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Did You Know...

... that the SSL Valentine's Meet kicks off the 2005 season this weekend?

    XL fun at the World Challenge 2007
posted Feb 11th, 2005 - The upcoming IPC Meeting with the discussion of modernizing the judging rules was leading into another attractive topic that is related to the World Challenge 2012. The rules for this indoor competition included an event specific special feature. Each competition draw has one sequence of only random formations.

The judges had an "easy" time at the second World Challenge in 2007 when XL posted a 44-pointer for A,G,K,P,M. That changed quickly with increasing indoor training and the progression of the teams. The standing record for the fast round at Bodyflight Bedford is a 66-pointer that Perris Fury posted in 2010. That's almost two scoring formations per second of working time and hard or impossible to evaluate with regular viewing speed.

The new NSL-TV video clip features the fastest sequences with the highest scores since 2007. The first three sequences feature the highest scores in 2007 and 2008, posted by XL (44), Arizona Airspeed (45) and Sky Panthers Barkli (45). Then the TOP 10 of Super Scores begin with 57-pointers and cumulate with Fury's 66-pointer in 2010.

The TOP 10 video clip features 12 sequences since four teams were tied with 57-pointers in 2010

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Weather situation in Arizona on Friday    
Time has come, the first meet of the Southwest Skydiving League will launch the 2005 season in 4-way Formation Skydiving competition tomorrow. The tradition of the Valentine's Money Meet at Skydive Arizona in Eloy goes back much farther than the history of the Southwest Skydiving League. However, league and event joined forces in 2003 and have become the season opener ever since. The competition draw will be posted on the front page of the NSL website, as it has become part of the procedure in the past years. The download and printout options will also be offered once again.

The NSL News was interested in an update directly from Arizona. Airspeed captain Craig Girard had enough time to speak with the NSL News this morning. Airspeed had scheduled the Friday morning off and light training for the afternoon. However, Girard mentioned that he did not expect much jumping on Friday at all: "It has been raining cats and dogs since Thursday, it will not get much better today."

    Super Sequences in the history of the World Challenge

SSL Valentine's Meet 2005    
The forecast for Arizona is not very promising for Saturday, as well. The SSL Valentine's Meet might have to wait until Sunday for the first round. Sunday's weather will most likely be back to normal. Teams and competitors will still be ready to go Saturday morning. The possible extra time could be used to study the competition draw and discuss the new rules.

Both Airspeed line-ups are ready to go and defend the home turf. The Golden Knights will visit for the competition. Girard said that the Army team trained for one week in Eloy and from Skydive Arizona's Twinotter during the current winter camp in Arizona. The Knights averaged ten training jumps per day for their training routine.

    Perris Fury preparations for the 66-pointer at the World Challenge 2010
The sequence of the World Challenge 2010 (J,M,E,D,L) was the fastest one in the history of the event and in the history of the sport. The TOP 10 teams of 2010 combined for an average of 56.6 points for this sequence. The sequence in 2011 (H,M,Q,K,A) was a fast one too, and NMP-PCH Hayabusa almost tied Fury's record number.

However, the TOP 10 teams in 2011 combined "only" for an average of 52.3 points, which shows that the World Challenge 2010 had the faster sequence.

The video clip with the ten fastest performances in history shows the 2010 sequence seven times and the 2011 sequence only four times. Perris Fury managed to squeeze the only 2009 number into the TOP 10 of Super Sequences, a 59-pointer for A,C,E,H,K.
World Challenge 2010 Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Rd. 5 Rd. 6 Rd. 7 Rd. 8 Rd. 9 Rd. 10 Total Avg
Rank AAA Class 5,4,12 J,M,E,D,L 20,17,8 15,18,7 22,A,F,K 21,C,G,6 9,19,16 B,13,14 H,P,O,3 N,2,10 Total Avg
1 Aerodyne Aerokart 22 63 23 26 31 28 29 28 32 23 305 30.5
2 XL 21 57 24 25 35 29 28 25 37 23 304 30.4
3 NMP-PCH Hayabusa 22 57 23 25 36 28 28 26 34 22 301 30.1
4 Perris Fury 21 66 23 24 33 27 26 26 33 19 298 29.8
5 Arizona Airspeed 23 55 23 25 30 29 26 27 36 22 296 29.6
6 Aerokart PCs 20 62 22 24 30 25 27 26 36 22 294 29.4
7 Aerokart Deep Blue 21 59 20 21 27 24 24 23 33 20 272 27.2
8 Paraclete XP4 21 37 21 21 29 25 26 27 34 23 264 26.4
9 Satori 19 57 19 21 26 25 25 24 28 19 263 26.3
10 SDC Rhythm XP 18 53 18 20 26 23 23 22 30 20 253 25.3

Arizona Airspeed 2005 line-up    
Girard added that two other local teams have prepared for the competition, as well. Former Airspeed member and Arizona Blade's player coach of 2004, Mark Kirkby, has trained with his new team in Eloy (Dave Burton, Chris Farina, Samer Haija). Another former Airspeed member, Gary Beyer, continues his player coach position, as well, and has trained with his team in Eloy.

