Pablo Hernandez

Age: 32

Nationality: Spain
First Jump: 1996
Total Jumps: 14,600
Home DZ: Skydive Dubai

Occupation: PD Factory Team Pilot, Flight-1 Instructor
Education: High School
Hobbies: Base Jumping, Sushi, Cycling

Licenses/Ratings: D-029869, USPA AFF Instuctor, PRO Exhibition Rating, RFAE Tandem Master

Total # of jumps:  14,600+
Freefly: 4,000
RW/FS: 1,000
Hop & Pops: 4,000+
Camera: 1,000 
AFF: 2,000 
Tandem: 2,000
Wingsuit: 500
BASE: 100
Cutaways: 19

Main Canopy: Valkyrie 90/96, Peregrine 67/71/84
Container: Javelin Odyssey 
Reserve Canopy: PD Optimum 126 
AAD: Speed Cypres 2
Helmet: Cookie Composites
Jumpsuit: Liquid Sky Suits 
Altimeter: Alti-2 N3 Audible and Visual 
Eyewear: Oakley Designs 

SKYDIVING RECORDS/COMPETITIONS

2015 - DISL #1 - Overall - 2nd
2015 - DISL #5 (2014 Season) - Overall - 1st
2014 - World Championships (CP) - Speed - 5th
2014 - Dubai International Parachuting Championships (CP) - Overall - 2nd
2014 - Dubai International Parachuting Championships (CP) - Distance - 2nd
2014 - Dubai International Parachuting Championships (CP) - Speed - 3rd
2013 - World Games (CP) - Overall - 3rd
2013 - World Cup (CP) - Accuracy - 2nd
2012 – World Championships (CP) – Overall – 3rd
2012 - Italian Swoop Fest (CP) - Overall - 3rd
2011 – Dubai International Golf Cup (CP) – Overall – 4th
2009 – World Cup (CP) – Overall – 3rd
2009 – Spanish National Championships (CP) – Overall – 1st
2009 – European Swoop Tour Finals (CP) – Overall – 1st
2008 – World Championships (CP) – Speed – 1st
2008 – Spanish National Championships (CP) – Overall – 1st
2007 – Spanish National Chamionships (CP) – Overall – 1st
2007 – German Swoop Open (CP) – Overall – 1st
2006 – King of Swoop (CP) – Overall – 3rd
2005 – European Championships (CP) – Overall – 3rd

OTHER SKYDIVING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

HP Canopy Expeditions

2010 Switzerland – Swiss Alps
2011 Norway - Fjords

HISTORY/TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I was born in a family related to skydiving; my grandfather was a pilot
and he had to jump a few times from an airplane in the Spanish civilian war. 
My father has been a skydiver all his life; he began at the age of 19.  I
remember traveling with him on the weekends to different DZ´s in Spain.
I became the youngest tandem master and AFF Instructor in
Spain at the age of 18.

The first skydiving competition for me was the World Cup in Canopy
Piloting in 2005; I was 19 years old at the time. I won the intermediate class and immediately fell in love with the competitive side of our sport.

Since then I have been competing hard every year. I have been to 7 world championships since 2005, winning 8 FAI medals in World championships, World Cups and European Championships. From those medals 4 were gold and 4 bronze.

In 2008, I won the gold medal at the speed event in Johannesbourg, South
Africa during the World Cup of canopy piloting.  A few months later I joined
the PD factory team, and watched my dreams begin to come true!  I started traveling for coaching all around the globe, became the coach for the Australian team in
2009, for the French team in 2011, and I have been coaching quite often in Canada every summer since 2007 because I speak French as a 3rd language.

Today I am 26 years old, I have grey hair (my team mates call me
Silverback);  I have more than 11,000 jumps and I can say that I am
definitely living my dream. 

What's the most useful piece of advice you can give to someone wanting to downsize?

Let's keep it short and simple:

Try to be honest before downsizing and ask yourself:
- Are you flying your current canopy at its full potential?
- Are you able to land your current canopy in a small target 10 times out
of 10?

You will be surprised about the swoops that can be done with a Sabre 2,
210 square feet, finishing on the target every single time.  Don't look at your best performance – everybody can be lucky once; search for consistency above all else.

 

Pablo Hernandez

CANOPY PROGRESSION 

Raven 245 ~ 25 jumps
Fury 220 ~ 25 jumps
Falcon 195 ~ 25 jumps
Sabre 170 ~ 225 jumps
Stiletto 150 ~ 200 jumps
Stiletto 120 ~ 1000 jumps
Sabre 107 ~ 1000 jumps
Icarus VX 89 ~ 2000 jumps
PD Velocity 90 ~ 1500 jumps
PD Velocity 84 ~ 1500 jumps
PD Velocity 90/84 ~ 1000 jumps
PD Velocity 96/84 ~ 1000 jumps
PD Velocity 96/84/79/71 ~ 1000 jumps
Peregrine 67/71/79/84
Valkyrie 90/96

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