This month the number of swoop ponds in Florida will double! That’s right, Our friends down at Sebastian have begun construction on a new swoop pond! This new pond is being dug on the north end of the landing area near the old taxiway. The new body of water is over 100×300 feet, approx 4feet in depth, and will be fed by a well that is also being installed. The space around the pond should allow for running courses in either direction, and the DZ is working on placing zone accuracy pits at both ends!!
This season there were 39 league members in the running for the overall title of league champion.
Amateur class: 2015 season was one of the most competitive I’ve seen. With every meet the top overall seats changed. In the end we graduated 6 amateur competitors up to the Pro class for 2016. Pawel Piotrowski fighting his way back from broken rib in meet 3 was our 6th place finisher. He’ll be looking to take down his big brother & pro competitor Peter next season. In fifth place, first year competitor Stephen Perry flew a strong season, he’ll work hard this year training to be ready for the Pro’s next year. Fourth overall was earned by Ross Brilakis. With just shy of 1,000 jumps under his belt, he was the young buck this year. But his level headed, smooth approaches led to continued scoring throughout the season. Third place went to Ben Lowe from Arizona. With two podium finishes in meets 2&3, his consistent flying style earned him a top spot on in the overall. Shane Seydel from Hawaii took second place overall. And the top spot for the 2015 season in the Amateur class went to Rob Harris from Zephyrhills, FL
PRO class: The top spot this season went to World Champion Curt Bartholomew from Team Alter Ego. Second place went to Gage Galle from the PD Factory team. These first two spots were locked up after three meets. The big battle this season was for third place. After 3 meets Albert Berchtold, Scott Harper, and Justin Price were separated by only a few points. Scott secured the third place overall with a solid performance in the season finale meet.
Big thanks to Skydive City Zephyrhills, and Skydive Paraclete XP for hosting the 2015 meets, Team Alter Ego for their sponsorship of the league medals and plaques this season, and to Performance Designs for their ongoing support of the league. See ya next year!!!!
The last meet of the 2015 season was nothing short of amazing. 40 competitors(18Pro, 22 Amateur) were in attendance at Skydive Paraclete XP. For some, it was their last chance grab at points for a top FLCPA season overall placing. For others it was their first few days in preparing for USPA CP Nationals that begins later that week.
The weather was great for the competition day. Light and variable down winds turned for the speed and distance events made for a fun morning. The last rounds of zone accuracy were held in a steady but light headwind making the stand-up landings attainable.
PRO: From jump 1 this meet Jay Sanders grabbed first place and refused to let it go. He took 200 points in the speed event. Ryan Brownlow and Julio Munoz were both giving close chase, but fell off the race for the top after the first distance round. Ryan narrowly missed the entry gate on a monster distance run, and Julio took a zero after missing the course.
As we moved into Zone Accuracy, Paulinho Marques, Albert Berchtold, Matt Shull, Jared Zell, and Scott Harper were all in the hunt for the Podium. With 2 91′s, Harper pushed his way up for the Silver Medal overall. Matt Shull took the Bronze overall.
Amateur: What an amazing competition for this group of talented pilots. Shane Seydel put up an awesome performance and took the Gold. As the meet started, it was clear that no one was going to just walk away with a medal, they were going to have to work for it. As we completed speed, Shane Seydel, Matt Leonard, Nathan Emmet, and Johnny Gunn were leading the pack. Emmet and Leonard struggled in distance putting up a zero in one of those rounds, but it’s not the last we’d see of Leonard in the fight for the podium as he clawed his way back up to second place overall. Gunn looked like he as headed for a podium finished after the first 4 rounds, until the great equalizer zone accuracy arrived and knocked him down after scoring only 6 points in two rounds. Putting all the boys on notice this meet newcomer this season Jessie Brownlow jumped out in front and was sitting in third place after four rounds. She’ll be one to watch for podium finishes in the future. Steady scoring was the path for Rob Harris this meet who took the Bronze medal overall.
Big thanks to Paraclete XP for hosting, they do a great job taking care of us. Awesome facility, caring staff, and quick airplanes, what more could u ask for. To our Judges, buy them a beer when you see them. It was upwards of 97 degrees in the NC heat wave as they stood out in the field to judge.
Season recap coming later this week.
With three of the four meets completed for the season, the race for the best season overall placings is heating up. the top placing PRO and Amateur win the title of Season Champion, a sweet plaque, and have their registration and competition jumps paid at USPA Nationals.
