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Did You Know...

... that Belgium teams try to win world meets in Soccer/Futbol and in Skydiving?

Aerodyne Realfly at the Coupe de France May meet
posted Jul 4th, 2018 - The visit of the Qatar Falcons at Skydive City for their recent training camp was covered by the NSL News on 1 July 2018. The update included videos of a few training jumps and an introduction of the whole team by coach Gary Smith.

Gary Smith has been coaching NMP PCH HayaBusa for several years at the same time and is on his way to help defend the Belgian 4-way gold medals later this year. HayaBusa will try to win the FAI World Meet for the 3rd consecutive time.

The NSL News had also posted an update from France after the first Coupe de France competition in May, which included the meet videos of the French national team in 4-way Open, Aerodyne Reaflfly.

Arizona Airspeed competed a month later at the Paraclete XP Summer Classic 2018, and the story on 18 June 2018 featured the team's ten competition rounds at Skydive Paraclete in Raeford. Airspeed's team captain Niklas Hemlin followed up on 22 June 2018 with a very interesting online video debriefing of the meet performance.

Arizona Airspeed at the Paraclete XP Summer Classic
The top teams are always studying their performances and the progress very carefully, and HayaBusa coach Gary Smith was familiar with the videos when the NSL News met him during his work with the Qatar Tigers at Skydive City.

He was ready to discuss the recent performances of his team's two major challengers live on NSL-TV.

Gary Smith said that there is nothing to hide these days any longer, as the techniques and different styles are well known.

The top teams usually attend several meets together before going to a world championship or other major events, and they observe each other on a regular basis, as teams do in all other sports.

He said that teams have to find their own ways how to get to the team-specific top level, and just copying other techniques is not always helpful.

Coupe de France May 2018
12345678910TotalAvg
RankAAA ClassJ,C,O,1621,E,A,83,13,DQ,N,9,2M,B,12,K4,11,5G,6,H,L17,1,1819,P,710,14,15TotalAvg
1Aerodyne Realfly  FR 34242133282032202619 25725.7
Paraclete XP Summer Classic 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class F,M,C,10 14,P,A,15 19,11,9 E,B,22,7 2,K,G,12 3,O,1 4,17,J Q,13,D,6 N,L,8,18 16,21,20 Total Avg
1 Arizona Airspeed  US  35 25 24 27 25 23 25 26 23 21  254 25.4
Gary Smith with the Qatar Falcons at Skydive City
However, there is nothing more interesting than watching the performances of the best teams in the world, and the opportunity to study the videos of the two top contenders was there at Skydive City when the Qatar Falcons did a few back-to-back training jumps.

The audience can watch the French and the Airspeed rounds while HayaBusa coach Gary Smith is commenting the meet rounds, first the ten French rounds in May, then the ten Airspeed rounds at Paraclete.

Gary Smith compares the Airspeed and French techniques with his own and explains the differences. NMP PCH HayaBusa copied the meet jumps during recent training camps, as all teams practice the sequences that are posted at other meets. Gary Smith yet did not disclose the HayaBusa scoring numbers for the same sequences.

He said that the 4-way world champions will follow up with their own next outdoor competition at Belgium's national championships in September, right after the USPA Nationals. It is the only outdoor competition for HayaBusa this year before the world meet...

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