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 granddaddy of swooping competitions, the U.S. Pond Swoop Nationals.
His countless other honors include winning the Vertical Relative Work World Cup Championship, the PST Mile Hi Canopy Cup, and Austria’s MTV Gold Cup, as well as contributing to five world records. But what “Jeffro” is best known for is his talent for inventing never-before-seen aerobatics, like an incredible move known 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, “It was totally random. I went to a drop zone with friends and made a tandem jump, then decided I wanted to do it again…and again…and again.” Almost 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. “Most skydivers have to jump in the middle of nowhere, but thanks to our special permissions, we get to check out locations like New York City,” he states appreciatively. “Very few people get the opportunity to jump into these urban places.”
Jeff also teaches skydiving techniques to elite military units, he’s aiming toward a helicopter pilot’s license and he has obtained his SAG and AFTRA cards -- the entrée to work in film and television. You’ve probably seen him already, performing aerial stunts in commercials and TV shows like “Top Gear,” and he’s even been in a Bollywood movie.
“My career is also my passion,” Jeff says simply. “I’m lucky to experience things that most people can only ever dream about.”