Big Air By Big Fish

Updated: Oct 8, 2019

We mentioned in an earlier news item that Mitchie Brusco, an American skateboarding prodigy turned virtuoso, broke an X Games and a world record as the first person ever to complete a 1260 (three-and-a-half turns) on the MegaRamp in Minneapolis, USA. He attributed his success to skydiving.


Mitchie Brusco © JEFF GROSS/GETTY

Brusco didn’t start skydiving specifically to improve his skateboarding. In February 2015, when he turned 18, he did a tandem dive, loved the feeling and decided the air was a “genuinely good place to spend my time."


Four years later, Brusco has close to 1,000 jumps to his credit and he has flown a few hours in a tunnel too. “My spatial awareness and overall awareness has been challenged so much,” he says. “Getting on a mega ramp or spinning a different way on a vert ramp — those things just started to make sense."


When you spend enough of your time 13,000 feet above the ground, or several hours in a column of accelerated air that gives you the exact same sensation, the prospect of hurtling down a 65-foot ramp, over a 65-foot gap and then up a 27-foot quarter-pipe — as skateboarders do in big air — doesn’t seem so daunting.


Outside the scope of skateboarding, Brusco thinks that primarily indoor skydiving has the potential to change the way other action sports athletes train — say, snowboarders who do quadruple corks at the Olympics. “You just get comfortable,” Brusco says. “You don’t touch the ground for five minutes at a time. You live in the air.”


Good thing that Brusco has recently signed on with iFLY. That should make his training more affordable.



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