FALLBROOK – Eric Gallan of Fallbrook is a member of a Southern California skydiving team that won two gold medals in 4-way canopy formation skydiving at the U.S. Parachute Association National Parachuting Championships held at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina.
The team, Elsinore Too Wrapped Up, won the national championship for the third consecutive year. The win earns team members slots on the prestigious U.S. Parachute Team that will compete at the 2018 World Parachuting Championships in Australia.
In canopy formation skydiving, teams of four skydivers deploy their parachutes immediately after jumping from the plane and build formations as quickly as possible while holding onto each other’s canopies. A videographer flies alongside to capture the action. The team won gold in both the 4-way rotations and 4-way sequential events.
The Too Wrapped Up team consists of Gallan, Will Kitto of Irvine, Taylor Cole of Rancho Cucamonga, Sean Jones of Corona, and Glenn Fafard of Riverside. The team trains at Skydive Elsinore.
The 2017 USPA National Skydiving Championships, which includes multiple freefall competitions, is currently underway at Skydive Perris in Perris, California. Nearly 500 of the country’s top skydivers are in Perris for
the biggest and most thrilling skydiving competition in the country. The event runs through Sept. 30 and is free and open to the public.