Petra takes out new Distance World Record at PD Big Boy Pants

Tue 2 August 11

Nick Batsch set a new distance world record of 222.45m (729.82283ft) on his Daedalus JPX Petra 72 at the PD Big Boy Pants record-breaking event this weekend at Mile-Hi Skydiving Centre in Colorado.

He outdid his own previous world record of 181m, which was set in South Africa in 2009 with his JVX. In the first round of the competition under Petra, he flew 41m further than that to take out the only new world record set at the event.

Nick took out first place in the Distance and Speed events with Petra, and placed second in Zone Accuracy with his JVX, winning gold and taking away the prize money.

The Daedalus JPX Petra is our newest high performance canopy from the NZ Aerosports Summer of Love R&D Project, and this was her first really big competition event.

With 448 competition jumps over three days by 25 of the most talented swoopers in the world, PD Big Boy Pants was spectacular. As well as Nick’s, there were 15 other continental and national records set over the weekend.

It looked as though Nick and Jonathan Tagle were set up to take Greg Windmiller’s speed world record off him on Friday morning, but with times of 2.095 and 2.096 respectively Greg’s 2009 record of 2.093 remains.

Congratulations Nick and all competitors at PD Big Boy Pants!


PD Big Boy Pants Top 10:

  1. Gold – Nick Batsch – Alter Ego
  2. Silver – Curt Bartholemew – Alter Ego
  3. Bronze – Jay Moledzki – PD Factory Team
  4. Greg Windmiller – US Army Golden Knights
  5. Pablo Hernandez – PD Factory Team
  6. Tommy Dellibac – PD Factory Team
  7. Justin Thornton – Slipstream
  8. Bryan Buechler – Slipstream
  9. Ian Drennan – PD Factory Team
  10. Sergei Fedotov


Check out photos of Nick’s Petra 69 and 72 here:

PD Big Boy Pants Results Summary:

PD Big Boy Pants Scoring Sheet:

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