2012 Schedule

Moving into 2012 we’ve joined forces with the folks out on the “left” Coast to standardize the swoop leagues here in the USA.  Check out the new site at www.swoopleague.com

Updates on the FLCPA will now be maintained there.

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Nick Batsch wins overall, Multiple world and national records set at PD Big Boy Pants

Last night the Performance Designs Big Boy Pants World Record eventconcluded with the awards ceremony in the main hanger at Mile-Hi Skydiving Center.  Here’s a few highlights from the event.

  • 25 invitees from 5 courtries. USA, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Spain.
  • 17 competitors set new personal ‘bests’.
  • 448 competition jumps made and judged over 3 days.
  • General Distance World Record by Nick Batsch 222.45 meters
  • Female Distance World, North American, and National Record by Jessica Edgeington, 168.32 meters. 
  • Female Speed World, North American, and National Record by Jessica Edgeington, 2.301 seconds.
  • Canadian National Speed Record by Jay Moledzki, 2.150 seconds.
  • Canadian National Distance Record by Jay Moledzki, 179.97 meters.
  • Brazilian National Speed Record by Edson Pacheco, 2.240 seconds.
  • Brazilian National Distance Record by Edson Pacheco, 169.11 meters.
  • European and Spanish National Speed Record by Pablo Hernandez, 2.107 seconds.
  • European and Spanish National Distance Record by Pablo Hernandez, 167.09 meters.
  • German National Speed Record by Thomas Morris Friess at 2.384 seconds.
  • New FAI canopy piloting judges class completed with graduates James Hayhurst, Buzz Bennett, Emily Windmiller, and Lee Schlchtemeier.
  • $6,000 awarded to the top 5 places & general distance world record.

Overall Places:

  1. Gold-Nick Batsch-Alter Ego
  2. Silver-Curt Bartholomew-AlterEgo
  3. Bronze-Jay Moledzki-PD Factory Team
  4. Greg Windmiller-US Army Golden Knights
  5. Pablo Hernandez-PD Factory Team

A big thanks to Performance Designs for sponsoring this event and Mile-Hi Skydiving for hosting, without the support of these folks, this amazing weekend could not have happen.

If you enjoyed watching this event in Colorado, participating in it, or watching via our live ustream feed, please let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

Full scores can be found here.

PD Big Boy Pants Day One

The first official day of competition has completed and what a day it was.  Competitors did 8 jumps(4 speed, 4 distance)  All the rounds were done in a downwind or quartering tail wind from 0.0-6.7meters per second.

In the Speed runs, Greg Windmiller’s 2009 speed record of 2.093 second was challenged by Jonathan Tagle and Nick Batsch with times of 2.096 and 2.095 respectively.  But no one has been able to beat the speed record yet.

In the distance runs, round 1 saw the record broke twice!!!   Jonathan Tagle first broke the 2009 record with a distance of 195.65. Nick Batsch then took his record back with a new record of 222.45 meters!!!

There were plenty of rough landings and a few high speed skips off the water.  The scores have just been updated here. and the days photos can be found here

Stay tuned through the weekend if you’d like to watch the event live.  Many folks enjoyed watching the live stream direct from the judges scoring booth.  You could even hear the speed times confirmed in real time.

We’ll be back in the air at 9:00am Mountain time for more action!!!

PD Big Boy Pants- day before practice day

The official practice day for the PD BBP starts tomorrow.  The distance courses are up in both directions, and the speed course is up as well.  there were 9-10 competitors practicing today.  I’ve been running meets and competing for about 6-7 years now and can honestly say this is the fastest I’ve ever seen canopies fly in my entire life.  The question isn’t if the world records will be broken, its by how much they’ll be demolished. 

The record of 181 meters was marked at the end of the day this evening with the FLCPA and Blue Skies Magazine windblades.  The sand marks from landings were all around the 181 meter mark, and most competitors are still simply familiarizing with the dz and the altitude

With the density altitude breaking 8,000 ft today the speed course practice runs were blisteringly fast.  Generating speed wasn’t the challenge for most out to practice today, but negotiating the 75 degree carve at these tremendous speeds was a greater challenge.

Looking forward to tomorrow….

PD BBP Swooper: Ryan Brownlow

Individual Name: Ryan Brownlow
Country: USA
Home DZ: Bay Area Skydiving-Byron, CA
Main Canopy/Color: Velocity-Orange
Approach and direction: right or left 450
Exit weight: 187 lbs (including gear and without weight)
# of jumps: 700+
Competition Highlights: 2nd place speed US Nationals 2010
Sponsors: Sure, I’d like some
Other Hobbies/Funfacts: Scuba, Graphic Design.