A new national skydiving record was made on Australia Day at Moruya Airport. 16 of Australia’s top vertical formation skydivers came to the south coast and joined up in a head up orientation to make one of the most difficult freefall formations falling at speeds in excess of 200km per hour.
Australian champion team member Kim Hopwood says “flying in the head up orientation is extremely challenging. It is the most unstable position as you are fighting against the relative wind whilst trying to make contact with the large group.”
The Australian Record is a selection camp for a 100-way World Record attempt in Chicago in July. Guest World Record organiser, Andy Malchiodi travelled from USA to coordinate the jump and invite top Australian performers to attend the World Record. Australian champion team ‘Focus’ members were stand out performers, having recently won bronze at the World Skydiving Championships in the Gold Coast in October, 2018. “I hope to see some Australians at the world record, there is a lot of talent here”, Andy says.
Skydive Oz are over the moon with the announcement of an OFFICIAL AUSTRALIAN RECORD achieved over the Moruya airport announcing "On Australia Day 2019 a highly skilled group of Aussie skydivers smashed the current record of 7 people in a formation with their 16 way! The manoeuvre is one of the most difficult freefall formations falling at speeds in excess of 200km per hour."
"Huge shoutout to the Australian Parachute Federation for making it all possible!"
Above: Enjoy the talents of the Australian Parachute Federation members (below) breaking the Australian record over Moruya. Photo: SkydiveOz
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