Wingsuiter speeds over 320kmh in skydiving championship at Moruya

Body pilot: Wingsuiter Chris Byrnes travelled at a speed of 324.7kmh at this year's Australian and New Zealand National Skydiving Championships at Moruya.
Body pilot: Wingsuiter Chris Byrnes travelled at a speed of 324.7kmh at this year's Australian and New Zealand National Skydiving Championships at Moruya.

Wingsuiter and national record holder, Chris Byrnes, praised Moruya as one of the best locations to skydive in the world.

The Queensland man travelled almost 5 km at a speed of 324.7 kmh at this year's Australian and New Zealand National Skydiving Championships at Moruya.

He was at an altitude of 1000m and completed the stunt in 96.3 seconds. 

It takes a lot of focus, and study of safety procedures to be able to fly in a wing suit

Chris Byrnes

"You feel a lot of G-force and pressure on your body, but it is wonderful flying at that speed," he said.

"After that 1km window, we can flare the wingsuits to change our angle of attack and fly upwards 100 metres.

"It takes a lot of focus and study of safety procedures to be able to fly in a wing suit," Byrnes said.

Wingsuit technology includes nylon wings between the arms and legs, allowing a person to glide through the air before deploying a parachute at the appropriate height landing safely on the ground.

"The competition is all about judging who is the best pilot of their body and flying the wingsuit," Byrnes said.

Byrnes has been skydiving for six years and completed 1250 jumps. He has also held his place in the Australian parachuting team for the past five years. He said Moruya left a mark on the hearts of skydivers after the championships came to an end on Monday, March 18.

"People just love to jump here, the views are stunning and it is really special," Byrnes said.

"I have skydived and base jumped all over the world, and this is my favourite place to jump.

"The combination of the hills in the background, the river mouth and the colours of the sand as the tide changes throughout the day - the place is so unique," he said. 

Byrnes said Moruya played the perfect host for the championships and looks forward to return and holiday soon.

"Facility-wise this place is awesome, it is set up for tandems and set up well for people who are learning to skydive," he said.

"And for experienced people; it is good to train, there's modern aircraft, great camping, caterers on site and town isn't too far away - ticking all the boxes of what you want for a comp."

"I would have never come to this area if I hadn't been here skydiving," Byrnes said.

"Now I have discovered it, I want to come down and holiday and explore a bit more of the South Coast," he said. Byrnes said skydiving competitions are commonly held at rural areas to avoid heavy air traffic.

"There is less air traffic compared to the city and clear air space to jump from."

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