A lot has happened the last few years in skydiving. The level increases every day and I am very excited to be part of this journey together with you all. Check out some of the jumps we did during the festival. Thank you Polte for editing for us, and thank you Anna for making this event happen again.
Im gonna start out by giving some credit. I really appreciate the effort the team in Singapore put into this competition. Really good job, also by trying to recruit good flyers and teams from around the world to the competition. Also you guys did a superb job at showing it to the audience. For the first time, I feel like we are going somewhere.
I have spent the last 12 years of my life following this sport and trying to keep up with it. Travelling the world and learning from all my friends. I know almost all the flyers in this competition, and I am proud to call you all my friends. You guys are also showing some really impressive flying. Thanks for the inspiration! But what is the point? It seams really clear to me that the Judges have no idea what they are looking at.
I have competed myself, for years, and felt this on my body myself. We, as athletes, have tried to give feedback to the judging of our competitions, but with very little success. Now it seams like the problem is getting bigger.
To clearify, I am referring to the neo freeslyle pro competition. Compared to 2-way artistic tunnel, or jumping, or D4W (dynamic 4 way), here there is just one flyer and really easy to see what they are doing, no?
I realise that the competition is 8 rounds, and what I am seeing in this video is just a short clip. I also agree for sure, based on what I see, that the russian winner for sure deserved his win. Wow! Really cool and clean flying dude! When can we fly together? But my question is, why is the margin so tight from 2 til 8 place. I mean, are the judges just giving random scores based on guessing, not being able to select and score the best flyer? I know that artistic competitions always will be hard to judge, and subjective, but in this case based on the short clips I see I wonder what happened? Would like to see more video before I make up my mind. But, in my mind the difference in skill level here is big, not marginal, the way the results show!
How is it possible that Alex Verner did not end up in 2nd place, by far? I mean, did the judges not see the insane three and a half windmills, using plural because there are two in a row, coming straight after the crazy backfliptwist, followed by the awesome breaker! Nice! those moves are way harder than what anything his close competitors performed, that I saw? And Guizmo, man, super nice flying dude! Lets fly soon! Same to you other guys, but the crazy thing is, I bet the flyers, and judges also, feel the same as me. It seams clear that the judges are not able to keep up with the evolution of the sport.
For our sport to move on we need to change something. The judges need to live and breathe the sport, be athletes, be able to fly the stuff themselves, know the names of the moves and the history behind them and base their scores on this. The athletes have been asking for this for years. And tried! I went to a judging course myself, in Norway. I watched Martin Kristensen try to become a judge after dominating the sport of freestyle. Eventually he quit, because of the insane process of becoming an international judge. I mean, thanks for the effort my friend, but for me it really proved the problem, even if it now is about 5 years ago.
By the way. Here is the movie I am basing this on!
P.S. Big respect to all the athletes! Sick flying guys, and specially to the kids! Go the kids! Yess! Wow!
Enjoy the video!
In some way this video really shows what is going on up there!!! Super nice edit Heffie, and was really nice to have a different perspective than normal on the flying we do!!! Cant wait for next summer CU guys soon Down Under!
This is not skydiving but this guy offers us a perfect lesson about positive attitude towards the learning process, wich is sometimes one of the most difficult things to learn but absolutely necessary for an efficient progression. Something that everybody should keep in mind when you fuck up a move in the tunnel or do a bad job during a jump. Stay positive and try harder !!!
Some information about this summers Euro Record!
Dates: September 15-19
Size: Up to 104 way
Nordic Sector/Viking sector: 30 (Bench 10+)
Organizers: Mox and myself
Status: The situation is like this. The last 4 big ways, Euro (51 & 80) and World (108 & 138), barely flew, and there where a lot of situations that we would like to avvoid. This is not good enough and we need to embrace the fact that if we are gonna keep going bigger we all need to improve our level. Skills like diving, floating, being in a base, break off, flying your slot, stinging with left and right hand, closing and maintaining awareness are skills that all of us need to improve. The reality of a big way is that you need to adapt your skills to it really fast, not the other way around.
So, for the nordic sector we are looking for:
-Team players. No drama, no backstabbing, but a lot of ability to build confidence and skill in a group and making your sector work together.
-Flyers with experience from big ways that are current, jumping a lot and working on maintaining their skill. Being on previous records alone is not enough. As mentioned above, they barely flew so we need to all improve to go bigger.
-As before. If we feel like we are lacking skill in our sector we will look for flyers that we know first hand from other countries to fill these slots. Priority one is to make the sector fly. Viking personality required!
-During the late summer.
-Slots will be given at any given time based on above criteria.
-Based on previous experience we know that we need a very strong bench. Bench will be around 10 flyers+.
-Show up and test your luck? Yes! If you are there, and you are good enough, you will be on the record.
Big Way Experience Camp Seville
June 5-9, 40 ways and 20 ways
Nordic Sequentials, currently being renames, remastered, and re-everything
Stay tuned for more info.
Babylon Euro Record Tryouts/Training
We will be cooperating closely with Babylon towards selection.
Note to self:
If your goal is to be on a record, you need to start somewhere. Your goal should have several steps leading up to it. You need to work on your skill and experience to achieve it. Being present at a record attempt without being on it is one of the first steps. Experiencing the vibe, situations happening and being part of the group is a very important experience. Show up, be there at this time, come hang out, you will learn a lot, and maybe…
Rumors also have it that there will be a Endless Summer Boogie leading up to the event…? Yet to be confirmed.
Lets do this
Look at what our friends are doing!!! Seems like D4W is giving everyone the opportunity to go play again. This week me and Alex have been flying routines with the Eloy crew. Been super cool to get to finally do some flying with Amy, Curtis and Sara, along with the others that came out here! We really appreciate them taking the time to fly with us. Its always nice to have someone to show interest in what you have been working on. Video of this will follow, but now first!
L´equipe de France
Our friends, Voss Ventus, the team who won the Battle of Bottrop asked Andreas Johannessen to film and edit a video clip from them training. The result is one of the best tunnel video I saw, with a perfect balance beetwen high flying skill, professionnel production and great understanding of the sport !!!