Profile - Brian Giboney | D-21070
Brian Giboney wrote his first “Profile” column for the February 1999 edition of Parachutist, and he hasn’t slowed down since. Since that first piece (which profiled Eric Fradet) came out, he has been by far the magazine’s most reliable contributor—producing 12 installments a year for 10 years now. In this, Parachutist’s 121st “Profile,” the tables are turned.
Marital Status: I’ll never marry again. I’d make a great boyfriend, though.
Children: Eight-year old son ,Grayson. An awesome kid.
Occupations: I help manage a financial planning firm.
Education: Business degree. I am certified in mutual funds and in retirement plans and have three brokerage licenses. I’m 25-percent through a Master’s program, but doubt I will finish.
Pet Peeves: Bad drivers. Also, people who dislike USPA. USPA fights for our right to skydive and provides insurance so we can continue to do what we love to do—WTF is there to dislike in that?
Life Philosophy: Get busy living or get busy dying.
Container: Velocity Sports Equipment Infinity
Main Canopy: Icarus Safire 129
Reserve Canopy: Precision Aerodynamics Raven Dash-M 135
AAD: Airtec Cypres
Home Drop Zone: Long Island Skydiving Center in East Moriches, New York
First Jump: August 22, 1996. I will never forget how terrified I was sitting through ground school to make that static-line jump. I landed, felt like a super hero, lay down on the parachute and watched another two loads of jumpers. We took this old school bus back to the DZ from the student field. I got out my checkbook paid for my entire A-license-certification training, right there on the spot!
Licenses: A-28719, B-21100, C-28501, D-21070
Total Number of Jumps: 1,000-plus
Total Number of Cutaways: One, a high-speed bag lock. One of those things you never know if or when it will happen or how you will react. Everyone has a certain level of survival instinct, and it is fully tested during malfunctions.
Most people don't know this about me:
I am a three handicap in golf. Also, I’m owed 119 cases of Corona by my profile subjects (one has paid so far). Maybe I will collect all at once and we can have one massive boogie.
What do you like most about the sport?
I come from the “Point Break” skydiving class in the ’90s. Patrick Swayze’s character, Bodhi, has a line that goes something like, “While they inch along in their metal coffins on the freeway, we stand for something—we show that the human spirit is still alive.” That is what I like most about the sport—I feel like part of a family that does what Bodhi describes.
Who have been your skydiving mentors?
Kevin Crosby was my primary instructor from jump number one. An awesome instructor, Kevin will spend 30 minutes of his time explaining what transpired and how to do it better. I think the patience and detail comes from his music background. Andy Honigbaum taught me a lot and was the one I spent the most time watching. I was happy to see him become a national and world champion. He’s a natural talent and a good person. Anything and everything creative came from Brian Erler.
What are your future skydiving goals?
To make a skydive in all 50 states.
Do you have any suggestions for students?
Find the safest and most consistent skydiver in your area of interest and take them to breakfast, lunch or dinner away from the DZ and ask every question you can think of. Then when you get back onto the DZ, shut your mouth, open your eyes and ears and watch them perform.
Explain Brian Giboney in five words or fewer:
Dependable, introvert, driven, independent and misunderstood.
How do you choose whom to profile?
In the beginning, it was people I met while traveling to drop zones, but for the most part it has been through my subjects’ recommendations. Also, readers will write in with suggestions. That is cool because it means people have enjoyed my work.
Who has been your favorite profile subject?
There would not be “Profile” without Brian Erler. In 1999, I was at Skydive Space Center in Titusville, Florida, watching Brian make tandem videos—his flying ability was so smooth and precise and the imagery in his work was inspirational. While he went on his next video jump, I sat on a park bench and sketched the draft of the first “Profile.” My initial thought was,“This Erler guy is the Tiger Woods of skydiving and nobody knows about him! Why not run a monthly profile so skydivers around the world can get to know about each other?” I only needed to find 12 people a year out of a pool of 32,000—it’s been like shooting fish in a barrel. Major credit for “Profile” goes to Nancy Koreen [Parachutist’s Managing Editor at the time]. She saw the vision and went with it. So when the June 2000 profile of Erler came out, it was awesome to see. I also liked seeing him get some much deserved recognition because he is a humble person—very unassuming.
How have you motivated yourself to write 12 “Profiles” a year for 10 years?
It certainly isn’t the money because the magazine is on a tight budget! The 120 “Profiles” have been a way to promote the sport and bring skydivers closer together—even though we are spread out geographically. I want to see the sport do well, against all obstacles.
How long do you intend to keep writing “Profile?”
I have no plans to retire. I am a lifetime member … death do us part?
What do you think is generally the most interesting question?
I like the “five words” question the best. The adjectives people use to describe themselves are very interesting. It is the “coming out of the closet” question in my opinion.
Have you noticed anything in common between all the accomplished skydivers you’ve profiled?
They all love the sport to the highest degree. I had one year where I had to be on every load. The most accomplished jumpers do that year after year after year. It is their drug, their love, their passion. I admire that so much.