We calculate the season overalls by assigning a point value to each place. 1st place is worth 100, second place is worth 98.5 and so on. At the end of the season your lowest placing is dropped.
In the PRO Class, Curt Bartholomew and Gage Galle have 1st and 2nd locked down. The race in this class is for the third place slot. Albert Berchtold is sitting in 3rd with 285 points. That’s a 7 point lead on Justin Price in fourth and 8 points over Scott Harper who is also in the hunt for a podium seat this season. If Justin or Scott can secure a top place and beat Albert by a few spots the podium is still in reach.
In the Amateur class, Ben Lowe and Rob Harris are sitting in first and second respectively. They’re likely to keep places on the podium, but which ones will depend on how well they do at meet 4. Stephen Perry is sitting in third overall and hoping to hold on or move up with a good performance next month. In fourth place is Pawel Piotrowski who was leading the Amateur class going into meet 3, but unfortunately he took a tumble coming out of the speed course early in the meet and couldn’t finish. His tumble earned him a broken rib so while he’s still within reach of the podium with a good performance in meet 4, his return this season is questionable. Also in the hunt is Ross Brilakis currently sitting in fifth. If we look down the list we also see a sleeping giant in tenth place. Fraser Feltner with two third place finishes could spring back up to the podium with a strong placement in meet four. The season is definitely not over for these guys and we’re likely to see some shuffling around of the places at the fourth meet.
The Amateurs are all also looking for a solid finish to the season as the top placing Amateurs will move up to the PRO class at the end of the season.
The season standings can be found here http://controltower.io/flcpa/season/
There were a few new records set at the third FLCPA meet last weekend. Cornelia Mihai from Skydive Dubai set a new North Carolina state female distance and speed record at 145.71 meters and 2.502 seconds respectively. Curt Bartholomew set a new general distance record at 147.23 meters and speed record at 2.153 seconds.
With meet 4 and US Nationals less than a month away being held at this same venue, it will be interesting to see if these records stand!
This past weekend Skydive Paraclete XP was host to the third FLCPA meet of the 2015 season. Fourth competitors showed up to give it their all for this competition. It was an even split between the PRO and Amatuer classes with 20 competitors in each category.
Raeford once again pulled out all the stops. There were some problems with the PAC we were supposed to use so we ran the swoop meet out of a CASA!!! That was a first for most of us.
The weather was perfect with a light 4-6 mph tail wind for speed and distance and 6-8mph headwind for zone accuracy. The top spots switched between every round in both categories. Competitors were glued to their phones looking for the updated scores on Control Tower.
The pro class was won by Cornelia Mihai of the Skydive Dubai swoop team. Second place went to Curt Bartholomew while Albert Berchtold rounded out the top three.
We’ve always had a good time at the Raeford meet where instead of having one dedicated coach, we have 20! The Pro/Am competition randomly matches up each pro with an am to work together throughout the meet to help each other. Third place went to Cornelia and Peter Lubrano. Second was Albert and Luis Prinetto. And top spot in the Pro/Am went to Curt and Fraser Feltner.
Big thanks to Skydive Paraclete XP for hosting this meet with their great facilities and airlift power that allowed us to finish 7 rounds for 40 competitors by 3:00, Alter Ego our 2015 medal sponsor, and last but not least, a big round of applause for Performance Designs in thanks for their ongoing support of the FLCPA.
Meet 4 will be in just a few weeks!
This past weekend’s FLCPA Meet #1 was a great time down in Zephyrhills, FL. 48 competitors arrived as far as three weeks ahead of the meet. 27 Amateur and 21 Pro class competitors were out for the start of the 2015 season. The Friday practice day was similar conditions to what it would be on Saturday during the competition. curt Bartholomew was on hand Friday as the coach for the meet. This season we moved the free coaching to Friday, so the “tips & tricks” could be given out before the meet rather than during. This change seemed very well received by all the competitors.
Saturday morning we started with the briefing and then into the practice and speed rounds. After the practice round completed the winds creeped over the 5 m/s limit for the amateurs so we continued and ran the 2 rounds of speed for the Pro competitors. Curt, Scott Harper, and Gage were out in the lead at the end of the speed event. As the day continued, the winds calmed down enough to get the Amateurs through their two speed runs in a cool 3-4 m/s SE wind. Pawel Piotrowski, Ben Lowe, and Peter Lubrano were off to lead the Amateurs after speed completed.
We switched over to the distance course and managed to get through both Pro distance runs, and one of the Amateur rounds.
