Did you know that the Hayabusa Hostage Crisis was the media highlight of the World Challenge 2015?
posted: May 8th, 2015 It was October 2011 when I reflected on the role of the media in skydiving competition and on the relationship of teams and competitors with the media. There has no doubt been progress. However, I was wondering what has changed and where, and my recent trip to Bodyflight Bedford for the World Challenge 2015 provided some answers.
I don't have the impression much has changed at the drop zones. We are still catching media interest mostly when accidents happen, and the vultures are swooping in with their helicopters and stupid questions. Getting the media out to cover an exciting event is the same... (more)
Did you know that Hurricane Factory and SkyVenture Montreal tied in a 4-category Indoor Cloud League battle?
posted: May 7th, 2015 The Indoor Cloud League leaderboard for April was completed with the last videos and scores coming from SkyVenture Montreal. The new BEST OF THE MONTH video features the eight teams and lineups who posted the highest scores for the six ICL categories.
Bad Boys from the Hurricane Factory in the Czech Republic and a well known Canadian 4Astrophe lineup at SkyVenture Montreal shared the highscore for the AAA Class sequence (C,7,D,17). The same two teams also performed the AA Class sequences (J,7,15) for their home tunnels, and the Bad Boys won... (more)
Did you know that Prime Pickles and Pangaea are ready to challenge the VAF Warriors?
posted: May 5th, 2015 The start of the competition season in Denmark is coming up soon. The DFU Open us the annual season opener, followed by the national championships in July. The Danish Indoor Championship is scheduled once again at Bodyflight Bedford in October.
It seems to become an exciting race for the top position in Denmark this year, and the results of the World Challenge 2015 provided a preview of the competition between two of the three potential top contenders, Prime Pickles and Pandora/Pangaea.
Pangaea competed under the... (more)
Did you know that Oleg Shalamykhin shares his memories of Nikolay Vylegzhanin?
posted: May 4th, 2015 The recent Sun Path Products NSL News story on April 28th explained the plans of the Russian 8-way team Tanay for this year and for the 2016 world meet season. The same story brought back memories of a Russian 4-way and 8-way competitor who was a member of several different world class lineups, including Barkli's 4-way and 8-way lineups.
Nikolay Vylegzhanin was Barkli team mate with Tanay's 8-way player coach Oleg Shalamykhin in 4-way and 8-way at the FAI World Championship... (more)
Did you know that the Qatar Tigers continue their pursuit of the world's TOP 6?
posted: May 3rd, 2015 The Qatar Tigers appeared on the SKYLEAGUE.COM leaderboard the first time in January 2011 after competing at the DIPC 2011, and they have been a part of the international 4-way community ever since.
Coach Luc Verstrepen, former NMP-PCH Hayabusa member, guided his 2012 lineup (Fahad Aljehani, Rashid Alkubaisi, Hamad Almari, Aziz Alshamari, with Pavel Skotak on camera) through Qatar's first world meet in Dubai 2012 where they finished short of the semifinals with a 17.0 average after Round 8.
Unfortunately, the Qatar Tigers then missed the FAI... (more)