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Did You Know...

... that Finland's AAA Class teams swept the World Tunnel League September leaderboard?

iFLY Orlando's Indoor Cloud League team in December 2013
posted Oct 20th, 2019 - The interesting Indoor Cloud League duel between iFLY SF Bay and iFLY Orlando continued in September. The Northern California and Florida wind tunnels have the only 12-foot flying chambers, all other ICL teams are posting their scores on the 14+ leaderboard.

They have been battling since Lori Connor launched her Indoor Cloud League team with monthly events in 2013, first on the same leaderboard and with the same sequences as the 14+ teams, then on the separate 12+ leaderboard when the dive pool for the 14+ chambers was extended.

The iFLY Orlando team won the duel in the first three years (2013 - 2015), and Lori Connor booked her first victory at the end of the 2016 season. She has maintained the upper hand ever since and won the next three years (2016 - 2018).

This year, the iFLY Orlando team had the better start and won the first three months (January - March). The iFLY SF Bay team was back in business in April, and both teams have been taking turns in winning month by month ever since. iFLY Orlando was still in the lead at the end of September, due to the 43-point cushion after the first three months.


iFLY SF Bay - SeptemberAAAAAARRRRRRTotal
TeamsL,6,B,17 E,6,15 P,O,9 N,L,B M,P,O M,ETotal
Jessica Lee, Ethan DeLano, Julius Frank, Eric Gin19(-1)19----38
Cali4rnia Raptors19------
Cali4rnia Kids-19-----
Racheet Matai, Michael Stevens, Kiran Shivaram, Ethan DeLano--1420(-1)--34
Nacho's 4-Way--9----
Vikas Bagur, Craig Navickas, Ethan DeLano, Eric Gin---1211(-1)-11
SF Bay Rookies---8---
Lauren Liddell, Jan Blaha, Jessica Lee, Julius Frank----81313
Dmitriy Kalugin-Balashov, Aditya Srinivas, Jessica Lee, Julius Frank-----12-

iFLY SF Bay's Best of September19191420111396


2nd place in AA: Cali4nia Kids
It was iFLY Orlando's turn again in September, even though iFLY SF Bay claimed or tied more highscores for the six ICL sequences than iFLY Orlando did (4 - 3). The iFLY SF Bay team had an interesting situation at last month's event. The four teams who also competed at the September meet of the World Tunnel League were not able to get onto the ICL leaderboard for the same month with their WTL scores in Round 1.

Four other lineups posted the higher scores, even though it was a very close call. Lori Connor reported from Northern California that she even needed a tie-breaker for some of the scoring duels:

"I had to use a tie-breaking rule and the fastest time to the last point to determine the video submissions for September. AAA went to Eric Gin's team who flew at the Tunnel Kicker and they scored 19-1 after completing their 19th point at 33.21 seconds, compared to the WTL Raptors who scored their 19th point at 34.50. AA went again to Eric Gin's team with their 19th point at 33.08 compared to the WTL Kids who scored their 19th point at 35 seconds."

Cali4nia Raptors finished in 5th place in the AAA Class on the World Tunnel League leaderboard for September. Cali4nia Kids took the 2nd place in the AA Class and lost the 1st place to Sörkan Laskuvarjourheilijat from Finland only in Round 6.


World Tunnel League September 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class O,6,D,5 15,C,A,B 3,L,17 21,11,18 1,N,16 13,P,M,E 10,2,19 H,Q,K,22 8,9,14 F,G,J,20 Total Avg
1 Pro Team  FI  FITL 31 31 25 21 24 33 19 27 22 29  262 26.2
2 Just4Fun  FI  FITL 19 18 20 12 19 25 16 23 16 23 191 19.1
3 AllSaints  FI  FITL 22 21 18 13 19 25 16 17 18 22 191 19.1
4 Tempo  FI  FITL 18 21 16 15 19 25 15 20 17 24 190 19.0
5 Cali4nia Raptors  US  CATL 19 13 13 12 12 19 - - - -  88 14.7
6 SCZ ZEUS  US  FTL 11 12 0 12 8 14 9 17 11 - 94 10.4
Rank AA Class B,7,6 15,C,A L,18,E 21,11 1,N,14 13,P,M 2,19 H,Q,K,22 8,9 F,G,J,20 Total Avg
1 Sörkan Laskuvarjourheilijat  FI  FITL 18 17 17 11 13 21 13 16 17 19 162 16.2
2 Cali4nia Kids  US  CATL 19 17 16 13 14 15 - - - -  94 15.7
3 iFLY Ontario AA  US  CATL 17 14 14 13 13 18 13 19 14 16 151 15.1
4 Ote  FI  FITL 17 14 7 10 10 16 13 14 13 15 129 12.9
5 Jump Florida Furtherance 2.5  US  FTL 13 12 12 13 13 17 13 9 13 - 115 12.8
6 4K  FI  FITL 13 8 8 10 11 15 9 12 9 12 107 10.7
7 Hermannin Nuorisoseura  FI  FITL 14 12 11 9 10 13 7 11 9 9 105 10.5
Rank A Class C,H,21 A,9 L,6 7,B Q,O,K D,M,E 2,19 8,N P,4 F,G,J Total Avg
1 Nacho's 4-Way  US  CATL 9 14 11 13 16 20 - - - -  83 13.8
Rank Rookie F,O,D C,A,J L,Q,P B,K,D N,M,O F,E,B G,C,L Q,K,F P,D,A G,J,E Total Avg
1 SF Bay Rookies  US  CATL 8 9 6 7 10 12 - - - -  52 8.7
2 My First 4-way Team  US  CATL 7 6 5 4 10 12 5 10 5 9 73 7.3

Disbanded: Blackjack from Finland
The teams from Finland controlled the AAA Class leaderboard in September. All four teams took the top positions and created a sweep as the four U.S. teams did at the FAI Outdoor World Cup.

The Pro Team witnessed the strong U.S. performance in the AAA/4-way Open Class at the world cup after posting their own indoor scores on the WTL leaderboard in September. The 26.2 average at the Fööni wind tunnel in Helsinki was a new indoor record average for the team, and they followed up with an impressive outdoor record of 18.5 at Skydive Arizona, where most of the teams finished below their best numbers due to the slow competition draw.

The most exciting part of the WTL September meet took place right behind the Pro Team. The other three Finnish AAA Class teams finished with a 1-point difference. Just4Fun and AllSaints were tied after Round 10, and another tie-breaking procedure was necessary. Both teams had the same highscore of 25 points in Round 6, and Just4Fun eventually took the 2nd place with the 23-pointer in Round 10. Just4Fun and AllSaints, with Pro Team alternate Juho Mikkola in the lineup, both were formed this year after Blackjack disbanded.

Tempo finished one single point behind with a different lineup. Nadja Lönnroth replaced injured Saara Laakko who is one of the original Tempo members, together with Antti Heinola and Otto Virkki.

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