For the last 5 years in a row Curt Bartholomew from Team Alter Ego has taken the top slot for the FLCPA season overall standings. He’s won 6 times if you include 2010, but 2011 was won by Nick Batsch, and in 2012 Tommy Dellibac took the top spot. In 2013 Curt found his place back on top of the FLCPA season overall and seems to have set up camp there and swats away anyone who tries to take his title.
Will he be able to hold on to the top seat in 2018? The competitions certainly aren’t getting easier, but the FLCPA overall title is a marathon, and not a sprint. Taking the first place is certainly attainable for one meet, but keeping yourself up there for the whole season is a bit more difficult. With seasoned competitors like Greg Windmiller, Justin Price, Travis Mills, Matt Shull, Jay Sanders, Paul Rodriguez on your heels it won’t be easy to stay on top this year. And the new Pro’s are certainly aiming high after seeing their performances at US Nationals.
So game on…. It’s time to start training if you want to see your name next to 2018…..
After a tough season of six meets we’re happy to announce that 8 of our Advanced pilots have earned their “pro cards” and will be competing in the Pro class in 2018. It was neck and neck all season long with the top three spots only separated by 0.2 points in the season overalls.
We look forward to seeing them compete with the big boys next year!
The third meet of the 2017 FLCPA series brought us to the beachside town of Sebastian Florida. An awesome dz with beautiful views of the intercostal waterways. We had 32 competitors out for this stop, 14 in the PRO Class, 10 in the Intermediate, and 8 in the Beginner class.
Saturday started with a 7am take off and we began with the practice round. It started out around 5m/s and quickly climbed up over 7m/s before we could get into round one. We attempted to wait out the winds but unfortunately Saturday brought no more jumping for us.
Sunday morning we got cracking at 7:00am. The day started with the winds over 5m/s which meant that while the beginners jumped for training, unfortunately the winds were over limits so their round didn’t count. The Intermediate and Pro class managed to make two jumps each. There was 1 rejump in Pro class and 2 in the intermediate class due to the winds popping up over 7m/s. By the time we got them packed up and manifested for the rejump the winds were up to 11m/s and higher so we weren’t able to call round 2 complete.
After the winner take all one round meet the Pro class had Curt Bartholomew taking the Gold, Justin Price for the Silver, and Shane Seydel for Bronze. In the Intermediate Class Tricky Ricky Nelson was in first, Brian Redfield in second, and Pat Kessler in third.
Final Scores: http://controltower.io/flcpa/meet3/
Big thanks to all our judges, Skydive Sebastian Staff and Pilots, Performance Designs, Sunpath Products, Alter Ego for all their help in making this meet a great success (weather excluded) May 20th we’ll see you all in West Tennessee for Meet #4 of the season!!!!
Just when we thought meet one was a great turnout, Meet 2 brought even more competitors!!
Meet #3 will bring us to Skydive Sebastian.
Load 1 BEGINNER:
Load 2 INTERMEDIATE:
Load 3 PRO:
Get ready for the most amazing swoop season yet!
- We’re adding another location to our list of host dropzones. The folks up in West Tennessee have built a great pond for us to come jump at.
- New competitive classes! If you’re rocking a Sabre2 or Katana, come on out!
- If you want to swoop in July or September, visit our friends at the NECPL (schedule coming soon)!!
Meet #1 Skydive City Z-Hills February 25-26
Coach: Curt Bartholomew
Meet #2 Skydive City Z-Hills April 1-2
Coach: Justin Price
Meet #3 Skydive Sebastian April 29-30
Coach: Curt Bartholomew
Meet #4 West Tennessee Skydiving May 20-21
Coach: Paul Rodriguez
Meet #5 Skydive Paraclete XP June 24-25
Meet #6 Skydive Paraclete XP September 9-10 (Pre-Nationals)
This is something that we have all been chatting about for a few years now. At this point the league has grown to a level where we can support a 3rd class. Here’s the rundown:
CLASSES: Swoopleague consists of three classes, a Beginner , an Intermediate class, and a Pro class. All pilots will have the opportunity to place themself in the beginner or intermediate class(whichever is appropriate). Qualification by the rules below will be required for the Pro class. All classes will operate in accordance with USPA competition rules, here are the main differences in courses for each class:
Distance: entry gates=3 meters, 1.5 meter exit gate at 50 meters.(same as 2016 amateur)
Speed: entry gates 3 meters, 1.5 meter exit gate(same as 2016 amateur)
Accuracy: Infinity gates will be used for gate 1. Water drag will not be penalized but required for water points. Water gate points will be awarded for flying below the 1.5 meter bouys. If balls are used for gates 2-4, judges will “judge” the 1.5 meter fly over. Benefit of the doubt will be given to the competitor and no whining will be permitted.
Who competes in this class: Competitors in the beginner are learning the world of competitive canopy piloting. If it’s your first season competing, this is definitely the place for you.
