PD Big Boy Pants Day One

The first official day of competition has completed and what a day it was.  Competitors did 8 jumps(4 speed, 4 distance)  All the rounds were done in a downwind or quartering tail wind from 0.0-6.7meters per second.

In the Speed runs, Greg Windmiller’s 2009 speed record of 2.093 second was challenged by Jonathan Tagle and Nick Batsch with times of 2.096 and 2.095 respectively.  But no one has been able to beat the speed record yet.

In the distance runs, round 1 saw the record broke twice!!!   Jonathan Tagle first broke the 2009 record with a distance of 195.65. Nick Batsch then took his record back with a new record of 222.45 meters!!!

There were plenty of rough landings and a few high speed skips off the water.  The scores have just been updated here. and the days photos can be found here

Stay tuned through the weekend if you’d like to watch the event live.  Many folks enjoyed watching the live stream direct from the judges scoring booth.  You could even hear the speed times confirmed in real time.

We’ll be back in the air at 9:00am Mountain time for more action!!!

PD Big Boy Pants- day before practice day

The official practice day for the PD BBP starts tomorrow.  The distance courses are up in both directions, and the speed course is up as well.  there were 9-10 competitors practicing today.  I’ve been running meets and competing for about 6-7 years now and can honestly say this is the fastest I’ve ever seen canopies fly in my entire life.  The question isn’t if the world records will be broken, its by how much they’ll be demolished. 

The record of 181 meters was marked at the end of the day this evening with the FLCPA and Blue Skies Magazine windblades.  The sand marks from landings were all around the 181 meter mark, and most competitors are still simply familiarizing with the dz and the altitude

With the density altitude breaking 8,000 ft today the speed course practice runs were blisteringly fast.  Generating speed wasn’t the challenge for most out to practice today, but negotiating the 75 degree carve at these tremendous speeds was a greater challenge.

Looking forward to tomorrow….

PD BBP Swooper: Ryan Brownlow

Individual Name: Ryan Brownlow
Country: USA
Home DZ: Bay Area Skydiving-Byron, CA
Main Canopy/Color: Velocity-Orange
Approach and direction: right or left 450
Exit weight: 187 lbs (including gear and without weight)
# of jumps: 700+
Competition Highlights: 2nd place speed US Nationals 2010
Sponsors: Sure, I’d like some
Other Hobbies/Funfacts: Scuba, Graphic Design.

PD BBP Swooper: Jay Moledzki

Individual Name:Jay Moledzki

Team: PDFT


Home DZ:Deland

Main Canopy/Color: Comp Velocity Blue/White/Grey

Approach and direction: 450 right

Exit weight: 215 (including gear and without weight)

# of jumps:11,500

Competition Highlights: a few…

6 consecutive World Titles

8 official World Records

over 50 Career Gold medals

Sponsors: PD, Sunpath, Cypres, Alti-2, Liquid Sky,PhoenixFly, CR, Asylum

PD BBP Swooper: Sergey Fedotov

From the motherland of Russia, Sergey has been making a name for himself in the FLCPA by climbing his way to the top of the Amateur ranks this season and earning his pro classification.

Individual Name: Sergey Fedotov

Country: Russia

Home DZ: Ranch

Main Canopy/Color: scirocco 82/grey-orange

Approach and direction: 450 right

Exit weight: 205 (including gear and without weight)

# of jumps: 3500

PD BBP Swooper: Tommy Dellibac

Individual Name: Thomas Dellibac

Team: PD Factory Team

Country:  USA

Home DZ:  ZHills

Main Canopy/Color: 84,103 CompVelocity__PDFactoryTeam Blue

Approach and direction: Right 450

Exit weight: 245 -  220

# of jumps: 11,000+

Competition Highlights:

 2006 Southeast Reginoal Champion.

 2010 US National Zone Acc Champion

5th overall US Nationals 2010

Sponsors: PD, Flight-1, Sunpath, Liquid Sky, Alti-2, Skysystems

PD BBP Swooper: Nick Batsch

Individual Name:   Nick Batsch

Team: Alter Ego

Country:  USA

Home DZ:  Mile Hi Skydiving

Main Canopy: JVX(various sizes)

Approach and direction: 810 and 450 left turn

Exit weight:  165 (including gear and without weight)

# of jumps:4400

Competition Highlights:

*Current 3 time distance world record holder, Mile Hi Colorado 152 meters 2007, Pretoria South Africa 169.610m 2008, Johannesburg South Africa 181.90m 2009

*Silver Medalist World Championships 2008 & 2010

*Silver Medalist Wolrd Games 2009

*World Cup Champion of Speed 2009

*World Champion of Distance 2008

*Two time US National Champion 2008, 2009

*2 time Pro Swooping Tour Champion 2007, 2008

Sponsors: NZ Aerosports, Mirage Systems, Liquid Sky, Cypress, Jammin Apparel, Alti-2, Madison House Publicity 

Other Hobbies/Funfacts: I love to Speedfly, ground launch, snowboard, rock climb, yoga, having a blast while traveling the world chasing canopy competitions year after year.

