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State Records

October 3, 2008

Hey, what’s all this about state records? It seems like all of a sudden skydivers from around the USA are claiming new records, some small and some, like the 88-way just set in Virginia, pretty big. Evidently, it can’t be that difficult to stake a claim in the annuals of history by being the best at a particular time.

How easy is it? Well, all you need is a judge rated in the discipline – formation skydiving or artistic events or canopy formation, for instance – and one other person from the list that includes the local S&TA, another judge in any discipline, or a USPA board member.

Then a couple of friends, an airplane or two, clear skies, $35, and a little luck make up the rest of the quotient. With so many states, so many drop zones and so many hot skydivers, records could be set and/or broken every weekend in America.

For a list of state records, go to our website and see what needs besting. In fact, in spite of arduous effort put into tracking down and logging all records claimed over the years, some holes exist. So, if you think you set a record and it’s not listed, let us now and we’ll investigate; that goes for records set years ago but were never claimed. The grandfather clause will help you get in the record book, so email us with questions. We’d love to help you stake your claim.

CP Nationals

August 21, 2008

For those of you sick of mind-boggling political scene, there’s something more exciting going on in Denver next week besides the Democratic National Convention. It’s the 2008 USPA National Canopy Piloting Championships, hosted by the Mile-Hi Skydiving Center in nearby Longmont. So far, over 40 skydivers have registered for the chance to become national champions in either the advanced or open class. And the top eight in the open class will be invited to join the US Canopy Piloting Team that will compete at the World Canopy Piloting Championships in South Africa this November.

It’s hard to disagree with someone when they say canopy piloting is the single most exciting spectator sport we have. And the dynamic duo of organizer Frank Casares and meet director Jim Slaton have proven they know how to put on a show. It’s not just a skydiving competition but an extravaganza like no other, with bleachers, narrators, food concessions and the thrill of professional (and not-so-professional) skydivers screaming across the huge pond through colored gates on their way to glory.

If you can’t make it to Longmont next week for the fun and excitement, check our news site for daily updates and pictures of the action. It should be worth your time.