SPACE GAMES 14 Results & Article
SEPTEMBER 2003, ITALY
DZ Pull-out, Ravenna
Winner of the Over All Space Games 14 Champion Award
500, -Eur sponsored by PULL OUT Ravenna Italy
Giancarlo Trimarchi VENEZUELA (AD ‘C’ 14)
ATMOSPHERE DOLPHIN CHALLENGE
20 Freeflyers from 8 Nations
Gold medalist: Lorenzo Martinis (300-Eur offered by ‘Benacquista’ Assicurazioni))
Silver medalist: Giancarlo Trimarchi
Bronze medalist: Max Haim
AD Challenge Competitors List:
Fabio Ramella ITALY (AD ‘A’ 302), Luis Adolfo Lopez Mendez VENEZUELA (AD ‘A’ 304), Tony Caprides ITALY (AD ‘A’ 370), Luis Alfredo Lopez Mendez VENEZUELA (AD’A’ 207), Mike Kleist GERMANY (AD ‘A’ 46) Markus Heggli SWITZERLAND (AD ‘A’ 120), Ziv Cokhva ISRAEL (AD ‘A’ 356), Marco Antolini ITALY (AD ‘A’ 204), Jamie Lyver AUSTRALIA (AD ‘A’ 376), Michael Sandner AUSTRIA (AD ‘A’ 144) Steve Marks UNITED STATES (AD ‘A’ 221), Guenther Staudner AUSTRIA (AD ‘A’ 358), Max Haim ITALY (AD ‘A’ 379), Paolo Fogazzi ITALY (AD ‘A’ 367), Lorenzo Martinis ITALY (AD ‘B’ 29), Giancarlo Trimarchi VENEZUELA (AD ‘C’ 14), Juerghen Fisher AUSTRIA (AD ‘A’ 377), Sven Zimmermann GERMANY (AD ‘A’ 39), Manuel Basso ITALY (AD ‘C’ 15)
The game followed the general Open Class rules. The sequence of transitions out of 6 possible combinations was drawn 5 minutes before loading the plane. Competitors where asked to stay on the their half hemisphere, in the video screen and show control by pointing at the spaceball clearly in grabbing distance in between each transition.
Competitors once landed they were asked to judge their own jump and determine a winner for the round. All went good and competitors had a fantastic attitude toward competition, all applied that rule of being their honest proud judge. The judging was fast and the competition run very very smoothly!!! In the general briefing before the start of the game, racers where explained of the priorities of these games: safety, precision, awareness and breathing are the winning keys to this game and not necessarily speed of execution…..
The Atmosphere Dolphin Challenge is a very challenging competition, many are the skills that it enhances: awareness of where is the cameraflyer adjusting continuously to him/her, awareness all the time on where is the other racer without letting yourself influenced on his/her position, control and understanding that you can only go
as fast as you can afford to stay precise, point at the spaceball at grabbing distance and in your own hemisphere. Many competitors, realized soon enough that sometimes flying too fast was not rewarding as chances to make mistakes, go on the other competitor side or outside of the video screen where higher.
Some flyers along in the competition got better and better pilots, giving attention more and more to precision and awareness. All the games were very exciting and we all had a blast! Once landed from a game the adrenaline rush deriving from competing directly in front of your opponent immediately transformed in fun and big smiles where the usual scene. The tournament is based on a double elimination system; competitors may loose one round and still be in the game with a chance to enter the final. As the 2 finalists were both eligible competitors in the Pro-Class, the final among Lorenzo Martinis and Giancarlo Trimarchi, followed the Pro Class rules.
Competition was tight and both Giancarlo and Lorenzo demonstrated excellent flying, fast but precise. Lorenzo (last Atmosphere Dolphin to pass a B license) a definitively focused flyer showed couple of transitions right in place, which brought him to advantage. Giancarlo tried to overcome the advantage, but never less the nice flying, from his side, not enough to win this race. Very nice flying from both sides, a pleasure to watch a race of that level of flying!!!
