Deland Majik wint de WK in Kroatië
  Van 18 tot 24 september 2004 werd in Rijeka, Kroatië, de WK Parachutespringen gehouden. Het team Deland Majik (USA) werd 1e, met maar liefst 8 punten voorsprong op de Fransen die 2e werden.
Het onderstaande is overgenomen van de website van Paracentrum Texel, waar teamlid Gary Smith in de zomer werkt en vele Nederlandse FS-teams ondersteunt:
 
 

Deland Majik World Champion!

New world champion Gary Smith of Deland Majik writes...

A dream of becoming a World Champion

It started a long time ago. I made my first jump in 1983, but it was only after my first world meet experience in 1991 (Where I met the famous Mafia Brothers from Holland) that I knew I wanted to be a world champion. I completed my law degree in 1993 and worked for 2 years in South Africa. All this time I jumped on weekends and did training camps with the distant dream in sight. In 1995 I decided to give up my home and all in South Africa and move to the USA to train full time with the South African team. We came 5th that year and then did another 2 years and ended 3rd in the world in 1997. Still I was hungry to win but we had no money and were broke..

The next plan was to stay in the USA and try to get into a team to win the USA nationals. A tough task...but Majik was born and to this date we have won every meet we have entered except the USA nationals of 2002 which we had to win to compete in the world meet in 2003. So the dream had to continue.. We stayed together and then in 2003 we won the nationals to qualify and represent the USA in Croatia in 2004. We trained and worked hard and arrived in Croatia ready to give it our best. We were up against a very strong French team and knew there was no guarantees in the meet. The meet went well and it was our day.. My dream has been achieved.. And the strange thing is nothing has changed. Life goes on and so must I.... Next week I fly to California to compete once again in the USA nationals..

I have many thanks to say but for now I want to thank Susanne for not giving up on me, and for being there for Luca and I, since I was away from home so much. Also to ParacentrumTexel..(my summer home). I have worked on Texel since 1995 and this has made it possible for me train during the winter months for all these years. Without all of you this dream might not have come true. I hope to see you all next season

To conclude ... it has been a long road. I have loved every minute of it but it has not always been easy. Huge sacrifices have been made (by many) in order to achieve this goal.

Draw R1 B P C 18 R3 K 11 19 R5 A J 21 12 R7 17 Q L 1 R9 13 22 O
FS 4 Open R2 9 15 16 R4 E F 7 5 R6 6 4 10 R8 H 14 3 R10 N M D 2
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Average
1 420 USA 29 23 52 17 69 30 99 18 117 19 136 27 163 21 184 19 203 24 227 22,7
2 421 Frankrijk 28 22 50 18 68 30 98 17 115 19 134 23 157 20 177 18 195 24 219 21,9
3 412 Rusland 24 21 45 19 64 25 89 22 111 15 126 28 154 19 173 16 189 22 211 21,1
4 417 Italie 22 21 43 20 63 28 91 21 112 18 130 23 153 19 172 16 188 22 210 21,0
5 414 Duitsland 20 18 38 17 55 24 79 17 96 16 112 19 131 17 148 16 164 19 183 18,3
6 415 BelgiŽ 21 17 38 17 55 21 76 11 87 16 103 20 123 17 140 17 157 21 178 17,8
7 419 Noorwegen 19 14 33 15 48 21 69 15 84 13 97 17 114 15 129 13 142   142 15,8
8 416 Zwitserland 16 17 33 14 47 19 66 16 82 13 95 19 114 14 128 14 142   142 15,8
9 406 Denemarken 17 16 33 13 46 21 67 11 78 15 93 19 112 15 127 14 141   141 15,7
10 411 Spanje 19 16 35 15 50 21 71 15 86 11 97 16 113 12 125 14 139   139 15,4
11 410 Zuid Afrika 15 14 29 14 43 19 62 15 77 13 90 14 104 12 116   116   116 14,5
12 418 Groot BrittaniŽ 15 15 30 13 43 18 61 15 76 11 87 14 101 13 114   114   114 14,3
13 413 Australie 11 15 26 13 39 18 57 15 72 13 85 14 99 13 112   112   112 14,0
14 405 Canada 15 14 29 12 41 17 58 13 71 12 83 16 99 12 111   111   111 13,9
15 407 Oostenrijk 13 14 27 13 40 18 58 13 71 13 84 11 95 12 107   107   107 13,4
16 409 Nederland 16 14 30 13 43 17 60 11 71 10 81 14 95 12 107   107   107 13,4
17 408 Nieuw Zeeland 15 14 29 12 41 14 55 13 68 11 79 15 94 12 106   106   106 13,3
18 403 KroatiŽ 16 11 27 12 39 16 55 13 68 11 79 9 88 10 98   98   98 12,3
19 401 Slovenie 14 11 25 10 35 12 47 10 57 9 66 9 75 10 85   85   85 10,6
20 402 Kazakstan 5 5 10 0 10 6 16 4 20 6 26 5 31 4 35   35   35 4,4
21 404 Ijsland 2 1 3 1 4 3 7 1 8 2 10 4 14 1 15   15   15 1,9
Met dank aan de website van Willy Boeykens voor de resultaten.