what we could already do. We still held a couple of workshops; How to know your level and that of others, How to spot/create a jump run and flight path for moving groups and Flying aerodynamics, body anatomy and mental awareness. Awareness is key for all progression I believe; if you aren’t aware of what you’re doing you can’t progress to where you want to be. 

DD10 – 12-way head-down with Mason
Photo by Cameron Puttee

“Downunder dynamics 10 – wowee what a camp! With the experience and flying level of the coaches and participants this camp doesn’t just help flyers become better in the sky. It offers a lot more. Being a new FF coach in the Aussie scene, I left this camp with higher knowledge of my own flying techniques and abilities and also the communication and skills required to be a better coach. Thank you Mase for organising such a sick event. Hopefully many more to come. Mason Corby putting Aussie flying on the map. Boom!”

Josh Hawkins 

DD10 – Scott Hiscoe load, with 2 groups static, 1 group carving
Photo by Cameron Puttee

What’s Next?

Next on the cards for Downunder Dynamics are more focused events held at the freefly school I am creating at Skydive Australia in Byron Bay (massive thanks for the support from them) and creating various YouTube tutorials/videos for skydiving progression. There may be even a podcast in the offing as well. 

Go check out the DD channel if you haven’t already and hit me up if there is anything you would like to be covered. Between all this as usual are Tunnel camps down at IFly downunder in Sydney. Hit me up if you would like to get on one. 

DD10 – Mason leading a head up group
Photo by Cameron Puttee

Massive thank you again to all those that have supported DD over the years and to the events and coaches that gave me inspiration to pass on what you passed to me. Big thank you and looking forward to the future more than ever. 

Happy Chappies at DD10
Photo by Cameron Puttee

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Meet: Mason Corby

All about self progression and the progression of others, the more people I progress the more I can learn and progress.

Skydiving since 2006 with experience in the sport as a Tandem master, Aff instructor, Tunnel instructor/coach, Military FF, Static line and tandems, night/day - land/water, Currently a Full time freelance coach world wide and event organiser in Australia.

Fell in love with freeflying early on, I was always welcomed and taught by those above me and just wanted to pass that favor on to the next generation.

Currently running tunnel camps at IFly downunder in Sydney Australia, a Freefly School at Byron Bay Skydive in Australia and providing educational Skydiving content on the Downunder Dynamics Youtube Channel.

Happy to be sponsored by Deem Flywear, Job Connect, NZ Aerosports, Aerodyne, LVN, Dekunu, Mee loft and Ifly Downunder.

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