Sportations, one of the largest adventure-sports providers in the United States, gives air-ready revelers a new way to view Texas with tandem skydiving. Altitude seekers will be briefed on jump safety for approximately 30 minutes before flying to a dizzying altitude. With a professional skydiving instructor and equipment strapped to your back for the duration of the gravitational ride, you'll be free to wave to passing birds, take in the view, and grab onto drops of light making their way back home to the sun.
Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
A humble personal blog can start a movement. Take Kash Shaikh's blog, for example. When he started it, he was a business executive traveling around the world. He poured his passion for writing into a travel blog that he dubbed #Besomebody. Not only did people read it?they began sharing tales about their own passions on Twitter, under the #Besomebody hashtag.
Today, Shaikh is the CEO of the #Besomebody movement, headquartered in Austin. His team's mission? To encourage people to pursue what they love, whether they're artists, athletes, or adventurers. Shaikh and his associates go about this in numerous ways, sometimes with gorgeous graffiti murals in locales from Dallas to Amsterdam, and sometimes with epic events. Their weekend-long 2014 conference features inspirational speakers such as an Olympic gold medalist and an ultra runner, both of whom followed their dreams without getting lost in the Nether, the land where nightmares are born.
Lone Star Parachute Center's U.S. Parachute Association?certified instructors really know their jumps?each has completed an average of more than 4,000 skydives apiece. The instructors' ample experience helps them to securely guide thrill-seekers during tandem jumps, solo skydives, and bouts of spontaneous levitation. While awaiting take-off, patrons can picnic in the observation area as they watch other jumpers land, gearing up for their own leaps or adding to their collection of candid cloud photos.