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Did You Know...

... that HayaBusa member Neal Willems joined the Camera Flyers for the ESL Championship?

ESL Championship trophies with the ESL Spirit
posted Sep 23rd, 2022 - The comeback of the European Skydiving League Championship (ESL) event took place on the weekend after the completion of the USPA Nationals. Both events were still effected by the impact of the corona virus crisis and other interfering political issues. The participation was lower than it was in the past.

The USPA Nationals had a total of 59 teams in all traditional 4-way events in 2019, including the guest teams, 65 in 2021, and down to 48 this month. It was the lowest number in the history of USPA Nationals. The event was canceled in 2020, due to the implications of the corona virus crisis.

The ESL Championship had an even longer break of two years, after the record participation of 30 teams in 2019. The event was not even scheduled for the 2020 season, and the situation did not change in the second year of the worldwide health crisis.

ESL organizer Mike Pennock decided this year that it is time to bring back the event, even if it were only to remind the 4-way community in Europe that the popular competition with its different format would be brought back to full swing in the coming years.


ESL Championship 2022
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 2,15,F M,19,A,18 3,8,13 D,21,K,7 G,9,N,5 1,10,Q L,O,14,12 20,E,B,11 H,4,6 Total Avg
1 Ayro  BE  16 20 14 18 19 16 13 15 17 148 16.4
2 Thyra  NO  10 13 7 13 14 11 9 10 13 100 11.1
3 Shinobi  NL  8 10 8 11 10 8 10 10 9 84 9.3
Rank AA Class 2,15 M,19,A 8,13 D,21,K G,9,N 1,Q,F L,O,14 20,E,B H,4,6 Total Avg
1 Garudas  BE  7 10 7 8 13 12 10 10 10 87 9.7
2 Camera Flyers  NO  9 11 6 9 0 0 0 0 0 35 3.9
Rank A Class 2,F M,19 8,A D,21 G,9 Q,K,7 L,O,N E,B,6 H,4 Total Avg
1 The Loop  BE  9 9 5 5 3 7 7 7 5 57 6.3
2 RW2Heaven  BE  3 5 4 4 5 7 3 7 4 42 4.7
Rank Rookie F,L,O M,A,E D,K,B G,N,H Q,P,J C,M,J O,G,H E,B,A N,Q,F Total Avg
1 Airflux  BE  10 13 10 10 11 13 7 12 9 95 10.6
2 Steelers  UA  8 11 9 8 5 9 9 8 8 75 8.3
3 Wavey Wackers  UK  8 8 8 7 8 7 5 7 7 65 7.2

Ayro - Thyra - Shinobi at the ESL Championship 2022
Belgian ESL delegation with ESL Spirit
Mike Pennock welcomed teams in each of the four NSL categories to the ESL Championship 2022 at Skydive Flanders in Zwartberg, Belgium, and the AAA and RRR leaderboards both actually featured teams from three different European countries.

Three Belgian teams (Ayro, The Loop, Air Flux) had just competed at their national championships a week earlier and came back to secure the ESL Spirit trophy for the Belgian delegation that the British teams had taken home in 2019. No other country had enough teams on site this year to oppose the Belgian home team.

AAA Class winner Ayro confirmed the 16+ average that the team had posted first time a week earlier at the Belgian national outdoor championships and did not face any serious competition. Thyra from Norway had Agera FS2022 member Julian Frayne in the lineup, who then traveled to DeLand, Florida, with his own team for the last training camp.

Thyra was missing a team member of the new all-female lineup. In fact, Thyra was actually planning to compete for Norway in 4-way Women at the FAI outdoor world meet, which is not going to happen, as one team member is too young of age. The NSL News will follow up soon with more details of the Thyra plans.



