Red Bull Motown Swoop Brings Aerial Competition to the Skies Over Gull Island

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While thousands ditch work to celebrate on their boats for Jobbie Nooner, partygoers will witness the acrobatic abilities of eight professional athletes while they compete over Lake St. Clair for Red Bull Motown Swoop. The competition takes place Friday, June 24 from 12 Noon to 3:00 p.m.

Clint Clawson - Red Bull Motown Swoop Participant (c) Luke Aikins Red Bull Content Pool

The idea behind Red Bull Motown Swoop is to take out the ‘normal’ competition technical aspects and simply judge the event on pure impression…it’s all about putting on the best show.

Jobbie Nooner partygoers will witness the acrobatic abilities of eight professional skydivers during the unique, aerial contest, Red Bull Motown Swoop. These skilled adventurers will compete for the best-looking “swoop” with a parachute after individually freefalling out of a plane. The competition will take place on Friday, June 24 from 12-3 p.m. in conjunction with Jobbie Nooner and will be visible from Gull Island.

“The judging criteria are simple,” explained Red Bull athlete and contest creator, Jon Devore. “The idea behind Red Bull Motown Swoop is to take out the ‘normal’ competition technical aspects and simply judge the event on pure impression…it’s all about putting on the best show.”

Skydiving expertise is not needed for judging the Red Bull Motown Swoop competition so a special local panel was formed to make the decision over whose “swoop” is best. The non-skydivers who will have a say in who wins includes Jason Krause, guitar player for Kid Rock, Detroit hip-hop artist Hush Carlisle and the lead singer of the Dirty Americans’ Matthew “Myron” Kozuch.

The participants hail from all over the world and were selected by the Red Bull Air Force to compete. The list of athlete includes Jay Moledzki, Pablo Hernandez, TJ Landgren, Matt Lewis, Travis Fienhage, Marat Leiras and Red Bull Air Force members Jeff Provenazano and Clint Clawson.

FREE FALLIN’

The athletes will jump out of an aircraft one-by-one between noon and 3:30 p.m. Friday. Each competitor will freefall for 10-20 seconds after exiting the plane 4,000 ft. above Gull Island. The athletes will hook-turn their parachutes around 800 ft. above the water at speeds up to 70mph before hitting the ground. Using their speed to “swoop” across a 50' x 300'course while performing freestyle moves such as “blindman,” “miracleman,” “lazyboy,” “ghost rider,” “method,” “switchblade,” and others. If they want to better impress the judges, they can try to land on the small inflatable raft that will be located at the end of course.

RED BULL MOTOWN SWOOP MEETS JOBBIE NOONER

The competition takes place during Jobbie Nooner at Gull Island on Lake St Clair (45 minutes from Detroit). Jobbie Nooner is an annual tradition in Detroit that represents a day when the “Jobbie's” (auto workers) would ditch work and party on their boats. While Red Bull Motown Swoop takes place from 12-3, the party will be happening all day from sunrise to sunset.

For more information, visit http://www.redbullusa.com/motownswoop

For press inquiries, please contact Kelli Shives at kelli.shives(at)us(dot)redbull(dot)com or (310) 913-4788.

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