Without a doubt, if you are a skydiver and on Instagram, you have seen some of McKenna Knipe’s outrageously funny and creative skydiving videos. She’s taking skydiving videos to a new level! From wearing a cow costume while eating Chic-fil-A, munching on pizza on a high pull, Dominos delivery by CRW, to wingsuit rodeo dining a Burger King Whopper. McKenna truly is a unique skydiving video producer. Even more amazing is she is a proud supporter of our Colorful Jerseys.
I am so happy to have been able to ask McKenna some questions. Check out our interview with her!
You and skydiving: Tell me more!
My name is McKenna Dawn Knipe, and I am 25 years old. I am from Palm City, Florida, and my home dropzone is Skydive City in Zephyrhills, Florida. On my 18th birthday, I did a tandem skydiving, and at 21, I got my skydiving license. Currently, I have 334 jumps. The most incredible place I have jumped so far was at Nitro City in Panama during Nitrothon.
What do you like most about skydiving?
McKenna Knipe: What I like the most is that time seems to slow down once you exit an aircraft. Its almost as if life goes by in slow motion. There is nothing else occupying your mind other than what you see in front of you. Oh yeah, and does the view ever gets my blood pumping! The other greatest thing about skydiving is the people. I’ve never met more incredible humans that I have through this sport. The stoke and love for life that everyone has are addicting to be around.
What motivates me to keep jumping is the endless search for that feeling of freedom. I have yet to be happier than when I am in the sky and around those who share the same passion.
Video content and creativity: Tell me more!
What makes you want to create so much content?
McKenna Knipe: With our community being as small as it is, I think it would be pretty awesome to help it grow into a mainstream sport by bringing attention to it any way that I can. The bigger the sport becomes, the more opportunities we have as skydivers and the more people we get to share this hidden life secret with. Also, creating content is exciting! It gives my friends and me the excuse to have as much fun as we possibly can. What is life without maximum fun?
Where do you find inspiration for skydiving videos?
McKenna Knipe: I find inspiration from the people around me and events that occur on a day to day basis… and I find inspiration from the deep desire for endless shenanigans!
Do you have any people that inspire you when thinking about your next adventure or video?
McKenna Knipe: SkyNinjas inspire me the most. Seeing those who are jaw-dropping ridiculous at the sport only makes me want to push harder and focus more on the progression of my flight skills. The better you are, the more places you go to. The more places you go, the more people you meet and dropzones you experience. The more people and dropzones, the more fun! It’s a full circle.
She goes viral
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How did you feel when you posted your pizza video?
McKenna Knipe: Actually, it was very unexpected for the pizza video to blow up as it did. However, it has opened up a lot of doors for me in the sport, and I’m very lucky to have the opportunities that I do. And so, I want to take advantage of it and show people that you can base your career around your lifestyle. Rather than molding your lifestyle around your career. Find what you love and figure out a way to do it every damn day, no matter how ridiculous.
How do you deal with people’s reactions?
McKenna Knipe: I find people’s reactions to be hilarious. I’ve gotten called the pizza girl, chicken nugget girl, white claw girl, and the girl that eats under canopy – all in one day. I’ve been asked for autographs and pictures, people sending fan mail, it’s quite humorous. Skydiving, food, and stoked people are three of my favorite things in the world. You won’t catch me complaining.
Future: Tell me more!
Where do you see yourself in the next years in the sport? Do you have any short and medium-term goals in skydiving?
McKenna Knipe: I see myself becoming a much better flyer and canopy pilot. My goal ever since high school, many years before I got my skydiving license, was to be a part of the RedBull Skydiving Team. I have no intention of veering away from this goal. In the meantime, I have an Extreme Marketing business plan in the works, which I see, turning into a successful company within the next couple of years. What better way to support your addiction?! My everyday goal is to get as many people stoked about skydiving as I am. Also, to share all of the love and happiness, this life-changing sport has to offer.
If you could skydive anywhere in the world, where would you go first?
McKenna Knipe: If I had to pick anywhere to jump, as of now, it would probably be the Blue Hole in Belize. Land in the water and then scuba dive the Blue Hole! Yewww!
What do you dream of doing that you haven’t done yet?
McKenna Knipe: Jumping off of buildings and cliffs. Not much excites me more than the thought of jumping and seeing massive rocks or windows shoot passed. The feeling of falling in dead air is unlike any other, and to do that all around the world would/will be a dream come true!
Thanks so much to McKenna Knipe for taking the time to answer some questions for us. Clearly, McKenna is just as vibratious in life as she is in her videos. Personally, I really enjoy watching and laughing at all the funny and creative skydiving McKenna does. Absolutely, I am looking forward to seeing what else that she comes up with! Good luck with all of your goals in the sport, there is no doubt you will meet all of your goals with such an ambitious and great attitude.
Thank you so much for supporting the Colourful Jerseys, and I hope to share the sky with you soon!
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