Skydivers from all over Alberta made their way to the Innisfail airport this past weekend to compete in the Alberta Provincial Championships hosted by Skydive Big Sky.

Big jumping

  • Aug. 27, 2010 10:29 p.m.

Skydiving enthusiasts were out in droves at the Big Bend Airport in Innisfail this past weekend to brave the skies in the Alberta Provincial Championships.

A twin otter was used to send as many as 22 divers up every 20 minutes where professional judges on ground would judge them using helmet cameras.

The swoosh competition drew much of the crowd’s attention when the divers would come down at high speeds and use their skills to maneuver over a small runway to see who could get the farthest without touching the ground when landing.

Most of the competitors are instructors themselves and have had lots of experience when it comes to jumping out of an airplane.

As the jumpers dived down to the ground landing one after another onto the landing zone, spectators could tell they were professionals and the competition was heating up.

The jumpers came from all over Alberta, ranging in experience from some having as little as 20 jumps to more than 20,000.

The four-day event allowed the jumpers to show off their skills and to claim bragging rights of who would earn the title of the most skilled in the ever-growing popular sport.

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