Extraordinary women take flight at the ultimate female wingsuiting event
The third biennial ‘She Flocks’ event took place on December 8-10 at Skydive Perris, California. Female wingsuiters from across the globe flocked to this highly-anticipated event.
‘She Flocks’ brings together the small community of female wingsuiters from all over the world including women from Brazil, Canada, Russia, Alaska and beyond, all eager to soar through the skies and push the boundaries of their wingsuiting abilities.
Supportive learning environment
The primary objective of She Flocks was to create a fun and supportive learning environment, where women could not only meet new friends and mentors but also hone their skills to new heights.
This year’s event brought 30 attendees and 8 female wingsuit load organizers. Marie Clark and Jessica Burrows, as the co-event organizers, brought in some of the top wingsuiters in the US. Kasha Farrington, Katie Hansen, Val Sobol, Katelyn Escott, Alayna Finman, and George Hargis catered to participants in both small suits and large suits.
Each day 6-9 groups of ladies went out with the goal of building camaraderie and skill development. The USPA membership demographics indicated a 1% increase (up to 14% as of 2022) in female participation in the overall sport of skydiving. She Flocks continues to foster a stronger wingsuit community and increased interest for wingsuiting in years to come.
Line twist activity
One of the highlights of the event was the line twist mock-up, where participants had the opportunity to practice their skills in untangling themselves from those dreaded line twists. With experienced mentors guiding them every step of the way, attendees tackled the challenge, mastering the art of swift and graceful escape and a chance to win some swag in a friendly timed competition.
Specialty jumps added a new and exciting layer to the event this year. The ladies were given the option to break out into smaller groups and try performance flying, acrobatic, and dynamic flying.
It wasn’t all about the jumps and adrenaline-pumping action. She Flocks also provided a platform for these incredible women to come together and celebrate their shared passion. The team dinner and raffle were a perfect opportunity for laughter, bonding, and the chance to win some fantastic prizes.
When Saturday brought strong winds and poor weather the women took the opportunity to gather and listen to seminars on topics participant’s ranked as high interest. For the third year in a row “performance flying” was the most popular amongst participants. Other seminars that ranked high in interest were the acrobatic and dynamic flying seminars. These seminars gave the ladies the opportunity to focus their skill progression and be exposed to new styles of flying they may not see at their home dropzone.
As a part of the Performance Seminar, it was announced that the FAI International Skydiving Commission (ISC) is voting on a proposed modification to and expansion of the wingsuit division for G-1 Performance this upcoming meeting, Feb 3-4, 2024. The docket includes reserved Gender-Minority slots on a country’s World’s Parachuting WS Performance competition team, with also a designated Women’s subclass for Female Champions in Speed. If you’re excited about these new divisions like we are, please let your country’s ISC delegate know you’re in support. The proposal and your ISC delegate can be found at https://www.fai.org/commission/isc.
She Flocks was not just an event; it was a celebration of the indomitable spirit of women in wingsuiting. It was a testament to their unwavering determination, their thirst for knowledge, and their unbreakable bond. As the event drew to a close, the skies echoed with laughter and good memories. The friendships and experiences forged at She Flocks are truly one of a kind, and many women said it was the best skydiving event of their life.
A special thank you to all of the staff and everyone else who helped the event run smoothly and kept the vibes high. Thank you to the 12 amazing men who offered their time to fly video for debriefs. In addition, thank you to all of the brilliant staff at Skydive Perris; GM Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld, manifest, pilots, GSO Sean and the Bomb Shelter staff that helped make the team dinner amazing.
Finally, our event wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for our amazing sponsors. Our Gold Tier sponsors this year were; Squirrel, The Women’s Skydiving Network, Velocity, Skydive Perris, and Gold State Gear. We can’t thank you enough.
Huge thank you also to Cookie, LB Altimeters, Stockholm Indoor Wingsuit, Kavu, Flysight, iFly Oceanside, United Parachute Technologies, SSK Industries, Phoenix-Fly, TonySuits, Vertical Suits, Performance Designs, Manufactory Apparel, Chuting Star, and Handup Gloves.
She Flocks 2025!
We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces at the next She Flocks event in 2025.