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Swooping skydivers

From staff reports
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 03:59 PM
ZEPHYRHILLS -

By its very nature, skydiving is a sport that attracts risk takers, and the latest variation of the sport is, if not risky, then certainly wet.

On Friday and today, Skydive City is holding what's being called a Canopy Swoop Meet, and it will be a team event. A preliminary competition was held Friday with the main event today.

In a swoop meet, the skydivers dive their parachutes, also called canopies, at the ground going as fast as 100 mph and pulling them out just in time to swoop over water. If it's not a good swoop, the parachutist gets wet; if it's a good swoop he or she gets points.

The event begins at 9 a.m. today at Skydive City, 4241 Sky Dive Lane. Spectators are welcome to watch the skydivers fly their canopies in two-person teams. The teams will fly over water doing pre-arranged maneuvers. The most-talented "swoopers" from throughout the United States are expected to attend.

A snack bar, along with a beer and wine bar, will be available.

Several months ago, Skydive City attempted to hold an individual swoop meet, but high winds kept it from happening. Making it a pairs event raises the degree of difficulty.

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