April 2008, skydive center Spa in
Belgium was host to the first International Artistic Wingsuit
Competing over 5 rounds, teams of two performers flew a series of
docks and transitions, captured by their cameraman.
Judges Hans Schoeber, Christian Waard and Patrick De Guillebon
watched the videos per round as soon as they came in.
A special page on the website with live webcam feeds and constant
scoring updates proved to be incredibly popular. Receiving an
enormous amount of views from throughout the world.
A special handicap scoring system made sure all rounds ended up with
comparable scores, even though the difficulty level went up a notch
with each one. Especially the later rounds with more backflying
proved to be difficult. Points were also awarded for the camera
The teams from Tony Suits and Phoenix Fly put up a big fight for the
But when team FlyLikeBrick managed to outscore the Phoenix Fly team
in round 4, team Tony Suits smelled blood and made a leap for the
gold by winning the last round, and thus taking 1st place in the
competition. Phoenix Fly took home the 2nd prize, with FlyLikeBrick
There where many amazing prizes made available by the events main
sponsor Cypres, as well as FlyYourBody, Birdman, Phoenix Fly,
TonySuits, Paralog and Extreme FlyWear.
FlyLikeBrick also managed to take home the DoDo Award. A special
cash prize made available by SkyJester for the most
spectacular tumble in competition. There was also a raffle for
everyone attending, with special prizes made available by Cypres and
For the next edition we will be revising the rules a little, and
working towards getting everyone to 'fly' more.
But the general rules and framework of the competition proved to be
working and the competition was a big succes.
A big thank you to all the sponsors and the wonderfull dropzone Spa,
and an even bigger thank you for all the teams who traveled and
jumped in the freezing cold to make this competition a reality!
www.wingsuitcompetition.com will next host an online competition
in (free) wingsuit artistics.
For more news and updates, check this website!
team: Tony Suits
performers: Jeff Neberkopf, Tony Uragallo
camera: Tristan Whitmarsh
team: Phoenix Fly
performers: Kristina Raskina, James Boole
camera: Robert Pecnik
performers: Alejandro Lopez Arce, Jarno Cordia
camera: Costyn van Dongen
4th place team: DNB Nord
performers: Kaspars Sprogis, Daiga Martisevska
camera: Raitis Saulitis
5th place team: Pinky and the Brains
performers: Pascal Nijs (aka Bassie), Karin De Fraiture
camera: Bavo Vleminckx
6th place team: SkySwoopers
performers: Mette Høgaard Kristensen, Benny Skovhede
camera: Bo Wienberg
performers: Johan Wiltink, Henny Wiggers
camera: Saskia Zegwaard