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Gatorfest 2010 and 2011 DVD’s Now Available!!

Gatorfest 2010 and 2011 DVD’s are available! Each video featuring up to an hour of heart-thumping close calls with the living dinosaurs we call alligators! Only $25 gets the DVD shipped to your door and you can enjoy following the one-of-a-kind event and listening to amazing local rock artists! Check out the trailers below and visit www.SwaggerjackProductions.com for purchasing info!!

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Skydive Swoop League Meet in Raeford, North Carolina

This past weekend, the Swaggerjack crew loaded up in our trusted Toyota Tundra and headed north on I-95 to beautiful Fayetteville, North Carolina to film the fourth meet of the season for the Swoop League. With clear skies and fair traffic, we made excellent time, which afforded us a brief break at one of the south-east’s most famous tourist traps; South of the Border. As its name implies, it is located just south of the North Carolina-South Carolina line, with some of the property spanning both states. Featuring 24-hour service stations, restaurants, a reptile lagoon, and fireworks, South of the Border is a fun, traditional stop anytime we travel up the east coast.

The Swoop League meet took place at the Raeford Parachute Center, about 20 minutes away from where we stayed, Fayetteville. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has a wonderful wildflower program, and the May flowers did not disappoint! There were entire medians covered with yellow, purple, and burgundy flowers; all blooming wildly with many happy insects buzzing about them.

This was our first visit to a skydive drop-zone outside of Florida and we weren’t entirely sure what to expect. Our GPS led the way as we followed the turns blindly waiting to see some sign of an airport. When the familiar voice told us to “turn left on Doc Brown Road,” we knew we had to be close.


Raeford Parachute Center is a quaint, welcoming drop-zone with a full bar, delicious BBQ, and the Raeford Dragon. Located so close to Ft. Bragg, this drop-zone attracts many military jumpers, demo jumpers, and veterans. When we arrived, a demo team of Veteran jumpers were preparing for a demo jump and loaded into their Cessna. Within minutes of take-off, the plane experienced some issues forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in a nearby yard. The veteran parachutists opted to exit the plane and parachuted safely to the ground.

Walking through the property, we quickly realized that the only difference between this drop-zone and our Florida drop-zones is location. The same wonderful crowd of people seems to flock around manifest, there are comical characters wandering about, and there are children excitedly waiting for their parents to fly down from the sky. Drop-zones have a knack for always creating a fun and enjoyable atmosphere for all, and Raeford is no exception.

The swoop meet had both amateurs and professionals competing, with many teams from across the nation. Thirty jumpers showed up to compete, and it was a very successful day with only minor accidents and delays. The meet started with the Zone-Accuracy event, followed by a Distance event. The afternoon ended with a Speed event, where swoopers tried to swoop as fast as they safely could. Swaggerjack caught the action on camera and will be releasing an edited video soon.

During the Distance event, a new North Carolina competition distance record was set at 128.73 meters by Tommy Dellibac of Zephyrhills, FL. The very first round of the Speed event hosted a severe crash, where Mike McGuire did not clear the lip of the pond and caught his lower back at extreme speeds. An ambulance took him to the nearest medical facility for a full evaluation to ensure there is no permanent damage. Tommy Dellibac, a member of the PD Factory Team, also set a new North Carolina competition speed record with a time of 2.320 seconds. Dellibac won the gold for this heat, with Kelsey Mizuer earning the silver and Greg Windmiller with bronze.

We look forward to the next and final swoop meet of the 2012 regular season the weekend of June 9th at Skydive the Farm in Georgia! Big thanks to Albert Berchtold for allowing us to film and photograph such an amazing event and to Raeford Parachute Center for being such excellent hosts!


Big Basin Redwood State Park

Looking up a Fairy Ring

No trip to Northern California is complete without a good hike through a redwood forest. These trees are stunning, breathtaking, and invigorating for a love of nature. Fortunately for us, there are several redwood choices near Santa Cruz; our traditional favorite has become the Big Basin Redwood Forest State Park. They offer camping, miles of hiking, and gorgeous redwoods hundreds of years in the making.

After paying the small entry fee, we ventured out to explore the trails. There is a main loop that covers many of the forest’s largest trees that is only about half a mile long. This loop features an “animal tree” with growths at the bottom of the trunk resembling animals, many “fairy rings,” where groups of redwoods grow together in a circular shape, and “chimneys,” trees that have survived forest fires but are left with hollowed, chimney-like centers.

