The 2017 USPA National Skydiving Championships at Skydive Perris in California is the place to be this week! The artistic and vertical events—freeflying, freestyle, vertical formation skydiving and mixed formation skydiving—along with speed skydiving wrapped up Saturday. Some tight competitions and amazing flying made for an exciting few days.
In the artistic events, both multi-time national champion teams reclaimed their titles—Oceanside FLO in freefly and FSC Animare XP in freestyle. Newcomer Axiom XP put on an impressive show to earn silver in freestyle.
Current national and world champion SDC Core again took gold in VFS open, with Collective Pitch winning the advanced class. And in MFS, Fliteshop earned its third national champion title and set a new national record with 24 points in round five. Air Force SieteLobo took gold in advanced MFS.
The speed skydiving event had a solid showing of 15 competitors, with Kyle Lobpries taking the top spot and setting a new national and continental record of 471.88 km/hour (Mach 0.4). In addition, Katie Lively set a national female speed record of 360.36 km/hour, and Brianne Thompson set a continental female speed record of 347.05 km/hour.
Next up, 4-way formation skydiving takes over the drop zone, with about 80 teams registered! Their competition starts Monday. A full schedule of events and additional information are available on the Perris website and the Facebook event page. Scores are available on OmniSkore.com.
Skydive-TV, an online and mobile skydiving TV channel, is again onsite to produce daily broadcasts of all the action. Be sure to catch all the episodes at skydive-tv.com.