At Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois, the country's best skydivers competed for gold in the National Championships of Accuracy Landing and Freefall Style, Canopy Formation Skydiving, Formation Skydiving, Freestyle Skydiving, Freeflying and Vertical Formation Skydiving.
We learn a bit on the history of 10-way, the antics associated with the competition and the C.G. Godfrog Award. Photo by Ori Kuper.
4-way VFS competitors discuss the influence of the tunnel within the discipline. Photos by Ori Kuper and Human Flight Media.
Jarrett Martin talks about his new harness, which helps him stay competitive in accuracy landing. Photos by Ori Kuper.
2-way VFS is a new test event at this year's nationals. With 9 teams competing and polished rules, it's proving to be a popular success. Photos by Hilary Bruce.
The second day of the competition also started early with a first load call at...
The USPA Canopy Piloting Nationals started bright and early with wheels up at...
Thursday 5/22 – Wheels up at 7:00am EST
Continuing with Distance
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Last year a record 79 canopy pilots (including 22 guest competitors from seven countries) took part in the 2013 USPA National Championships of Canopy Piloting at Skydive City Zephyrhills in Florida. The competition was friendly and fierce and the performances spectacular, filled with high drama and a slew of new records, capped by a climactic finish in zone accuracy between reigning 2012 World Champion Curt Bartholomew and world distance record holder Nick Batsch, with Batsch edging out Bartholomew to take overall gold.
This year’s championships, returning to Zephyrhills, promises to be even more thrilling, with a turnout expected to exceed last year, in part because the meet is a dress-rehearsal for the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Championships November 1-8 at Skydive City, with eight coveted slots on the U.S. Team at stake. Competition runs May 21-23, preceded by a Florida Canopy Piloting Association meet the weekend before. If you plan on attending, be sure to visit USPA’s CP Nationals Facebook page.
Registration May 20, 2014
Competition Days: May 21-23, 2014
USPA Canopy Piloting Rules
Host | TK Hayes, Skydive City
USPA Controller | James Hayhurst, USPA
Meet Director | Randy Connell
Chief Judge | Jolene Brzezinski
Course Technical Director | Cyndi Brown
Chief of Judge Training | “Doc” Lee Schlichtemeier
Scoring | Logan Donovan, Control Tower