Posted by matt on 19th August 2010

World Meet and UK Nationals

After the great start of Day 1 in Russia, we finally finished our first World Championships in 3rd position with a 12.9 average, which is a significant improvement on the 2009 results. The French and the Americans battled it out throughout the 3 days of competition, with the French finally ending up in the top spot. Fantastic skydives were displayed, the quality of the jumps was fantastic. It’s also great to see a team bridge the gap to the top American team, Arizona Arsenal, who have lead the way over the last few years and been setting the standards. Respect!

A quick shout out to the BLT’s coach Julien Guiho who is a member of the French 4Speed team, nice one mate, and to Cyril Colin who finishes his competitive career as a world champion in VFS (2010) and freestyle (2006)!!! Not bad for baguette eaters…….

Also massive respect to Al & Pixie for their silver medal in freestyle (hard work, talent and dedication do pay off), the other GB medal winners Volare (freefly silver) and Team Bodyflight (silver female 4-way) and GB team Satori who shredded in the ultra competitive open 4 way FS competition. Nice one people!

For the BLT’s it was great to win the bronze medal, but we’re also looking forward to pushing on and bridging the gap between the top two teams. The French showed it’s possible, so time for another team to make it up there, especially as the SoCal, Paraclete and Chicago Standard guys are also out there!!!

After dodging the fires in southern Moscow, by hiding in the bars and night clubs of Moscow, we finally made it back to the UK just in time for a few days off before heading to Skydive Hibaldstow on the 14-15 August for the UK VFS nationals.

Unfortunately our fantastic cameraman, Matt, couldn’t be with us for the weekend due to personal commitments, so Andy Newell jumped in to help us out. A big thank you to Andy Newell of Dark Side freefly for helping us out at the last minute. Andy is one of the most experienced and skilled freeflyers in the UK, so it was great to have him on board.

This year the competition was made up of 3 teams, nice one to the local guys for sticking a scratch team in and checking it out! The Manchester Airkix guys pushed us close with some really cool skydives, although some of those tunnel rats did land in the muddy fields! By the end of the competition we ended up a few points ahead of our tunnel mates to take the 2010 UK National title. Finally…….

After some dodgy weather early on Saturday morning, 57 FS teams were finished by 2pm on the Sunday. Can anyone else in the UK run the nationals like Hibaldstow? A massive thanks to the dropzone management for an awesome job!!!

Moving on, we look forward to the UK head down record attempts on the 28-30th of August. Remember, Jim Harris and our good friend Adam Mattacola (Killa) will be on hand from the 25-27th August at Hibaldstow for some last minute warm up jumps and opportunity to show your stuff. From the Saturday onwards it’s record attempt time, so no try outs! This year we’re looking to break into the mid 20’s, it should be great, especially if we beat the attempts from our good friends in Norway!!!

Watch out over the next few months for 4 way VFS camps, huck jams, end of season events and other dates to register in the diary! 2010 is not finished yet!

And finally, a massive thanks to all our sponsors and people who helped us out this year: Skydive Hibaldstow / Spain; British Parachuting Association; Velocity sports (Infinity rigs); Performance Designs; Airkix; Talent Stream; Vertical Suits & L&B

See you at the 2010 UK head down record weekend suckers!!!

The Bad Lieutenants

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