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.
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.