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The FAI World Cup of Formation Skydiving and Artistic Events was held at Skydive Arizona during early October 2019. Teams representing 16 different countries spent the week competing in Formation skydiving (4-way, 4-way Female, 8-way and VFS) and Artistic Skydiving (Freestyle and Freefly). The event opened with a memorable ceremony featuring RedBull pilot Kirby Chambliss and the Women’s Skydiving Network debuted their first all-female demo team who jumped into the event with 20’ x 30’ flags and smoke. After the opening ceremony and official draw, it was down to business as all the competitors prepared for the week ahead. The next few days were full of action as each team demonstrated their skill and sportsmanship through each round of competition. Luckily, good weather meant for a speedy competition and all events were finished by October 11th. With a full day to play before the closing ceremonies, competitors and local skydivers got together in a 10-way speed scramble competition. One round incorporated a jump from Skydive Arizona’s venerable DC-3! The awards ceremony the night of October 12th was one to remember. With over 400 guests, the hangar was vibrating with excitement and enthusiasm. Gold medals went out to the French Freestyle team as well as their 4-Way Female team. USA took gold home for 4-Way open and VFS. Norway received a gold medal for their Freefly team and Russia for 8-way FS. All disciplines will have their chance to compete again at the next FAI World Cup which will be held in Norway during the month of August 2021. All photographs were taken by Bruce Griffith, while scores listed below have been gathered from results.worldskydiving.org
untilAre you interested in learning more about 4-way and progressing to the next level in freefall skills? This 2 day introduction camp is aimed at newer skydivers who wish to learn more about competitive 4-way in a fun and stress-free environment. You can expect to: • Be matched with others to form a team • Receive an introductory seminar explaining all you need to know about 4-way and Blast • Get full briefs and debriefs of each jump • Have a dedicated camera flyer on each jump for comprehensive debriefs • Canopy flights and landings filmed and debriefed • Receive packing assistance • Weather day seminars on packing, spotting, canopy control and gear maintenance planned Blast is a category of 4-way competition that has been simplified and is aimed at newer skydivers, or skydivers new to 4-way and competition in general. The NSW State Championships and Australian National Championships includes the Blast category. This training camp is a great opportunity to meet prospective teammates and maybe get involved in a competition. This camp is limited to just 12 participants, so register now to avoid missing out! Click here to register