www.D4W.net is born !!!

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The last two years has been the most creative of my life, for sure. Slowly but steadily developing D4W as a discipline has been a privilige to take part of. It has brought me closer to my friends and made my fly a lot better.

D4W.net has a purpose, to show what is possible in the sport of skydiving and windtunnel flying. The site is not here for us, it is here for the athletes. We want to promote them and promote the events we organize. How. First of all we want to work with people that want to do something awesome for the sport. We want to organize kick ass events and keep developing the discipline.

Important key factors:-New competition concept
-Broadcasting
-Live judging

Maybe the biggest challenge will be to get people to work together. The sport needs more athletes. Now is the time to start teams, train, organize events, share experiences and learn to really fly.

Have fun!

Off to Australia with Alex

H

USA DYN4MIC trip

Me and Håvard just came back from a Dynamic work shop in Eloy and a week of traning in Paraclete XP. We had the chance to fly with lot of different flyers, multiple world champion with years of experience, super skilled new school flyer, tunnel rats with thousands and thousands hours of tunnel, and some really commited students…. it’s so nice to see so much excitement and positive energy around the D4W concept. As soon as people start to fly it, they are hooked !!!

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And play with the paraclete staff in the 16feet was KING. There is a very special energy in this place, same as Bottrop in matter of dedication towards flying but mainly focus on tricks, instead lines. It was also the perfect place and time to experiment the new D4W dive pool, rich from all the “Battle of Bottrop” experience and from countless hours of talking with lot of flyers, the new dive pool is technical and fun, everything connect in a smart way and make total sense. We’ll be ready soon to release it.

Today we are back in Bottrop, flying with students and David & Aurel from the Bottrop Bulls, it feels so nice to be back “Home”  in the cleanest, smoothest tunnel ever. Thank you Bottrop Thank you !!!

Here a short clip with myself doing random stuff….

Video from Dubai Winter Festival – EURO Sequentials

A lot has happened the last few years in skydiving. The level 
increases every day and I am very excited to be part of this 
journey together with you all. Check out some of the jumps we 
did during the festival. 

Thank you Polte for editing for us, and thank you Anna 
for making this event happen again. 

Questionable judging?

Im gonna start out by giving some credit. I really appreciate the effort the team in Singapore put into this competition. Really good job, also by trying to recruit good flyers and teams from around the world to the competition. Also you guys did a superb job at showing it to the audience. For the first time, I feel like we are going somewhere.

I have spent the last 12 years of my life following this sport and trying to keep up with it. Travelling the world and learning from all my friends. I know almost all the flyers in this competition, and I am proud to call you all my friends. You guys are also showing some really impressive flying. Thanks for the inspiration! But what is the point? It seams really clear to me that the Judges have no idea what they are looking at.

I have competed myself, for years, and felt this on my body myself. We, as athletes, have tried to give feedback to the judging of our competitions, but with very little success. Now it seams like the problem is getting bigger.

To clearify, I am referring to the neo freeslyle pro competition. Compared to 2-way artistic tunnel, or jumping, or D4W (dynamic 4 way), here there is just one flyer and really easy to see what they are doing, no?
I realise that the competition is 8 rounds, and what I am seeing in this video is just a short clip. I also agree for sure, based on what I see, that the russian winner for sure deserved his win. Wow! Really cool and clean flying dude! When can we fly together? But my question is, why is the margin so tight from 2 til 8 place. I mean, are the judges just giving random scores based on guessing, not being able to select and score the best flyer? I know that artistic competitions always will be hard to judge, and subjective, but in this case based on the short clips I see I wonder what happened? Would like to see more video before I make up my mind. But, in my mind the difference in skill level here is big, not marginal, the way the results show!

How is it possible that Alex Verner did not end up in 2nd place, by far? I mean, did the judges not see the insane three and a half windmills, using plural because there are two in a row, coming straight after the crazy backfliptwist, followed by the awesome breaker! Nice! those moves are way harder than what anything his close competitors performed, that I saw? And Guizmo, man, super nice flying dude! Lets fly soon! Same to you other guys, but the crazy thing is, I bet the flyers, and judges also, feel the same as me. It seams clear that the judges are not able to keep up with the evolution of the sport.

For our sport to move on we need to change something. The judges need to live and breathe the sport, be athletes, be able to fly the stuff themselves, know the names of the moves and the history behind them and base their scores on this. The athletes have been asking for this for years. And tried! I went to a judging course myself, in Norway. I watched Martin Kristensen try to become a judge after dominating the sport of freestyle. Eventually he quit, because of the insane process of becoming an international judge. I mean, thanks for the effort my friend, but for me it really proved the problem, even if it now is about 5 years ago.

By the way. Here is the movie I am basing this on!

P.S. Big respect to all the athletes! Sick flying guys, and specially to the kids! Go the kids! Yess! Wow!

Enjoy the video!

H

This is not skydiving but….

tommy-carroll

This is not skydiving but this guy offers us a perfect lesson about positive attitude towards the learning process, wich is sometimes one of the most difficult things to learn but absolutely necessary for an efficient progression. Something that everybody should keep in mind when you fuck up a move in the tunnel or do a bad job during a jump. Stay positive and try harder !!!