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    Holiday Boogies to Attend This December

    The holiday season is fast approaching and with it the annual holiday boogies. We've looked around and compiled a list of some of the most promising boogies from around the world occurring in the month of December. For all those that are new to the world of skydiving, having maybe just received your A-license and have yet to attend your first boogie, this is a great opportunity to come and experience what skydiving is really all about, because it extends far further than just jumping out of a plane.


    Holiday Boogies in the United States



    Skydive City – Annual Christmas Boogie
    Skydive City in Zephyrhills FL hosts the Annual Christmas Boogie December 22 to January 5. They typically have 800-1000 people from 50 countries visit over this time and fly 3 Twin Otters every day.
    The party atmosphere is said to be great! They have a new Sunset Bar which has the biggest selection of beer in the area. At the Hard Dock Café, the food is awesome with dinners every night and the entertainment is spectacular.
    Pirate Day is New Year's Eve, and Skydive City have what many consider to be the best New Year's Eve party on the planet. Live music, midnight Night Jumps to ring in the New Year, the bonfire is on all night every night. Free tent camping and electric hookups available first come, first serve. Laundry, Wi-fi, debrief and training areas, team rooms and televisions stationed all over the dropzones for your use.
    They have Night Jumps each Saturday Night during the Boogie, High Altitude Loads each Sunday morning. Formation loads, Big-Way organizing with Steve Woodford. Wicked Wingsuits has a school and suit rentals at the dropzone, as well as multiple freefly organizers. The Finnish Invasion happens at the same time, along with 60-Way formation loads with Annemarie, Eric and Markku.
    Sunshine Factory is onsite with demo and gear rentals, plus all the accessories you could need. Skydive Ratings runs a full-time Instructor Rating school, allowing you to get any rating any time here at Skydive City.
    Overall the Annual Christmas Boogie looks like crazy fun times from sun-up to sun-down and beyond, and definitely worth considering!
    For more information visit: Skydive City's Website

    Tsunami Skydivers – First Annual ‘New Years ReVolution Boogie'
    Tsunami Skydivers in Oceanside, California is hosting its first annual "New Year's ReVolution Boogie" between the 26th and 31st of December, 2012. Tsunami Skydivers is Southern California’s newest drop zone, located about a mile and a half from the Pacific Ocean.
    The boogie will have world class organizers for both freeflying and relative work. The DZ's PAC 750 and a Super Caravan will be flying loads each day.
    What makes this boogie unique is the availability to make a beach jump over Oceanside Harbor and then participate in a sunset booze cruise on December 28th.
    An A-Star helicopter will take five jumpers to 5,000 feet all day on December 30th, there will also be a "James Bond" themed New Year's Eve party at the host hotel. Pre-purchased jump tickets are $20 each and there is NO boogie fee! There are some pretty fun nightly parties with live music planned. The host hotel offers a skydiver rate.
    DZO Rich Grimm has hosted international boogies for many years ...he knows how to throw a party! This may well be a boogie worth checking out!
    Go to www.tsunamiskydivers.com for all of the boogie information and call them Thursday-Sunday to reserve your slot!

    Holiday Boogies in United Arab Emirates



    Skydive Dubai – Winter Festival Boogie

    Skydive Dubai combines world-class staff and a fleet of fast turbine aircraft (Twin Otters, Cessna Caravans & Pilatus Porter) and at the most amazing location over looking the magnificent man-made island "Palm Jumeira" all in the heart of Dubai, just around the corner from all the facilities like hotels, entertainment, transport, etc..
    Their Winter Festival Boogie will feature the Euro Sequentials, Atmonauti Record and Daily Load Organizing/coaching by the finest of the skydiving world.
    They will have a variety of fun activities to choose from after sunset, especially the famous SANDANCE New Year's Eve event at Nasimi Beach in the Atlantis Hotel, The Palm. There is going to be an extensive line up of DJs and overall awesome ambiance, on the sandy beaches of Dubai.
    You will be able to discover the magic of the Arabian Gulf during this event that will bring you the best of skydiving and enjoyment in the sunniest and most exotic Skydiving Winter destinations!
    The Program & the People:
    Atmonauti World record (29th Dec to 5th Jan) with Marco Tiezzi & Gigliola Borgnis
    The Euro Sequentials (28th Dec to 3rd Jan) with Kristian Moxnes, Havard Flaat, Mike Carpenter & Fabian Raidel.
    Daily Load Organizing & Coaching in:
    Freefly by both Teams Maktoum & Dubai NEXUS
    Wingsuit flying by Julian Boulle, Mike Swanson & Noah Bahnson
    Flat fly (Craig Girard and Eliana Rodriguez & the Assar Team) There will also be 3 competitions with real awesome prizes and as follows:
    *Best Skydive Video:
    1st Prize : Skydive Dubai branded Canopy
    2nd Prize: Skydive Dubai branded Jumpsuit
    *Best Skydive Comedy (PG rated):
    One Prize: Skydive Dubai branded Container of your choice
    *Swoop & Chug Competition:
    1st Prize: Brand new iPad
    2nd Prize: Iphone 5
    3rd Prize: 15 minutes Tunnel Session with the Organizer"
    Booking for the Event:
    Booking is a must, Registration is $50 and gives you access to the event.(Multiple optional activities available for booking onsite). Slots to attend are limited.
    Book online at: www.skydivedubai.ae
    ***This is a 500jumps/D license Event strictly.
    Holiday Boogies in Europe



