Hundreds of skydivers float above Eloy for national competition

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by Steve Bodinet

azfamily.com

Posted on October 25, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 2 at 4:45 PM

ELOY, Ariz. -- From sunrise to sunset, through November 3rd the sky above Eloy will be full of colorful parachutes as the best in the United States compete for a chance to represent the country at the International Parachute Championship next month in Dubai.

Because Eloy now has almost perfect skydiving weather the airport has been picked for this competition.

Local Arizona teams will compete with the likes of the Army's Golden Knights in six categories such as formation skydiving and accuracy landing.

The sport has been steadily growing throughout the world and Eloy has become an important center of competition. 

The U.S. Championship is free to the public and tandem jumps are available if you get the urge to jump out of a perfectly good plane and float to the ground.

Director of Competition James Hayhurst said skydiving is a popular "bucket list" item as many people want the chance to feel what it's like to fly.

Jarrett Martin said it's the adrenalin rush and just plain fun that keeps him jumping even after the 21-year-old lost the use if his legs in a skydiving accident three years ago. 

Martin now competes in the accuracy landing competition, trying to land on a small saucer target on an inflatable square after jumping from 3,000 feet.  Martin said he's positive jumping will be part of his life for many years to come.

If you'd like more information on the competition in Eloy, call SkyDive Arizona at 520-466-3753 or check out their website at www.skydiveaz.com.

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