1st FAI World Canopy Piloting Freestyle Championships & 7th FAI World Canopy Piloting Championships in Wroclaw (POL): Nicolas Batsch (USA) und Abdulbari Qubaisi (UAE) claim the World Championship titles!

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FAI World Canopy Piloting Championships 2018 Wroclaw (POL) | Masters of high speed and precision just above the ground!

It was a week full of airsports with breathtaking and spectacular parachuting action at the airfield in Szymanów which is situated near Wroclaw, Poland. Over 5000 spectators witnessed daily 66 of the world`s best canopy piloting athletes who competed from 2nd until 8th for the 7th FAI World Canopy Piloting Championships and the premiere of the FAI World Canopy Piloting Championships in Freesyle.

Canopy Piloting – also known as Swooping – is a fairly new sport, but often assessed the most spectacular discipline. Fast and low flights as well as aerobatics action with top speeds around 150 km/h above the swoop pond can make the fans literally feel the gust of wind caused by flying athletes. The Championships involves a series of tasks designed to demonstrate the parachutist’s ability to control his canopy and his flight accuracy. At the World Canopy Piloting Championships the athletes compete in three disciplines – speed, accuracy and distance.

The new World Champion is the 36 year old Nicolas Batsch from the USA. He achieved a total score of 833.262 Points. In the accuracy category he came in 4th, took the 3rd place in distance and the 2nd place in speed. Moreover, the airfield in Szymanów was the stage for the 1st FAI World Canopy Piloting Freestyle Championships. It was the 29 year old Abdulbari Qubaisi (UAE), who claims the title with 266.942 Points.

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World Canopy Piloting Championships (WCPC)

                                                               Accuracy             Distance              Speed                  Total

1 – Nicolas Batsch (USA)              268,846 pts         281,763 pts         282,653 pts        833,262 pts

2 – Cedric Veiga Rios (FRA)         257,663 pts        297,437 pts        273,439 pts         828,539 pts

3 – Curtis Bartholomew (USA)  287,560 pts         257,960 pts         272,082 pts         817,602 pts

World Canopy Piloting Freestyle Championships (WCPFC)

                                                               Round 1               Round 2               Round 3               Total

1 – Abdulbari Qubaisi (UAE)       77,171 pts           100,000 pts         89,771 pts           266,942 pts

2 – Pablo Hernandez (ESP)         90,818 pts           76,689 pts           71,467 pts           238,974 pts

3 – Justin Price (USA)                   84,615 pts           82,206 pts           52,355 pts           219,176 pts




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