    Skytime Castellon – Christmas Boogie
    Between the 22nd of December and the 1st of January this year, Skytime Castellón will host their ‘Christmas Boogie’, the dropzone is located on the Mediterranean Sea, meaning that you’ve got almost an entire beach to use as your landing area.
    They will be operating at 14 000ft and using a Pilatus Porter B2H4, which is the resident jumpship at the dropzone.
    Castellón is a beautiful area and offers an amazing variety of entertainment outside of the dropzone too, with lots of sight-seeing to be done.
    Rental equipment, packers, creepers, mock-up, are only few of their facilities.
    Special guests during the boogie include Tim Porter (Elite Athlete, Free Fly Instructor, Load Organizer). The dropzone has excellent coaching and as reflected by the dz rating on dropzone.com, they offer a great experience with friendly staff. If their boogie is anything like their general operations, it promises to be a good one.
    Check their web site to organize your trip and choose hotels and flights. The closest internationals airports are Valencia and Reus.
    Holiday Boogies in Southern Africa



    Swakopmund – Desert Boogie
    The Desert Boogie hosted by the Swakopmund Skydiving club is the longest running annual boogie in Southern Africa, after its debut in 1978 the club has continued to keep tradition alive with the boogie now on its 34th year. Each year is a success and great fun is had by those attending.
    The boogie will play host to visitors from around the world and see a variety of forms of jumping taking place, static line student jumps, wing suiting, free flying, formation skydiving and special beach jumps will take place over the period which spans nearly 2 weeks. While the boogie will provide something for all skydivers as it always does, there is also a focus on getting whuffos to join the sport.
    This year there will be Atlas Angel (9 pax) for the fun jumpers, while static line students will jump from a Cessna 182, a Huey will also be available for the progressing students.
    For residents of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Namibia in particular, this boogie is definitely going to be marked off on the calendar.
    For more information and bookings, you can contact the dropzone via their website: www.skydiveswakopmund.com
    If you know of any holiday boogies happening around your area, let us know by commenting below.

    By Meso, in Events,

    Polish 100-Way National Record

    Some jumps are supposed to be a part of skydiving history, and this jump was one of them, with 100 polish skydivers creating a white-red formation.
    This week was the hottest in the year at 38 C degrees. The day consisted of 4 skyvans and 1 cessna waiting with engines on, FS suits, helmets, rigs and full sun over beautiful Klatovy airfield. 100 skydivers did their best to focus on the job - which took 8 tries before it was successfully completed. On the 9th load the formation was built, kept strong and everyone from the ground could see the white-red flag in the sky.







    This would never happen without dedication, discipline, self-control and only one goal in mind. And it all came together with the dedication of skydivers, organizers, dropzone staff, cameramen, load organizers, manifest, packers and sponsors.
    This way Poland is the 8th country in the world to successfully complete a 100-way national FS record (only Polish citizens)!












    Congratulations to all those involved.
    It is also worth mentioning that on Monday there was another record beaten: that of the 34-way of Polish women's FS formation. Girl power at its best! Congrats, ladies!
    Organizers:

    Dariusz “Dafi” Filipowski

    Jarosław “Widget” Shot

    Maciej “Heniek” Węgrzecki
    Camerateam:

    Jarosław “Widget” Shot

    Jacek “Grabarz” Grabowski

    Sebastian Lewandowski
    Load Organizers:

    Dariusz “Dafi” Filipowski

    Marek Nowakowski

    Sebastian Dratwa
    Safety Officer:

    Maciej “Mahoo” Machowicz
    FAI judges:

    Grzegorz Świerad

    Maciej Antkowiak

    Mariusz Puchała

    By admin, in Events,

    World Team Fails to Break Record

    Photograph by Andrey Veselov/AP Attempts are currently under way in Eloy, AZ to break the two point big way world record. The World Team has 222 skydivers from 28 countries are working hard at carving their names into the record books. The goal is an ambitious one with the previous world record standing at only 110 jumpers, so should the World Team successfully accomplish their goal, they will have more than doubled the number of jumpers on the record that currently stands. The event is being held as the 20th anniversary event for the World Team.
    Training jumps began already on Friday, March 28 when warm weather and a light breeze offered the jumpers near perfect conditions for the first day of training. The first training jumps consisted of 4 groups of jumpers, a base group of 42, along with three other groups of 66. Initial jumps were quite successful with the base group managing to complete four successful jumps, while the groups of 66 managed to perform three jumps with two complete sectors on each jump. The record attempt schedule set three days aside for practice, with record attempts beginning on March 31st.
    On the second day of training the bar was raised with only two groups being created, as opposed to the four groups that jumped on the first day. The formation practice was now done via the formation of a 90-way and a 132-way. Each group managed to make four jumps on the day and again progress was clearly evident, as the jumpers gave it their all. Safety is always of the highest standard during big way events, and despite the extremely skilled nature of the team, the demands that a large scale record attempt puts on the competitors make it easy for concentration to lapse. The practice days of the event seek to slowly build up the quality of the jumps and move the team closer and closer towards the final goal.
    The final day of dedicated training began with some reshuffling of the formation sectors. The 132-way group which was operating on a full base got some practice in on the mini base by downsizing to a 90-way group, while the 90-way group from the day before would spend some time getting practice on the full base as a 132-way group. Practice on this day was cut short by 30-knot winds at 1600'. Time that was lost in the sky was spent by the team practising their jump with some dirt dives on the grass. Earlier in the day the 90-way team was able to make a first point completion, but the 132-way team was still struggling due to difficulties with the base.
    Record Attempts Begin
    The World Team began early on Monday, with a forecast for some less than ideal wind conditions later in the day. The plan was for a couple of final practice jumps in the morning before the record attempts would start, at around noon. The base managed to make two practice jumps, with only the Alpha team docking as one sector. The second jump provided a well established base and it was then decided for the record attempts to begin. The first jump would not seek for completion but rather aim to establish the build in stages. The base would complete and then allow the jumpers from the sectors to get into their quadrants and feel become comfortable with their position in the formation, there was no pressure for them to dock during this exercise. Unfortunately, as predicted, the wind did come up in the afternoon and cut the attempts short. The down time once again being used for dirt diving practice.

