The Swoop Freestyle World Championships are in San Diego this weekendSeptember 12, 2018 5:40 pm
What the Heck is “Swoop Freestyle?”
Swoop Freestyle is the most recent extreme sport event and it’s the only parachuting event that takes place in the middle of major metropolitan areas. It is making its United States debut in San Diego this weekend. Take a look at this introductory video to see what swoop freestyle is all about. Scroll down for more videos.
Swoop Freestyle Hits San Diego this Weekend
Spectators who visit the Embarcadero Marina Park, in the Port of San Diego, this weekend will be the first to witness a swoop freestyle event in the United States. You will see competitors dropping from helicopters, motorized paraglider demos, hang glider demos and live music. At the center of the all-day event is a competition where parachute pilots fly downward as fast as possible and then “swoop” at the last minute, just inches from the water. The goal is to perform as many tricks as possible while skimming across the water. At the end of the run, pilots try to land on a 25 meter long raft but many wipe out in a spectacular fashion.
On Friday September 14th, 2018, the entertainment starts around 2:30PM. On Saturday, September 15th, the qualifying rounds and finals will be going down. See the schedule below for specific event times. There will be 18 parachute pilots representing 12 countries participating. This is a family-friendly event held at a great location.
Here is a highlight reel from the 2018 event in Copenhagen, Denmark. This swoop video gives you a good introduction to the competition pilots, the scoring system, and how the event works.
How to watch The Swoop Freestyle FAI World Championships
The competition takes place in the middle of the Gas Lamp District of San Diego, at the Embarcadero Marina Park South. Visitors should note that event organizers have Embarcadero Marina Park NORTH labeled on their map but all of their press releases mention “Embarcadero Marina Park South”. There is some parking at or near both of those parks, but since this is a busy area, visitors might want to consider parking at the nearby convention center. Click here for a map.Watch Video of the Entire Copenhagen Competition >>