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Did you know that the Dubai delegation has the year's Grande Finale on home turf?
posted: May 27th, 2015 The end of the 2015 season will bring teams and competitors once again to Dubai, this time for an indoor/outdoor doubleheader, as the Sun Path Products NSL News reported on May 2nd. The Dubai 4-way and 8-way delegation, headed by Craig Girard and Eliana Rodriguez since 2011, is usually traveling across the planet throughout the competition season before coming back to their home turf at Skydive Dubai (outdoor) and Inflight Dubai (indoor) for the last major event of the year, the Dubai International Parachuting Championship (DIPC). This... (more)

Did you know that 4-way kids are challenging their parents in France?
posted: May 19th, 2015 Wind tunnel practice did not only bring a new training tool to skydivers and a new attraction to non-skydivers. It also opened the door for a new generation of teams and competitors. Teenagers do not have to wait any longer until they turn 18 and are permitted to jump from air planes in most countries of the world. There are no age limits for indoor training and competition, and it did not take very long until the first kids showed up at indoor 4-way competitions. The Sun Path Products NSL News history in this area began with Ellie McCoy, who competed with Team Aeon at the World Challenge... (more)

Did you know that the Clash of Champions has a jackpot of $33,000 for AA and A Class teams?
posted: May 11th, 2015 The Sun Path Products NSL News introduced a new indoor/outdoor competition package with the story on May 2nd. The first event information of the indoor part, the "Clash of Champions" at Inflight Dubai, included the good news that the $200,000 jackpot will include cash prizes for teams who compete in categories that usually don't have a share of the jackpot. Formation Skydiving coordinator and Chief Judge Pete Allum said that he will be running the 4-way competition in three different categories (AAA - AA - A). Details of the jackpot... (more)

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 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)

Did you know that Dubai offers a new indoor/outdoor combo at the end of the year?
posted: May 2nd, 2015 The Paraclete XP Indoor and Outdoor Championships have offered a unique and attractive combination for Formation Skydiving competition teams in 2014 and 2015. The teams still had to travel from Raeford (North Carolina) to DeLand (Florida) to attend both events. However, the indoor/outdoor combo required only one week of time, including both weekends, unless teams extended the visit for additional training before or after the meets. A... (more)

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