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Did You Know...

... that the ESL Championship 2018 could produce winners from four different countries?

USPA 8-way champion: Paraclete XP8
image by: USPA/Omniskore
posted Sep 14th, 2018 - All 4-way and 8-way Formation Skydiving events have been completed at the USPA Nationals 2018, and Arizona Airspeed cannot accomplish a new FS Sweep of the four traditional USPA events (4-way, 8-way, 10-way, 16-way) any longer, despite the absence of the Golden Knights. Paraclete XP8 won the 8-way competition after a good battle with the Airspeed lineup.

The last FS Sweep at USPA Nationals was completed by Airspeed 17 years ago. Airspeed Vertical (Craig Girard, John Eagle, Mark Kirkby, Neal Houston, Mark Steinbaugh on camera) won in 4-way in 2000 and 2001 and provided the foundation for the rosters in the other three events. This year, a new FS Sweep became possible after the early departure of the Golden Knights due to the hurricane threat at the U.S. Army headquarters in North Carolina.

However, a very strong Paraclete XP lineup won the 8-way gold medals and stopped the potential sweep before the 10-way and 16-way events began, which are scheduled for today and tomorrow.

The next NSL News live coverage will come from Saarlouis in Germany, where the ESL Championship 2018 concludes the 2018 competition season for all teams that will not compete for their countries at the FAI World Meet 2018 and still want to enjoy an exciting international meet atmosphere.

ESL Championship 2018 - Power Rankings
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD Total Avg
1 AtomiX-YUU Skydive  DE  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 6.1.0. Marche In Volo  IT  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 JETMAX  BE  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 HorschD FSZ Saar  DE  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Rank AA Class TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD Total Avg
1 Team Red  NL  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Ayro  BE  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 4Motion - Eisenach  DE  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Black Forest Four  DE  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Das KO´s FSZ SAAR  DE  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Windfall  DE  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Blok 43  NL  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 NOFX  NL  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Rank A Class TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD Total Avg
1 Aeropotam's  BE  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Heartbeat Skydive Team  NL  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Rubix  UK  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Skyflakes  NL  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Rank Rookie TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD Total Avg
1 High Five  CZ  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Mach 4  DE  - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Back at the ESL Championship 2018: 6.1.0.
The currently registered teams are from six different European countries, and most of them have posted scores earlier this year. The new NSL Power Rankings provide an overview of the strength of the field in all four categories.

6.1.0. from Italy signed up recently after finishing in 3rd place at the national championships. The visit of the Italian team creates a re-match of last year's ESL Championship where 6.1.0. challenged AtomiX YUU from Germany for the top spot in the AAA Class competition. AtomiX YUU is back to defend the title after a 2nd place finish at the German Nationals 2018.

HorschD FSZ Saar from Germany and Jetmax from Belgium both moved up from AA to AAA at the same time at the end of the 2016 season. HorschD had the upper hand in the AA Class competition between the two teams at the ESL Championship 2016, and Jetmax won the first duel in the AAA Class last year. The Belgians may win invaluable ESL points for their delegation next weekend.

Belgium and Germany have teams registered in three categories and seem to be the top contenders for the popular trophy, the ESL Spirit, which has been in German possession since 2016.

ESL Championship 2017
12345678910TotalAvg
RankAAA ClassESL3,10,11J,H,14,4C,21,B,218,Q,G,M13,A,5E,22,K,1720,19,D16,F,L,P7,N,156,12,1TotalAvg
1AtomiX YUUDE101417172116161622181116816.8
2610IT81317171916141522171416416.4
3Dark EnergyDE61215141812141319151114314.3
4OokpikFR5111614161214132115914114.1
5NeVaDE41215131511141321141113913.9
6HF Flying CircusCZ3111213141114131913912912.9
7JETMAXBE2111214151191017131112312.3
84theQueenUK11011121391081211710310.3
9HorschDDE18101212881111118999.9
RankAA ClassESLM,J,F,Q2,H,1813,D,LO,4,811,C,614,1922,21B,7,20E,K,G,N1,A,15TotalAvg
1FalcoBE102610121011991015912112.1
2Das KOsDE82397119681213810610.6
3DimensionNL6229989781111710110.1
4Blok 43NL517107107891299989.8
5WindfallDE4178587659116818.1
64midableNL315458747784696.9
7ManticoreUK212747234865585.8
RankA ClassESL21,19K,F,BD,G,CJ,N,89,AP,74,LO,Q,6M,E,2H,N,KTotalAvg
1BazingaDE1081810101011812111511311.3
2AyroBE8716128101189121310610.6
3Heartbeat Skydive TeamNL63135777581011767.6
RankRookieESLP,F,JE,H,QO,G,DK,M,NA,B,LC,M,JP,K,LE,G,HN,D,AC,O,BTotalAvg
1Aeropotam'sBE1017158111215111491712912.9
2Scratch ThatUK86646445716494.9
3Flying CowboysDE64342514020252.5
AA Class challenger: Ayro from Belgium
The Dutch delegation has a strong position on the AA Class leaderboard, where Team Red of the Dutch 20+ Project has posted the highest meet average this year. A total of five teams from the Netherlands were registered after the last update and could threaten the German and Belgian delegations.

However, Ayro seems to be ready to challenge Team Red after a recent 12.1 average at the Belgian Nationals 2018. Team Red was only slightly ahead (12.5) after their own national championships in August.

Four AA Class teams from Germany are lurking behind Team Red and Ayro, and three of them also posted their last scoring numbers at the national championships in August.

Each category could produce a winner from a different country, as Aeropotam's from Belgium are the top contender in the A Class, and High Five are a trained Rookie Class team from the Czech Republic. Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Czech Republic could all collect their 10 ESL points for 1st places as a starting position. Three more teams per delegation with the best standings will add to the respective ESL accounts. Round 1 in Saarlouis is scheduled for next Friday morning (September 21st).

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