The world’s greatest indoor tunnel flyers have descended on Dubai to compete at the 2015 Clash Of Champions, the world’s richest indoor tunnel flying event, from November 26-28.
To be staged at Inflight Dubai, the three-day tournament features international teams from across the globe – including national teams from the USA, Canada, Russia and France – as they battle for a share of $200,000, the richest prize in the history of indoor tunnel flying.
The UAE will be well represented at Clash of Champions with teams from Skydive Dubai participating and staff as well.
Skydive Dubai teams competing are:
Mini MKTM (2WD) … Noah and Kaleigh
Mini MKTM (4WD) … Saif Al Neyadi and Saeed Al Muhairi
MKTM Junior (2WD) Monsour Al Neyadi and Kai Kai
ASAAR Black (FS4, AAA)
ASAAR Gold (FS4, AAA)
ASAAR Red (FS4, AAA)
ASAAR Ladies (FS4, AA)
Skydive Dubai staff members competing are:
Password Is Taco (2WD) … Naomi Kotzee and Shayni Couch
Poom Poom (2WD) … Micah Couch and Abdulbari Qubaisi
Flatnamic (FS4 A) … Liz Peace, Gabor Molnar, Omar Mohammed, and Ioana Dumitriu
Hardcore Hand Holders (FS4 A) … Jarrett Martin, Noah Bahnson, Mike Wittenburg, and Julie Wittenburg
Alate (FS4 A) … Shavon Simpson, Stefanie Morgner, Clare Greenwood
Made in USSR (FS4 A) … Ivan Semenyaka, Alexander Staschenko, Iurii Railean, and Sergey Razomazov
Firnas (4WD) … Jim Harris and Pablo Rua
Inflight Dubai will host the global high flyers at its state-of-the-art 5.03m x 20.73m in- door tunnel – the tallest and largest in the world – located on the Dubai-Al Ain highway at the Skydive Dubai Desert Campus.
And Inflight Dubai event director Freddy McDonald is expecting a closely fought-battle between teams widely recognised as the world’s best in their particular field.
“Since we launched the biggest and best indoor tunnel in the world, we have been determined to attract the sport’s best to compete in Dubai,” said McDonald. “Dubai is already firmly established as a key player on the skydiving scene thanks to the success of the Dubai International Parachuting Championships, which were inaugurated in 2010.
“This year we aim to underline Dubai’s growing reputation as a centre for the sport with a tournament featuring the world’s greatest international performance tunnel flyers as well as the best local competitors. In addition to national teams from countries such as the USA – represented by the world famous ‘Golden Knights’ from the US Army – we will also be able to witness the collective skills of flyers from Belgium, France, Russia and Canada as well as the best of the best from the UAE and around the Gulf.”
The three-day festival of indoor tunnel flying will see the competitors fight it out in a number of disciplines with their performances monitored by a panel of judges each world-renowned in tunnel flying.
As well as four and eight-way Formation Skydiving (featuring four and eight flyers respectively), there will be competition in the Dynamic Skydiving category (two and four-way) as well as a Best Trick discipline.
In addition to the big boys and girls of the sport, Clash of Champions will also feature young tunnel flyers of all ages including teams from Singapore and Dubai’s very own Mini MKTM team, featuring some of the finest – and youngest – wind tunnel athletes in the UAE.
“There is no age limit in this competition, which means we will see the best skydivers of the future as well as those who currently dominate the sport,” added Inflight Dubai CEO Carlos Euribe. “While we are excited at the prospect of seeing the world’s top competitors flying in our Inflight Dubai tunnel, we are also looking forward to seeing the progress of our own home-based athletes in what will be for many of them the biggest event of their lives.”
USA National Champions for the past six years, the Golden Knights will be one of the star attractions particularly after setting a new World Record score for a single eight- way jump – a record that had stood since 1997 – at the US National Championships in October.
“Every one of us is excited at the thought of competing in Dubai,” said team spokesman Matt Davidson. “Inflight Dubai is the premier facility in that part of the world with some of the best and most experienced world-class instructors and coaches from around the globe. As at every competition, we aim to push our performance to new levels, to break records, and to win gold while displaying the high levels of teamwork, discipline, dedication and excellence exemplified by all soldiers in the US Army.”
- Clash of Champions Resources And Notes:
Inflight Dubai will be posting results as they come in, round by round as it is judged and this can be found on the dedicated event website: http://clashofchampions.inflightdubai.com/ along with photos and catchup videos.
There will be two streams available.
First, there is a live stream that will have commentators and interviews.
Second one is a silent feed which points at the tunnel.
Start time for both live streams is November 26 at 8:30am, GMT+4
Please contact Inflight Dubai directly with any issues or problems with the live stream.
Click here to go to the live stream: http://clashofchampions.inflightdubai.com/live-stream/
Win an iPad!
5 iPads are up for grabs! Share your selfies on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ClashOfChampions to enter the iPad draw. Beginning Nov 26, large sized photoframes will be available at Inflight Dubai to create your own masterpieces to enter to win.
Free entry to go out and watch the athletes compete.
Location and directions available from their website.