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Published on Saturday, September 1, 2018
Sixty skydivers of varying skill levels from four countries headed to Skydive Midwest in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, June 22-24 for the first Sun Path Sequentials vertical skills camp. Participants in the three-day camp split into groups of 3 to 12 flyers to work with one of the 11 rotating organizers, all Sun Path-sponsored athletes.
When inclement weather prohibited jumping on Friday, organizer and veteran freefly ninja Mickey Nuttall gave a seminar about head-down big-ways before the weathered-out flyers headed to nearby Rosemont, Illinois, for bowling and an hour of organized tunnel time sponsored by Sun Path. Fortunately, days two and three of the event were graced with blue skies. Twin Otter and Skyvan loads turned over Lake Michigan for the rest of the weekend, allowing for many successful head-up, head-down, mixed and angle jumps.
Sabrina Servidoni, B-44269, said, “This was by far the greatest opportunity I’ve had to learn and improve skills in my skydiving career. [The Sun Path organizers] were super encouraging, which makes a world of a difference.”
Sun Path, which manufactures the popular Javelin Odyssey harness-and-container system, was eager to create an event in which all participants felt included and had an opportunity to improve their skills, with an emphasis on safety and fun. While Sun Path has historically backed competitive skydiving around the world, the Sun Path Sequentials event set a new paradigm for the manufacturer and its involvement in skill development and the freefly discipline. With the success of the premiere event, Sun Path intends to organize more events in 2019.
Jessie Thompson | D-32935
Raeford, North Carolina
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