Oceanside CA— Local skydiving team ‘Oceanside FLO’ has won their third consecutive National Championships of Artistic Freeflying. The team took gold last week at the 2016 U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships at Skydive Arizona, south of Phoenix. The team trains locally at GoJump Oceanside.
The National Championships drew nearly 500 skydivers from across the country vying for medals in five different skydiving disciplines. In artistic freeflying, three-person teams, including two performers and a camera flyer, perform an aerial acrobatic routine, freefalling together in every imaginable orientation, carefully choreographed for speed and excitement.
FLO members are Mike Bohn, 35; Colby McNeil, 27; and videographer Leland Procell, 26. The team represented the United States at the World Parachuting Championships last month at Skydive Chicago, where they placed fourth, barely missing the podium.
Founded in 1946 and celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the United States Parachute Association is a non-profit association dedicated to the promotion of safe skydiving nationwide, establishing strict safety standards, training policies and programs at more than 240 USPA-affiliated skydiving schools and centers throughout the United States. Each year, USPA’s 38,000 members and hundreds of thousands of first-time jump students make roughly 4 million jumps in the U.S. USPA represents skydivers before all levels of government, the public and the aviation industry and sanctions national skydiving competitions and records.
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