The 2014 USPA Nationals were held at Skydive Chicago (SDC) in Ottawa, IL. In the 4-way VFS category there were five teams in open, and five in advanced. Unfortunately the first three days of the competition were weathered-out, but all 8 rounds were completed on the the last day. The judges decided not to include round 7 in the final scoring, as some individuals were competing in multiple disciplines and were unable to complete the final round. SDC Standard XP was back after sitting out last year on its home turf at Skydive Chicago. Nexus, now SDC Core, has a new line up and competed as a guest team. iFly Seattle Super Serious completed its second nationals in addition to competing in the 2-way MFS discipline. X-FORCE is a newly formed VFS team from Skydive Arizona. Arizona Arsenal won gold at the 2013 USPA Nationals and then represented the USA at the FAI World Championship of Formation Skydiving 2014 in Prostejov just a couple of weeks earlier. Open Draw:
RD1 – C A 2 D
RD2 – 7 16 14
RD3 – 6 J M 10
RD4 – L 5 11
RD5 – 17 12 G
RD6 – 1 B F H
RD7 – N K 4 3
RD8 – E 8 i 13 (not scored)
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.