The first-ever USPA National Championships of Wingsuit Flying wrapped up Sunday, October 4, at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois. Travis Mickle is the new national champion of performance flying, and his acrobatic team, Wicked Wingsuits, with teammates Simon Repton and Chase Wheeler, is the first acrobatic national champion.
After fighting first clouds and then wind for most of the week, the meet managed to complete all eight rounds of the acrobatic event and six of nine jumps in the performance event. The acrobatic event involves teams of two performers and a camera flyer performing a series of maneuvers in both compulsory and free routines. In the performance event, individual wingsuiters try for the highest scores in three tasks—speed, time and distance—using electronic data recorders to record their flights.
The acrobatic event included five teams. The team from Dubai, U.A.E., had the highest score but couldn’t earn a medal since they competed as a guest team. The gold went to Wicked Wingsuits, with O3 in second and Flat Spin in third. Full acrobatic scores are available on the OmniSkore! website.
The performance event had 32 open competitors and three intermediate competitors. Behind Mickle in open was Noah Bahnson in second, representing the U.A.E. The silver went to Chris Geller and the bronze to Scott Callantine. Alexey Galda took the top spot in intermediate. Full scores are available on the Paralog website.
Chicagoland Skydiving Center proved to be a superb host. This was the DZ’s first time hosting a USPA Nationals, and CSC did an excellent job after the USPA Board selected the DZ to host the event only two months prior.
Look for a complete report on the event in the December Parachutist.
An international group of formation skydivers has set a new Fédération Aéronautique Internationale sequential formation skydiving world record (pending ratification) with a two-point 202-way. The group completed the jump Tuesday, September 29, at Skydive Perris in California. Dieter Kirsch, Milko Hodgkinson and Patrick Passe organized the event, which they called the Sequential Games. For the past five years, a number of attempts at this record have come close, but none has succeeded—until now.
The S-202 event began September 26 with several groups of 40- to 60-ways. After two days of progressively bigger groups, the team went for the first 202-way attempts on Monday. The first day’s official attempts came close, with the best jump coming up just one grip shy. On Tuesday, the group completed the two-point jump on the third attempt.
The jump also set a national sequential record, a California sequential record and the California record for largest formation skydive. The event runs through October 2, and team plans to attempt a third point on the remaining days.
This fall is an exciting time for competitive skydivers, with multiple USPA Nationals events right around the corner!
First up is the first-ever USPA National Wingsuit Flying Championships next week at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois. The event runs September 28-October 4 and includes performance and acrobatic events. Additional details are available on CSC’s event page (including online registration) and the Facebook event page.
Next month, Skydive Arizona in Eloy will host the USPA National Skydiving Championships October 21-November 1, which includes formation skydiving, vertical formation skydiving, mixed formation skydiving, artistic freeflying and freestlye, and speed skydiving. The full competition schedule and online registration are available on Skydive Arizona’s event page. Additional information is also available on the Facebook event page.
To add to the excitement, Skydive-TV, an online and mobile skydiving TV channel, will be returning to cover the 2015 Nationals in Eloy. Skydive-TV covered last year’s Nationals at Skydive Chicago, as well as the 2015 National Parachuting Championships in Raeford, North Carolina. Skydive-TV is planning to broadcast all the action from Skydive Arizona each day throughout Nationals. Those interested in learning more about Skydive-TV and advertising opportunities can visit skydive-tv.com.
The U.S. Canopy Piloting Team has just returned from the 8th FAI World Cup of Canopy Piloting at Nouvel Air Skydiving Center in Farnham, Canada, where it competed against an international field of 77 canopy pilots in a well-organized, beautifully run competition. USA’s Nick Batsch became the World Cup overall champion in a hard-fought contest, just ahead of Spain’s Pablo Hernandez and USA’s Curt Bartholomew. The 12-strong U.S. Team occupied seven of the top-10 overall places:
In the speed event, the U.S. Team swept the first four places: Batsch in first, Price second, Windmiller third and Bobo fourth.
In the distance event, Cornelia Mihai from the United Arab Emirates became the first woman to win an FAI first-category canopy piloting event, clinching the gold in the third round with the longest flight of the meet, 121.95 meters. Batsch took silver and Windmiller bronze.
In zone accuracy, Bartholomew waged an exciting duel against Italy’s Mario Fattoruso and achieved the near-impossible, winning all three rounds with scores of 96, 91 and a perfect 100 in the final round to cinch the gold. Fattoruso earned silver and Hernandez bronze. Price finished fourth and Batsch placed fifth.
Full scores and results are available online. Look for complete coverage and results in the November issue of Parachutist.
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