1994: First Freefly Competition – Freefly is born.

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By Pat Works

First Freefly Competition - Freefly is born.

First exhibition Event of Sit flying,
USPA Nationals, Eloy 1994,
World Freestyle Federation,
Eloy 17-19 October, 1994

 Thus is came to pass that Freeflying blossomed in 1994 as elements of sit fly and freestyle were combined for the “First Exhibition Event of Sit Flying” at the USPA Nationals in Eloy. Hosted by the World Freestyle Federation (WFS), competition was based on Urgallo’s “Tony Dive Pool.”   …. 

See illustrations below.

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Report: First exhibition Event of Sit flying,

by Tamara Koyn, (Cloud Dancer) Organizer and Judge

“Five teams entered the first ever held Sit-Fly Competition held at Skydive Arizona in Eloy on October 17-19, 1994. The weather was beautiful for all three days of competition and the main focus of the meet was to have fun, skydive, and share information. A sit-flying open discussion was organized by Pat Works during the evening. (Pat Works is the author of the books "United We Fall" and "The Art of Freefall Relative Work.")”

“The random blocks were drawn from the (Tony) dive pool during the morning of October 17 and were as follows:

  • Round 1: Blocks 15 & 9Pat-Tammy-Donna 1
  • Round 2: Blocks 16 & 8
  • Round 3: Blocks 10 & 4
  • Round 4: Blocks 2 & 12
  • Round 5: Blocks 7 & 11
  • Round 6: Blocks 5 & 6
  • Round 7: Blocks 3 & 1
  • Round 8: Blocks 13 & 14

Teams, each consisting of 2 sit-flyers and a camera flyer, completed each of the eight rounds in order at their own pace throughout the competition while jumping from Skydive Arizona's Super Twin Otters at 12,500ft. However, team World Skydance had other ideas. They entered the competition with 3 sit-flyers and a camera flyer. Pat Works and his team mates felt that it was important to express the potential and discoveries of sit-flying in groups larger than 2-ways.”


“For safety reasons, a modification to the existing rules was made--each team performed 2 blocks per dive and had 20 seconds working time for each block. (The original rule indicated that each team had 15 seconds for each block and each skydive would consist of 3 blocks.)”

“Tony Uragallo, Chifumi Sakakibara, and Tamara Koyn sat on the judge’s panel.Judging, in part, was a matter of counting the number of times a team performed the block within their 20 second working time for that block. The 20 second working time for each block started with the first formation of that block. Judges also awarded points for aesthetics and camera flying. In general, teams who maintained good level and proximity control received more points in these areas.”  by T. Koyn. ‘94

Event Blocks   (Dive-Pool)

Artwork by “Magic” John Schuman, Dance Wizard
How-To Recipes added by Pat.

1.     Thigh Dock

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Note; The easy way to a thigh dock is to start with a knee dock, and then go to a thigh dock.

Drill 1: Top person becomes bottom.

Drill 2: Top person 360’s.  After 360 turn, top becomes bottom.

Each flyer alternates. After the top does 360 turn, the bottom flyer moves up and places their feet on partner’s thighs..

2.     Ankle propeller

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Make an ankle dock and it will spin. Note:for a stable sit contact, use the knee dock.


3.    Shoulder stand

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Note; The easy way to a shoulder stand is to start with a knee dock, and progress to a thigh dock, and finally to the shoulder stand

Drill 1: Top person does a front loop or a back  loop. Change positions after loops

Drill 2:  After the shoulder stand, top person moves up to a 1-foot head-stand.

Drill 3:  Top person does 180s with re-docks in between

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Drill:  Top person 180s.  Touch both feet on shoulders.  Top person lifts feet off shoulders, 180s and puts feet back on shoulders.  Switch places and repeat.

4.    Stand up

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Drill 1: Buddha belly bump – fly together land let your bellies gently bump.

Drill 2: Stand up 360 -- Each flyer does a 360 on their vertical axis.  Try to touch fingers as you pass.

Drill 3:   Vertical flying wedge -- fly together until your belies touch then one partner puts his feet on top of the others.  This creates a stable flying wedge which falls like a sack of sand: fast!

5.    Knee flying

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Drill: Kneeling facing orbit.  Pairs stay facing while performing a 360 orbit around the center point.  To Knee fly, or shin fly let your butt sink between your legs.

6.    The Train

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Neither partner needs to try to grip or to ‘hold’ the train.  The upturned toes provide all the grip necessary.  To release, point the toes.  TO keep the correct angle, the front person usually concentrates on keeping legs tucked in to vRW stable.  The ‘caboose’ keeps their arms out and lifting.  Train exits are easy and fun.

Drill 1:  180 Trains --Feet under armpits; release.  Switch-back-and- forth. Each does a 180 and builds a new train.

Drill 2: leapfrog trains -- Top releases train-grip and hops over where he is train gripped in turn.  Repeat..

7.    Wing walking

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Drill 1:  Walk from one hand to the other; then top becomes bottom and repeat moves.

Drill 2:  Foot to hand --Top person goes right foot to bottom flyer’s left hand; then switch so top flyer becomes bottom and presents his hand.

8.    Wing Walking

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11.                      Independent loops

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Side-by-side layouts or loops

  12. Sky Walking

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Keep legs moving as if walking or running.  Looks as if you are walking on air.

13. Face-to-face

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14. Headdown rotations
Not used   “Nobody does this because it is dangerous.”

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Mutual leapfrog.  Bottom goes under top as top hops over.  180 and repeat.

15. Train Rotations
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Top releases train-grip and hops over where he is train gripped in turn.  Repeat.

16.                      Over and Unders.

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Drill: over and unders are usually worked out of a sit.  Show control.  Bottom goes under top.  Feet pass the ears.  Each does a 180 after crossover/under.  Top becomes bottom to repeat.

Reported by Tamara Koyn, Dive Pool by T. Urgallo, Art by John Schuman, Recipes by Pat Works


"Dive Pool for Exhibition Event – Hosted by Air Time Designs working with the World Freestyle Federation."

Each number equals 1 block.

  • 3 blocks per dive to be drawn like 4 & 8 way.
  • 15 Seconds working per block. Clock starts for each block at judges discretion.
  • 50 Seconds total work time from exit. This gives about 1.5 seconds between blocks.
  • Exit height 13,500 gives 55 seconds to 3,500 break off altitude
  • Number of competition jumps to be decided at competition
  • Blocks to be scored in order of drawing. (if team by-passes hard block, can’t go back to it).
  • 3 way team (2 flyers, 1 camera person)
  • Mirror image is OK
  • Refer to Part 55 for anything not covered here.