My name is Deyan Bakardzhiev and I’m a KNVvL certified Master Rigger.
I started skydiving in Bulgaria in 1998. I did my first reserve inspection/repack in 1997. I started with skydiving in Bulgaria back when it was not so easy. There weren’t places you could pay to jump, nor I’ve had the money to travel abroad. I had time and I could read English, so I read all I could find about gear and materials. And about that time my passion for rigging began. Then I spent 9 years in the military where I worked on every type of parachute the army had to offer.
In 2007 I went to Spain to learn about modern sport skydiving gear
from Georgui Krastev, whom I still consider the neatest rigger when it
comes down to reserve repacks. The guy was absolute wizard!
In 2008 I left the army to travel around and enjoy skydiving. My travels took me to Nationaal Paracentrum Teuge, where I spent the season packing parachutes and just having fun. Also, I met my future wife there. Later that year, I inquired at the best rigging loft (at the time) in the country, and asked if they might be interested in showing me more about rigging. Was I ever surprised when they said “Yes,” and that’s how my journey there began. I learned most of what I know about sewing and repairing from Karin and Inge and they guided me to my Master Rigger rating.
In 2016 the loft changed its owner and I thought that it’s time to start my own company, following my passion for rigging and holding the work to my quality standards.
To this moment I have more than 5000 inspections and more than 4300 repacks, as well as hundreds if not thousands of repairs and modifications.
In 2019 I became a Rigger Examiner…… and the journey continues……
De Zanden 105B, 7395 PB Teuge, Netherlands