... that MWSL team Evas Revenge enjoyed the meet atmosphere in Eloy?
New Russian team: Sunny Wind lineup
posted Feb 22nd, 2006 -
The NSL News recently mentioned that several teams are making plans for the 2013 season that include the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2013. Thunder is one of the confirmed teams, and a new Russian team also told the NSL News that the event is on its 2013 schedule.
Sunny Wind is a combination of two teams who have appeared on previous NSL leaderboards, and the team recently came to DeLand for a fall training camp. Team members Valentin Ilin (Center Outside) and Vladimir Ostanin (Center Inside) competed for Sunny Heaven at a small season opener in Kolomna in May.
The history of the other half of the team name goes much farther back in time.
A Class medals for Evas Revenge at the SSL Valentine's Meet 2006
The NSL News has already covered the performance of the three top teams in the Open/AAA Class at the SSL Valentine's Meet 2006, and an interview with Team Fastrax after the competition can still be viewed on NSL-TV. The NSL News continues the meet coverage with information of the other teams that competed in Eloy last weekend.
The A Class was represented by one team. Evas Revenge has taken the lead in the national A Class Rankings of the National Skydiving League after the first event of the 2006 season. Obviously, it was the very first and only competition so far, and it was only one team that signed up for the A Class in Eloy, however, Evas Revenge is still the first leader of the 2006 leaderboard in the A Class.
This competition class was very popular last year, especially in the Midwest Skydiving League. In fact, five of the top ten teams of last year's final A Class Rankings competed in the Midwest Skydiving League. Skydive Chicago's Furies and Chicago Sirens, both all-female teams, competed hard all season long for the prime spot in this class.
Wild Wind at the World Meet 2003
Wild Wind was formed in 2002 and competed for Russia at the World Cup in Spain and then again at the World Meet 2003 in France. Vladimir Ostanin was a Wild Wind member and is now back with Sunny Wind.
His team members of 2003 are also still active. Nikolay Vylegzhanin and Sergey Yalpaev are both training and competing for Sky Panthers Barkli in 8way. Nikolay Vylegzhanin is also in the 4way lineup. Elena Chistova is coming back with an Illusions lineup who will compete for Russia in the female 4way category at the Mondial 2012 in Dubai.
Vladimir Ostanin is one of the most experienced Russian competitors in history. He was in the 8way lineup of 1987 who won the first medals at a World Championship of Formation Skydiving for Russia with a 3rd place in Brazil. Then he won 8way silver medals two years later in Spain. He added three more sets of 8way bronze medals in 1991, 1993 and 1995 and another silver medal in 1997.
Considering the popular A Class competition in this region, it might not be a coincidence that all members of Evas Revenge call an MWSL skydiving center their home. Susan Crowe (Outside Center), Neill Gresham (Inside Center), Steve Lefkowitz (Point) and Janette Lefkowitz (Tail) all jump mainly at Chicagoland Skydiving Center.
Steve Lefkowitz explained to the NSL News that the team members in Eloy were all from different MWSL teams: "Our team was a pickup team. We are all from different teams and jump mainly at Chicagoland Skydiving Center. This was the first trip for all of us to Eloy, and we had a great time participating in the meet, as well as spending some hours in the tunnel."
The 2006 season will be Steve Lefkowitz' first year on a team. His team mates in Evas Revenge have already been on other teams before. Neill Gresham competed with team 4-Play throughout the MWSL 2005 season. This year will also be the third season for Susan Crowe and the fourth year for Janette Lefkowitz on a 4-way team.
Gradient Alpha at the 2nd Dubai Cup
He took a longer break from international competition and then came back with Wild Wind in 4way at the World Cup 2002 in Spain. Now he has resumed training and competition once again and is the Center Inside for the new lineup of Sunny Wind.
His partner in the center is another very experienced Russian competitor. Valentin Ilin has trained and competed with Crossroads and Gradient Alpha in the past. Gradient Alpha, with three current Sky Panthers Barkli members (Vladimir Arutyunov, Alexander Tychinsky, Sergey Yalpaev) and Valentin Ilin, had finished with a 22.7 average in 3rd place at the Russian Nationals 2011. The same lineup had also posted exactly the same average at the Russian Nationals 2010.
Between 2007 and 2009, Valentin Ilin was a player coach for Dmitry Fridman's team Crossroads, together with Sky Panthers Barkli members Nikolay Vylegdzanin and Alexander Tychinskiy.
Evas Revenge in Eloy
The 7.2 meet average in Eloy would have placed Evas Revenge already within the top ten of last year's A Class Rankings. Steve Lefkowitz was pleased with the performance of the MWSL pickup team: "We were very happy with how we did considering only doing seven jumps together before the meet, and for all of us it was the first time doing many of the points in these positions."
He had more good things to say about the meet day in Eloy: "We also really appreciated getting tips from members of more experienced teams like Airspeed, Fastrax, and Divewerkz. Everyone is so approachable. Even during the meet they were eager to take the time to give us quick tips on how to build points or design exits. The energy, intensity, and comraderie of the meet made it a great atmosphere for competition."
The NSL News experienced the same atmosphere at the SSL Valentine's Meet 2006. One of the NSL purposes is to spread the knowledge and excitement of 4-way competition from top to bottom. The regular regional meets, where teams, competitors, coaches and judges of all competition classes work together for a weekend, are supposed to offer this opportunity. It is good to hear once in a while that it works that way.
Crossroads at the Shamrock Showdown 2009
Valery Gredasov (Point) and Alexey Nevorotov (Tail) are the other two Sunny Wind members. Alexey Nevorotov is getting into serious 4way competition with only 700 jumps. He is the co-owner of Skydive Tanay in Sibiria, host of the Russian Nationals 2012, and he has big plans for his new team. Bigway expert Valery Gredasov, who was in the recent Russian 201way record jump, partners with Alexey Nevorotov to support the Sunny Wind plans.
Vadim Niyazov, former Black Cat videographer, who has put together great shows for the Russian TV stations, is filming the new team.
Sunny Wind is planning for approx. 500 training jumps next year, plus approx. 30 hours of windtunnel training. The first team scores will be posted at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2013, and the trip to Bedford for the World Challenge 2013 will follow right after the spring visit in DeLand. The Russian Nationals 2013 is the main goal for the 2013 season.