2017 New PRO Pilots

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.

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Mike Yi

Alex Hart by Ryan Patrick

Alex Hart Photo by Ryan Patrick

Jens Esselstrom

Jens Esselstrom

Pat Kessler by Martin Troy

Pat Kessler Photo by Martin Troy

Nick Peck by Richard Scheurich

Nick Peck Photo by Richard Scheurich

Nate Clark

Nate Clark

Peter Lubrano

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We look forward to seeing them compete with the big boys next year!

 

 

2017 Meet #4 Registration

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BEGINNER:
1David Williams Image result for  member button
2John HaleyImage result for  member button
3Richo Healy Image result for  member button
4James/Scott Trimble Image result for  member button
5Evan Pritchard Image result for  member button
6Charles Cobb Image result for guest button

1Curt BartholomewImage result for  member button
2Charlie Mullins Image result for  member button
3Jeannie BartholomewImage result for  member button
4Stephen PerryImage result for  member button
5Pawel Piotrowski Image result for  member button
6Ben Crooch Image result for guest button

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2Albert Berchtold Image result for  member button
3Jared Zell Image result for  member button
4Cliff Steele Image result for  member button
5John López Image result for  member button

 

1Scott Harper Image result for guest button
2Travis Mills Image result for  member button
3Justin Price Image result for  member button
4Matt ShullImage result for  member button
5Dan Raymond Image result for guest button
6Matt Mullins-IntermediateImage result for guest button

 

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2Pete Lubrano Image result for  member button
3Jens Esselstrom Image result for  member button
4Fraser Feltner Image result for  member button
5Pat Kessler Image result for  member button

1Ricky Nelson Image result for  member button

2Alex HartImage result for  member button
3Nick Peck Image result for  member button
4Scott Robinson Image result for  member button
1Kevin HaughImage result for  member button
2Troy KetsdeverImage result for  member button
3Nate ClarkImage result for  member button
4Bake BartonImage result for guest button
5?Alex GubanovImage result for guest button

Ricky Nelson & Curt Bartholomew take top spots at Meet #3 in Sebastian, FL

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.

2017Meet #3Intermediate Podium

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.

2017Meet #3Open PodiumAfter 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!!!!

 

2017 Meet #3 Registration

Just when we thought meet one was a great turnout, Meet 2 brought even more competitors!!

Meet #3 will bring us to Skydive Sebastian.

 

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2Scott TrimbleImage result for  member button
3Richo Healy Image result for  member button
4Danieli  Tancredi Image result for  member button

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3Evan Pritchard Image result for  member button
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5Fraser Feltner Image result for  member button

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3Rory Agundez Image result for  member button
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2017 FLCPA Schedule Announcement

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)!!

2017 Schedule:

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

Coach:Greg Windmiller

Meet #6 Skydive Paraclete XP September 9-10 (Pre-Nationals)

Coach: TBD

Updated classes for 2017

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:

Beginner:
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.

Intermediate:
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!!!!

 

2016 Season Wrap-Up

Johnny Gunn takes top Amateur spot for the 2016 season.  Photo by Tony Efird

Johnny Gunn takes top Amateur spot for the 2016 season. Photo by Tony Efird

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.

prooverallCurt 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.

amaoverJohnny 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….

 

Bartholomew wins PRO, Denniston wins Amateur at season finale

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.

Photo by Tony Efird

Photo by Tony Efird

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.
amatIn the Amateur class Marcus Denniston took the Gold, followed closely by Nate Clark, while the Bronze medal went to Nick Peck from Deland.
pro podIn 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!

Curt Bartholomew takes the lead in the 2016 season

 

IMG_2650-0The 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 IMG_2651-0updated 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!

2016 Registration List-Meet #3

59 competitors

AMATUER:

1Ricky Nelson
2Mike Yi
3Matt Reilly
4Davis Hall
5Logan Donovan

1Rory Agundez
2Johnny Gunn
3Cecil Jolley
4Joey Baker
5Pat Kessler

1Peter Lubrano
2Jens Esselstrom
3Fraser Feltner
4Marcus Denniston
5Ryan Jenkins

1Nick Peck
2Cliff Steele
3Jason Mccahan
4Darin McKeen
5Nate Olsen

Plane 2
1Matt Guthrie
2Gavin Griffin
3Robin Jandle
4Nate Clark

1Paul Isenmann
2Scott Siler
3Piri Rewa
4Kevin Haugh
5John Lopez

PRO:
Greg Windmiller
Joe Abeln
Albert Berchtold
Justin Price
Jared Zell

1Shane Shaffer
2Curt Bartholomew
3Jeannie Bartholomew
4Charlie Mullins
5Aaron Stocum

1Steven Perry

Plane 3;

1Punjab Piotrowski
2Matt Leonard
3Ben Lowe
4Ross Brilakis
5Shaggio Levesque

1Paul Rodriguez
2Ryan Brownlow
3Marcos Darman
4Adam Teeling
5Scott Harper

1Tom Dellibac
2Shane Seydel
3Travis Mills
4Mikeal Stevens
5Ben Crooch

1Nick Batsch
2Jay Sanders
3Matt Shull
4Gage Galle
5Cornelia Mihai

Liquidsky to support 2016 season

liquidsky 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!!!

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*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.

2016 Updates.

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 albert@swoopleague.com

2016 FLCPA Announcement

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!!!

 

2015 Season wrap-up

2015 plaquesThis 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 ama 2015 overalloverall 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 overall 2015PRO 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!!!!

 

Jay Sanders(Pro) & Shane Seydel(Ama) win meet 4!

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 meet 5PRO: 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.
meet 5 amaAmateur: 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.

The Race for the Season Overalls Heats Up

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.

2015 pro season after 3In 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.

2015 Ama season overalls after 3In 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/

 

 

Cornelia & Curt set new North Carolina records at meet 3.

IMG_1887-2There 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!

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Congratulations!!!

Cornelia Mihai wins meet 3 at Skydive Paraclete

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.

IMG_1897-2 IMG_1925-2The Amatuer class was won by veteran skydiver and newcomer to the competition circuit Charlie Mullins. Second place went to Shane Seydel from Hawaii, and Ben Lowe rounded out the top three.

 

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.
IMG_1884-2Big 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!

Curt B & Pawel P take top honors at Meet 1

This past weekend’s FLCPA Meet #1 was a great time down in Zephyrhills, FL. 48 competitors arrived as far as three weeks ahead pawelof 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.
gageSaturday 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:
curt bPRO:
1st: Curt Bartholomew
2nd: Scott Harper
3rd: Gage Galle
Amateur:
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!!

New IPC rule changes coming down the pipeline

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.

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