WS Boogie Hungary - 2009

III. WINGSUIT Boogie and Competition Hungary 2009 by Johnny Utah

Again this year MBSE (Hungarian BASE and Skydiving Club) with support of the Hungarian Parachute Association held its 3rd Annual Wingsuit Boogie and Competition 2009 at Kapos dropzone located next to the town of Kaposvár, Hungary. Top wingsuit pilots and trackers showed up for the 4-day long event from July 30 - August 2, 2009. The event was sponsored by Bird-Man, Intrudair, and Red Bull. In true Hungarian style the party started on the eve of the event and after a couple days on the Kapos dropzone it was obvious that everyone was there to boogie hard keeping the L-410 turbine aircraft running throughout the event. The competition commenced in full force on the first day with many wingsuit pilots taking advantage of the good conditions.

During the next 3 days of the boogie L-410 loads were full of a mix of fun skydivers from every common discipline and competitors testing their skills in 3 different categories (Wingsuit, Tracking, Naked Tracking). The Wingsuit category was the most prevalent category and the many wingsuit exits per load were executed in a safe manner by alternating the direction of flight away from the jumprun and jumpers talking to each other about their skill levels and canopy sizes. In addition to the turbine aircraft multiple balloon loads went up each morning and late afternoon.

By day 2 the tracking competitors were coming out of the woodwork and the vibe on the dz was contagious. As day 2 and 3 continued on, more and more jumpers were loading the plane in their birthday suits. Perhaps the purest form of natural human glide performance flight is the naked tracking competition, whereby jumpers test their tracking skills against each other without any clothing to affect the track. Actually most jumpers opted to wear swimsuits which was allowed for obvious reasons.

Keeping the energy high was event organizer, Csaba Szörényi working the microphone throughout the event. The layout and accommodations of Kapos dropzone played a big part in the magic. Kapos has a giant airport-sized field of grass to land on with a swoop course next to the packing tents, manifest, and boarding area. Tent areas dotted the dz and the dorm style housing right next to all the action made it very convenient for those who wanted to stay in a room.

The turnout on Saturday night for the award ceremony was huge and it ensued into a full-on celebration that those who were there will not soon forget. The Red Bull dj vehicle was parked in the middle of it all and continued to play music all night as people danced and had a good time. The boogie had beautiful weather every day and ended as scheduled without any incidents.

The 3 competitions had competitors from 8 different countries. As would be expected, most of the jumpers were from Hungary and the other countries represented were Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Austria, New Zealand, and USA.

The Wingsuit category was a distance competition and had 32 wingsuit pilots enter from 7 nationalities. The judges scored the competition using a GPS unit on each jumper to measure the distance flown on each flight between two set altitudes; starting at 3000m and ending at 1500m above the ground. To receive a final score each competitor was required to do 4-10 rounds and a final score was obtained by taking the average distance from each competitor’s best 3 rounds. First Place went to Bozidar Pergar from Croatia, with an average distance of 3930m flying a Phoenix-Fly Stealth 2. Second Place went to Johnny Utah from USA, with an average distance of 3550m flying a Phoenix-Fly Vampire-1. Placing Third was Gábor Verebes from Hungary, with an average distance of 3470m flying a Birdman S8. 1st place received a trophy and an award check for 20000 HUF. 2nd place received a trophy and an award check for 10000 HUF. 3rd place received a trophy and an award check for 5000 HUF.

The Tracking category had 20 jumpers from 4 countries and was also a distance competition scored the same way as the Wingsuit category. First Place went to Gábor Verebes from Hungary, with an average distance of 2250m with an Intrudair suit. Second Place went to Csaba Szörényi from Hungary, with an average distance of 2007m with a Phoenix-Fly suit. Placing Third was Miklós Markó from Hungary, with an average distance of 1960m with an Intrudair suit. 1st place received a trophy and a complete tracking suit by Intrudair. 2nd place received a trophy and Intrudair tracking pants. 3rd place received a trophy and Intrudair freefly pants.

The Naked Tracking category had 20 jumpers from 5 countries and was also a distance competition scored the same way as the Wingsuit and Tracking categories. First Place went to Gábor Verebes from Hungary, with an average distance of 1190m. Second Place went to Vanja Siljak from Croatia, with an average distance of 1170m. Placing Third was Ajanidisz from Hungary, with an average distance of 1030m.

JH.

Sponsors:
BIRD-MAN, Red Bull Hungary, Carlsberg, Incenteam Group, Intrudair, Geochallange GPS, Kapos DZ, Hungarian Parachute Association, Philips, Balassagyarmat Police, Szörényi Vinery, MBSE
 

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