50 of the nations best canopy pilots (or so we hope) are currently hanging out by the pond at Skydive Spaceland in Rosharon, TX – 33 competing in Open class and 17 in Advanced.
Both classes will compete in 3 events (Speed, Zone Accuracy and Distance) with 3 rounds of each. Medals are given 3 deep for each event and for overall as well.
Meet director Albert Berchtold reports that they have already wrapped up the Speed event and were able to complete one round of Zone Accuracy before going on hold due to winds.
According to unofficial scores posted on the PD Blog, Nick Batch (Alter Ego) took gold in Speed, Ryan Brownlow silver and Jonathan Tagle (PD Factory Team) bronze.
The results from this meet will determine the US team of Canopy Piloting, so competition is fierce. After 4 rounds, Curt Bartholomew (Alter Ego) is in 1st place, Jonathan Tagle (PD Factory Team) in second and Ian Bobo (PD Factory Team) in third. Many more jumps to be made, so we will likely see a good bit of shuffling of the top 10 places before the event is over.
Unofficial scores through round 4 are available here:
Best of luck to all the competitors – go big, make the gates and don’t hit the ground too hard!