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On Tuesday October 27th 2015 European female skydivers made history in Seville, Spain, by setting a new headdown record: an all-female 22-way formation. The group was organized and lead to success by two world renowned female skydivers: Domitille Kiger and Anna Moxnes.
A warm-up day was held before the actual record attempts in order to get all the ladies familiar with the drop zone, and to refresh everyone’s bigway skills. About 25 women joined the event from over 10 countries.
The first day of the attempts only two jumps were made because of difficult weather conditions… but the next day allowed for more jumps. The women were flying better and better each jump, and through only a few slot changes in the formation during the attempts the ladies got the record on the 4th jump of the day, the attempts totaling 6 jumps. Cameramen Jasper Van Der Meer and Gustavo Cabana joined the jumps to get the beautiful record shots.
This European record event ended with a well-deserved night of celebration starting from a gorgeous spa with thermal pools, ending to an amazing dinner in town with all of the girl crew, and the two camera men.
Organizers Kiger and Moxnes highlighted that it was really important to set this record to develop the European female skydiving community and to introduce talented female flyers to each other. One of the objectives for the camp was also to find and prepare talented girls for the upcoming female world record, which is to be held in Arizona in November 2016.
“The next women’s world record will be a 100-way, so we need these smaller gate-way-events for the girls to train and build confidence. The world record is the singularly most important event for female freeflyers, and I want to encourage any female with the skills to check it out,” says Moxnes. Along the years there has been a misconception that female records might be filled with bad vibes and lots of tears, but they are quite the contrary. The atmosphere is certainly incredibly supportive: ”It is a gathering for wholeheartedly talented women with a united goal to fly as a team,” Moxnes describes.
In the future both Kiger and Moxnes would love to see more and more female events, also on the sequential level as the community grows in numbers and talent.
The official women’s European vertical record is now held by the following women, congratulations to all:
Barbara Van Gerven