Freeflock Utah BoogieBy Jack Guthrie on 2009-05-21
July 10-12, 2009 is when wingsuiters and freefliers will once again flock to the shores of the Great Salt Lake near Salt Lake City, Utah. Last year’s event was stellar, with some great photo ops, HALO jumps, great food and fun, and lasting memories.
Skydive Utah is on the southern edge of the Great Salt Lake. “We’ve got cross country canopy pilots that exit over the lake and fly back to the DZ, said Jack Guthrie, DZO at Skydive Utah. “Our views of the Wasatch, Oquirrh, and Stansbury mountains make for an unforgettable canopy ride.”
The 2008 event featured a HALO jump over Farnsworth Peak, named for the inventor of the television. The peak serves as a broadcast central for the western United States. Wingsuiters challenged the distance, hoping for an eight-mile flight but 35 knot headwinds made the effort unsuccessful.
2009 brings on some additional opportunities and surprises.
“We’ve got a two-way wingsuit competition, organized freeflying, organized bellyflying, a number of just plain fun events happening, including the Beer Accuracy Challenge, and of course, Skydive 21, the card game,” says Douglas Spotted Eagle, one of the producers of the event. Prizes from L&B, Paragear, SSK, Aerodyne, VASST, and other vendors will be on hand.
“This is also a qualifier for the World Record Wingsuit event to be held in Elsinore in November of 2009,” says Justin Shorb, organizer of the wingsuit event. “We’ve got flocks set up for beginner and experienced wingsuiters.”
First Flight Courses at no cost (other than slot of instructor and pack job) are available courtesy of TonySuits and Flock University. But the fun isn’t limited to just wingsuiters; there’s a lot more.
“Wingsuits aren’t the only thing we have going on. With name organizers like John Crowell to organize freeflying, myself and Liz Venning putting together FS Skydives, the event has something to offer anyone. Chris Warnock, world-record holding CF/Crewdog will be on hand for crew or to help put together the long ride over the water (the sunset hop n’ pop),” said Guthrie. Warnock, producer of the VASST “Canopy Control” DVD hosted by Chris Gay, will also be available for canopy coaching for anyone looking to improve their canopy skills.
A sweet aspect of the event will be the presence of the new Skydive Arizona Super Twin Otter and our King 90 aircraft, allowing the opportunity to set several new state records in multiple disciplines.
The real highlights of the event include the HALO jump over the Oquirrh Mountains, a wingsuit distance flight over an undisclosed area, and of course, jumps over a very unique terrain not found in very many places in the world.
Skydive Utah has three main landing areas, with areas specifically set off for swoops and high performance landings. Skydive Utah has been in business for 15 years, and has been on the Erda Airport location for the past 5 years.
A master rigger is found on-site with multiple senior riggers, demo canopies from Aerodyne, and food to be provided by a local deli vendor to keep energies high and well-fed. Don’t miss the Saturday night party!
Situated at 4200 MSL, the Erda Airport is a very short drive to Salt Lake City International. The mountains around the Erda airport offer terrific mountain biking, ATV riding, horseback riding, and the race track down the street even has muscle cars for rent, that can be driven on the world-class Miller Race track.
Pre-registration is open now by calling 435-833-9999, or visiting www.skydiveutah.com for more information.
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