8-way Block 5
The secrets of 8-way Block 5, by World Champion Martial Ferré
Summertime: my favorite time of year, thanks to the generous amount of boogies Europe has to offer. With events like Hungary Heli Camp, Flanders B-boogie, Funshine Boogie, Airboss Hot Summer Boogie and so many more, it's difficult to know which to scribble onto the calendar and save the pretty skydiving pennies for…
Luckily, I chose to add the Kleef and Boogieman High Altitude Weekends (HAW) at Paracentrum Texel to the mix this year. The HAW offers three separate weekends over July, August and September with excellent coaches, cheap jump tickets to 15k, incredible views and a seriously fierce raffle each weekend. Each weekend is set on a different skill: July Track and trace; August Basic Freefly Skill Camp; and September's Floquentials. Coaches include Bill Shmitz, Joe Grealy, Johannes Bergfors, Inka Titto, Wasabi members Efraim Folgerts, Jan Klaver, Jorma Turkenberg, Rafael Schwaiger, Antonio Arias and more.
Groups are small, so it's easy to get the most out of the coaching. The hangar is large, the planes have a quick turnaround and manifesting feels easy and efficient.
Saturday nights are where the party kicks off with a raffle and lots of local beer. The past two weekends have delivered epic prizes from the sponsors of the event, including: UPT Vector 30% discounts, Bottrop tunnel time at Indoor Skydiving Bottrop and Indoor Skydive Rosendaal, Larsen & Brusgaard audible and visual altimeters, tons of clothing from skydive lines, Cookie G3 and Fuel discount vouchers, Boogieman suits, and much more.
There's one last HAW coming up on September 20-21, which still has a few slots available, and I suspect it'll be fit with lots of jumping, some great coaching and an epic final party. Check your calendar.
I hope this boogie happens again next year. It may be small but it packs a serious punch for serious skydivers.