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Skydivers Boogie in Nicaragua
Between March 2 and March 12, hundreds of bodies fell from the sky - literally! - onto the beach at Barcelo Montelimar. But no one got hurt. The "bodies" were skydivers, 205 of them from 13 different countries, who took part in Nicaragua's first skydiving event, called a "Boogie."
Organized by Rich Grimm, a former fireman and professional skydiver who owns California-based "Tsunami Skydivers, "SkyDive Nicaragua" took nearly a year to plan. "We did boogies in Belize for a number of years and we needed a new venue," said Grimm. "We looked for a country that offered not only a great place to jump, but also adventure!"
The skydivers who descended on Nicaragua had adventures beyond the confines of Barcelo Montelimar, where the 10-day event was based. Jumpers toured the Spanish Colonial city of Granada and Masaya Volcano. Some traveled as far as the Corn Islands for Scuba diving, and down to San Juan del Sur for surfing. Others rented ATVs for touring and went horseback riding. Two groups of jumpers traveled to Cerro Negro Volcano to try Nicaragua's unique adventure sport - sand boarding. "One of our jumpers hit 77 kph coming down the black sands of Cerro Negro," said Grimm. "He beat the record!"
During their 10 days in Nicaragua, the skydivers completed around 600 jumps, including two demo jumps. The crowds of Nicaraguans who came to watch were thrilled. In fact, to make the "Skydive Boogie" possible, the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute (INTUR) had sponsored the fuel for the jump plane. "The Nicaraguan government gave us great support," said Grimm. "Not just the fuel, but banners all over Managua and firemen and guys from INAC, the Nicaraguan aeronautic department, who made sure everything went safely."
Unexpected high winds meant that jumping was called off for several days, but the skydivers stayed busy. "As skydivers, we are used to having events slowed by weather, so our 'pool parties' became legendary," said Grimm. "We even had one jumper propose on the beach to his girlfriend, and she said yes!"
During their stay in Nicaragua, the skydivers pumped an estimated $350,000 into the local economy. They also donated hundreds of dollars worth of supplies to the local school. "We were glad to help out," said Grimm. "We found the Nicaraguan people so friendly and warm - they're awesome!"