I’ve had a few folks ask about the canopy restrictions for the intermediate and beginner class. As there are constantly new designs coming out, this part of our rules will need to be constantly modified in order to keep the competition fair and safe.
Here’s a link to the details: http://swoopleague.com/updated-classes-for-2017/
For Intermediate—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.
Can I jump a Valkyrie or Leia or equivalent with sail internals in the intermediate or beginner class? YES While this upgrade does most likely increase the performance of the canopy, it could be safely and fairly piloted in this class.
Can I jump a Valkyrie or Leia or equivalent made of all sail or a sail top skin or bottom skin in the Intermediate or beginner class? NO, After discussing with others this would bring the performance of the canopy to a level where it belongs in the PRO class only.
Can I jump a Petra or equivalent made of ZP material in the intermediate class? NO, This design has been deemed appropriate for PRO pilots only.
I have a prototype high performance canopy and I don’t know what class I should be jumping in? If you have to ask this question then maybe you should reconsider if you should be jumping an unproven design in competition.
I hope this info helps as you prepare for the upcoming season!
The final meet in Raeford is quickly approaching:
5 Matt Leonard
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!
Heres the list
* If there is an asterisk next to your name, your payment has not been completed. In order to get the preregistration price, payment must be completed by noon Thursday before the meet.