I remember that moment rather clearly…
When my then-client, iFly Singapore, shared with me that they wanted to host and organise APAC’s first ever indoor skydiving world championships. Ambitious I thought. Doable. But really ambitious considering that I knew of this right right after they officially opened on 18 May 2011.
Cut the long story short, after countless meetings, tons of back and forths with the various skydive teams around the world, the world championships took place last weekend, between 13-16 Dec. 50 over teams flew in from UK, Australia, USA etc. to strut their moves in the world’s largest indoor skydiving wind tunnel.
Arizona Arsenal – 4-way Vertical Formation Skydiving (VFS)
And as if having so many teams down for this event wasn’t grand enough, iFly Singapore sought clearance from the Ministry of Defence, CAAS, the Singapore police etc. to bring in Sentosa’s first ever tandem skydives! When I saw the first jump, I wanted to cry.. Tears of pride, happiness and everything mixed into one ;’)
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT
Another highlight during the world championships took place on Sunday when the teams attempted to break 3 world records
Most number of flyers in a wind tunnel – 18 pax (position must be held for 10s)
Most number of kids in a wind tunnel – 13!
Longest freefall in a wind tunnel
The record stood at 3h 1m and 46s and guess what! All four guys trashed it! The last man came out at 4h 2m and 12 s! You might think it’s just all fun and laughter floating around in the wind tunnel but NO! You are wrong. Most first-time flyers that fly in the wind tunnel do so for 45s (the same time it takes from the moment one jumps out of the plane and before the parachute opens), and normally, they’ll ache a little the next day.
Flying in the wind tunnel requires tons of core strength. Plus, it’s mentally draining! I remember when I was involved in a photoshoot in the wind tunnel, I felt like passing out after staying in the tunnel and posing for 7-8mins. Salute to the guys!
Enjoy the rest of the images I took over the weekend!
Have you ever seen a chopper on Sentosa?
Ben and I before his flight
Ashley showing Ben just how it’s done!
On his way down, wheee!
“Best flight of my life ever”, Ben
Team Firefly really feelin it!
Bullet and Lightwing with the girls
With Lawrence, boss and friend
Always on the phone lol!
I’m so damn proud of iFly Singapore and how far it has come. It hasn’t been a smooth journey but the rewards have always been sweet. And through working with them, I have made so many great friends. Wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Now, whoever said work had to be boring? ;)