Arizona Airspeed seems to be well prepared. Craig Girard was very happy with the training, the vibes and the progression of the 8-way team and both 4-way line-ups. The team added 200 training jumps to the log book since the last update at the beginning of January: "Both line-ups are so evenly matched, and the combination of 4-way and 8-way is so much fun."

    65-pointer in 2011: NMP-PCH Hayabusa with host Paul Mayer
Host Paul Mayer's own requirement of a Super Sequence has been an interesting aspect of each World Challenge, but it was not to the liking of all teams. The chances for a Super Sequence under normal competition draw conditions are little and not very realistic. Paul Mayer has discussed the topic with teams and competitors and now weighs the options whether to continue with the format of the previous events or follow the official IPC rules for the competition draw.

He plans to leave the final decision up to the teams and competitors and has asked the NSL News to provide input by polling the audience. The results of the new World Challenge 2012 Poll will determine whether there will be another Super Sequence this year and in the future or not. The poll is open now, for participants and for the whole online audience.

Votes will be accepted until February 4th, which will give Paul Mayer and the participating teams enough time to work out the logistics if changes become necessary. January 31st is still the deadline for the discounted registration fee.

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4-way world champion Craig Girard with Airspeed Vertical 2001 in Spain
image by: Omniskore
Airspeed trains both events on each training day. A normal training day has six 4-way jumps and six 8-way jumps on the agenda. Girard added that the team rotates the piece partner around in 8-way. The piece partners in 4-way are not the same as in 8-way: "This system really keeps the vibes and motivation up and bonds the group close together. The energy is great."

The NSL News asked CRaig Girard for feedback as of the recent rule changes. Girard has no doubt that judging will become much easier: "It used to be complicated to explain the rules to people, and judging was hard work and took a lot of time and energy. Meets will be judged and completed faster from here on."

    Airspeed line-up at the SSL Valentine's Meet in 2004
He does not see any serious problems to come: "No tricks are really possible. Moving on will be even more dominant as it has already been in 4-way. Airspeed will only have to re-consider the whole key system in 8-way, which might become more similar to the 4-way system."

Girard believes that the easier judging procedure will probably also produce fairer results: "There was not enough consistency and too many split decisions in the past. This is a good change. Changes should be done when they are necessary, not only to bring something new. The new rules might even attract new judges to the sport. The current rules still handle everybody the same way, which is very important. The changes do not favor anybody, we are all doing the same things. No matter what - 2005 is a test year for these rules. Ee will know more at the end of the season."

Airspeed's Block 5 technique    
The Airspeed captain also commented the new Block 12 (Bundy - Bundy) and the changed Block 5 (Opal - Opal). Both Airspeed teams did not spend much time with experiments and decided soon how to execute these blocks. Girard said that Block 5 now offers an option, which is even easier than before. Airspeed rotates both pieces 45 degrees forward while sheering and passing vertically. The previous rules required both pieces to rotate backward. "Rotation is always quicker than only sheering," added Girard, "and rotating forward is easier than backward."

Airspeed also rotates the pieces of the new Block 12 forward. Airspeed's rear piece is the Side Body and shifts forward while rotating. The rear piece ends up with a 270 degree turn. The front piece is the Compressed Accordeon and rotates forward, as well. Both pieces pass each other vertically.

    Player coach Gary Beyer with Arizona Directe in 2004
Girard admitted that Airspeed was facing serious difficulties with the new Random Formation M (Star). "We really do not know how to work the Star into our continuity plan. And the exit setup for the Star is very challenging, as well." The NSL News did not really buy this statement, and Girard could not avoid a laugh when he explained the difficulties with the Star. "However, I am glad that the Star is still in the dive pool. It might be the only remainder of the very first dive pool", he finally added.

Girard approves and likes all changes in 8-way: "The 8-way changes are good all across. The lost Venus - Venus was too much another 'boogie block', not really very challenging. We have already enough fun blocks in 8-way."

Current top players in DeLand    
The new DeLand Majik line-up did not surprise Girard too much. He thinks that Majik tries to set its own dynasty in place: "This can only be good for the sport. It is great - the more competition the better. I am glad that they continue. The more consistent team dynasties we have, the better the competition will be in the long term. The teams in DeLand will be great teams. There is so much talent in Deland. You could put all the team members in a glass and mix them up. Each line-up would be good. It will be so much fun with all these teams on a similar level this year."

The NSL News will follow the action in Eloy this weekend and follow up with scores, stories and NSL-TV as soon as possible. The last round of the NSL Championship 2004 will be posted this weekend before the newest footage from Arizona will be available.

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