Local skydiver wins national championships

Published 12:10 am Thursday, September 27, 2018

Clemmons skydiver Lawrence Wobker and his team, Spaceland Lite 8, are the new national champions of advanced 8-way formation skydiving. The team took gold last week at the 2018 U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois.

The national championships drew more than 600 skydivers from across the country vying for medals in five different skydiving disciplines. In formation skydiving, 8-person teams exit the airplane more than two miles above the ground and race against the clock to form prescribed geometric formations in freefall before opening their parachutes. A videographer jumps with the team to capture the maneuvers for the judges on the ground.

Wobker, 42, has completed more than 5,000 skydives. He works as an engineer for Cisco Systems.