    Photograph by Gustavo Cabana/AP Improvements were made on Tuesday, 1st April when the team began practising achieving the full 222-way formation. The first jump of the day saw the teams beginning some of the docking on the base, while the second jump saw a further improvements in the attempt. The third and final jump of the day was the most successful with the formation then nearing completion. The team would look to then, on Wednesday further the progress and attempt to make their first point. Once the first point is made, the sights could focus on completing the two point formation.
    It was an early start on Wednesday when the team began through first dirt dives just after 06:30 in the morning, but before being able to get into the air at the scheduled time of 07:00, low cloud came in and caused a delay to the progression of the record attempt. The teams decided that they would spend the morning period while unable to get in the sky, to practice with smaller groups, which would then take to the sky once the clouds had passed. There were some changes to the base in order to give the group confidence that they would have a solid base to build on. The first jump after the weather cleared would consist of the 42-way base which would be docked on by a further 66-way group. This jump was extremely successful with the base building quickly and the remaining 66 jumpers slotting into position with good form; a 108-way formation was done to perfection and eyes then turned to the ultimate goal of completing the 222-way.

    Photograph by Andrey Veselov/AP The second jump of the day saw all 222 jumpers and come very close to completion. One of the sectors were complete while another fell just short. Overall things were very close, and hopes turned to being able to complete the formation and break the record later that day. Unfortunately however, the weather once again hampered proceedings and high winds meant that it would be the last jump for the day and attempts would resume on Thursday.
    Tragedy Strikes
    On Thursday, 3 April 2014 the atmosphere in the camp changed dramatically. Early in the morning one of the Diana Paris of Berlin, who was participating in the event suffered a malfunction. Paris, aged 46 was declared dead on the scene after her parachute was released too low, and unable to open fully prior to impact. Diana Paris was an experienced skydiver with over 1500 jumps. The team honored Paris later in the day by performing a "man missing" formation. The team have also decided that out of respect, they will not be replacing Paris for the record attempt, and instead will be aiming for a 221-way record instead of a 222-way.
    Despite suffering the loss of Paris, the team are still motivated to accomplish their record on Friday, the final day of the attempts.

    The Final Day
    The World Team returned to the record attempts on Friday morning, but were unfortunatly unable to complete the FAI sanctioned world record. Things were looking solid at the end and the team came extremely close, falling only two skydivers short of the record, with them being unable to link. As such an unofficial record of a 2-way 219-way skydive was achieved.
    Information sourced from The World Team Blog

    By admin, in Events,

    The Spring Boogie at SkydiveLive

    The Spring Break Boogie is SKYDIVELIVE’s first boogie event and will take place from the 28 until the 30 March, 2014. This event welcomes all skydivers, families and friends to be part of the fun; with fast planes, raffles, good vibes and lots of jumping.
    With the fastest jump plane in Florida panhandle – a PAC750, as well as a Cessna 182 for hop n’ pops, you’re sure to get in tons of jumps. The DZ stretches 20 acres with over 200 acres of safe “out’s”. There is going to be plenty of space to camp out, with the ability to pitch a tent or sleep inside of the 5000+ square foot hangar, which is carpeted for packing. There is also an outdoor shower.
    Activities
    There will be last load of the day Swoop ‘n Chugs, Bonfires and much more.
    Saturday morning Lou Howk will host an “Improve those mad camera skills on camera safety” seminar for an hour.
    On Saturday night there will be a catering of roast beef, so remember to bring some money.
    The event will be supported by the Special Forces Association, Gators, Wings, Paraclete XP, Paragear, Performance Designers and L & K Altimeters. This means there’s a lot of swag to go around, with one person every loading receiving a bit of it.
    The event will see a wide array of coaches, each with plenty of skill to make this boogie not only a jump party, but also a learning event. All of the event coaches have a military background. During the registration process, specify which coach you feel is best catered towards your learning needs and the process can get started.
    Raffles & Competitions
    Your entry fee includes a t-shirt, free lunch each day and 1 ticket towards any of the 5 raffles:
    Gatorz $100 gift certificate
    Free reserve pack from Wynn Parachutung
    Tunnel time from Paraclete XP
    4 free jumps at SkydiveLiveDZ
    A greg Windmiller canopy course – great for beginners to advanced skills You can also stand a chance to win a free jump with the GoPro “Pic of the day” competition.
    About The Instructors

