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Pro Blade Swoop Competition at Skydive Houston, Texas - April 14 - 16, 2000
Join the fun and the challenge at Skydive Houston in Waller where Reggie Eastaugh, the inventor of the AirBlades™, is hosting a Pro Blade Swoop Competition of the 2000 circuit. Reggie will be looking for talented individuals to qualify for the US circuit and eventually gain acceptance to the international Pro Blade events. Two Twin Otters will be flying. The event will be judged and recorded by the organizers. The registration fee is $25.00. Blade Swoop
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Blade Swoop™ is a high speed parachuting event using a three dimensional, variable course defined by special AirBlades™ indicating wind direction and speed. Consisting of eight to twelve gates ranging in height from 20 feet at the start to 10 feet at the finish, the course ranges in length from 100 feet to 200 feet depending on conditions and degree of difficulty. The course starts on water to provide a "safety zone" for misaligned approaches, with the final gates on a smooth flat shore.
Blade Swoop
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The challenge is to fly a finite flight path while combining energy management with pinpoint judgment and at the same time, 'step on the gas peddle!' Pilots are scored both on points and time. Points are deducted for striking an AirBlade™ or flying over the top of a gate. Timing starts at the first gate and stops at the last gate. Overall scores are calculated to determine the competitor's standing in points and time, gauging the ability and performance of both pilot and canopy.
A number of drop zones will be invited to host Blade Swoop™ events. Canopy enthusiasts from the area who qualify will have the opportunity to practice and compete. The top three from each event will be invited to enter the national Blade Swoop™ competition at the end of the season.

For details on the course layout and competition rules check out
For information on hosting a Blade Swoop competition contact Reggie Eastaugh at

Para-Bowl Championships in Colorado - April 15, 2000
The 2000 World Para-bowl championships will be held for the second time in 2 years at Front Range Skydivers in Calhan, Colorado. This year they will have a great Turbine Caravan to whisk the contestants up to 18000 msl for 2 rounds of Swoop Accuracy. Then the competitors finish up the night at the bowling alley for 2 rounds of bowling. All you need to do is land safely and throw a ball down the alley. This will be a handicap event, women will be able to set their beer down before they throw their ball.

For Competitions in Europe see the German edition of "skyXtreme"

Competitions in America - March 2000
Date Event Club/Drop Zone Homepage
01.03. - 05.03. 150-Ways with Jerry Bird &
Roger Ponce, World Record and
Florida State Record Attempts
Skydive Sebastian
Florida, USA
02.03. - 05.03. Psycho Cirkus Freefly Xtravaganza Skydive Elsinore
Elsinore, California, USA
17.03. - 20.03. Canadian Para-Ski and US
Championships 2000
Mont Saint-Sauveur
Montreal, Canada
20.03. - 25.03. Daytona 5000 Canopy Challenge
Canopy Challenge Competition
Skydive Daytona Beach
Florida, USA
22.03. - 23.03. Arizona Classic Style Competition Skydiving Center
Marana, Arizona, USA
24.03. - 26.03. Arizona Classic Accuracy
Skydiving Center
Marana, Arizona, USA
25.03. - 25.03. Southwest Skydiving League
Meet 1
Skydive Arizona
Eloy, Arizona, USA
25.03. - 26.03. Para-Ski Meet
at Hunter Mountain
The Ranch Parachute Club
Gardiner, New York, USA
25.03. - 26.03. Iron Crank 4-way Meet Perris Valley Skydiving
California, USA
26.03. - 26.03. Florida Skydiving League
Meet 3
Skydive Space Center
Titusville, Florida, USA
30.03. - 09.04. Space Games
World Championships
Skydive America
Pahokee, Florida, USA

Competitions in Worldwide - March 2000
Date Event Club/Drop Zone Homepage
11.03. - 13.03. National Championships
Style & Accuracy
NSW Tandem Skydiving
Cessnock NSW, Australia

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