Freeflying is an expansion of skydiving which includes the traditional belly-to-earth positions, but extends into vertical flight where the flyer is in an upright position (falling feet first) or in an inverted position (falling head first). These positions increase freefall speeds and make new types of formations and routines possible.
A freeflyer, in order to fully understand the aerodynamic power of his/her body in freefall, needs to first learn to control all of the skydiving forms: box position (belly-to-earth, traditional skydiving position), back flying (back-to-earth), head-up flying, head-down flying, and side flying.
Elsinore Echelon Freefly Coaching
In August of 2006, Andy Malchiodi began operating
the Elsinore Echelon Freefly School. Its goal was to create an environment
where freeflyers of all abilities would feel welcome. Its goal was
to create a progressive freefly scene where learning, experimentation,
and fun are always taking place. Now, under the Echelon flag, Lake
Elsinore has once again become the destination of choice for freeflyers
from all over. Here's a little bit about what the Echelon Freefly
School has to offer:
- Free load organzing every Thursday and on
- Free Freefly Excel skills camps approximately
once a month.
- Personalized one on one coaching.
- Personalized team coaching.
- Personalized tunnel coaching.
- Formal skills camp weekends 3 times a year.
- The "Freefly Powwow," an invitational
freefly event approximately every other month.
- The Annual Freefly Film Festival and Boogie.
Any questions? Anytime, get Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Malchiodi, Head Coach
Nicknames: Treehorn, Hoss, The Malchi, Andino
Disciplines: Freefly, Tunnel, swooping
- Gold medal, 2008 National Champions, open division freeflying, "So Cal Converge" at the 2008 US Nationals.
- World Record in freefly 2-way speed, 18 points in 35 seconds, "So Cal Converge" at the 2008 US Nationals.
- 2-way VFS pro division, 2nd place, "So Cal Converge" at the 2008 "Gauntlet" tunnel competition, Eloy, AZ.
- 2009 108-way head down record
- 4 way VRW, open division, 3rd place, Team Faction, 2007 US Nationals
- Official 69 way Freefly World Record, 2007.
- Team awards: Intermediate Freefly, Silver, Team Quintana, 2004
- Open Freeflly, 4th place, Team Quintana, 2005 U.S. Nationals
- 4-way VRW, 1st place, Elsinore Eclipse, 2005 U.S. Nationals
- 4-way VRW, gold, Elsinore Eclipse, April 2006, Flyboyz VRW
- 4-way VRW, 5th place, Guano, 2006 U.S. Nationals.
- World records: Official 53 way Freefly Record, 2005
- Unofficial Largest Freefly Round, 22-way, 2007
- Unofficial 2-point 24-way, 2007
First jump: 1996 in Homestead, FL. Began and finished AFF in October
of 2000 in Titusville, FL.
Sponsors: Skydive Elsinore, Ouragan freefly suits, Velocity Sports
(maker of the Infinity harness and container), L&B
Marital status: Single
Most memorable jumps:
*Round 10, 2004 Advanced 4 way at the U.S. Nationals, where my
throw together team “Marae” did the draw vertically,
becoming the first vertical formation skydive seen in competition.
*Mountain swooping in Norway
*Round 6 of the Flyboyz VRW competition in 2006 where my team,
“Elsinore Eclipse” edged out the 2nd place team by
*53-way world record freefly jump.
*All the jumps that seemed way too ambitious on the ground but
by the end of the skydive we found ourselves wishing we had planned
Something most people don’t know about me:
*I have a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in
anthropology from the University of Central Florida.
*I’ve been a vegetarian since August of 1995.
*I’ve never been drunk.
*I used to tour with rock bands all over the country. Probably
will again someday.
Favorite Quotes: “is that so?”, “probably not”,
“it is what it is”, all quotable dialogue from the
movies “The big Lewbowski”, “American Pyscho”,
“O Brother where art thou”, and “Raising Arizona”
Other hobbies: surfing, video production, music, movies, home