When, where, why and how did you make your first skydive?
A friend of mine took me there for the 1st time after i hear him talking about skydiving, but before when i was very young in a disco club i saw a video of a guy that became my friend after and he was base jumping from the mountain in Italy and i thought it was so cool to be able to fly. I always wanted to fly since i was little.
How did that first jump change your life?
It changed everything i was going to the school and i stopped i had a boyfriend and i broke up because he didn’t like me to jump, later i moved in another country to learn how to freefly and freestyle. and i stopped my modeling job and just do it on and off sometime.
As a professional extreme athlete, what does a typical day in your life look like and what do you enjoy most about this lifestyle?
Most of my days are at the drop zone training. In the summer i’ve been base jumping mostly, last year i was flying in the tunnel a bit more. What i enjoy the most is everything i do also the underwater pictures and adventures with animals.
We’ve seen you training a lot recently in wing suit flying, what is it about this discipline that you love?
Yes i love to fly wingsuit because it is so new on what we can do and learn new things. We can freefly and move around. It is more flying than falling.
What is it about Skydive Perris that makes you want to jump here?
I have been in this drop zone many years ago since 2002 and i have lots of memories here of my 1st bigway freefly or my 1st training camp of freestyle, also all the good coaches some of them unfortunately not here anymore. I like to work here because we have one of the best weather and the plane is going always up 🙂
You’ve skydived and BASE jumped all over the world, is there a location that stands out as being most memorable (aside from Perris of course!) ;-)?
The dolomites are the most beautiful mountains to me. I like also to jump over the Ocean like in Hawaii.
You’ve worked on numerous TV shows, commercials, movies etc. Which was most fun, and why?
My favorite commercial was probably the HTC Phone, why? Because who get to jump in the same job in the same skydive with Norman Kent, Joe Jennings, Craig OBrien and Greg Gasson all together? That was the one life time job and a dream team. It was also a challenge and not easy jumps.
Who are your skydiving mentors?
Jon Devore, Mike Swanson and Ippo Fabbi, Noah Bahnson, Stefania Martinengo.
What canopies do you jump and why?
Spectre 107, Horizon 120, i like to have good opening and both are good for wingsuit.
What’s been your favorite skydive and BASE jump so far?
Skydive i think when i flew over the Volcano in Chile. Base jump the jumps from the building in Dubai.
Do you have a ‘dream jump’ you have yet to do?
Yes i do and i can t talk about 😉 but i have many dreams on different locations in the world.
What are your future goals in skydiving?
Training freefly wingsuit as much as i can.
When you’re not jumping, what other activities do you like to do?
I go to the Gym i love the ocean so in the summer i like to go surfing.
Tell us something that is little known about your yourself?
I love to cook and i cook everyday after jumping.
What’s in store for you in 2018?
I will be working for GoPro again so lots of adventures to film underwater and in the air. I m going to South America with my boyfriend to fly together organizing boogies. in the summer we gonna be in Europe again flying and at the tunnel in Milan Aerogravity.
Sum up Roberta Mancino in 5 words or less.
Determinate, generous, caring, passionate.