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Did You Know...

... that Brazil's So Pressao peaked with 20+ after their 14-year comeback?

First 20+ average: So Pressao
posted Nov 29th, 2019 - The third 2019 meet of the World Tunnel League this month at iFLY Sao Paulo in Brazil ended with an upset for the country's top team in the past decade, CTR Optimum. The two challengers, So Pressao and Go Fly, used the opportunity when CTR Optimum could not attend with the complete lineup.

Andre Ferraz and Juliana Sé were not available for the November meet, and CTR Optimum needed two substitutes. George Narita and Daiton Ribeiro recruited Beatriz Ohno and Deborah Schroder for the competition, who train and compete with CTR Storm. Their own team had attended the first two WTL meets this year in April (17.5) and June (17.9) and had no plans for the November meet.

The CTR Optimum/Storm combination finished well above Beatriz Ohno's and Deborah Schroder's highest previous averages with the 19.4 which was still not enough to defend the top spot successfully.

SO Pressao and Go Fly pushed each other to 20+ averages in an exciting 1-point battle, and CTR Optimum had to accept their first defeat by any other Brazilian teams since 2005.


World Tunnel League November 2019 - Brazil
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class K,13,E,17 11,C,1 N,M,16,6 14,9,B Q,D,3,7 21,18,L 8,10,G 4,H,O,F Total Avg
1 So Pressao 20    19    21    21    22    16    16    28    163 20.4
2 Go Fly 18 -1 20    23    18 -3 21    18    18    26    162 20.3
3 CTR Optimum 19    16    21 -1 21    20    18    15    25    155 19.4
4 North Force 18    19    20    16 -3 17 -2 13 -2 16 -1 22 -4 141 17.6
5 Carpe Diem 15 -2 18    17 -1 18    16 -1 13    15    21    133 16.6
6 Netuno 13 -2 16    17    18    16    14    14    22    130 16.3
7 Anima 15    16    17    16    15    13    15    20    127 15.9
7 Amitie 16    16    16 -1 12    17    14    15    21    127 15.9
9 Paradocks 13    13    16    16    15    11 -1 10 -1 16    110 13.8
Rank AA Class P,13,18 11,C,1 N,M,6 14,9 Q,D,7 21,L,B 8,G,F 4,H,O Total Avg
1 RJ Revolution 12    9 -1 16    14    17    15    10    15    108 13.5
2 TMJ 7 -1 7 -1 9 -3 10    14    11    8    10    76 9.5
So Pressao - Go Fly - CTR Optimum at the WTL November at iFLY Sao Paulo
Same lineup: So Pressao in 2005
It is an amazing fact that the winning team, So Pressao, have been sharing the 14-year history of 4-way competition in Brazil with CTR Optimum. It was exactly the same So Pressao lineup who competed together with CTR Optimum at the first meet of the newly launched Brazilian Skydiving League in April 2005.

André Ferraz is the only original CTR Optimum member in the current lineup, even though he missed the November meet. So Pressao had an indoor comeback with the 2005 lineup who competed when André Ferraz launched the Brazilian Tunnel League in December 2018.

The So Pressao comeback peaked with the team's first 20+ indoor average this month, which was also enough to outscore Go Fly by one single point. Both teams had their previous 1-point battle in December 2018, at So Pressao's comeback event after the 14-year break. Go Fly won this duel at the April meet, and So Pressao turned the table again at the November meet, this time with the 1st place after the next 1-point battle.

Go Fly had a personnel change at the last meet of the Brazilian Tunnel League (Circuito Brasileiro de Paraquedismo Indoor of 2019) at IFLY São Paulo, as well. Isabela Castro was in Renato Diogo's tail slot for the meet, together with joined Fabiano Florio, Ricardo Pereira and Pedro Ushizima.


World Tunnel League November 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class K,13,E,17 11,C,1 N,M,16,6 14,9,B Q,D,3,7 21,18,L 8,10,G 4,H,O,F J,A,22,5 12,15,P Total Avg
1 HF CubsCZ 23 24 28 30 25 23 19 32 25 21  250 25.0
2 HF Flying CircusCZ 23 24 26 26 26 19 19 35 20 19  237 23.7
3 So PressaoBR 20 19 21 21 22 16 16 28 - -  163 20.4
4 Go FlyBR 18 20 23 18 21 18 18 26 - -  162 20.3
5 CTR OptimumBR 19 16 21 21 20 18 15 25 - -  155 19.4
6 North ForceBR 18 19 20 16 17 13 16 22 - - 141 17.6
7 Carpe DiemBR 15 18 17 18 16 13 15 21 - - 133 16.6
8 NetunoBR 13 16 17 18 16 14 14 22 - - 130 16.3
9 AnimaBR 15 16 17 16 15 13 15 20 - - 127 15.9
9 AmitieBR 16 16 16 12 17 14 15 21 - - 127 15.9
11 TeiwaZUS 16 16 17 19 14 11 12 19 16 12 152 15.2
12 M TeamCZ 15 14 16 19 13 13 12 21 15 11  149 14.9
13 SCZ ZEUSUS 14 13 15 15 15 12 11 18 14 11 138 13.8
14 ParadocksBR 13 13 16 16 15 11 10 16 - - 110 13.8
15 FSL Kickers TampaUS 14 14 16 7 13 15 9 20 14 13 135 13.5
16 4 V TuneluCZ 12 10 15 16 15 11 11 16 12 11  129 12.9
17 AccordCZ 10 14 13 15 14 10 10 17 12 11  126 12.6

AAA Class awards at the BTL November meet
Pedro Ushizima reported from Brazil that CTR Optimum and Go Fly both teams didn't train much before the November meet: "This was a BIG mistake, because So Pressão from Brasilia and North Force from Acre/Amazonas trained with Arizona Airspeed's Niklas Hemlin and Mikhail Markine at IFLY Brasilia last month!" The training and meet preparations paid off, as So Pressao won the meet with a fast and clean last round.

The Brazilian AAA Class teams have positioned themselves in a very strong block behind the two best Czech teams, HF Cubs and HF Flying Circus, on the World Tunnel League leaderboard for November.

The WTL leaderboard is not complete yet, as Finland's 4-way teams are still coming together for their last 2019 meet in Helsinki. The Pro Team will take on the 25.0 average that the HF Cubs posted on the top of the leaderboard, and a few other Finnish teams have the potential to outscore the three Brazilian AAA Class teams behind HF Cubs and HF Flying Circus.

The November leaderboard of the World Tunnel League will most likely set a new participation record, and a new WTL record average in the AAA Class would be no surprise...

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