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Team Elite Returns to Skydive Arizona

By Erin Orwig

Five Minute Call | June 2019
Saturday, June 1, 2019

 

On March 1-3, Guy Wright and Arizona Airspeed’s Niklas Hemlin joined forces for the third installment of Eloy Team Elite. Once again, jumpers traveled from all over the United States and beyond for a fast-paced weekend of challenging multi-point 36-way skydives from 16,500 feet. The famous Arizona weather behaved (mostly), and the group got in 14 jumps over three days, with 22 participants hanging in there for a 15th on the last afternoon. Skydive Arizona’s own John Lyman filmed all the jumps.

Skydives included a 36-way bipole jewel, nine 4-way stars flying in proximity (and then transitioning to bipoles), spinning 9-way pieces that formed fragile formations with large gaps in the center and formations with strange angles and cat grips galore. Each two-Twin Otter load challenged participants to fly at 110 percent. The crowning achievement of this spring’s Eloy Team Elite event was a 36-way entirely outfacing diamond!

Airspeed and Team Elite host invitational big-way events throughout the year. Jumpers can contact Hemlin at niklas@airspeed.org for information on Airspeed events at Skydive Arizona and Wright at guywright@me.com for Team Elite events around the country.

Erin Orwig | D-35756
Eloy, Arizona

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