Batsch Wins 2011 World Cup of Canopy Piloting

After being one of the top Canopy Pilots in world for a few years, Nick Batsch edged out the competition for his first World Championship victory.  The competition took place at the beautiful dropzone of Skydive Pink in Klatovy, Czech Republic.  Surrounded by the gorgeous countryside in Europe, 101 Canopy Pilots gathered to duke it out for a World Title.  This was the biggest swoop competition to date!  Nick was flying his new NZ Aerosports Petra, the same canopy he set an astounding Distance World Record of over 222 meters at the PD Big Boy Pants in Colorado.  He was also flying his 62 square foot Petra for speed, which Nick received JUST before the competition and only had a few jumps on.  The competition was fierce, the lead changed among the top runners multiple times.  Nick’s teammate and newcomer to the international scene Curt Bartholomew (who Batsch had a heavy hand in mentoring and coaching) even grabbed the lead for a few rounds before a zero in Zone Accuracy knocked him out of contention.  Nick swung back into the lead and didn’t look back.  Among the top 5 breathing down Nick’s neck were pro’s at the highest level Jonathan Tagle, Jay Moledzki, Marat Leiras, Pablo Hernandez, Tommy Dellibac and Billy Sharman.  The Speed event was an all American sweep with Nick on top, followed closely by Jonathan Tagle, who just edged out Bartholomew.  That would make this Bartholomew’s first international medal, due in large part to Batsch’s coaching and support.  The meet rounded out and finished with Batsch’s specialty…..distance.  Nick scored an impressive 295.52 points out of 300 over the 3 rounds of distance.  With nerves running high and a World Title on the line, Batsch delivered with the farthest run of the round to close out the competition and stamp his name in the history books!  Nick ended the meet with a Gold in Speed, a Gold in Distance, and the Gold Overall giving him a coveted World Championship Title!