Skydiving canopy piloting competition held in Fla.

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Posted: May 23, 2014 8:13 AM
Skydiving canopy piloting competition held in Fla.

ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. (AP) — About 75 of the nation's best canopy pilots — also called "swoopers" — are competing in Florida at the United States Parachuting Association's canopy piloting national championship.

Competition began Tuesday in Pasco County and continued throughout the week. An awards ceremony will be held Friday.

Canopy piloting is a subset of the skydiving sport. During competition, swoopers must maneuver the parachute in order to skim the surface of a pond and then perform either a 75-degree turn, a precision landing inside a 2-by-2-meter area, or a distance glide.

The swoopers reach speeds of up to 90 miles an hour.

This week's contest will crown the national champions and select eight people for the U.S. Parachute Team for the World Championship, which will be held in Zephyrhills, Florida, in November.