The GKVP team has participated in their first competition of the year. They went to Gunslingers Dos: The Fiesta Continues, which is a wind tunnel competition that took place at the iFly tunnel in Austin, Texas from May 8th-9th. The team arrived in Austin on the 7th and headed directly to the wind tunnel to test it out and see what the ideal wind speed to fly at was. After flying some formations and figuring out the wind speeds, the team was ready for the competition the following day.
The team competed in the vertical formation skydiving event on May 8th against two other teams. At 1:30 pm, all of the teams attending the briefing for the day got to draw for all 8 rounds of the competition. Right away the team got to work and started engineering the formations. Once 3:30 pm came around, the competition started! Each team is given one minute to fly, but only scored on 35 seconds. All of the teams knocked out the first round and did very well. But there’s no time to relax, because now it’s time to walk the dive for the next round. This process is repeated after every round until the last one is completed.
The competition is over for VFS, and the final scores will be released the following day at the award ceremony, the team can finally relax after a full day of hard work. The competition comes to an end on Saturday May 9th, and all of the competitors meet at a local restaurant for the awards. GKVP won second place with an 18.625 average. SDC Core took first place and third place went to team 4 Non-Blondes.
Not too long after Gunslingers, the team was scheduled to compete in The Bay Brawl at iFly San Francisco, May 17th. With only a week between the two competitions, the team trains hard to keep up the pace. The team flies out and arrives in San Francisco two nights prior. The very next day, the team flies in iFly San Francisco for the first time to get an idea for the wind speed and to get used to the size of the tunnel for the competition. After flying, the team feels confident about the following day. Sunday comes around and the team heads to the tunnel early to start walking the dive pool. Once 5 pm rolls around, the competition starts. The team has committed the first dive to memory and starts off slow and smooth right out the gates. For the first 2 rounds, the Golden Knights are in last, but following close behind the second place team. As the rounds continue, the team starts pulling ahead and gaining a strong foothold in second place. The team finished the competition with a 17.8 point average, claiming second place! GKVP continues to train hard for upcoming competitions and greatly appreciates everyone’s support.