Puerto Vallarta's renowned views are some of the world's most photographed, but a group of 30 women will take on the photo-friendly destination from above the clouds as they attempt to set a record for "most Mexican women to jump in a skydiving formation" while participating in the Skydiving Mextreme parachute event Dec. 5 to 7. (The current record is of 19 women skydivers, set back in 2014.)
José Ignacio Álvarez Blanco, of event organizer Skydiving Mextreme, notes Puerto Vallarta has all the necessary conditions and favorable logistics for skydives, including proximity of the jump preparation site to the airport, availability of small parachuting company airplanes and, of course, abundant natural beauty. Fans can witness and photograph jumps and landings from the beach at the mouth of the Pitillal River.
The activities will begin Wednesday, Dec. 5, with the revision of equipment and recognition jumps for those who require it. That afternoon, at 5:30 p.m., an event in La Isla Shopping Village will feature a promotional video presentation and the introduction of skydive participants. Attendees will be receiving gift bags and have the opportunity to ask skydive participants for autographs.
On Thursday, Dec. 6, starting at 8:30 a.m., there will be five warm-up jumps before group preparation, immediately followed by attempts to break the record throughout the day until 5:00 p.m., according to schedules posted at the local airport. Friday, Dec. 7, will feature five more jumps. In case a new record for women in formation has already been established, the five jumps will be made to attempt to break other records with greater degree of difficulty, such as a sequential jump that involves carrying out two formations in the air. At 9:00 a.m., there will be a jump exhibition at the airport to celebrate International Aviation Day. And in the afternoon, at 5:00 p.m., there will be a celebration for the near-certain setting of the new record.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, starting at 10:00 a.m., there will be exhibition jumps that include one in the formation of the number "100" in the air, commemorating Puerto Vallarta's centennial as a municipality. In the afternoon, there will be a closing party to bid participants farewell.
Organizer Skydiving Mextreme reports that judges from the Mexican Skydiving Federation, responsible for certifying that all requirements for the record to be valid are met, will be hand for the record-setting attempts. The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board congratulates organizers on what promises to be a spectacular event; Puerto Vallarta will undoubtedly be Mexico's capital of skydiving during those four days.
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