    Charlene Plante
    Charlene started skydiving in 2009 and got her coach rating at around 400 jumps, she wanted to make sure she had the skill level and knowledge to provide the best training for student jumpers. She’s all about helping the newer jumpers learn as much as possible, putting education above financial goals. She will gladly help anyone learn to freefly, however you must have at least 100 jumps and have a good set of belly flying skills. Safety is top priority!
    Dave Rose
    Dave Rose is an active military member who started skydiving with static line progression in 2000 at Raeford DZ, NC with some extremely experienced and professional instructors. He gained additional experience as a Parachute Demonstrator and Team Leader / Safety and Training Advisor (S&TA;) for the US Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers. During his three years on the Black Daggers he was able to earn his coach rating, tandem rating and his accelerated free fall instructor rating.
    "The only way our newer skydivers learn, gain experience, and keep interest in the sport is to take the time to mentor and show them that no matter what level of experience you are, skydivers are family and are willing to help, teach and mentor each other."
    Lou Howk
    Lou is the resident expert on jumping with a camera. Along with being a coach during the boogie, Saturday morning, at 8am, Lou will be teaching a free safety class on jumping with a camera.
    Military Free Fall (MFF) for 10 years

    MFF Jumpmaster for 9 years

    Former MFF Instructor and MFFI Videographer for US Army for 3 years

    Former MFF Jumpmaster Instructor for US Army for 1 yr Coach rated for 5 years AFFI rated for 5 years

    Tandem rated for 4 yrs 1300+ Jumps
    Jack Wynn
    Jack is a master parachute rigger during the weekdays and is a very active jumper on weekends. He fills in wherever he is needed with the progression of jumpers and continuing the safety of jump operations.
    Certifications include:

    Master Parachute Rigger (back, seat, and chest), USMC Military Freefall Parachutist, USMC Military Parachute Rigger, Aff-I, UPT Tandem Examiner, Coach, S&TA.;
    Who to ask about what:

    Freefly – ask Charlene

    Swoop – ask Jack

    Rigging or gear questions – ask Jack
    Area accuracy/canopy control – ask Jim
    Easy general questions – ask Melanie 850-419-3580 (pilot and DZO)
    For any more information and bookings you can log on to skydivelive.com

    By admin, in Events,

    The 2014 Halloween Boogie Roundup

    It's almost that time of the year again - where cats, nurses, witches and more jump out of aeroplanes during the many annual Halloween boogies. The halloween boogies are often considered to be some of the most enjoyable and memorable events of the year, so make sure you don't give it a skip! For those who have not yet registered to attend one of these events, here's a look at some of the options available for you. It's one of the few years where we get to enjoy halloween parties actually occurring on halloween itself - so make the most of it.

    Halloween Carnivale 2014 - Skydive Arizona (31 October - 2 November)
    The Halloween Carnivale held at Skydive Arizona looks to be a great option if you have not yet got halloween plans, and if you do, perhaps it's time you changed them.
    This year's halloween event is packed with activities, competitions and of course jumping. There is no registration fee required, and the event will begin on the Friday. There will be organizing by AZ Airspeed, AZ Arsenal and AZTC, as well as an upright world record camp. On the Friday, the schedule includes a zombie DC3 jump and chug on the last load, followed by zombie paintball wars.
    The Saturday sees the fun continuing with a costume party and live DJ. The competition provides the chance to win prizes that include a new Curv container, tunnel time and jump tickets.
    Jump tickets will cost just $21.
    For more information on this event visit the Skydive Arizona Website

    23rd Annual Halloween Boogie - West Tennesse Skydiving (31 October - 2 November)
    The 23rd annual halloween boogie at West Tennesse Skydiving will have you flying high... fast. A Super King Air will be present, allowing for 14, 500 to be achieved in 7 minutes and carries up to 14 jumpers. Zach Mullins and Aniz Rassian Filho will be freefly organizers. Coaching jumps will be free to students trying to acquire their USPA A license.
    A registration fee of $25 will include 5 raffle tickets, dinner, beer and jello shots. Jump tickets will cost $26, though there are half priced early bird, first load specials if you manifest before 8am. Helicopter and balloon jumps will be available at $50 and $150, respectively.
    Events include a fireworks show and a costume contest, where the winner will receive a weekend of free jumps at West Tennesse Skydiving.
    For more information on this event visit the West Tennesse Skydiving event page
    Halloween Boogie - Skydive Suffolk (31 October - 2 November)
    In Virginia, Skydive Suffolk will be holding their boogie which will see sunset hit 'n chugs on Friday night and a costume party on the Saturday. Arizona Airspeed's Mark Kirkby will be organizing 20-30 ways, and the event will also see an attempt to break the 10-Way Head-Down Virginia State-Record. There will be Pac and Skydive loads and load organizing with Merriah Eakins.
    There is a $15 registration fee for the boogie, which gets you a boogie t-shirt and a beer. Though there is a different pricing structure for those looking to take part in the big-ways.
    For more information on this event visit the Skydive Suffolk event page
    Halloween Extravaganza - Skydive Sebastian (31 October - 2 November)
    Skydive Sebastian will be holding a free registration boogie from the Friday until the Sunday, which includes the traditional fear factor type food eating contest, as well as costume party.
    For more information on this event visit the Skydive Sebastian event page
    Halloween Boogie - Skydive Atlanta (31 October - 2 November)
    Skydive Atlanta is another halloween boogie taking place over the weekend, with a Super Otter, Super King Air and helicopter. Load organizing will be handled by Scott Franklin (RW), Sharon Har-Noy and Jarod Orrell (Freefly) and Ashley Marquardt (Wingsuit).
    Expect lasers, lights, DJs and pyro demos on Saturday night, when the party really gets pumping.
    Registration for the event is $50, which will include a 'Swag Bag' which apparently consist of "everything you will actually use".
    Halloween Super Boogie - Skydive Sicilia (30 October - 3 November)
    In Europe, Skydive Sicilia is hosting their Halloween Super Boogie from Thursday until the Monday. Jumps will be made from a PC6 Porter at 13, 500ft along the stunning Italian beaches. Coaching will be available in several disciplines and with an exceedingly good local nightlife, you're never going to be bored.
    For more information on this event visit the Skydive Sicilia event page
    Do you know of any Halloween boogies that we missed? Leave a comment below.