Turn and WL : Those who are jumping noncrossbraced canopies are usually in the 1.5-1.9 range. Those who are jumping xbraced wings are typically in the 1.8-2.2 range. Some are slightly higher, some are slightly lower. Competitors in this class will utilize no greater than a 270 degree turn at a wing loading no greater than 2.50
Canopy restrictions: Ultra high performance canopies such as Peregrine, Petra, HK, or other super duper swoop machines will not be permitted in this class. If you can jump one of these, you are not a beginner swooper. If you are a beginner swooper and you have acquired one of these canopies, give it back now, before you die.
Distance: entry gates-1.5 meters(no water touch), 1.5 meter exit gate at 50 meters.
Speed: entry gates-1.5 meters. 1.5 meters entire course.
Accuracy: no change, same as pro.
Who competes in this class: Competitors who have a fair amount of competition experience, have already gained an understanding of the rules, and have mastered the beginner level courses may wish to step up to the intermediate class. If it’s your first season competing, this is probably not the place for you, a 1.5 meter entry gate is not as easy as it sounds. This class is much more competitive and designed to hone skills before stepping up to the pro class.
Turn and WL : Most of the competitors in this class are jumping xbraced wings typically loaded in the 2.1-2.5 range. Some are slightly higher, some are slightly lower. Competitors in this class most commonly utilize turns ranging from 270-630 degrees. Competitors are limited to no greater than a 270 degree turn if loaded above 2.80
Canopy restrictions: Ultra high performance canopies such as Peregrine, Petra, HK, or other super duper swoop machines will not be permitted in this class. The top performers in this class may be able to pilot one of these wings, but in a competition setting safety comes first and these wings are not intermediate swoop canopies. Those who own one of these canopies and wish to compete will be asked to fly a more appropriate wing until they have met one below listed criteria to compete in the PRO class.
PRO: same as pro rules last year. pilots must be pro qualified by the rules below. no canopy restrictions, no wingloading restrictions.
Here’s a link to where the info on these classes will live: http://swoopleague.com/historyabout/about/
Stay tuned the 2017 schedule is coming soon!!!!
What a great season it was down here in the Southeast. We held 4 competitions in the 2016 FLCPA season with USPA Nationals right after the third meet. The season started in February and finished up in May. The meets had 49,57, 59, and 37 competitors at each. That’s more than many countries pull for a nationals and greater attendance than ever before in an FLCPA season. There were 41 competitors who joined the league this season to battle for overall standings. In 2015 there were 39, 22 in 2014, and 30 in 2013. We added a new venue in 2016 with a spectacular pond which was purpose built at Skydive Sebastian. For 2017 we’re looking to add West Tennnessee to our list of host DZ’s with the new pond that their putting the final touches on as we speak. No matter which way you look at it, we’re growing.
Curt Bartholomew took top honors as the PRO season champion with an unprecidented four victories. No one has ever before swept the entire FLCPA season. Second place went to Albert Berchtold and third to Matt Shull. These two were battling until the last jump for points looking to edge each other out.
Johnny Gunn took overall Gold in the Amateur Class followed by Rory Agundez with Cliff Steele wrapping up the top 3. Consistent performances throughout the season brought the top spots to these three who will graduate up to the PRO class for the 2017 season.
This years coveted “Most Improved” went to John Lopez from the US Army Golden Knights. John arrived at the first meet this season as a “middle of the pack” amateur competitor and quickly showed what he was made of. With the guidance of his team mates he darted to be one of the top competitors in his class. We look forward to seeing him crush it in the years to come.
We’ve already started planning for the 2017 season and have some changes in mind that will help grow the league even more. New Venues are on the way. We’re looking at expanding the competition into THREE classes instead of the two classes we’ve been running for the last 10+years.
Big things to come….
The 2016 season finished strong at Skydive Paraclete XP with 37 competitors vying for for the top spots not only at this meet, but for overall season standings.
The meet started off with Zone Accuracy in crosswind/quartering tailwind conditions. Matt Shull jumped into the lead in the pro class while John Lopez took the lead in the amateur class. The winds picked up over limits after the completion of Zone accuracy and we took the afternoon off and returned to complete distance at the end of the day.
Saturday evening was the end of season dinner at PK’s Bar & Grill where we celebrated the retirement of Golden Knight Greg Windmiller.
Sunday morning was sunny skies and onto the speed event. quartering tail winds made for some fast runs. Amatuers Johnny Gunn and Rory who were leading the pack after day one both got zeros in the first round of speed and dropped down in the pack. The pro class saw Curt Bartholomew, Matt Shull, Albert Berchtold, Sven Jseppi, and Joe Abeln battling for the medal spots.
In the Amateur class Marcus Denniston took the Gold, followed closely by Nate Clark, while the Bronze medal went to Nick Peck from Deland.
In the Open class Curt Bartholomew locked up first place with his fourth victory this season, second place went to Matt Shull from the US Air Force, and Albert Berchtold took home the Bronze.
Big thanks to Skydive Paraclete XP for an excellent job hosting the meet. Special thanks to all the Judges, Performance Designs, and the US Army Golden Knights for all their help putting this meet together.
