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Ernesto Gainza: Sky-diving with the world’s smallest parachute!

How does it feel to sky-dive onto a moving car? To land on top of a hot air balloon? Or, sky-dive with the world’s smallest parachute? Find out in this week’s Off the Ropes Podcast with multiple Guinness World Record holder, aerial stunt-man and sky-diving pro, Ernesto Gainza. A man who knows exactly how to live off the ropes!

Topics Discussed:

  • Moving to England from Venezuela.
  • How a fortuitous job working on a ferry lead Ernesto to sky-diving.
  • How it feels to jump out of a plane!
  • Why Ernesto wanted to sky-dive with the world’s smallest parachute.
  • How to mentally prepare for such a challenge.
  • Why world records are merely a pleasant aside to Ernesto’s career.
  • Ernesto’s pre-jump rituals.
  • How sky-diving has strengthened his courage and resilience.
  • How to deal with those who underestimate your potential.
  • Why Ernesto pursues such a risky career, despite seeing others die.
  • What sky-diving has taught him about life.
  • Why he wanted to jump onto a hot air balloon!
  • How it feels to land on a moving car!
  • How family feel about his pursuits.
  • The importance of pursuing goals for happiness.
  • Sky-diving in Everest.
  • How Ernesto relaxes.

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Episode resources:

Ernesto Gainza official website

Ernesto’s sky-dive with the world’s smallest parachute

Everest sky-dive

Skydive Dubai

Off the Ropes Facebook Group

People mentioned:

Luigi Cani

Miles Daisher

Wim Hof

Enjoyed today’s show?

If extreme adventure is your bag, have a listen to these other awesome Off the Ropes Podcast guests:

Sean Conway – Swam, cycled, and ran around the coast of Britain.
Wim Hof – Climbed Everest in just his shorts!
Miles Daisher – The world’s most prolific Red Bull BASE jumper.
James Ketchell – Everest climber, Atlantic rower and round the world cyclist.

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  1. Lenny O'Sullivan

    Amazing, just can’t imagine jumping out of an aeroplane with a parashute the size of a single bed sheet, certainly lookimg forward to seeing what’s in store with his other projects. Loved the hot air balloon story.
    Always great to hear how negative comments can contribute to positive outcomes.

    1. Victoria Author

      Great tale isn’t it, Lenny? Many thanks for your comment. :)

  2. Carla Evans

    Fantastic achievements , just been watching some of his skydives on YouTube.

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