Published: August 17, 2017
Us: When did you decide you wanted to learn to jump solo?
Sully: I have known I wanted to skydive since I was like 11 years old. But my life was soccer, soccer and more soccer for a long time--Division 1 stuff--and I didn't want to start doing anything else until I could really commit to it. This summer was the first summer that it was a possibility, so here I am.
Us: How did we get so lucky to have you as a student?
Sully: The Wasatch is my home. I have hiked the 50 tallest peaks in the Wasatch Front. Any time I need to go somewhere to feel at peace, I head into the Wasatch; anytime anyone asks me where I am from I say, I live by the Wasatch. Long story short, I'm pretty obsessed with the Wasatch...so it felt like fate to learn how to jump out of a plane from a group named after the place that I love so much and will forever call my home. Because of where I live, Skydive Wasatch wasn't the easiest to get to or the fastest, but I am super, super grateful that I ended up here, because you guys are the funnest group of people for sure.
Us: What did it feel like when you showed up here for your first skydive?
Sully: It felt crazy. I showed up for my first school jumps on a day that turned out to be really windy. It came in really fast, so we actually made it to like 9,800 feet before we got word that the winds were too high at the landing area. I was so ready to go, and then I had to go down. I was begging [the general manager] to let me go anyways, but he wouldn't let me. That was obviously a good thing, but it was rough at the time. The next weekend I drove down again, and I was so ready to actually start jumping. I just felt really confident. It was awesome.
Us: You nail your athletic goals like nothing we've seen, so we're on tenterhooks to know: What your goals are in the sport of skydiving?
Sully: Goals are to do it all, dude. In the next like 4 or 5 years, I want to be, like, wingsuit BASE jumping. I'll take my time and I won't do anything stupid, won't rush into anything, make sure I am always ready, and never get in over my head--but the goal is to jump off tall, scary mountains with a wingsuit. Right now, the only thing that frustrates me is that I don't have time to make way, way more skydives, all the time, but time is time, right?