Roy Parisher performs his first skydiving jump!

Roy Parisher recently made his first skydiving jump, and here are the photos to prove it!

Guided by Phil Meyers, Parisher jumped at Westside Skydivers in Sealy. It was Meyer’s 4,999 jump, since 1991. “Phil guided me through about 30 minutes of instruction on the ground,” said Parisher. “He explained how to exit the plane, bend my arms and legs, the signal he’d give me when I should open the chute and how to land softly.”

Parisher said that once the group entered the plane, it took about 15 minutes to reach altitude.

“I was really surprised at how cold it was when they opened the exit door and how loud it was falling through the sky,” he said. “I expected there to be an extreme sensation of falling, but we were so high there was nothing to give you any perspective. So, you don’t really feel like you’re falling. It’s just really cold, loud and of course, windy.”

Parisher said that once he pulled the cord and opened the chute it was just a gentle ride down. According to the notes Meyers wrote in the Student Logbook after the jump, Parisher hit a top speed (terminal velocity) of 138mph. They were in free-fall from 14,000 feet to 6,000 feet, which took only 30 seconds.

“It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do,” said Parisher. “I’m glad I finally did it. It was quite a rush. I guess I’m an adrenalin junkie. I enjoyed it so much I’ve already signed up for my next jump. You’ve got to take some risks in life. You’ll never dance with the prettiest girl at the party if you just sit there.”

“My favorite movie is ‘The Shawshank Redemption.’ In the movie Tim Robbins’ character, Andy Dufresne, tells Morgan Freeman’s character, Red Redding, that he has to either ‘Get busy livin’, or get busy dyin’.’ I guess if you think about in that regard, skydiving is literally one or the other.”

Parisher added that Nate “Nastee” Wernig served as videographer