"Teams don't get any better than this."
– Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld, in an email to Mary Pat regarding their partnership

"Never regret the things that you have done; only regret the things that you have never tried"
– Anonymous quote used by Mary Pat in Riding With The Wind

Above All Else: A World Champion Skydiver's Story of Survival

"There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands".
– Richard Bach, Illusions

Moved by the events she lived through with her friend Dan, Mary Pat Avery wrote the screenplay called Airmoves, which was later changed to Above All Else. Mary Pat started writing the book, and in 2009, Dan decided to use this material in a team-building book he was writing separately. The result was a book they decided to call the same as their screenplay: Above All Else. In 1992, Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld survived a plane crash which killed sixteen of the twenty-two people on board. He was left critically injured and woke up from a six-week-long coma with a broken neck, broken skull, severe head trauma, a collapsed lung, and other serious internal injuries. Against all odds, Dan recovered and went on to become a multi-time world champion skydiver.

In Above All Else (ghost/co-written by Mary Pat Avery), Dan tells an inspiring story of hopes, dreams, and his amazing comeback.

Dan's extraordinary talent for bringing out the best in others has made him one of the most influential people in the sport of skydiving and one of the most sought after coaches in the world. His strategies have led him to victories as a coach, competitor, husband, father and business owner. Whatever your goals are, Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld can help you make them a reality.

Read the first two chapters of Above All Else by Mary Pat Avery and Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld

Order the book "Above All Else" at:
Amazon, Square 1 & Chuting Star


SWRNN – 16 February 2012
'Above All Else' offers bird's eye view of skydiving sport

Dan's interview & VIP profile on Skydive TV

Jewish Journal – 11 January 2012
"Up in the air, but down to earth"

BBC radio shows in London on 9/21/2011:



FOX News San Diego: Skydiver Continues To Jump After Plane Crash

SKYLEAGUE – 29 April 2011
"Did you know...that Dan BC's unique skydiving story comes in a book and a movie?"

Above All Else the Movie