World FAI Canopy Formation
Airport Teuge, The Netherlands 8-14 September
André le Roux D270
CF has had 4-Way Rotations, 4-Way
Sequential and 8-Way Speed as events.
8-Way Speed has been dropped due
to the small number of teams competing,
but a new event has sparked a great
deal of interest around the world:
that of 2-way Sequential.
Graham Field and I (Mike Rumble
on camera) tried this out on a scratch
basis at last year’s Nationals
and it looked like a lot of fun,
but we were a 4-way Rotation team
and didn’t pursue the idea.
This year’s Nationals was
different. Gerrit Lambert & I
(with Charles Barnhoorn on camera)
again put in a scratch 2-way team
competing against the other two from
our 4-Way Rotation team. Now those
jumps were a revelation. Again, a
lot of fun, but a lot more difficult
and complex than it looks.
Something to think about for the
future, but not yet seriously.
Then I got the phone call: Tim Mace
had an approach from the new Internet
TV channel: www.airsports.tv (the
Breitling Airsports World channel)
and suggested we enter 2-Way Sequential
at the World Meet.
That was 6 weeks ago.
The plan was that Tim, Gerrit Lambert
and I each take a turn at camera
while the other 2 do the formations.
That started off an internal competition:
3 “teams” within a team.
Tim & I, Tim & Gerrit, Gerrit
and I. We would each do 2 competition
jumps and the winning pair takes
rounds 7 and 8.
An intriguing idea, we were in!
A weekend at Rustenburg was fruitful,
but with very limited training time,
we opted for Wonderboom and double
the working time for every jump.
(This worked well until that nasty
cold front blew us a few suburbs
away, but that’s another story…)
We duly arrived in Holland with some
more serious weather to greet us and
only managed to jump 3 days later. The
accompanying picture illustrates the
mood of the SA camp as posted on the
2 practice jumps late on the last
day before the Meet cheered things
up somewhat, despite high winds and
Perfect weather marked the start
of the competition and it’s
even better today as we face our
8th and last round.
Standards have been excellent among
the top teams with surprise performances
from Egypt, Belarus and Kazakhstan.
Coaching and funding has gone a long
way with those teams.
Watching the footage of the Russian
2-Way team (who broke the world record:
18 points in a 60 second working
time) shows how it should be done.
It has no relation to 4-way Sequential
in that it’s much faster and
almost has the rhythm of 4-way Rotation.
A very special event in its own right.
There’s a lot of crossover
overseas. Michael Vaughan, who won
the last CP Meet in Europe, competed
in the Australian 2-Way team. There
were a number of FS World Team members
competing in CF over there.
19 teams there for 2-Way Sequential,
9 teams for 4-Way Rotations, 6 teams
for 4-Way Sequential. A pretty big
While we’re a bit disappointed
with the scores, we’ve met
our goals in terms of picking up
the event techniques from the best.
We also brought back the footage
for our Judges’ Committee.
We certainly had enough busts to
help illustrate what to look for
and how the international judges
interpret what’s allowed and
I believe 2-Way Sequential is the
future of CF in SA. It has a massive
following worldwide and is by far
the most popular CF event.
It’s easy to get into and
infinitely easier than putting a
4-Way team together. It’s challenging,
very dynamic and, above all, fun.
The CF SSA committee is arranging
two more CF skills camps: one in
October this year and one in February
next year. February’s one will
incorporate 2-Way Sequential. Come
and have a go, you’ll enjoy
Our thanks to Blueye for some amazing
eyewear and to Airsports.tv