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The most advanced skydivers in the world usually jump between a 90 square foot and a 106 square foot parachute – the new world record was a mere 35!!!! A 35 square foot canopy is the size of a small bed sheet. The new Guinness World Record was set by Ernesto Gainza at Skydive Dubai. He exited the aircraft at 14,000 feet and immediately deployed the canopy upon exiting. It took only three and a half minutes to touch down as his descent rate was so quick!
“It was awesome, amazing and emotional,” said Mr Gainza, who had been in training for a year.
“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. You just have to go for it. I want to motivate others to fight for their dreams and fulfill mine as well.”
A representative from the Guinness World Records presented Mr Gainza with a certificate after his jump. The previous record was held by a Brazilian, Luigi Cani, whose parachute measured 37sq ft.