Every two years some of the best skydivers in the world converge on one spot to compete for the coveted title of World Champion in their discipline. From August 25th to the 31st, Prostejov a city in the Czech Republic, played host to the FAI event. USA VFS Team Arizona Arsenal attended the 2014 World Meet, having qualified a year earlier at the 2013 USPA Nationals – see scores.
Left to right: Sara Curtis, Brandon Atwood (Camera), Niklas Daniel, Ty Losey, Steve Curtis
The aircraft chosen for the event was the LET 410, a Czech manufactured plane mostly used for passenger transport. Unfortunately this plane is not permitted to operate in the United States, so this made training for the exits a challenge.
“The 12th annual Free Fly Money Meet was held on February 22nd. In this five round meet competitors are randomly matched with a different partner of similar flying ability for each round. A sequence of compulsory moves are drawn from a set dive pool for each round. Competitors gain one point each time they correctly perform a move in the order of the draw. A video pool camera flyer records the dives, and individuals scores from each round are carried into the next round. The person with the highest total score for all five rounds wins. Twenty-eight competitors took part in the competition in three skill classes. Standings were as follows: Open: 1st Steve Curtis, 2nd Darrell Walton, 3rd (tie) Travis Mills and Mike “Friday” Friedman; Intermediate: 1st Seth Studer, 2nd Rory Corrigan, 3rd Greg Andrews; and Beginner: 1st Tom Feng, 2nd Mace Weaver, 3rd Bartley Carlson. Winners were awarded cash prizes in addition to prizes from Skydive Arizona, SkyVenture Arizona, the Bent Prop, Larsen & Brusgaard, Ouragan Suits, and Alice Hicks.” -Jocelyn Bernatchez
Amy Chmeleki and Seth Studer sit-flying down the hill over Skydive Arizona in Eloy, AZ.
The 2013 USPA Nationals were held at Skydive Chicago (SDC) in Ottawa, IL. In the VFS category there were five teams in open (two of which were guests – SD Nexus & 4Speed SD), and five in advanced. The crisp 50 degree morning started with a 7am wheels-up for the 4-way VFS competitors. All 8 rounds were completed on the same day.
Here are some of our videos undergoing the judging process.
“On July 6th, during the Patriots Boogie, Skydive Arizona and Arizona Arsenal hosted a 2-Way VFS competition. This will be a new test event at this year’s U.S. Nationals at Skydive Chicago in September. 2-Way VFS was developed by SoCal Converge and Arizona Arsenal in order to bridge the gap in competition between Artistic Freefly and 4-Way VFS. It also provides a stepping stone for smaller groups to learn the basics of VFS while adding in elements of belly/back flying.
Six teams took part in the competition and Arsenal provided video for teams who did not come with their own camera flyer. The draw included both vertical and belly/back points which made the inside flying and the camera flying uniquely challenging.
The official competition will be six rounds. However, due to the very hot weather, Arsenal decided to keep this competition to four rounds. When the competition jumps were complete, the participants went up for a large group flock as a final fifth jump.
First place went to AXIS Flight School with Niklas Daniel, Brianne Thompson, and Dave Rhea (camera) at a total of 42 points. Second place was taken by Ludicrous Speed with Vince Arnone of SkyVenture Arizona, Paige Milligan, and Steve Curtis (camera) with a total of 32 points. The third place award went to team 3-D with Chazi Blacksher and Amy Benton, both Skydive Arizona freefly organizers, and Nik Blacksher on camera. 3-D scored a total of 28 points.
Thanks to all participants for braving the Arizona heat, contributing to this worthy cause, and helping to test this exciting new discipline.”