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Red Bull Stratos Project Smashes My Tandem Altitude Skydive Record!

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to go with Skydive Hawaii up to 21,000 feet where I faced temperatures of NEGATIVE 56 Degrees below Zero and set a Hawaii Tandem record for Altitude jumping in a tandem jump.

Well this Red Bull Stratos Skydiver has really topped them all at 71,580 feet, well over three times the height that I jumped at!

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On March 15, 2012, Austria’s Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a space capsule from an altitude of approximately 71,580 feet as the Red Bull Stratos project moved forward into the manned flight stage in New Mexico. The 42-year-old rode the space capsule attached to a giant helium balloon above the so-called “Armstrong Line.” The goal of the Red Bull Stratos project is to see Baumgartner attempt a record-breaking freefall from 120,000 feet this summer where he’ll potentially become the first man to go supersonic without the support of a vehicle.

Formula One Racing Star Jenson Button Cruising in Hawaii… Goes Riding With My Friend

I found out that the famous Formula One Racing Champion Jenson Button is on Oahu right now.

According to his twitter account he’s been having a good time… but I also see that he went for a bike ride with my friend @MikeZagorski !

Jenson Button's Recent Tweets

Here is the picture from those tweets:

Mike Zagorski is the other guy that set the Hawaii Tandem Altitude Skydiving records with me last week and he sent me this picture of their 76 kilometer ride around Oahu to me:

(L-R: Mike, Georgie, Chris, Jenson, Seth, Shannon, and Jesse behind the lens)

Here is Jensons tweet from yesterday:

Great 76k ride yesterday here on Oahu with @mikezagorski @Chris_Buncombe @Trigrr @jurikooo @SethGB @shannonaoshea & Jesse..

Jenson is quite famous in the United Kingdom where Formula One Racing is huge.  He has more then 708,000 followers on a verified twitter account.

According to Wikipedia:

Like many Formula One drivers, Button resided in the principality of Monaco but he has since moved to Guernsey. He said that it was the great training possibilities that took him away from the tax haven. He also has properties in the United Kingdom and Bahrain. His hobbies include mountain biking, competing in triathlons and body boarding, and his car collection includes a Nissan GT-R, a 1956 VW Campervan, a Honda S600 and a Mercedes C63 AMG, numerous Ferraris (including an Enzo) & his championship winning Brawn BGP 001. He previously owned a blue on black Bugatti Veyron.[

Button has been dating Japanese model Jessica Michibata for two and a half years.Button has two tattoos: a black coat button on his right forearm; and Japanese kanji-characters on his ankle which say “一番” (Ichi ban, “Number One” in Japanese), this was done before he won the world title, and is the name of Button’s triathlon team. Since mid-2010, the same legend has appeared on Button’s race helmet. Button is also a brand ambassador for Head & Shoulders, and has appeared in advertising campaigns for the company.

Mike wrote a post on his website where he states:

Last week I said “I got my Architect license and did a skydive from 21,000ft… What next?”. Late on Friday evening my question was answered: I would meeting up with British Formula 1 driver Jenson Button (2009 World Champion) and Chris Buncombe (2007 Le Mans 24hr Winner – LMP2 Class) for a 3-hours bike ride on O’ahu!

Congratulations to Mike Zagorski for doing some exciting things this past week… but most respectably… receiving your architect license!

I hope Jenson has a great time in Hawaii and if he makes it to the Big Island… I’d love to meet him!

More Incredible Footage From Last Weeks Record Breaking Tandem Skydiving Jump… Mike Zagorski’s Clip

Last weekend my friend Mike Zagorski and I had the opportunity of a lifetime as we were invited to set a tandem altitude skydiving jump with SkyDive Hawaii. While the video that was taken of me was cool… I really like the footage that was taken of Mike using a GoPro camera attached to a couple of the skydivers.

Mike Zagorski and I set a Skydiving Tandem Altitude Record in Hawaii

You can check it out here:

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I asked Mike about his experience and he said:

While on the ground I met with my instructor; Tandem Master – Shaun Dunn, who asked me if I wanted to do some “flips”… I responded with “Hell yeah!”. Surely enough, as soon as we left the plane we were backflipping into the blue skies over O’ahu’s North Shore. The first few seconds felt a little weird… “Goodbye perfectly good plane!”… but then I got used to the feeling of falling and forgetting the fact that I was 21,000ft above terra firma with my life in the hands of the guy (and parachute) strapped to his back.