Animal tree on left, Chimney on right

Another Chimney on left, Fairy Ring on right

There is also a “Mother” and “Father” of the forest, the two trees thought to be the largest. They each have a massive circumference and impressive height. Unfortunately, years ago there was a storm that knocked off a portion of the “Mother’s” top, but she is still large enough to escape the frame of our camera!

Mother and Father Tree

After walking through these trails and adoring the picturesque redwoods, I had to get close to one. Below is a size-reference picture to help us remember just how massive these giants are. These trees have survived hundreds of years and are a beautiful piece of American history that deserve to be protected and cared for.


EXTREME SEAL EXPERIENCE SCUBA CAMP, Puerto Rico, Day 7, Friday

Following one of the most intense weeks of diving a young man can imagine, the students of EXTREME SEAL EXPERIENCE deserved a reward, just not before competing in a tropical style monster mash. They had to run laps around the hotel resort’s parking lot while carrying fresh coconuts and between laps, they had to swim laps in each of the hotel’s pools. The contest ended with a coconut-throwing competition trying to aim towards a small target in the lot, both very amusing and frustrating for the competitors. Symbolizing the end of a hard week, the students (and Swaggerjack Productions crew) were treated to a day trip aboard a catamaran to eat, drink, snorkel and be merry. The best way to share the day is through pictures, so please enjoy!

All aboard the East Wind!

Still at work with this gorgeous veiw!

Tropical Paradise!

A stop at the beach for snorkling and playing

Once we got back on board, the wonderful crew had laid out a delicious spread of lunch meats, cheeses, fruits, and pasta.

The mouth-watering lunch spread

After lunch, we traveled to another area better suited for some beautiful snorkeling. Along the way, we passed the famous island where Corona shoots its commercials and the final scene from the most recent Pirates of the Carribbean was filmed.

Corona Island and Swaggerjack crew

After dropping anchor in our new location, the fun began!

Waterslide off the boat!

The flying Squirrel!

Flippin' Overboard!

The views are breathtaking!

Glass Bottom fun

 

 

The peacful boat journey back to the marina was a time for relaxation, reflection, and contemplation. What a perfect way to end such a fun day and grueling week!

Swaggerjack would like to thank EXTREME SEAL EXPERIENCE for allowing us to tag along for their very first SCUBA course in beautiful Puerto Rico!


EXTREME SEAL EXPERIENCE SCUBA P.R. Camp, day 6, Thursday

For Thursday, we ventured to the other side of the island to experience some different dive spots and a whole new perspective of Puerto Rico. The Sea Ventures crew had driven the boat to the different marina and had the gear ready to go. While the crew boarded the boat, the grey skies above released some refreshingly cool rain, a big change from the weather we had been experiencing. The students reached for their long-sleeve shirts and sweaters, ready to go out into the Atlantic for some more amazing SCUBA. Since they had completed all the necessary skills for their certifications, these two dives were considered “fun dives.” Students enjoyed some new scenery as well as some more lionfish hunting.

Today, not only did the students get to catch many lionfish, but a spiny lobster was also brought aboard. This was an excellent treat and was later cooked up by Mama Shipley and served poolside by candlelight.

Several students also got to swim through a school of beautiful moon jellyfish. While they are almost hypnotic to look at, they do pack a punch with their stinging tentacles. Nothing a little urine can’t help with though, and the boys were more than happy to offer their assistance to anyone stung.

The waters on this side of the island were much more blue than the other side and the students enjoyed having a free-dive where they weren’t concerned with practicing any skills and could simply enjoy the dive.

These were the last two dives of the trip, so even our cameraman pushed himself to the extremes to film every minute he could.

A huge thanks to the crew from Sea Ventures for facilitating quite possibly the best week of diving possible in Puerto Rico! The boys got a nice afternoon to relax and reflect before their intense PT in the morning. No week of SEAL camp in complete without a monster mash! Plus, after the intense PT, they have a very relaxing reward in store, stay tuned!


EXTREME SEAL EXPERIENCE P.R. SCUBA Trip, Day 5, Wednesday

Wednesday morning started like all of the others with an intense PT led by Chief Fuch in the hotel resort’s gym. The boys trained in calisthenics, free weights, and cardiovascular. Breakfast was served poolside before the short drive down the highway to the marina. Every drive in Puerto Rico is an adventure in itself! The drivers all seem to be in a great hurry to get wherever they may be going, and you are not going to slow them down!