    By admin, in Events,

    2014 USPA Nationals - A Weekender’s Perspective

    Photo by Ori Kuper | USPA | SDC This was my 4th year at USPA Nationals (and my 3rd at Skydive Chicago), so when I rolled up to Skydive Chicago on September 12, the day before 4-way FS was scheduled to start, I knew the drill. Get there early in the day before the registration lines get too long. Receive and dispense hugs from your friends from around the country, some of whom you only ever see at Nationals. Manifest for a couple of low-key “get the butterflies out” jumps with your team before chilling out until the briefing and draw that night.
    Except this year, Mother Nature had different plans. The first two days of Nationals had brought the miserable weather the Midwest is sometimes known for. The dropzone was full of maudlin vertical formation skydiving (VFS) and mixed formation skydiving (MFS) competitors, so some of those hugs were of the “Awww, I feel your pain” variety, as friends who’d trained all year were facing the possibility of weather truncating their competition to only a couple of jumps.
    The only competition going on was on the ground, with a friendly game of Four Square taking place outside, and a more competitive ($5 buy in) game of Corn Hole inside the hangar. Practice jumps on Friday were out of the question, so we went to bed with those butterflies holding strong, with their only to be exorcised on the first competition jump.
    Never fear, though, both Mother Nature and the meet management delivered on Saturday morning, with skies dawning clear (and pretty cold), and five Twin Otters ready to go to get not only the 10 4-way VFS and 10 2-way MFS teams in the air, but also get the Nationals’ largest event, 4-way FS (with its 56 teams) rolling.

    Photo by Ori Kuper | USPA | SDC Pausing for a moment to acknowledge what it takes to keep five Otters turning for two days straight, it’s hard not to be impressed by what the host DZs (and the supporting meet team from USPA) pull off every year, even with perfect weather. It’s a massive undertaking, and each time I compete, I’m impressed with how seamlessly it all seems to work (at least from the competitors’ perspective). I know that behind the scenes there’s a giant group of people working long hours to make sure that every part of the operations, from the judging stations to the fuel trucks to the toilets are working as they need to.
    Five Otters doing two passes per load means a jump run roughly every 2 ½ minutes. Skydive Chicago has a giant landing area, and the winds were favorable for parallel jump runs that still put most if not all of the jumpers in a good position for a safe on-field landing every time. Over my 10 jumps there, I only recall one or two times that we had a delay on jump run for traffic and spacing, and only one off landing (and that might’ve had as much to do with a slightly low pull as with the spot).

    Photo by Ori Kuper | USPA | SDC Saturday and Sunday brought two near-perfect days of weather, providing Meet Director Bill Wenger with almost enough of a window to complete the full competition for 4-way VFS and 2-way MFS. There was a heroic amount of scheduling Tetris taking place to alternate rounds of the two disciplines, especially considering there was quite a bit of competitor overlap. The vertical flyers competed at an atypical pace for Nationals, collectively agreeing that they’d rather accept shorter-than-required calls for the opportunity to get most or all of the competition rounds in. Saturday ended with MFS finishing five of its scheduled six rounds, and VFS finishing seven of eight, with the winners recognized at a medal ceremony Saturday night.
    At the same time, all of the 4-way FS competitors got through half their scheduled 10 rounds on Saturday, setting the competition up for an easy finish on Sunday with the predicted great weather. Sunday dawned clear and a hair warmer and a great day of weather allowed the 4-way FS competition to finish up. As Sunday’s jumps wrapped up in the early afternoon, both in the Open and Intermediate categories the race for Bronze came down to the final jump, with a crowd of competitors gathering around the monitors in the hangar to watch the judging of Round 10 live to see who would go home with a medal.

    Photo by Ori Kuper | USPA | SDC Speaking of medals, one of the best parts of Nationals is the awards ceremonies, which are scattered throughout the event as each discipline finishes up. There usually aren’t any surprises in the medals – the standings were set as soon as the judges finished their work, but it’s a chance to be recognized in front of your fellow competitors for a job well done.
    This year’s 4-way FS medal ceremony Sunday evening brought a special opportunity for USPA Director of Competition Jim Hayhurst to recognize someone that anyone who’s ever competed in 4-way has admired – Mark Kirkby – who is retiring from full-time competition with Arizona Airspeed after this Nationals. Typical of Mark, he won’t slow down much as he steps back into the alternate role on Airspeed, and will continue to coach and organize in Arizona and around the world.
    The enthusiastic and extended standing ovation for Mark showed just what an impact he’s had on the competitive 4-way world in the 20 years since he was a founding member of Arizona Airspeed. I’ve been privileged to jump with and be coached by Mark several times at Skydive Arizona, including my 1000th jump in late 2012, where I managed to talk three of the then-current members of Airspeed into joining me for a 4-way! Like so many of the top names in our sport, he remains ever helpful and humble as he passes on his wisdom to the next generation of skydivers and being part of the crowd that honored him was a great way to end my 2014 4-way experience.
    About Krisanne Combs:
    Krisanne Combs is a weekend warrior who has logged 1450 jumps in her 10 years in the sport. She competed in 4-way FS this year as part of 5th Wheel, a Northern California-based team. Krisanne lives in Oakland, California, where she has a paid job for a large health plan, and an unpaid job as staff for two freakishly large male cats. When she’s not in her local skydiving haunts of Skydance Skydiving or iFly SFBay, she’s probably planning her next skydiving trip.
    More of Ori Kuper's photography can be found on his website and Facebook page.

