Skydivers converge on Matamata
Easter weekend will see the skies of Matamata come alive with the National Skydive Championships.
Between Friday April 22 and Sunday April 24 Matamata Aerodrome, on State Highway 27 just north of Waharoa, will be host to between 40 and 60 skydivers all vying for gold, including New Zealand’s oldest skydiver 69-year-old Hank Spjkerbosc.
New Zealand Parachute Federation president John Hewitt said Matamata was the best location in the North Island to hold the competition and this year it would be much more spectator friendly.
‘‘It [Matamata] is central, has great camping facilities and the air traffic is light making it a safe DZ (drop zone). Skydive Waikato will still be taking tandem skydives over the weekend so feel free to pop out and enjoy the sky over Matamata with a skydive experience.’’
The competition is free for spectators and will consist of 11 different events such as the teams RW (Relative Work) in which teams of two or four jumpers create as many freefall formations as they can before safely opening their parachutes.
This year more spectator friendly events are going to be held; accuracy competitions will see who can nail that bull’s eye landing and CRW (Canopy Relative Work) will be a sight to behold – a number a jumpers will stack their parachutes on top of each other creating and changing formation all the way to the ground.
This is a great opportunity to see this exciting sport in action and even have a go. For tandem bookings contact Skydive Waikato on 0508 SKYDIVE or visit freefall.co.nz.