PD BBP Swooper: Bart Rogowski


Individual Name: Bart Rogowski

Team: ISM

Country: USA


Home DZ: Perris


Main Canopy/Color: JVX 82/77, White


Approach and direction: left 450


Exit weight: 210lb._(including gear and without weight)


# of jumps:>4000


Competition Highlights: Top placing amateur 2011 season FLCPA


Sponsors: Adrenaline Obsession, Icarus Canopies, L&B


Other Hobbies/Funfacts: motorcycle racing, scuba diving, travel

PD BBP Interview: Hans Paulsen


Individual Name: Hans Paulsen

Country: Merica!!!

Home DZ: Skydive the Farm

Main Canopy/Color: Comp Velocity 90/103 PD Orange Sil/Wht/Blk

Approach and direction: 270 Thats all you need!!!

Exit weight:  275(including gear and without weight)

# of jumps:10,000+

Competition Highlights: Speed World Record Holder. 

Sponsors: Performance Designs, Mirage, Skydive the Farm

Other Hobbies/Funfacts: My family, fishing, and being a dz operator.

PD BBP Interview: Justin Thornton


Name: Justin Thornton
Team: Slipstream Airsports
Country: USA
Home DZ: Mile Hi Skydiving
Main Canopy/Color: Competition VelocityVC-90, Red, Blue, White
Approach and direction: Left 450
Exit weight:225-230lbs (including gear and without weight)
# of jumps:4400
Competition Highlights:  US National Gold Medalist, Zone Accuracy, PST Gold Medalist, Freestlyle Accuracy

Sponsors: Performance Designs, United Parachute Technologies, Vertical Suits, Blue Skies Mag

PD BBP Interview: Ian Drennan

Individual Name: Ian Drennan

Team:PDFactory Team

Country: USA

Home DZ: Skydive The Farm

Main Canopy/Color: Comp Velocity Blue/White/Gray

Approach and direction:Left 450

Exit weight: 190 (including gear and without weight)

# of jumps:3200

Competition Highlights:

Top 10 in Speed at 2009 World Cup of Canopy Piloting.

3rd FLCPA Overall Standings 2010

Sponsors:  PD, Sunpath, Liquid Sky, Alti-2


PD BBP Interview: Edson Pacheco


Individual Name:  Edson Pacheco

Team: Lekhwiya Team


Home DZ:Deland – FL

Main Canopy/Color: Comp Velocity 79 Red/White

Approach and direction: 450 Right

Exit weight:207 (including gear and without weight)

# of jumps:16,788 till June 2011

Highlights:ArabicGulfSpeed record holder (Dubai 2011)

Sponsors: Lekhwiya (I.S.F)Qatar

Other Hobbies/Funfacts: Photography,Swimming, Soccer.

PD BBP Interview: Greg Windmiller

As the current world record holder in speed, Greg will be looking to break his own record, and fend off any other competitors who may look to take his title at this years PD Big Boy Pants.  He’s a mythotical powerhouse when it comes to swooping and certainly a contender for the top place at every competition he attends.     


Individual Name: Greg Windmiller

Team: Golden Knights

Country: USA

Home DZ: Laurinburg NC / Raeford NC

Main Canopy/Color: Comp Velocity 84/96/103 Black and Gold

Approach and direction: Left 450

Exit weight: 245 (including gear and without weight)

# of jumps: 11,350

Competition Highlights:

US Canopy Piloting Team 2008-2010

2008 CPC Championships Overall Meet Champion

2008 World Championships overall Bronze

2008 World record in Speed 2.333

2009 FLCPA Overall League-Champion

2009USNationals Speed-Gold

2009 World Cup Speed-Silver

2009 World record in Speed 2.093

2010 US Nationals Distance-Bronze Overall-Silver Speed-Gold

2010 World Championships Speed Bronze

2011 Gulf Cup Distance-Gold Overall country-Gold

2011 FLCPA Overall League-Silver


Other Hobbies/Funfacts:Fishing and Family