FREEFLY INDY 500
22 Freeflyers from 9 Nations and 5 Continents
Gold medallist: Max Haim (price 300, -Eur offered by ‘Benacquista Assicurazioni’)
Silver medalist: Lorenzo Martinis
Bronze medalist: Manuel Basso
Rob Heron CANADA (AD ‘A’ 358), Riccardo Giandoso ITALY (AD ‘A’ 102), Fabio Ramella ITALY(AD ‘A’ 302, Luis Adolfo Lopez Mendez VENEZUELA (AD ‘A’ 304), Tony Caprides ITALY (AD ‘A’ 370), Luis Alfredo Lopez Mendez VENEZUELA (AD’A’ 207), Mike Kleist GERMANY (AD ‘A’ 46) Markus Heggli SWITZERLAND (AD ‘A’ 120), Ziv Cokhva ISRAEL (AD ‘A’ 356), Marco Antolini ITALY (AD ‘A’ 204), Jamie Lyver AUSTRALIA (AD ‘A’ 376), Michael Sandner AUSTRIA (AD ‘A’ 144) Steve Marks UNITED STATES (AD ‘A’ 221), Guenther Staudner AUSTRIA (AD ‘A’ 358), Max Haim ITALY (AD ‘A’ 379), Paolo Fogazzi ITALY (AD ‘A’ 367), Lorenzo Martinis ITALY (AD ‘B’ 29), Giancarlo Trimarchi VENEZUELA (AD ‘C’ 14), Juerghen Fisher AUSTRIA (AD ‘A’ 377), Sven Zimmermann GERMANY (AD ‘A’ 39), Manuel Basso ITALY (AD ‘C’ 15)
Also this game followed the general Open Class rules, with no transition to be performed while going around the track. Competitors where asked to make the Gate (passing through the Pylons so to eclipse at least one of the 2 in the opposite cameraview).
After going through the gate, racers had to fly around the track as fast as possible, but in control staying on level with the streamers attached to the feet of the pylons. Racers where not allowed to burble or touch the pylons in any way. Flipping a coin 5 minutes before boarding the aircraft drew the direction of flying either left or right. Because of logistics and to make the competition run faster, spaceball was not used as point of reference. Also this game run smoothly. Judging was fast and competitors were all very sportive. Flying was at a high level and we saw some very exciting races with overtaking around the corner and final sprint to determine the winner!!! Lots of fun.
FREESTYLE - SKYSURF
7 Teams entered the Freestyle Competition.
1 Team entered the Skysurf Competition
Gold medalists: Freestyle Circus
Silver: Oh My God
Bronze : Skydive Thiene Freestyle
Gold medalists: Freestyle Circus (300, -Eur offered by ‘Benacquista Assicurazioni’)
Roberta Mancino (performer)
Giancarlo Trimarchi (cameraflyer)
Judges votes: GGGGSS
Silver: Oh My God
Vittoria Caldiera (performer)
Riccardo Giandoso (cameraflyer)
Judges votes: GSSSBB
Bronze : Skydive Thiene Freestyle
Marianne Cobrin (performer)
Alessandro Mooney (Cameraflyer)
Judges votes: GSBBB
4th Place: Guenther Staudner (performer)
Juergen Fischer (cameraflyer)
Judges votes: BBBB
5th Place: Giancarlo Trimarchi (performer)
Luis Adolfo Lopez Mendez (cameraflyer)
6th Place: School Medium Statale G. Pascoli
Piero Pason (performer)
Michael Sandner (cameraflyer)
7th Place: CICI
Teams had the chance e to do as many jumps as they liked during the all week of the Space Games and then choose their best choreography to present to the judges.
The competition is based on one only Free Round and no Compulsory. Teams are free to present any style of their choice, so not necessarily a traditional freestyle style… More teams were to participate in the Freestyle competition, though unluckily due to 2 half weather day and competitors also involved in the races didn’t have time to jump for the Freestyle and few of the teams had to retire from Freestyle and Freefly competition.
Normally a specialized jury who would judge only one aspect of the dive, Artistic Impression, Video Composition or Difficulty of the Routine, judged the free round. This time, I wanted to apply an experiment and see what would have happened. Instead of having the jury judging just one aspect of the dive and having to attribute numbers, we tried a new approach. We watched all the jumps twice so to create for each of the judges a ranking without having to transform the ranking into numbers. Judges just had to say which team in their opinion presented the best choreography overall, second best, third best and so on.
