• bill@gourlayguitars.com

Freefalling!! ...Feel the breeze.

Updated: Feb 7, 2019

This has absolutely nothing to do with building classical guitars...just fun.


For years I have said I would consider exiting a perfectly good airplane at 13,000 ft. (but I would never go bungie-jumping!). So, two years ago for my birthday, my significant other, Linda, called my bluff and gave me a gift certificate for a tandem skydive at Go Jump Oceanside. I went with a friend of mine and his daughter. It was such a rush and so much fun that I said I might consider making it an annual event! So...guess what Linda gave me for my next birthday...?


Fast forward to the afternoon of New Year's Eve, 2018. I had decided to finish out the year with my gift certificate for a tandem skydive. I was getting fitted into the harness, all ready to go when a weather front moved in and the jump had to be re-scheduled. I re-scheduled for the afternoon of January 10, 2019. The following photos chronicle some of the fun.


It is a misnomer to think I would be crazy enough to actually jump out of an airplane at 13,000 ft. Well, I didn't jump...I had no choice...I was pushed! My tandem-master, John, slid me along a wooden bench/rail inside the airplane to the open door and out we went. We both dropped like a stone, falling 8,000 ft. in just about 1 minute's time with a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and the Southern California coastline all the way from La Jolla to San Clemente.


Aaah! Woohoo!! 9,600 ft. ….7,600 ft. ...Hey, John, check the altimeter! ...okay, that's a good sign - the chute opening!



I may not do this EVERY year, but I'll sure do it again! If you are in Southern California and want a REAL thrill that you will never forget, you should look into experiencing a tandem jump at Go Jump Oceanside.


Thanks, Linda, for the great birthday gift(s). Thanks, John, for getting us both safely to the ground...and for the great fun. And thanks to everyone at Go Jump Oceanside for another awesome adventure! See you again.







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