June 08-09, 2012.
We are in the beautiful sunny hot Spain, we are 30 basejumper from 12 different countries and we are ready to go at 6am on the first day!
The competition consisted in free fall delay (it must be between 1" and half - 2" and half to get the maximum score), opening in axis and accuracy in landing. This last one was particularly difficult because there were many different obstacles around the target, like three nice swimming pool... and in fact we had someone diving into it, not planed obviously...
The contest expected three rounds in total, at the end the best eight jumpers would have accessed to the semi final. At this point the best four would have compete at the final.
Unfortunately the wind picked up and the organization decided to suspend the competition, so we had partial results because we did only three rounds on Friday. Basejump is also this.
Personally I'm quite satisfied about myself, despite a just not very good opening (I was out of axis of 45º) that caused the lose of few points. My concentration was high and my performance was definitely better than at Sapphire, so I qualifying myself in the best eights, I was in the semi final. But the wind between the buildings was a hell, full of turbulence and the situation became pretty dangerous. My last jump was on the edge of safety, that's why I had a not perfect opening: it wasn't easy to control the canopy, it feels like going on its own. The organization took a wise decision to do not continue the competition, especially because the difficulty of the landing area.
The bad news is that a spanish guy that jumped immediately after me, Josep Kanta, he found himself inside a rotor and even if he tried everything to handle correctly the canopy, it didn't respond as it should. He fell on the roof of the bar next to the hotel, injuring his ribs, lungs and face. He needed to be recovered urgently to the hospital and my thoughts go to him.
In general the contest was a good experience, very positive and I can't wait to do it again next year, hoping in better weather conditions so we will be able to compete the all days, damn wind!
(written by Maurizio di Palma)