Hang Time

May 2, 2004
Outside Magazine

Outside magazine, September 1999

Hang Time

Click here for the fashion show (14 photos)

Photography by Jorg Badura
Fall Fashion by Vicky McGarry

From left: Dick Spates, Neil Houston, Brian Erler, Doug Park, Juliana Se, Jon Smith, Dean O'Flaherty, Bob Beards (for information on fashion in the photograph above, please see below.)

There's a little town in Florida called Titusville that would be completely unremarkable if not for two things: it's right next to Cape Canaveral, and many of its inhabitants like to jump out of airplanesùwhich probably has something to do with the Sky Dive Space Center. Each year, sky surfers and sky divers flock there during the summer in order to carve air, belly-fly, and generally hang ten two and a half miles above the ground.

Hard-core jumpers like Eric Fradet and Alex Iodice, who teamed up to take first place in sky surfing at this year's X Games, train there. Jon Smith lives there; by day he does "odds and ends," by night he sleeps in the hangar to be near the planes. For instructor Dean O'Flaherty, free-flying is like a religion. His favorite move? That'd be the old head- down, legs-split, out-of-control spin: "I go so fast the world turns white."

Strangely, none of them had ever jumped wearing Prada before. So we clothed them in fall's functional-chic fashion and sent them skywardùall so that the next time you "hop and pop," you'll know exactly what to wear.

Click here for the fashion show (14 photos)

On Neil, blue zip-front military shirt, $88, by Tommy Hilfiger; Gore-Tex Workboots, $140, by Eddie Bauer. On Brian, green nylon stretch crewneck, $240, green nylon padded vest, $570, and black fleece pants, $260, all by Prada; Maxa goggles, $69, by Killer Loop. On Doug, Aurora Zipneck, $79, and nylon Packable Pant, $74, both by The North Face; Snoggles goggles, $99, by Killer Loop. On Juliana, green zip-front sweater, $500, and Gore-Tex padded vest, $1,200, both by Prada. On Jon, green fleece vest, $60, and charcoal flannel pants, $110, both by Greg Norman Collection; Alpine Zipneck, $46, by The North Face. On Dean, gray fleece jacket, $158, by Eddie Bauer; Expedition Series cargo pants, $98, by Lithium; Snoggles goggles, $99, by Killer Loop. On Bob, black long-sleeve T-shirt, $24, taupe fleece vest, $75, black nylon pants, $59, sneakers, $65, all by Nautica Sport Tech.

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