Imagine two athletes doing high-speed end-over-end body flips then landing together with their noses touching. Now imagine them doing all that while plummeting from the sky at 110 miles an hour.
That’s the daredevil skydiving sport known as artistic freeflying, and in the United States, there’s nobody better at it than Oceanside FLO.
Early this month, the three-member Oceanside team earned its third consecutive gold medal in artistic freeflying at the 2016 U.S. Parachute Association’s National Skydiving Championships in Arizona. Last month, the team also took fourth place at the biennial World Parachuting Championships in Chicago.
Artistic freeflying, which became popular in the mid-1990s among the world’s top-tier skydivers, is exceptionally difficult and quite dangerous. It’s also the life’s passion of the three men who make up Oceanside FLO: Mike Bohn, Colby McNeil and videographer Leland Procell. The team trains at the Oceanside Municipal Airport under the sponsorship of GoJump Oceanside.
Photo credit: Charlie Neuman/San Diego Union-Tribune/Zuma Press