Jeff Provenzano is one of the pioneers of the high-speed, high-stakes skydiving discipline of swooping. “It’s like driving a Ferrari as a parachute,” he says. Not only was Jeff the 2007 Overall Champion of the Professional Swooping Tour, but for four years running he took the crown at the U.S. Pond Swoop Nationals. His countless other honours include winning the Vertical Relative Work World Cup Championship, and contributing to five world records. But what “Jeffro” is best known for is his talent for inventing never-before-seen aerobatics, such as “The Miracle Man” that’s been equated to pioneering the backflip in freestyle motocross.
It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. Born in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1976 and raised just outside New York City, Jeff was studying at the Big Apple’s School of Visual Arts. He remembers, “I went to a drop zone with friends and made a tandem jump, then decided I wanted to do it again… and again.” Over 14,000 jumps later, the artist who had formerly been obsessed with snowboarding and skateboarding still can’t get enough of skydiving.
Jeff stays super busy with Red Bull Air Force demos in cities from coast to coast. Jeff also teaches skydiving techniques to elite military units, is aiming toward a helicopter pilot’s license and recently obtained his SAG and AFTRA cards – the entrée to work in film and TV.Read more