Stay tuned for the season wrap-up!
The first two meets of the 2016 season have been awesome! Last month the season kicked off at the new pond in Sebastian. The dz was super excited to welcome all the swoopers and show off their new pond. Even with overcast conditions we still managed to complete 50 competitors before 5:00. In the pro class Curt Bartholomew took the gold, Pablo Hernandez won silver, and rounding out the podium was Justin Price. For the amateurs Rory Agundez took home gold, Johnny Gunn was second, and Danny Feltner took home third. The DZ did a great job on hosting their first event and we’re looking forward to welcoming them to the circuit again next year.
Meet two brought us to Zephyrhills, and the crowd grew to 58 competitors. High winds and cloud cover held us to 3 rounds for the PRO class and 4 rounds in the amateur class. Curt, Justin Price and Canadian Sven Jseppi were the medal winners in the pro class. The Am class was won by Darin McKeen,Johnny Gunn, and Rory Agundez.
The Pro overall season standings are updated and world champ Curt Bartholomew is in the lead, with Justin Price close behind in second, followed by Albert Berchtold sitting in third and Tommy Dellibac in fourth.
In the Amatuer class it’s a close race with Rory Agundez and Johnny Gunn neck and neck for the top seat, each with a first and second finish. Cliff Steele and Nate Olson sitting in 3rd and 4th are also in the running for a top seat. But as we all know, the season overall seats will be taken by the ones who can keep up their consistency when the going gets tough.
Keep up with the scores on control tower!
In past years we’ve always been plagued with winds playing havoc with our competition. Each place we go we have different measuring devices and while some are better than others, we routinely find winds playing too much of a role in our competition. While we can’t remove wind difference altogether, we can continue to do our best to minimize them from effecting the outcome of our competitions. In an effort to give us better wind reading capabilities, we’ve ordered a super sweet AIRSHOTS system. This software and and hardware system comes from our friends in Austria who have custom built a program that will give us detailed information that is specifically designed to work for our discipline. We will have detailed wind speeds, direction, graphs and the capability to save wind readings for each competitor into a csv file.
Click here: Airshots Anemometer for a detailed rundown on the software, and hardware we’ll be using! The good news is that it’s in the mail and hopefully we’ll have it up and running for next weeks meet. The bad news is, as mentioned earlier, we’ll be reducing the prize money paid out at each meet in order to help fund this expenditure. But it’s well worth it!!!
We’re only a few weeks away from the season opener!! We’ve confirmed coaches for the first two meets. As we did last year, the coach will be on hand all day Friday for short debriefs and talking to competitors during their practice runs. This will give you some added feedback before the meet starts.
Meet #1- Curt Bartholomew
Meet #2- Jay Moledzki
The 2016 FLCPA season will have a few prizes from our supporters. This year the top placing Amateur competitor will take home a pair of custom liquid sky swoop shorts. That’s right, if you can be the best of the best in Am class, you’ll be rockin’ a brand new pair of custom swoop shorts at the end of the season. Good Luck!!!
*prize will go to the top placing amateur without a support or sponsorship from another suit manufacturer. So if first place has a support relationship from another company, then the prize will go to second place, and so on.
A couple changes for 2016:
1. Registration will close at sunset Friday- Safety briefing and exit orders will be done Friday evening at sunset. That is approx. 5:30 pm for meets 1&2) This should help us get rolling quickly and efficiently on Saturday morning.
2. We’re planning on purchasing a new windmeter(yay)!!! Crazy winds and windmeter troubles have long been a challenge for CP. This year after speaking to a few folks it seems like a good idea to invest in some state of the art wind measuring devices. We hope to have a new ultrasonic anemometer up and running by meet #1.
3. As was the case when we updated from camera timing to electronic sensors, we’ll be paying out smaller cash prizes for the 2016 season in order to fund the Wind meter. Everyone I spoke to felt this was a worthwhile investment to help alleviate the wind troubles we always seem to have. The plan for this year is to pay out a cash purse for the season overall and forgo the cash prizes at each individual meet. We will of course continue to award bad ass custom FLCPA medals for each meet to the top 3 PRO and top 3 Amateurs.
If you’ve got any ideas or suggestions, please feel free to shoot me an email at email@example.com
It’s that time of year again. The 2015 season is wrapping up for our sister league in the Northeast, and it’s time to start making your plans to come on back down to the Southeast for the 2016 season!! We’re happy to be adding a new venue to the schedule this year. Skydive Sebastian is putting the final touches on their pond.USPA Nationals of Canopy Piloting will be returning to Skydive City this year, so we’re happy to head back there twice this year before Nationals. Our Season Finale will be held in early May at Skydive Paraclete XP.
Meet #1 Skydive Sebastian February 20-21
Meet #2 Skydive City Z-Hills March 12-13
Meet #3 Skydive City Z-Hills April 2-3
Meet #4 Raeford Parachute Center May 7-8
More info about the upcoming season will be out soon!!!
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!!!!