with Ryan Dudderidge
Dudders. Duderanch. Dudeman.
One of the most respected skydivers in Australia in the Freefly and CP scene, he has played a pivotal role in testing and advising on Manufactory Apparel’s developments like the Infinite Jersey, BASE layers for windtunnel and most recently, the MX series skydiving short.
His career spanning nearly a decade in skydiving has seen him travel the world from Australia to the USA, Middle East and Europe. Along the way earning himself all the tickets of validation as an Instructor for Skydiving and Windtunnel, also and active competitor, judge, coach and Load organiser.
Nowadays, Ryan is still the same determined, hungry motivated skydiver that he was when he began jumping. With a clear focus on what is arguably the most dangerous competitive discipline in Skydiving, Canopy Piloting; he is currently ranked as the #1 Canopy Pilot in Australia after the 9th FAI Canopy Piloting Championships held at Skydive Dubai December 2017.
So, why Ryan?
When selecting a representative, the most important question is, is this person (or teams) values aligned with our vision,
For our Brand, for our customers, and for our own company growth.
Manufactory Apparel is renowned for its product integrity with a focus on delivering the very highest quality of design and skydive gear, and this same expectation is bestowed upon the athletes chosen to test and play a role in the development of the Brand.
If you do some digging, you will find that Ryan has jumped with Rob & Shelly Delaney, the owners of Manufactory Apparel since all 3 had there ‘A’ Licenses. But it’s not a friends-only association as you may think – at the end of the day, Ryans own goals and achievements are vastly different and his own experiences are what brings value and perspective to the Research & Development within Manufactory Apparel.
Q&A on the ride to height!
Finished AFF at which DZ: Skydive Nagambie
Chosen Discipline: canopy piloting
Preferred Tunnel: Inflight Dubai
Favourite DZ: Funny farm
Most memorable Boogie: Voss Freefly festival 2015 – Freeflying, mountain flying, Innhops, Norway.
The ride to height is best in which Plane?: Twin Otter
Tandem or AFF: Both
Cookie or Tonfly: Cookie
PD or Icarus: Icarus. Fuck Yeah!!!
Next Jump No: just over 5000
Tunnel hours: HEAPS. (I worked at Inflight Dubai for 2.5 years)
Wing-loading: Leia – 2.7, Petra 3.2
Follow Ryan on Instagram for your weekly #FOMO ryandudderidge
Images Kian Bullock & Sergey Nazarov
Robert Delaney is the creative director and co-owner of Manufactory Apparel. His career in fashion and graphic design has spanned more than 15 years, working for industry-leading apparel companies in sports, street and luxury fashion. No stranger to the sky, Rob has worked as a Camera flyer, LO and coach, and has represented Australia as a competitive skydiver in 2016