Sunday morning began with a 7:30 take off to start the Zone Accuracy event in 1-2m/s downwinds.
Here’s a look at the top seats:
1st: Curt Bartholomew
2nd: Scott Harper
3rd: Gage Galle
1st: Pawel Piotrowski
2nd: Rob Harris
3rd: Fraser Feltner
Big Thanks to Skydive City for hosting the meet, Performance Designs as the 2015 League sponsor, Alter Ego for the 2015 medal sponsor, and all the competitors for making the kick off meet a great success! Meet #2 will be March 14-14 at Skydive City. See you there!!
In preparation for this year’s FLCPA, we’ve gotten a sneak peak at the proposed IPC CP rule for 2015. They have not been finalized and published yet, but we do intend to run the FLCPA with the new rules as best we can. Below are the highlights that directly affect competitors that we will be implementing for the first meet. These may change a little bit when the finalized rules are published but we’ll adapt when the rules are officially published if necessary. We’ll be covering these at the competitors briefing but to help speed things along please take a look at them before the competition.
1) -PRO class-The max wind speed for ZA is 5 m/s. It remains at 7 m/s for all other events. AMA-wind limits remain at 5 m/s for all events.
2) -For drag distance, a new gate has been added at 70m. Vertical extension applies at this gate and gate 1 only. The gate at 50m will still be there but vertical extension no longer applies.
3) -If you land anywhere between G1 and G5 you will receive a score of 35m.
4) -If you land at G5, you receive a score of 50m.
5) -G5 has been remove from ZA.
6) -There are no more negative zones in ZA. You will only score 1 zone and it will be the zone with the lowest value touched during landing.
7) -Z1=1pt, Z2=11pts, Z3=19pts, Z4=27pts, Z5=34pts, Z6=41pts, Z7=46, CZ=50pts, Z8=25pts, Z9=5pts
8) -In distance and ZA, if surface contact occurs outside of the course and no part of the competitor’s body remains in surface contact within the boundaries of the course, OC applies.
9) -Marker strike penalties have been removed altogether. (but if you plow through the markers and break them, your paying for them per Albert.)
10) -There is a new weight chart for competitors to add weight. Your weight is determined fully dressed and then rounded to the next kilogram. Then you can find your max weight with added weight in the new chart below.From reading it’s unclear if dressed weight includes your rig or not, but for meet 1 we will say dressed weight does NOT include your rig.
A lot of folks have asked about separating the pro and amateur categories for scoring. I think we’ve got a big enough turn out to keep things separate so starting this season we’ll run separate score sheets, have separate medal ceremonies, and separate end of Season champions for PRO and Amateur classes.
The medals and end of season plaques have been ordered (for both classes) and with a little help from the 2015 medal sponsor Alter Ego, we’re upgrading the medals this season! New FLCPA cast medals are in production as we speak!
We’re happy to announce that our friends at Alter Ego have stepped up for the 2015 season and offered to cover the costs of the medals and plaques this year. “So many of us on Alter Ego either started in the FLCPA , or regularly attend the meets to train, we want to give something back. We want to help the community grow.” said Curt Bartholomew.
Earlier this week I sat down with Curt and we went through books and picked out the medals for this year. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you see them….
In the last few years it’s been difficult to secure coaches for all the meets. Partially because they all want to compete!!! This year we’re going to try something new and will be moving the coaching to the Friday before the meet. So rather than getting coaching during the meet, you’ll get the tips and tricks the day before(hopefully allowing you to apply your newly learned skills to win the next day;-)
This also allows us have the top coaches give out their advice, and also compete the next day at the meet.
Free coaching is for registered competitors so get on it and get registered! what are you waiting for!?!?!
Back by popular demand, We’ll be using the Control Tower scoring program for the FLCPA 2015 season. There’s a lot of cool features in this system that allows you to analyze your scores against others, see your results over the season, and much more.
Looking forward to working with them again!
2015 Meet 4 preregistration. the season Finale!!!!!!
*** means registration not complete. Get preregistered and save some loot. http://swoopleague.com/event-registration-page/
It’s that time of the year again!!! Time to turn in your vacation schedule to your boss for the FLCPA meets! It will be February before you know it and you’ll be on your way to sunny Florida to compete in the 2015 season (smiling yet?)
Well Here ya go!!!!
