US Military Jumpmaster, Tandem Instructor, Videographer, AFF Instructor, Coach
6,000+ Jumps; 42 Military Static Line Jumps
Felipe grew up in Cabo Rojo on Puerto Rico’s southwest coast and, at age 18, joined the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army stationed in Fort Bragg. After 13 years of active duty and achieving jumpmaster status, Felipe returned home to attend Polytechnic University – San Juan and dreamed of putting his coursework in mechanical and aerospace engineering to work at NASA.
Life took an exciting turn when Felipe established the island’s first skydiving club at PUPR (where he met Francisco), formed a 4-way team, and represented Puerto Rico at the 2015 USPA Collegiate Nationals. His engagement and success reaffirmed his love for civilian skydiving and Felipe went on to earn his tandem, AFF and coach ratings from Z-Hills.
After working and visiting several dropzones – including a two-year stint at Skydive Spaceland Houston – he decided to bring his enthusiasm for the sport and passion for teaching it home.
Nickname: Pipe (pronounced “P-Pay”)
Current Disciplines of Choice: Belly Flying, Camera Flying, AFF Instruction, Canopy Piloting