A strong attention was given to the video quality having in mind that the public is watching through a video. Then we put together the voting and we saw the Team, which got voted the most, and so on. It was easy way to determine the winner.
For your own curiosity I put next to the medalist teams the votes (G = gold, S= silver, B=bronze). Nice performance, nice flying. A recognition also to the team who placed 4th, which for 4 judges out of 6 deserved a bronze medal. Their choreography was very different from classical style but funny and with original moves. Nice flying from Roberta and Marianne who presented a more classical style, but very pleasing to watch, both presented a nice balanced choreography.
Vichy, who got second, was maybe the most experienced freeflyer among the freestyle medalists. She presented a more difficult routine with a mixture of freefly and freestyle. Nice choreography to watch a bravo.
Thomas Mueller: freeflyer/cameraflyer
Stefania Martinengo: freeflyer/freestyler/ choreographer
Karen Gubbay; freeflyer/ photographer
Camilla Ferrari: nonskydiver artistic background
Melody: freeflyer artistic background
Gold medalists Skydive Thiene Skysurf (300-Eur by Benacquista)
Renato Dal Bello (performer)
Alessandro Mooney (cameraflyer)
6 Teams entered the Freefly Team competition
Gold: Venezuelan Connection
Silver: Flying Teapot
Bronze: Cappuccino Team
Teams had to present to the judges their best Free Round and their best Compulsory Round. Free round was judged by a specialize team of judges, who was focusing on one only aspect of the dive, either Video Composition, Artistic Impression or Technical level.
For the Compulsory Round, 5 moves and their sequence were drawn from 5 pools of moves, one from each pool. Each pool contained a certain number moves grouped together as enhancing similar skills. Performers had to perform each move in sequence as many as possible within 45 seconds. Grips had to be visible and both performers had to be in the video screen.
The Free Round score and the Compulsory round score were averaged then together in an overall score.
Compulsory Round sequence of 5 moves drawn:
1) Synchronized head-down 360 cartwheel
3) 1/2 Eagle
4) Hand grip head-up orientation
5) Belly open accordion
Video composition: Thomas Mueller, Karen Gubbay
Technical Level: Philippe, Stefania Martinengo
Artistic Impression: Melody, Camilla Ferrari
22 Freeflyers from 7 Nations and 3 Continents
Final round of the Tracking Race:
Blue, Olav Zipser, Giancarlo Trimarchi, Red,
Manuel Basso, Riccardo Giandoso, Lorenzo Martinis
Scala ITALY, Blue ITALY, Red ITALY, Chiara Tortorella ITALY, Rob Heron CANADA, Riccardo Giandoso ITALY, Fabio Ramella ITALY, Luis Adolfo Lopez Mendez VENEZUELA, Mike Kleist GERMANY, Markus Heggli SWITZERLAND, Marco Antolini ITALY, Jamie Lyver AUSTRALIA, Michael Sandner AUSTRIA, Steve Marks UNITED STATES, Guenther Staudner AUSTRIA, Paolo Fogazzi ITALY, Lorenzo Martinis ITALY, Giancarlo Trimarchi VENEZUELA, Juerghen Fisher AUSTRIA, Sven Zimmermann GERMANY, Manuel Basso ITALY, Olav Zipser GERMANY
thanks for the great help
- Pull Out Ravenna and their local staff: all very helpful and nice to work with.
- Pullout Ravenna facilities and airplane: 2 thumbs up! -Manuel Basso: he was our great help to organize this competition
- All First School of Modern Skyflying Instructors: Sven, Gianca, Manuel, Olav. -All competitors themselves: for being all so nice and helpful
- Barbara from Austria: she has been more then helpful assisting me through the all SG organization and making the all process fun to do
- Max for the great job in editing footages from the games
- HI&HI and Beppe DJ’s who played the all week, simply great!!!!!!!!
- The Freefly, Freestyle and Skysurf judges.
- Our Sponsors: 1st School of Modern Skyflying, Pullout Ravenna, Benacquista assicurazioni, Parasport Italia, RedBull (for the Red Bull Tent courtesy)