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Skydivers 'swoop' over San Diego Bay in new extreme sport competition

Posted at 6:17 PM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 21:28:50-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - What's that over the San Diego Bay? Professional skydivers!

It's part of the two-day Swoop Freestyle FAI World Championships and the first time the competition has been held in the U.S.

"Swooping," also known as "canopy piloting," is a fast-paced, action sport that involves skydiving from 5,000 feet before skimming over water and landing on a floating pontoon.

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Competitors are scored on their jump, the entry into the watercourse, and the tricks they perform while swooping. This weekend, 17 individuals were competing.

The event is free and open to the public.

Events resume at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. Qualifying rounds begin at 11 a.m. and finals will begin at 2 p.m.