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Dubai skydiver breaks record for world’s smallest parachute

The 35 square foot canopy beat the previous record set in 2008

Dubai skydiver breaks record for world’s smallest parachute
Venezuelan professional skydiver Ernesto Gainza.

A Dubai skydiver has claimed the emirate’s latest Guinness World Record by successfully jumping 14,000 feet using a 35 square feet parachute, the smallest in the world, it was confirmed.

The record for the smallest parachute had been set by Luigi Cani in January 2008, using a 37sqft canopy. However, Venezuelan professional skydiver Ernesto Gainza broke the record by 2sqft at an official jump on Saturday at SkyDive Dubai.

Gainza was in training for 12 months as part of Project Extreme Canopy Flight (XCF) and had a reserve parachute in case he got in difficulty.

“Project XCF is the product of a man’s dream to fly and land the world’s smallest parachute. Regardless of the size of the challenge, a dream will always be a dream if there is no determination to make it reality,” he said in advance of the record-breaking attempt.

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