SKYDIVERS ASSOCIATION (SSA)
Biggest Official Wingsuit Record
Set for Charity in USA
By Taya Weiss, USPA D27874
we can fly, you can graduate!”
Riaan Bergh of Pretoria Skydiving Club
travelled to Southern California in November
to participate in the US National Wingsuit
Record, a 68-way that is now the largest
officially recognized wingsuit record in
Left to right: Riaan Bergh, Taya
Weiss, Rob Gray (participant from the
UK), Eli Bolotin (Raise the Sky ground
Last year a 71-way unofficial flock came
together over Skydive Elsinore, but since
there was no judging system in place, it
could not be ratified as a record. This
year, the largest attempt was a 73-way.
However, the final record, which was held
to a much higher aesthetic and technical
standard by judges and organisers, came
down to the 68-way, a tight, consistently
flown diamond formation with two stingers
on either side.
content being an 8-way PASA record holder,
Riaan came to California for a second
year of Wingsuit Bigway and impressed
his team with excellent flying skills.
He joked when the record was declared
complete that he’d finally be able
to get his D-licence in Wingsuit flying – a
four-plane record formation should certainly
do the trick.
Raise the Sky
organised and hosted the record to raise
money and awareness for City Year, which
mentors and tutors kids to help them
stay in school through matric. City Year
has programs in South Africa as well
as all over the US. Our motto to City
Year students: “If we can fly,
you can graduate!”
The record was featured on all the local
television news as well as covered by newspapers
and picked up by several national programs
as well. We were all proud, as a team,
to be flying not just for a record, but
for a good cause.
A City Year 3rd grader trying out
his videography skills on our Raise the
Sky school visit in South Los Angeles.
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