    By admin, in Events,

    1st FAI World Cup of Indoor Skydiving - Results

    This past weekend saw the first FAI World Cup of Indoor Skydiving take place at iFly Austin, in Texas. The innaugral event drew competitors from around the world and consisted of three main categories, namely the artistic events, formation skydiving and then finally vertical formation. Within artistic events there was an open freestyle event and an open freefly event. The 4-way formation skydiving was split into an open category and a ladies category, while the vertical formation was a single open event.
    The fun began on Friday the 14th November, starting with the FS Open which was followed by the FS Female and VFS events. At the end of the first day the Polish team, Bad Boys were leading the open FS event, while Aerokart Deep Blue from France, were in the lead for the womens FS. The vertical formation skydiving category was being lead by SDC Standard, and the individual artistic categories saw United States at the top of both events with Wilson and Mandrake taking the lead in the Freestyle and Freefly events, respectively.
    The groups fought it out over the next couple of days, with the final results at the end of day 3 listed below.
    Artistic Events - Freefly - Open





    Pos
    Nat
    Team
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7
    Total




    1
    USA
    Mandrake
    9.2
    9.3
    9.5
    9.5
    8.7
    9.4
    9.4
    65.0


    2
    USA
    Collective
    8.3
    10.0
    8.8
    8.7
    10.0
    8.8
    8.8
    63.4


    3
    SWE
    Orion Freefly
    8.6
    8.7
    8.6
    8.4
    7.6
    8.8
    8.7
    59.4


    4
    MEX
    Avix Freefly
    6.1
    7.0
    7.2
    7.0
    7.0
    7.0
    7.1
    48.4




    Artistic Events - Freestyle - Open





    Pos
    Nat
    Team
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7
    Total




    1
    USA
    Wilson
    9.0
    8.2
    9.0
    8.9
    8.9
    9.0
    7.4
    60.4


    2
    USA
    Collective Freestyle
    7.7
    7.8
    7.9
    7.6
    8.0
    8.2
    8.4
    55.6


    3
    RUS
    Russia 1
    7.8
    7.6
    7.9
    8.0
    8.0
    8.2
    8.0
    55.5


    4
    RUS
    Russia 2
    7.5
    6.5
    7.6
    8.4
    8.2
    8.6
    8.3
    55.1


    5
    USA
    Man of Steele
    7.9
    5.8
    7.8
    8.0
    7.6
    8.1
    8.4
    53.6


    6
    FRA
    Manteo Windoor
    5.9
    5.4
    5.9
    6.2
    6.7
    6.3
    6.2
    42.6


    7
    CAN
    Canada
    5.8
    3.8
    5.6
    6.0
    5.4
    6.0
    5.6
    38.2




    Vertical Formation Skydiving - Open





    Pos
    Nat
    Team
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7
    8
    Total




    1
    USA
    SDC Standard
    26
    18
    31
    26
    27
    24
    21
    21
    194


    2
    POL
    Fly Definition
    19
    15
    22
    19
    17
    18
    11
    18
    139


    3
    MEX
    Avix VFS
    16
    8
    22
    15
    14
    15
    9
    18
    117




    Formation Skydiving 4-Way - Female





    Pos
    Nat
    Team
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7
    8
    9
    10
    Total




    1
    FRA
    Aerokart Deep Blue
    20
    19
    23
    26
    26
    26
    29
    37
    22
    19
    247


    2
    CZE
    HF Chicks
    17
    14
    17
    21
    19
    17
    27
    24
    19
    15
    190




    Formation Skydiving 4-Way - Open





    Pos
    Nat
    Team
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7
    8
    9
    10
    Total




    1
    CZE
    Bad Boys
    18
    17
    19
    22
    23
    22
    26
    27
    18
    17
    209


    2
    USA
    Spaceland Elite
    13
    13
    17
    15
    18
    19
    23
    20
    19
    15
    172


    3
    SWE
    Team Exact
    15
    15
    17
    20
    13
    21
    19
    20
    16
    13
    169


    4
    FRA
    Aerokart Akademie 1
    12
    10
    14
    16
    12
    13
    17
    11
    11
    12
    128


    5
    FRA
    Aerokart Akademie 2
    8
    13
    11
    8
    10
    12
    15
    11
    10
    9
    107




    The event was the first IPC competition to allow the entry of individuals under 13 years of age, and also saw several world record firsts being set. The records were dominated primarily by the French teams, with the womens team taking the general and female categories, while the junior French team, Team Aerokart Akademie 1 set the junior world record. SDC Standard set the record in the VFS, with 31 points in the third round.

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    Sky Camp Halloween Party

    Halloween is the one day each year when you can be whoever you want, think of an alternative self and have fun of being someone else - if just for a while and when mixed with skydiving, you have something really extraordinary, transforming into a flying demon.

