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Did You Know...

... that the French Ferre brothers competed together in 1999 and 2014?

Ivan Quadrio - Martial Ferre - Marin Ferre - Pete Allum
posted Jan 21st, 2014 - French 4way and 8way world champion of 1999 and 2010, Martial Ferre, provided the Sun Path Products NSL News with another video of competition sequences at the Wind Games 2014.

The international EXL3Maubeuge lineup caught attention during the first news update from Spain on 17 January 2014. Pete Allum, Marin Ferre, Martial Ferre and Ivan Quadrio eventually finished with a 23.1 average after one hour of indoor training before the competition.

Only one team member, Pete Allum, had scored higher before. The annual XL indoor reunion at Bodyflight Bedford has brought him together with his former team mates on the top level of 4way indoor competition on a regular basis.

4way gold medals together in 1999
image by: Omniskore
Ivan Quadrio is a member of the Italian national 4way team Ex3mo and has posted a 21.2 average with his team at the World Challenge 2012. Pete Allum has been coaching Ex3mo for several years and knew that Ivan Quadrio would be able to keep up with him and the two former French world champions.

Pete Allum and Ivan Quadrio were piece partners in the rear piece for the pickup team, while the Ferre brothers enjoyed their own family reunion in the front piece. Both won 4way gold medals together for France at the world meet in Australia 1999, with Thierry Boitieux and Davide Moy in the lineup.

The outdoor winning average in 1999 was 20.8 and Marin Ferre lifted it to 21.2 at the world meet in Spain 2001 where France ended up in 2nd place behind Arizona Airspeed. Martial Ferre was now in the French 8way lineup and placed 3rd at the same event.

World Meet 2004Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
Rank4way Open ClassB-P-C-189-15-16K-11-19E-F-7-5A-J-21-126-4-1017-Q-L-1H-14-313-22-ON-M-D-2TotalAvg
1DeLand Majik (US)292317301819272119 2422722.7
2Maubeuge (FR)2822183017192320182421921.9
3Sky Panthers (RU)242119252215 2819162221121.1
World Meet 2010Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
Rank8way Open Class3,21,N6,20,9E,G,17,5K,16,212,C,22B,D,M,17,15,J13,L,P,114,18,O10,14,19TotalAvg
1France (FR)2519162122251819231520320.3
2Golden Knights (US)2317182022272017211119619.6
3Russia (RU)2019161722201819201418518.5
8way bronze medals together in 2003
The two Ferre brothers were back together in the same team two years later, this time in the French 8way lineup. Marin Ferre tried to win gold medals for France in 4way and 8way and ended up on the top in 4way, while he and his brother finished in 3rd place in 8way. The French 4way winning average in 2003 was 22.9 and Marin Ferre's top score.

The younger brother continued in the French 4way team for another year and ended up with a 21.9 average in 2nd place at the world meet in Croatia 2004. Marin Ferre was done with competition for the French national teams after that and became the technical coach for the 4way teams in both categories.

Martial Ferre came back one more time in 8way when French head coach Jerome David tried to sweep the Formation Skydiving events in Menzelinsk 2010. He succeeded with his plan, and Martial Ferre added another gold medal to his collection.

Wind Games 2014Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA ClassC,20,1716,A,D,7J,P,13,LN,21,22M,8,15K,3,6F,4,1B,G,H,O,105,18,9Q,2,12TotalAvg
1NMP-PCH Hayabusa (BE)2936332731302941322631431.4
2Arizona Airspeed (US)3235302732263238322130530.5
3Thunder (BE)2626272224232731252325425.4
4Aerodyne French Girls (FR)2126272024212529242023723.7
5EXL3Maubeuge (INT)2225271822222328232123123.1
8way gold medal and 4way Women gold medal coaching in 2010
Indoor training was not available when the Ferre brothers had their most competitive time period. There were several wind tunnels around when Martial Ferre trained and competed with the French 8way team of 2010. However, 8way training was mostly done from jump planes, and both Ferre brothers never competed together at an indoor competition before they formed the front piece for EXL3Maubeuge last week.

The video shows the Ferre brothers in full action and enjoying the 23.1 pace together. Marin Ferre has used indoor training for his coaching jobs with the French 4way teams for years, and he had to accept that one of his teams eventually ended up ahead of himself at the meet last week.

The Aerodyne French Girls outscored EXL3Maubeuge and the two Ferre brothers by six points in Empuriabrava. Marin Ferre will not be too unhappy about the defeat. He has won gold medals as a coach with the French female lineups in 2010 and 2012 and plans to defend them successfully this year...

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