Once we made it [safely] to the marina, the Sea Ventures crew were ready on deck with all of the SCUBA gear neatly laid out and ready to go.

Before immediately boarding the boat, the students were given a 30-minute on land tutorial in basic navigational skills. They learned the concept of counting their kick cycles and following their compasses in both triangle and square patterns. This requires one to pay very close attention to their compass and their math, as each turn requires a simple addition or subtraction of degrees, varying on which pattern they are practicing. These skills are crucial in search and recovery and of course, not getting lost underwater.

We left the marina with stormy seas, but it quickly cleared as we got further away from the mainland. The boys were in for a treat today with some great visibility and awesome dive sites! And of course, more lionfish hunting!

After the short boat ride to the dive spot, the waters had cleared to a beautiful, deep saphire blue with such great visibility, we could see the ocean floor about 60′ down. The students geared up, joined their classes, and after some brief instruction, dove in ready to practice their freshly practiced navigation skills in a search and recovery mission.


EXTREME SEAL EXPERIENCE SCUBA Puerto Rico Camp, day 4, Tuesday

The morning started again at 0600 with an intense PT led by Fuch. After a quick 0700 breakfast, they were loaded into the van to drive to the marina for another day on the water. The dive staff already had all of the equipment laid out and ready to go; thanks, Luis and Joel!

The dive crew did en excellent job preparing the students for the dive sites they were about to encounter and ensuring that all  safety practices were acknowledged and followed. A couple of the students even got to practice a safe buddy-assent in the open ocean! They were careful not to disturb the coral and got to explore many sites unique to the Caribbean while still getting the most out of their dives.

The view from the dive boat wasn’t too bad either!

After getting in two dives, it was time to head back to the hotel, gear up, and load up in the van towards the Puerto Rican rainforest! We drove through windy roads surrounded by lush, green vegetation up the mountain before reaching the trail head to the beautiful waterfall/ swimming hole. The trail was mostly concrete though the forest, with plenty of step and slips along the way. Once we reached the falls, several of the students got to enjoy a dip in, refreshing water before heading back up to the parking area.

Following the journey to the rainforest, we were treated to a delicious dinner back at the hotel served poolside by Mama Shipley and the girls. It was a delicious spread of treats and meat, just what the students needed after a morning in the water and an afternoon in the rainforest. They relaxed poolside into the evening, exchanging stories and sharing complex discussions before heading to their rooms to get some sleep before another 0600 PT session.

Swaggerjack Productions would like to thank the wonderfully talented Kristin for her dedication to underwater videography and amazing photography skills!


EXTREME SEAL EXPERIENCE SCUBA Camp, Day 3, Monday

The morning came quick with an 06:00 PT in the hotel resort’s gym, led by Chief Fuch. The students challenged themselves to run just a little further, bench just a little more, and work just a little harder than they had the day before. His goal seems to be encouraging each student to reach their fullest potential and push themselves that extra bit to surpass their best from the previous workout. The students were having fun in the gym and genuinely enjoying the challenge, proud of what they had accomplished.

PT ended with a trip poolside to enjoy another delicious spread of breakfast foods before departing the resort for the the marina, where the students would get on the dive boat and get to put the skills learned previously in the pool to use in the wild, untamed ocean. The divemasters had all of their gear ready to go and the students got their first tastes of saltwater while exploring the beautiful reefs under the Caribbean sea.

While diving, the students got a short lesson in Lionfish hunting from the divemaster. Lionfish are native to to Pacific ocean, not the Atlantic, so they have no natural predators here. They are considered an invasive species because of this and the fact that they eat the native fish.


New Year’s with Swaggerjack and the EXTREME SEALs!!!!!

The Swaggerjack crew had an amazingly blissful flight to beautiful Puerto Rico thanks to JetBlue airlines and landed in a wonderfully warm, humid climate ready to make our way to Fajardo and break in the new year. We were meeting the EXTREME SEAL EXPERIENCE crew already stationed at the hotel and ready to party. They provided us with tickets to an amazing new year’s celebration at the El Conquistador Resort where we dined on an astounding spread of every food and dessert you can imagine, rocked out to the best 80’s cover band, danced on the salsa floor and played with glowsticks in the disco. There’s no better way or better company to break in 2012! All photos are compliments of the lovely and talented Kristin