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Here we want to present some of the most interesting, provocative, colorful sites as our "Pearls on the Net". If you have created a unique, funny, informative page, or if you know of such a web page, please send us the URL so we can feature it here!
|Pat Works - Art and Skydiving
by Robin Heid
Madden Travis "Pat" Works is one of skydiving’s grand old men. Not only has he been jumping since 1961, he’s been lurking in the general area of the cutting edge pretty much the whole time.
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Whether it was winning RW competitions, writing books, conducting RW seminars all over the world, or serving as a director on the parachute association’s board, Works has influenced many areas of sport parachuting.
Perhaps his greatest contribution is his exploration of teaching as an art form. Works studied teaching methodology in dance, martial arts, and other athletically demanding art forms, then applied it to skydiving instruction and coaching. The result is a kind of Zen with an edge, something well-suited for learning in the danger zone.
Works has written two previous books: "The Art of Freefall Relative Work" (1976), and "United We Fall" (1978). He has more than 4,500 jumps, and 1,000 in the last three years. In "real life," Works is the manager of Technology Transfer & Communications at Aerojet, which builds satellites and other high-tech machinery. Works has a masters degree in Computer Information Systems and pre-PhD work in Information Systems Management. He lives in Fullerton, California, with his wife, Jan.
For more information on Pat's skydiving history, books and art check out his web site. The book "United We Fall" can be read online, and the book "The Art of Freefall Relative Work" can be purchased here...
|The Attitude Page
This web site by the Norwegian skydiver Ken Hansen is a great portal site for extreme sports lovers. It covers topics like skydiving, kite surfing, free diving, adventure, BASE and speed ski. It's written in English, and among others you'll find articles on extreme sports, stories about trips to the poles, and the stories of adventurer Rick Horn, who crossed the oceans alone in a sailboat and lived in the Amazon forest.
There are reviews and results of extreme sports events worldwide, such as speed skydiving competitions, BASE Boogies, and skydiving leagues. And if you can't find the information you're looking for on Ken's pages, there's an extensive link list of other extreme sports sites on the internet. An informative site, not only for Norwegians!
Jan Meyer, webmaster of this site, states that her first sport love is skydiving, and it certainly holds true as you can see when you visit her web site. Jan made her first jump in 1981, and nineteen years and many jumps later, she still jumps nearly every weekend. Her web site, "MakeItHappen" contains a bunch of great free skydiving resources as well as Jan's Aerosoftware.
At first glance, "MakeItHappen" appears to be a quick-loading, basic web site. But explore a bit more and you will find it is rich in useful skydiving content for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned pro.
Among the best of her free content is the "Sport Parachutist's Safety Journal" articles. Jan says, "You'll find the physics-type articles will help you in your super floater debates, fall rates etc. Less experienced jumpers will find the RW articles helpful too. More experienced jumpers can reflect upon the safety issues and how attitudes may lead to unsafe practices".
Another key feature we appreciated (although being revamped as we went to press) is the "Women in Sports" section. Jan says of this feature, "Women in Sports is dedicated to providing role models of women athletes that validate women's accomplishments and perpetuate a new vision of women's abilities, autonomy and self determination". In other words, in the theme of Jan Meyer's web site, "Make It Happen"!