Meet #1 Skydive City Z-Hills February 21-22
Meet #2 Skydive City Z-Hills March 14-15
Meet #3 Raeford Parachute Center May 16-17
Meet #4 Raeford Parachute Center June 12-13(Fri-Sat)
We’re condensing the 2015 season to 4 meets so you’re not going to want to miss any of the meets! The last meet of the season will begin on Friday to align with USPA nationals which will begin on Monday June 15th.
Registration pages will be up next month, and some more updates to the rules will be coming soon as well!
We’re up to 15 teams registered for the big 2-way meet happening in Z-Hills in less than 2 weeks!!! Here’s a run down of those who have registered so far for PD Tveir Tvӧ. If you haven’t registered and plan on competing, what are you waiting for!!! Info on how to register click here.
1. PDFT Team Leftovers-Tommy Dellibac/Jay Moledzki
2. Ginja Gihad-Robbie McMillan/Mark Edwards.
3. PDFT Team Eeek-Ian Bobo/Jessica Edgeington
4. PDFT Team Bola-Brian Vacher/Ian Drennan
5. PDFT/PD Balls Out Swoopers-Gage Galle/Albert Berchtold
6. Alter Ego-Curt Bartholomew/Nick Batsch
7. Alter Ego 2-Jay Sanders/Ryan Brownlow
8. Alter Ego 3-Jeannie Bartholomew/Mike McCann
9. Jammie Dodgers-Ben Lewis/Andrew ‘Angry’ Woolf
10. Walter Ergo-Keven Walters/Darren Griggs
11. Team Canada Eh-Sven Jseppi/Serge Blouin
12. Slipstream-Brian McNenney/Justin Thornton
13. SD Dubai-Pat Kaye/Cornelia Mihai
14. Ze Not Germans-Dominic Roithmaier/Marco Furst
15. Max Power-Max Kossidowski/Max Manow
The 2014 Season has come to an end. Now that the dust has settled, lets take a look at how it all wrapped up. Each and every year the FLCPA continues to get bigger and better.
New PRO’s for 2015:
# of competitors by meet:
Meet #1: 38
Meet #2: 40
Meet #3: 34
Meet #4: 23
Meet #5: 62
Average # of competitors: 39 per meet
97 competitors competed throughout the season.
1068 Competition Loads flown
So what else is going on this year? NECPL at Skydive Crosskeys. PD Tveir Tvo.
Looking forward to 2015……
2. Click here to fill out Skydive City’s waiver before you get there. It’s a fillable PDF, so when your done, you can print it, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Is your reserve in date through May 23rd? if not, get a repack.
5. Is your USPA membership in date through May 23rd? if not, get it renewed. In order to compete at USPA Nationals you must have a valid FULL USPA membership, Temporary memberships are not sufficient. INTERNATIONAL GUESTS, this applies to you as well.
See you all there!
In 2012 we held the first complete two way competition and what a blast it was. It’s two years later and with the support of Performance Designs we’re going to do it again, only bigger and better!!! We are proud to announce PD Tveir Tvӧ,
PD Tveir Tvӧ will be held immediately following the close of the 2014 World Championships of Canopy Piloting which makes it very easy for many of our top overseas pilots to attend. This isn’t just a team speed round tacked on to the end of a meet. You will enter as a team, compete as a team, and win(or lose) as a team. The events will be structured to showcase the competitors ability to fly as team and scores will be calculated accordingly.
Save the date: November 8-9, 2014
Location: Skydive City, Zephyrhills, FL
Photos from 2012 PD Tveir: CLICK HERE!
Video from 2012 PD Tveir: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0naTDz2h0qk
Qualification: 2 person teams. BOTH team members must be listed on the PRO list and approved by FLCPA meet director prior to event. Pro’s from abroad, please contact email@example.com for approval. Teams who did not compete in 2012 PD Tveir should be prepared to provide video of team practice swoops (side by side and opposing) in order to receive their approval to compete. Please do not arrive at the World Meet and expect to “throw together” a team. It is unlikely your team will be approved by doing this.
Registration: (per team)In order to complete your team registration, go to the events registration page and register your team. Only one registration per team needed.
If paid by September 30, 2014-$400
After September 31 til November 6-$500
Registration paid is non-refundable & nontransferable.
What an amazing weekend at the Raeford Parachute Center!! Competitors began arriving to North Carolina a week before the meet. Members of the Canadian CP team ran a week long training camp leading up to the meet with Greg Windmiller and Jay Moledzki coaching the guys. Friday was jumpable in the morning with 30 knot winds at 1,000 ft. by Noon the winds had come down to the ground and were extremely turbulent.