Camera Flyers at the ESL Championship 2022
ESL Championship 2019
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total Avg
Rank AAA ClassESL F,E,A,4 12,J,13 18,M,8 2,9,3 20,Q,6 21,N,14 15,L,P,1 17,11,19 B,G,16,C Total Avg
1 Weembi Unicorns IT 10 25 15 18 18 16 16 19 14 22 163 18.1
2 Mria UA 8 20 13 13 13 13 13 13 10 16 124 13.8
3 Alis Team UA 6 17 13 13 14 14 11 12 11 18 123 13.7
4 HF Flying Circus CZ 5 18 9 13 14 14 12 13 11 17 121 13.4
4 Falco BE 5 18 11 13 15 11 11 11 12 19 121 13.4
6 Dark Energy DE 3 19 11 13 13 11 11 11 11 16 116 12.9
7 Ayro BE 2 18 9 14 12 10 12 12 11 15 113 12.6
8 FlySpot Sky4Four PL 1 16 8 11 12 14 11 12 10 14 108 12.0
9 Stardust BE 1 17 9 11 11 11 8 11 9 14 101 11.2
10 FS2020Agera NO 1 18 9 8 9 10 11 13 9 11 98 10.9
11 Horschd DE 1 15 10 9 7 10 11 7 11 13 93 10.3
12 JETMAX BE 1 11 8 10 10 11 11 11 8 9 89 9.9
13 Shinobi NL 1 13 7 9 9 9 6 9 8 8 78 8.7
14 M Team CZ 1 13 6 9 7 8 8 7 5 9 72 8.0
Rank AA Class F,E,A,4 J,13,1 18,M,8 2,9 20,Q,6 21,N,14 15,L,P 11,19 B,G,C,22 Total Avg
1 Do or Dive UK 10 9 8 7 8 5 8 6 7 - 58 7.3
2 Vortex UK 8 9 6 5 7 6 6 5 9 - 53 6.6
3 Aeropotam's BE 6 7 6 8 7 7 6 6 5 - 52 6.5
Rank A Class F,E,A J,4 M,8 2,9 Q,6 21,N L,P,7 19,O B,G,C Total Avg
1 Lions QA n/a 13 7 11 7 11 9 11 10 - 79 9.9
2 Falcons QA n/a 18 9 11 8 9 9 8 6 - 78 9.8
3 Cheetas QA n/a 17 7 7 9 8 8 11 10 - 77 9.6
4 High Five CZ 10 13 6 11 7 9 8 12 10 - 76 9.5
5 British Army Volt4ge UK 8 19 9 7 7 7 7 9 6 - 71 8.9
6 High Voltage BE 6 12 10 8 9 8 8 8 6 - 69 8.6
6 Funky Falcon NL 6 12 7 11 8 8 7 8 8 - 69 8.6
8 Huayra BE 4 12 8 8 7 8 7 6 9 - 65 8.1
9 Black Devils BE 3 11 7 4 7 6 3 7 8 - 53 6.6
10 Oljakoda BE 2 9 4 5 3 6 5 5 6 - 43 5.4
Rank Rookie F,E,A J,O,M Q,N,L P,M,J L,A,C P,D,O E,Q,N G,F,P B,G,C Total Avg
1 Gravity Monkeys DE 10 5 9 7 11 4 8 6 7 - 57 7.1
2 TMNS UK 8 7 9 2 5 5 6 7 6 - 47 5.9
3 Jackal UK 6 5 7 6 6 3 4 5 7 - 43 5.4

AA silver medals for Camera Flyers with Neal Willems (left)
The most interesting part of the ESL Championship 2022 may have been the AA Class competition, where Garudas won the 1st place for Belgium, as well. Garudas did not have any other teams in their category, and a new team was formed on site to make it a competition.

Organizer Rogier Carper told the funny story how the team came together. Videographers of the participating teams decided to join the competition with their own lineup. Meet Director Mike Pennock accepted the very late registration.

The Camera Flyers were still one team member short, and they were asking local skydivers to join the team. They found a "Neal" who was willing to step in. They promised him to "engineer all formations around him" under the assumption by the Camera Flyers that he did not have a lot of 4-way experiences.

When new NMP PCH HayaBusa member Neal Willems put on his yellow Javelin gear and the HayaBusa jumpsuit, he was finally identified. The Camera Flyers ran out of money after Round 4, and Neal Willems will travel to Florida now for his next HayaBusa training camp at Skydive City.

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