Man sets world record with bed sheet sized parachute

Man sets world record with bed sheet sized parachute

Some one call him a lunatic, others a daredevil, but one thing is for sure, Ernesto Gainza jumped 14,000 ft and into the record books by using a parachute the size of a bed sheet.

During his three-and-a-half-minute descent, he risked a spin that would have killed him but managed a perfect landing in the Palm Drop Zone at the Skydive Dubai Club.

“It was awesome, amazing and emotional,” said Mr Gainza.

Skydivers use parachutes that range in size from 80-200sq ft while some prefer high-performance canopies that averaged between 70 and 90sq ft.

Mr Gainza, who has been skydiving since 2003 and is an operations assistant manager at Skydive Dubai, said although he had done several practice jumps, this was the first time he had skydived using the record-breaking parachute.

“I have lately been jumping with the 37sq ft parachute, which is the current record. I have jumped with the 35sq ft one but usually got rid of it at 1,000 feet because I wasn’t certain if I could land it.”

A representative from the Guinness World Records presented Mr Gainza with a certificate after his jump.

“It’s been my long time dream to prove to other human beings it doesn’t matter how much sacrifice and effort you have to go through to achieve something that you want said Mr Gainza.

“You just have to go for it. I want to motivate others to fight for their dreams and fulfill mine as well.”