    In many places around the world the skydiving season is just about to end, and in turn we can look back and summarize past few months. For DZ owners, you can review how your business did. Packers; how are your hands, knees and fingers going? If you are a skydiver - have you accomplished all goals set in the beginning of the season (or have you set the goals in a first place). Was this season safe? What have you learned?

    Thinking about that serious issues can wait though. Have fun. Squeeze this season like a lemon. Let it go for a while. Enjoy life.
    Sky Camp in Poland recently hosted their Halloween event, and it looks to have been an amazing party to close out the 2015 season!



    Photos by KonwentPhotography for Sky Camp DZ in Poland.

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    2012 World Parachute Championships in Dubai

    The World Parachute Championships are currently under way in the United Arab Emirates. The event which is being hosted at the world renowned Skydive Dubai began on Wednesday the 29th November and will continue to run until the 9th of December. Skydive Dubai, which has only been open for a short period of time, has already attracted thousands of visitors from around the world and is quickly rising as one of the top dropzones to visit.
    The competition sees what is estimated to be as many as 1500 people from 57 countries descending upon Skydive Dubai to give it all they've got. This number was originally estimated to be around the 800 mark, but the response has been overwhelming, no doubt in part to the success that Skydive Dubai has been having in recent months as a dropzone, and the splendor that is Dubai itself. The city lights radiate the night sky, while the aerial view for the skydivers is almost unrivalled. It's easy to see why everyone has been pushing to get involved with the event.
    The World Parachute Championships Mondial is known as the biggest parachuting event and each year thus far has drawn positive feedback and been hailed as one of the top skydiving competitions. This year looks to be no different and in true Dubai fashion, no expense was spared as the event sees the likes of esteemed pop superstars Usher and Katy Perry both scheduled to perform during the events closing ceremony.


    The event will consist of the following disciplines:
    World Championships Freefall Style & Accuracy Landing
    Male
    Female
    Junior World Championships Freefall Style & Accuracy Landing
    Male
    Female
    World Championships Formation Skydiving
    4-Way Open
    4-Way Female
    8-Way
    4-Way Vertical Formation Skydiving
    World Championships Canopy Formation
    2-Way Sequential
    4-Way Sequential
    4-Way Rotation
    World Championships Artistic Events
    Freestyle Skydiving
    Freeflying
    World Championships Canopy Piloting
    Accuracy, Distance, Speed
    Para Ski Demonstration Competition


    Schedule
    30th November (Friday) - Start and continuation of competition jumps, beginning at 8am. In the evening the opening ceremony will take place.
    1st December (Saturday) - Continuation of competition jumps.
    2nd December (Sunday) - Continuation of competition jumps. Note that this day is a National holiday.
    3rd December (Monday) - Continuation of competition jumps and training in the Para Ski Individual Skiing category.
    4th December (Tuesday) - Continuation of competition jumps and training in the Para Ski Individual Skiing category.
    5th December (Wednesday) - Competition.
    6th December (Thursday) - Competition.
    7th December (Friday) - Competition.
    8th December (Saturday) - Final day, closing ceremony, award presentation as well as farewell dinner.





    View video of Day 2

    The aircrafts which are being made available for this event include a Bell 212 helicopter for the accuracy landing and canopy piloting; A Pilatus Porter PC-6 for the freefall style, canopy formation as well as the canopy piloting and accuracy landing; Cessna C 208 Caravan for freefall style, canopy formation and accuracy landing, as well as a Twin Otter HD 6 which will be used in the artistic events as well as the formation skydiving events.
    Scores and current result standings of the competition is available on the World Parachuting Championships website.

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    African Sky Blue - Skydive Diani’s 3rd Anniversary Boogie (Part 1)

