What are the Wind Games? Our story and interesting facts
The International Wind Games Competition is now in its 5th year, and we are looking forward to it with both emotion and responsibility. The event began in 2014 with the idea of bringing together the best flyers in the world, in an annual contest at the WINDOOR Wind Tunnel in Empuriabrava.
Discover the history of the most important indoor flight competition in the world.
The first Wind Games event in 2014 brought together 80 flyers from all over the world, and by 2017 the contest had already been established as the leading competition in global terms, with over 80 teams and 200 participants. When it comes to leading indoor flying competitions, the Wind Games is the reference in international terms.
The innovative and dynamic character of the event has determined its development. Contests held in the first event consisted of 3 different indoor flight modes:
Formation Skydiving (FS)
Formation skydiving is the art of forming coordinated figures in groups during free-fall flights.
Vertical Formation Skydiving (VFS)
This discipline is a variation on Formation Skydiving (FS). Vertical Formation Skydiving brings together the top names in free-fall contests. The high speed at which the formations are performed, as well as the technical control needed to carry out the figures in a vertical position makes this event incredibly demanding
2 Way Dynamic (2WD)
This is a relatively new competitive discipline that WINDOOR, introduced for the first time in a European competition. In this indoor flying discipline, 2 flyers form an artistically-dynamic figure. The performance created is judged by evaluating the technical skills and the creativity displayed. The flyers use the entire tunnel space in order to fly in 3 dimensions, and at top speed – making it an event ideal for spectators.
The success of dynamic flying routines in the first event encouraged top-level competitors in this category to include The Wind Games 2015 in their agendas, and these disciplines soon became an essential part of The Wind Games and other indoor flying competitions around the world. The second Wind Games event included the 4-member dynamic flight category; 4WD – which highlighted the rise of this discipline in Europe.
A passion for innovation led WINDOOR to create a precedent in indoor flying competitions. The third Wind Games were the venue of a large-format Freestyle contest, with both high and low speed moves combined with a whole new dynamics, and set to music. In this discipline the judges evaluate choreography from a technical and artistic viewpoint, and give marks for factors such as talent and creativity.
The choreographers of flyers Maja Kuczynski and Leo Volkov, were shown around the world, with over 250 million registered views on Internet and marked the beginning of a new era for indoor flying around the world. Since then, this highly creative, visual discipline, has been included in prestigious international competitions.
The challenge to keep on innovating seemed even more difficult after this breakthrough, however the WINDOOR team continued working to impress and surprise event spectators, and last year 3 new indoor flying categories were revealed for the first time ever: 2 Way Freestyle, Solo Speed and 4 Speed, while keeping more standard disciplines in dynamic and relative flying on the event’s agenda.
The excellent level of flying shown by participants ensured the resounding success of the third event, with Freestyle choreography to music, resulting in a thrilling performance in its own right. Over 600 million people from around the world followed our last Wind Games contest live, either on television or online streaming.
We are facing a huge challenge this year, and we hope that we can count on you, as a spectator, in our tunnel or on the online and television channels broadcasting the event.
We’ll be hoping to surprise you once again.
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