Saturday morning had winds out of the west turning between a tail wind and head wind throughout the day. We began with the practice round and rolled straight into the speed event. A quartering head wind kept the times above 2.8 even for the fastest competitors with most above 3.0 seconds. Curt Bartholomew took the fastest time of the Pro competitors winning 15 minutes of tunnel time compliments of Paraclete XP.
By 11:00am we had rolled into the distance event. A head wind of 7-10 mph kept the North Carolina distance record safe at 128 meters. But not by much! Curt picked up another 15 minutes in the tunnel by securing the longest distance at 127 meters.
Zone Accuracy was once again the great equalizer and definately shuffeled the score board. At the end of the day Paul Rodriguez was in the top seat with 498 of 600 points. Curt Bartholomew followed with 478 points . And to round out the top 3 was Mr Gage Galle with 471 points. The top 3 took home FLCPA medals, and some nice cash.
The top 3 Amateur competitors took home 15 minutes each from Paraclete XP. Chris Howard was 1st, John Nolan was the second place winner, and 3rd amateur was Jeannie Bartholomew.
In usual Raeford style, we brought back the Pro/AM event. This is where we randomly match up a pro competitor with an amatuer to work together during the meet. They discuss strategy, conditions, and help each other through the meet. At the end of the competition we add up their scores and declare a winner. This year the Raeford Pro/AM was won by the team of Gage Galle and Jeannie Bartholomew.
On a more somber note, Canadian competitor Philippe DeBlois passed away due to injuries suffered during an accident in the beginning of the week. On one of his first jumps when he arrived at Raeford it appears he may have unknowingly lost his hand hold on his toggle when transfering from front risers to his rear risers. To open the closing ceremony Raeford Avation launched three of their aircraft and flew them over the dz in a missing man formation. Greg Windmiller of the Golden Knights said a few words about Philippe. The competitors and crowd observed a moment of silence.
Big thanks to our judges, Raeford Avation, Mirage, PD, Paraclete XP, and Sunpath for their support of the meet.
In 2015 Raeford Parachute Center will be host to the USPA CP Nationals. With this meet, they’ve once again shown they’ve got what it takes to host a top notch competition. “Thats how we roll!”
Its coming up quickly!!! The final meet of the 2014 season at Skydive City will be held on May 17th & 18th. This meet will likely take both days due to high attendance.
After 4 meets Curt Bartholomew has a strong hold on the first place overall in the pro class followed by Paul Rodriguez, Albert Berchtold and Gage Galle. In the Amatuer class it’s still a race for the top seat. Brandon Coates is in the lead, but Jeannie Bartholomew, and Brad Moon aren’t far behind!
Here’s a list of those who have preregistered for the Season Finale!
* designates payment of registration needs to be completed.
1 Curt Bartholomew 2 Kenneth Gajda 3 Gage Galle 4 Joe Abeln1 Greg Windmiller
2 Kalay Marques
3 Albert Berchtold1 PaulRodriguez
2 Scott Harper
3 Justin Judd
4 Gerard Burnside1 Justin Price
2 Fabrice Laudin
3 Shaggio Levesque
4 Kyle Schoonover1 Eduardo Meirelles
2 Peter Kallehave*
3 Peter Kozak
4 Marcel Pomerleau1 Jay Sanders
2 Sergey Fedotov
3 Peter Piotrowski
4 Dave Billings1 Patrick Kaye
2 Billy Sharman
3 Cornelia Mihai
4 Abdulbari Quaisi1 Ryan Brownlow
2 Andrii Stalnyi
3 Mikeal Stevens
4 Jared Zell1 Tommy Dellibac
2 Jessica Edgeington
3 Ian Drennan
4 Maxine Tate1 Nick Batsch
2 TJ Landgren
3 Rob Wallace
4 Matt Shull1 Yuri Garmashov
2 Ian Bobo
3 Chris Day
4 Lasse Schneider Jakobsen1 Jeannie Bartholomew
2 Joe Turner
3 Fraser Feltner
4 Jaime Tristancho1 Brad Moon
2 Walt Hawkins
3 Rob Harris
4 Pawel Piotrowski1 Rich Servantes
2 Brandon Coates
3 Rory Agundez
4 Peter Lubrano1 Matteo Gattini
2 Katie Hansen
3 Nick Quigley
4 Logan Donnovan1 John Nolan
2 Jonathan Martinez
3 Troy Ketsdever