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GALLERY: A spectacular way to arrive

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BELLY flying, speed skydiving and free flying were just some of the jumping styles demonstrated at last week’s Skydive Jersey Boogie.

The heat wave made conditions perfect all week for skydivers to jump onto the beach at the Gunsite. Skydiver and photographer Nigel O’Brien said that the plane, a Cessna 208 Caravan F-GPHO, flew in from Le Havre, in France, to give the skydivers more capacity as it could fit up to 12 jumpers, taking them up to 13,000 feet in super speed with its turbine engine.

‘A wide variety of jumping styles were seen over the week ranging from belly flying horizontal to the ground, free flying in a vertical orientation, speed skydiving, tracking and wingsuiting,’ said Mr O’Brien. ‘We also saw a large number of tandem students enjoy their first taste of freefall over Jersey, some as old as 85!

‘Jumpers joined us from Guernsey and the UK, all agreeing that we have one of the most spectacular drop zones in the world, with our special landing zone on the sand,’ he added. ‘The French Cessna is back in the Island again from 19 to 22 August for a second boogie.’

If anyone is interested in trying out this sport, thereis still availability for tandem and fun jumps. To book or find out more information visit skydive.je.

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