Arizona Skyhawks swoop competition $3000 prize purse

If your free next weekend you may want to plan a trip to Arizona, the Arizona Skyhawks are hosting a mini swoop meet during the Salt River Balloon Festival.  On April 9th the mini-meet will be out of a heli taking off from the baseball fields.  Each jumper will do three jumps from 2:30-5:00 and live judging will take place.  At the end of the jumps the winner will receive $1500 prize money and the remaining $1,500 will be paid down the next few places.

Their capping the entry at 30 jumpers so advanced registration is a good idea. 

FMI Contact: Tom Talbott 602-617-4464

Group Hotel info for PD Big Boy Pants

We’ve negotiated a group rate for the week during the PD Big Boy Pants event for the Marriot hotels in Longmont. The Residence Inn or Courtyart hotels will be available to those coming into town for the event at a discounted rate. For those who have been to this area your probably aware that the hotel costs are quite high. The rate for these hotels are normally $169-$179. You may use the link below to book our discounted rate of $120

You have a choice of 2 double beds at the Courtyard.  Or a suite at the Residence Inn with a Queen bed, sofa pull-out and hot breakfast.

ZHills Meet #2 wraps up on the new pond.

Greg Windmiller, Nick Batsch, Curt Bartholomew by:Jake Carlow

This past weekend 36 competitors gathered in Zephyrhills Florida for the second meet of the 2011 season. It was an even mix of competitors with 18 pro and 18 amateur competitors. The week started with the PD Factory Team training all week leading upto the meet. Saturday morning started about an hour behind schedule waiting for the fog to burn off. Once we got jumping tha pace continued rather quickly throughout the day, expecially with the dz hosting 40 ways at the same time. After two rounds of distance amateur Sergei Fedotov was in the lead. The zone accuracy event shuffled the crowd a bit, and the speed event was rather challenging with 13-14 mph headwinds by the later afternoon. We finished the meet by 6:00 and headed to the new Z-Hills bar to wait as the judges compiled the scores. The dropzone was nice enough to serve up a delicious italian buffet for all the competitors to enjoy.

ake Carlow

At the end of the meet Nick Batsch was in first, Greg Windmiller took the Silver medal, and Curt Bartholomew rounded out the top three. The complete scores for the meet can be found here.
After two meets Greg Windmiller seems to have a strong lead on the FLCPA overall placings, but it’s still anyones game.
Here’s a 3D video shot by during the meet. You need a pair of red/Cyan 3D glasses to view it. See you in Palatka for meet #3 in a few weeks!

Swoop Skydiving in 3D! from Brian Karr on Vimeo.

ZHills Meet #2 coming up this weekend!

The Pond is about 4x as big as it used to be here in Z-Hills.  The PD and PDFT inflatable course markers are up on the water, the windblades and tents are pondside, and the swoop is up!!! 

The sun is shining with light and variable winds not over 4mph in any direction today.  The sunny forecast is scheduled to hold throughout the weekend.

 The PD Factory team has been training since Sunday along with a handful of local swoopers.  Sven Jseppi & Katie Woods arrived this morning and there are competitors scheduled to arrive throughout the week. 

If your not here yet, WHAT ARE YOU DOING!?!?!?!

New course markers & Z-Hills expands their pond

We’re preparing for the second meet of the 2011 season and there’s quite a bit going on. The Dellibac’s have been working hard on the new pond at Z-Hills. The new body of water dwarf’s their old pond and is large enough to hold all the events.
If you remember the course markers we had at the end of the last season, you’ll be happy to hear that there’s a new set on the way! The last few months have been spent working with manufacturers to develop a new marker for CP meets. Here’s a picture of the final prototype. Preregistration for Meet 2 is open and we’ll be practicing on the pond all week before the meet. See ya there!

USPA CP Nationals Date Change

Due to the World Cup of CP in Klatovy being scheduled to end 3 days before the beginning of USPA’s Nationals at Skydive Spaceland it was noticed that there was a conflict.  USPA reached out to this years Nationals host(Skydive Spaceland) to see if they would be able to change the dates for this years event to allow our US Team returning from the World Cup some time to get back in the right time zone and lick their wounds from kicking butt in Klatovy.  The Boyds were happy to oblidge and the new dates for USPA CP Nationals will be September 14-17.

Here’s the notice on USPA’s site:

See you all there!!!

PD’s Big Boy Pants 2011


2011 PD BBP Results

The FLCPA is proud to announce its 2011 Pro class event.  As competitors continue to push the limits of the canopy piloting discipline, the distances and speeds that we thought were previously unattainable continue to reached and exceeded. 

This *PRO only* invitational event will once again push the limits of what we think is possible.  For four days, the worlds top pilots will descend(or should I say ascend) on Longmont Colorado, the home of Mile-Hi skydiving center with one main goal-  Toppling the current FAI Distance and Speed world records.  As a second goal we will see dozens of individual national records toppled by participant.  With an invite list including participants from over a 12 countries, this event could be venue to establish 24 nations records and 2 international records.

The 2011 World Meet in Klatovy and the 2012 World Cup in Dubai will be very difficult venues to set new records due to their altitude.  If we’re successful of setting new records at this event, it’s likely that they will stand for 2-3 years or until another qualifying event is held at higher altitudes where the appropriate FAI and Nationally rated judges are brought together. 

Current Speed Record: Greg Windmiller 2.093 Second December 5, 2009South Africa

Current Distance Record:  Nicholas Batsch 181.70 Meters December 5, 2009 South Africa

Location: Mile-Hi Skydiving Center-Longmont, CO

Date:  July 28-31, 2011

Prize: Become a world record holder. (and if that wasn’t enough)

Prize $ to be announced in the coming weeks. And yes, its worth your time;-)

Events:  Distance & Speed & Accuracy

Hotel info: Click here

Registration:  Is being offered by invitation only to qualified US and International competitors.  Not a pro pilot yet?  A place will be reserved for the top overall amateur finisher of the FLCPA regular season. 

FMI: Albert Berchtold-

It’s the home run derby of swooping, so strap on your big boy pants and let’s see what you’ve got!

Confirmed Participants:

Jay Moledzki
Pablo Hernandez
Jonathan Tagle
Ian Bobo
Ian Drennan
Jessica Edgeington
Tommy Dellibac
JC Colclasure
Nick Batsch
Justin Thornton
Stuart Schoenfeld
Matt Shull
Dan Raymond
Dave Billings
Curt Bartholomew
Bryan Buechler
Edson Pacheco
Sergey Fedotov
Ryan Brownlow
Bart Rogowski
Hans Paulsen
Greg Windmiller
 John MinosJustin Price

Morris Friess