Jun 9, 2009, 6:58 AM
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VRW - Update
Hello VRW Fliers!
It's been a while since our last update so here are the highlights for this go around:
* IPC holds Web Challenge. Deadline July 31. * USPA Nationals set for October at Spaceland. * Australia holds Nationals as 3 teams battle it out. * Skydive Elsinore holds a comp in 2 weeks, are you going? * The World Record 100 Try Outs next weekend. * Is your team heading to the Czech Republic for the World Cup? * Where will the 2010 World Parachuting Championships be? * New Media, Blue Skies Magazine, do you have a copy?
IPC holds online competition with prizes
The competition will run from May 1st 2009 until July 31st 2009. This is a web based, 3 round challenge. With any new discipline it is difficult for teams to gain competitive experience, and also to learn 'how to' from more experienced teams in other parts of the world. The idea of the Web Challenge is to give an opportunity to address both issues, without undue expense or travel requirements. Three rounds of competition will be posted on the FAI web site. Teams can enter as many times as they like by submitting the visual evidence of their jump onto the Challenge Web Site. Each entry will be viewed by the panel of FAI Judges, using a 'virtual' judging method co-ordinated between them, so that they replicate as closely as possible normal judging conditions. The Winning Team will receive 5 Optimas with prizes for second and third place as well. To download the 3 round draw click here. Register your team now!
2009 USPA Nationals are a go at Spaceland
Everyone please take notice! The dates have been set and the format from last years Nationals has changed. VFS will be after 8-way FS and before Artistic Events. That's right, check the schedule and updates here. Registration is October 14th with the comp October 15th - 18th. Online registration should be coming shortly! Vertical Relative Work registration fees are $170 per team member. Jumps will be from 12,500 feet and are $20 each. See you there!
Australian Nationals holds successful VFS competition
3 teams battle it out at the Australian Nationals. Earth Leakage takes the gold in the 6 round comp averaging 7.33 points per round! Check out the teams and scores here. Also in Australian news, members of AZ Arsenal assisted with a new Australian Vertical Record of 25 skydivers linked together headdown last month, breaking the previous record of 17 set nearly 4 years prior.
Skydive Elsinore to host June VFS comp
Elsinore Echelon will host the VFS competition at Skydive Elsinore on June 20th - 21st. If you have your team together, aiming at going to Nationals this year, take this opportunity to come out and get competition experience BEFORE the big meet in October. Come check it out and learn from the top VFS competitors in the area......
World Record 100 way Try Outs at Skydive Chicago
Sure you can do a 4 way, but can you do a 100 way? With the World Record attempts set for Summerfest at Skydive Chicago, you can get your slot at the Try Outs June 13th - 14th being hosted by VFS team SDC Standard at Skydive Chicago. At the tryouts last month in Arizona hosted by AZ Arsenal, 74 people showed up to fight for 25 slots up for grabs. This time another 25 slots are open and will be handed out. This will be the last of the tryouts being held in the United States. Participant Registration Form to be completed by Friday June 12th at 5:00pm. Meeting in the main hanger at 8:00 am on June 13th. The goal is to do 7 jumps per day. The cost of the tryouts will be the cost of jumps plus $50. More details here.
2009 World Cup will be held at Letecka 1 in the Czech Republic
The 2nd VFS World Cup will be held in Europe in the Czech Republic August 30th - Sept 6, 2009. This will be an 8 round competition. The registration will be 820€, in US Dollars that is roughly $1,150 per person. This includes all registraion fees, all competition jumps, including re-jumps and tie-breakers, 7 nights accommodation, 3 meals a day, local transport from hotel to DZ, farewell banquet and 1 training jump. So in reality, this is quite a good deal! This information and much more can be found in Bulletin 1 here.
The 2010 FAI World Parachute Championships will be held in Russia
It has been decided that the 2010 FAI World Parachute Championships will be held in Menzelinsk, Tatarstan, Russia from July 31st to August 6th, 2010. For more information check out the FAI website as updates occur.
Announcing the latest skydiving magazine, Blue Skies Mag
That's right, a new player is in town rolling out their first issue in July 2009. Made up from industry experts with their fingers on the pulse, they are an independent air sports magazine covering BASE, skydiving, ground launching, speed flying, paragliding, hang gliding and any other human-powered air sport around the globe - but mostly skydiving in the U.S. to start. Lend them a hand, add to the collection on your coffee table, keep up to date on the latest and greatest skydiving news. Subscribe now!
That's it for now folks. Please send any an all contributions, events, training camps, comps to vrwteam (AT) vrw4way.com and feel free to subscribe / unsubscribe at http://www.vrw4way.com
I actually have been chatting with one of the admins about making a VRW / VFS section in DZ.com
They didn't like the idea of adding a section because of administrative purposes, but agreed that we should do something. One idea they had was to simply change the title of this section from "Freeflying" to "Freeflying / VRW"
They are even talking about removing the speed rounds from the freefly and reinstating the compulsory manoevers like freestyle still has.
Even though both these events (formation skydiving and artistic events Championships) are typically held at the same place at the same time, you cannot cross over from VRW to Freeflying as they are different championships. You can however move between formation disciplines and artistic disciplines at the same event under the current rules.
VRW belongs in the formation skydiving forum.
As much as many of the belly flyers will not like it, VRW will become the premiere event at the world meet over the next few events.
Artistic events have always taken the back seat to 4 way belly, but now the VRW guys are doing as many points in a vertical oreintation as the belly guys do and they havn't even had a world meet in that discipline yet!
(This post was edited by rhys on Jun 10, 2009, 8:12 PM)