    “Hey!”
    The monkey freezes, holding two pieces of toast overhead like semaphore flags.
    For a moment, nothing happens. We just stare at each other across the patio table: two primates who want breakfast and are a little startled to find that someone with overlapping priorities has added complications to the goal. For a moment, I think he’s going to set them back down, pat them reassuringly with his long, delicate hands and cast a fulsome grin over his shoulder as he saunters bipedally into the bushes. Instead, he lets loose with a cowabunga screech when I start to rise, tucking both slices under one lanky arm as he uses the other to facilitate an impossible leap to the roof above my head. Once up, he pops his face back over the edge. I’m quite sure he winks. He then chitters his way into the enormous baobab that overhangs the packing huts, clearly satisfied with himself.
    My companion at the table pours himself another cup of tea, orders more toast and pats his forehead with a napkin. The first load of the morning is on a 30-minute call, but we’re already tugging at our collars. Diani snuggles the equator, so the seasons don’t dance a spring-summer-fall-winter foxtrot; it’s either pretty hot or really hot, and it’s pretty darn hot already before 9AM on this early-December day. The pressing swelter is making us pay for last night, which was spent at the beach bar next door, with several bottles of Tusker and an ill-advised shot of tequila or two, chasing crabs through pools of lamplight on the velvet sand.
    The heat blossoms up, up, up from where we sit in the sultry seaside jungle, pressing long thermal fingers through the troposphere, summoning a shoulder-to-shoulder crowd of cumulonimbus calvus. These puffy troops stand a daily watch along Diani’s ribbon of powdered-sugar sand; along the impossible blue of the Indian Ocean. Similarly reliable, Kenya’s coastal wind system pumps as reliably as a healthy heart. It pushes consistently and directly down the twelve-mile-long line of the beach, day after day after day.
    When the ten-minute call goes up, I set my remaining toast back down and smile. It’s time to go play.
    My companion and I wiggle into our gear and make our way to the dropzone bus, relishing the little puffs of air conditioning that emit from the ceiling vents. Once our motley bunch of boogiers have boarded, we’re underway: two French freefly medalists, fresh from the Mondial; a South African dropzone owner watching his clever daughter giggle her way through AFF; my curly-haired companion, a beguiling Briton who has taken national gold in freefly and freestyle alike; a Russian instructor who has probably never once frowned; Diani’s resident TIs, who look like two different artists’ renderings of Peter Pan; an international assemblage of fun jumpers, representing a comprehensive gamut of languages, disciplines and gear loyalties. As we cobble together an exit order, we scratch down the gravel road from the stately white house and grounds that comprise the dropzone, starting what I can only properly describe as a ten-minute summary of the African experience.
    The road between the dropzone house and Diani’s Ukunda Airfield is about four and a half kilometers long. That four and a half kilometers starts in earnest with a paved, two-lane road, lined by crayon-box craft stalls and criss-crossed by vervet monkey families. Exuberantly painted tuktuks (“JESUS LOVE! WU-TANG 4EVER! BIG DADDY!”) blast past the bus, signs proclaiming their three-passenger capacity partially obscured by passenger number five’s arm, leg or shopping bag. When we negotiate the sharp turn onto the airstrip road, we’re greeted by a gaggle of tiny children in baggy school uniforms, howling and waving at us through the windows as we bump along. Shiny babies peek shyly from the backs of their mamas who, draped fastidiously in the sherbert wraps of their kikoy, walk with the lulling, rolling cadence of hips that have never been parked at a desk. Imminently pregnant cows march, at their kid shepherd’s behest, to match our forward movement as we pass a series of crumbling tin-roofed shops selling peanuts and airtime; a mission schoolhouse; a braiding salon comprised of a single pink lawn chair; a toilet plumbed directly into the middle of an open yard; a throng of shoeless teenagers in Chinese G-Star polo shirts, singing. The bus driver tries to hurry. I want him to slow down.
    Once we’ve passed the stern-faced airport soldiers and have bundled out of the bus, I lean down to firm my shoelace ties. I’m jostled by a woman dressed in her shiny-shoed Sunday best, as is often the case in Kenyan airports. She has wandered over to poke at the rig on my back.
    “Is this a parachute?,” she asks, as I weave to avoid a more comprehensive probing. When I answer in the affirmative, she shakes her head and smiles the wide, crinkle-eyed, hakuna-matata smile that seems to be the Kenyan default.
    “Say hello to God for me,” she says as she wheels her carry-on through the doors of the tiny terminal.
    As I try to figure out exactly what she meant by that, I hear the Dornier spin up. Another Diani day has officially begun.
    Skydiving, as you can see in the faces of the locals, is a relatively new addition to the list of activities on offer at Diani Beach. In fact, as of my first jump at the dropzone, it had been three years almost to the day since Skydive Diani first opened its doors. Though the country’s history in skydiving goes back a decade, Kenya’s skydiving scene had been categorically temporary--a week-long belly boogie, here or there, hosted from borrowed safari bushplanes in different parts of the country. In 2012, a square-jawed British expat named Gary Lincoln-Hope ended up at one of these boogies--which was, fortuitously, taking place in Diani.
    Gary did his first tandem at age 16. He joined the British army soon thereafter, as a commissioned officer in the parachute regiment, traveling extensively in the process. Though circumstances and conflicting responsibilities prevented him from going through his AFF while he was in the army, it was his first priority when he matriculated. The new skydiver founded a London-based security company and jumped faithfully all weekend long, every good-weather weekend. When he decided to expand his security business to Kenya--a country he’d fallen for during the course of several army training jaunts--he didn’t want to stop jumping.
    “I had been in Kenya for a little when I happened to come to that boogie,” Gary explains, “And I really enjoyed it. It was a huge buzz. I just knew that there should be a drop zone here in Diani. It didn’t hurt that I was really missing skydiving, because there was nowhere to do it in Kenya and I was based in a place with nowhere to jump. Luckily, I was quite entrepreneurial back then. I didn’t really know anything about skydiving, but I had set up a business here and in the UK, and I reckoned I could make it work.”
    Within months, Gary found the house, sourced a 206, rushed through some documentation, put the proper requests through to a somewhat baffled aviation authority and--four weeks later--found himself the proud operator of an active dropzone. By the time 2012 was out, it was all systems go. At the time Skydive Diani opened its doors, Gary himself had 300 jumps. Several thousand jumps and all their instructor ratings later, Gary and the team find themselves flying multiple aircraft from the cute to the huge.
    “Skydive Diani was always intended to be a place to go to jump for fun,” Gary insists, “Fun is now and has always been at the top of the agenda.”
    “I didn’t do it to make money,” he continues “I did it because I wanted to skydive on weekends. But I got a couple of willing tandem instructors to come over. Business was slow at the start, because the difficulty in Kenya is you are not selling tandems; you are selling the very idea of jumping out of a plane.”
    “During that first four months,” he continues, “I was jumping every single load, just to build up my own experience and jump numbers so I could through the rating courses. It’s been a long road, but it has steadily, organically grown to what it is now.”
    Continue reading part 2
    Originally published in Blue Skies Magazine

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