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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.

Red Bull Cliff Diver Orlando Duque Breaks Ankle Skydiving… Out for Season

Nine-time world champion and current leader of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2011 Orlando Duque will miss the rest of the season after breaking his ankle.

Orlando Duque climbs out of the water at the 2010 RedBull Cliff Diving Championships

Orlando Duque climbs out of the water at the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving Championships

I met Orlando when he was here in Hilo last year for the 2010 Red Bull Cliff Diving Finals and he’s really a great guy.

BJ Penn and Orlando Duque

BJ Penn and Orlando Duque

As many folks know he calls Hawaii home!

Irondog PR President, Jessica Ferracane and Orlando Duque

Irondog PR President, Jessica Ferracane and Orlando Duque

Red Bull reports:

The 36-year-old Colombian, who was taking part in a skydive in Hawaii, underwent successful surgery on Thursday, with the injury expected to keep him out of action for between three and six months.

It’s a major blow for Duque who had recently returned to some of his best form, but, if his determination to return from previous setbacks is anything to go by, then he will not be out of the water for long.

After winning the inaugural Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in 2009, Duque ended a testing year in 2010 as the runner-up to Gary Hunt.

Duque worked hard during the off-season to recapture his past form and returned to his dominant best at the start of this year, winning the first two events, in Rapa Nui and Mexico, and had hoped to make it a hat-trick of wins in Greece on May 22.

Everyone at Red Bull Cliff Diving wishes Orlando the quickest possible recovery.

Orlando gets interviewed by FOX Television

Orlando gets interviewed by FOX Television

Many of his fellow divers that I met last year are wishing him the best in his recovery.

Orlando getting a hug after winning the Hilo stop of the 2010 RedBull Cliff Diving Series

Orlando getting a hug after winning the Hilo stop of the 2010 RedBull Cliff Diving Series

World Champion Gary Hunt on Facebook said “Sorry to hear about the accident mate, I wish you a fast recovery and I hope to see you very soon.”

2010 RedBull Series Champion Gary Hunt receives his trophy

2010 Red Bull Series Champion Gary Hunt receives his trophy

I wish him a speedy recovery as well and I’m just glad that he lived to tell about it.  I know that skydiving is a scary sport as I’ve done it twice now!