After almost 2 minutes of freefall, we hit some cloud cover and the chute was deployed…. The next few minutes were spent swooping around the sky. I guess this is what it feels like to be a bird!

The skin-rippling speed of the freefall was amazing, but it was still cool to float around and admire the view for the final 5 minutes of the ride!

Skydive Hawaii were very friendly and put great attention into the details of our jump and I can’t wait to return and do it all over again!… and again

Mahlalo once again to SkyDive Hawaii for this once in a life time opportunity.

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Zagorski Takes Tantalus… Coming to the Big Island in a Few Weeks

This past weekend was the 2011 Tantalus Time Trials for bike riders around the state to participate in a ride around Tantalus Road on the island of Oahu.

The Tantalus Time Trial is oldest running bicycle race in Hawaii. Racers will climb approximately 1,400 feet as they ascend the windy 4.5 mile route to the top.

This years winner was two time U.S. National Champion winner Mike Zagorski with a time of 19 minutes and 51 seconds.

Mike Zagorski Climbs Tantalus (Photo Courtesy http://www.hawaiiracephotos.com/)

Many folks may not know that Hawaii is the home of National Champion Zagorski and he has lived here for nearly 10 years after moving here from the Highlands of Scotland.  The 2011 Tantalus TT was the 5th time he has won the race in 6 attempts at the race.

The first year of the race was 1975 and was won by Charles Galbraith in 21min 29sec. Until 2009, the record time was 18 minutes 39 seconds set by Charles Irwin (supposedly a Navy Seal) in 1991.  Zagorski had broken Irwin’s record a few times with his best time being an 18 minute 30 seconds ride in August 2006, however, this was set as part of a stage race and not the traditional April date for the hillclimb. Austrian cyclist Alexander Eiler beat Zagorski in 2009 with an 18 minutes 32 seconds ride which is still the current record time.

I was lucky enough to meet him on a couple excursions that we did with the Pacific Fleet.

Mike Zagorski (Third from Left) and others onboard the USS Ronald Reagan

In 2010 Zagorski narrowly missed the record with a time of 18 minutes 34 seconds  in torrential rain. This year the weather conditions were looking better for the 65 competitors, with no rain in sight. A lack of rain was met with windy conditions making times slower across the board. Zagorski (BME Racing) came out on top with a winning time of 19 minute 52 seconds  edging out 2nd placed Rick Collins (20:16) and 3rd placed Wing Ho (BME Racing) 20:31. Overall women’s winner was Jenny Lagerquist of Pacific Velo with a time of 22 minutes 44 seconds. The course record stands for another year!

Today went well with me either meeting or beating my time splits most of the way up. Yup, most. I got to the stop sign / right turn at 3:35, to the end of the residential at 5:00, to the water tank in 6:00, mid way point at 9:05, and so on. I got to the flat-ish top section at about 17:00 only to be greeted by wind. The final few minutes of racing were pretty damn slow and I ended up losing time crossing the line in 19:51 – One of the slowest race times I’ve had up there in 5+ years. Still good enough to win, but winning is only half of my goal on Tantalus – I want that record. I guess I’ll have to come back again in 2012, but skinnier, and faster!…

I asked Zagorski when the next race was and he let me know that it’s coming up on the Big Island!

“Next race is the Hawaii State Individual 40km Time Trial on the Big Island, April 23, and the State Team Time Trial (4-man and also 40km) on April 24,” Zagorski stated.

When asked about the Tantalus race itself, Zagorski said “One of the best races and short training rides on O’ahu… Just pure climbing, nice scenery, not a whole lot of cars, and just the occasional rooster, mongoose, or wild pig”

Mike snapped the following picture of himself in which he caught me in the background.

Mike Zagorski and I aboard the USS Ronald Reagan out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean

I wish Mike the best of luck here on the Big Island in a few weeks and hope he enjoys his stay at the Hilton Waikoloa Village!

You can follow Mike on Twitter @MikeZagorski