Featured Friday - Ty Freegard

July 17, 2016
Skydive Arizona is a big drop zone with many extraordinary people from local to visiting jumpers, staff, pilots, instructors, ground crew, maintenance, manifest to teams, event organizers and load organizers!!! The Featured Friday series is aimed at getting to know the people that make Skydive Arizona work and rock

Today, we meet a 2nd generation skydiver who made his first jump 5 years ago. He's a fun jumper that calls Skydive Arizona home, and his biggest goal in skydiving is to compete in MFS - meet, Ty Freegard! 

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Who/what inspired you to make your first jump and why?

My father is the most major reason I started to skydive. He was a camera man and static line instructor  at Desert skydiving Center for almost twenty years. My earliest and fondest memories of growing up all involved skydiving so I think it would have been strange if I wasn't a skydiver.

Where & when did you learn and what kind of student were you? 

I got my license at Desert Skydiving Center in Buckeye, AZ on March 11, 2011, a week before my 18th birthday. I was a very excitable student. I remember arching so hard on the exit for my second AFF jump that I elbowed one of my instructors in the face. I felt so horrible when she was debriefing me with a bloody nose.
Who were your mentors and idols as you learned, and why?
I can honestly say that most all the members of Team Dysfunction were and still are my idols.(Sorry for the shout out!!!)  I remember watching Travis Mills and Jared Miller  tear the dropzone apart just being kick a** skydivers as I was growing up.

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What’s your drive in skydiving and future goals? 

My current goal as a skydiver is to podium in MFS at Nationals... eventually. I say eventually because I know I am not anywhere near that skill level and that right there is my drive!

What’s the coolest thing that skydiving has brought to your life?

This sport is how I met all of my closest friends that I now consider my family. I couldn't ask for anything cooler than flying with my brothers and sisters.

Any advice for newbies?

Skydiving isn't something you master over night. Be patient and be proactive about always putting safety first even if most skydivers think looking cool is priority #1.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Always remember to show love to the people at manifest and the packers. They make the dropzone go 'round so you don't have to!!!
 
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