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Did You Know...

... that DeLand Majik won the first prize of the Shamrock's Skins Game?

    French 4way coach Marin Ferré in DeLand
posted Apr 13th, 2005 - The preview of the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2012 continues with an update from the French delegation on Friday morning.

Marin Ferré, French national 4way coach, was available for a conversation with the NSL News. He was waiting for the Aerodyne Cypres Deep Blue Defenders to land from the last training jump of a back-to-back series while he answered a few questions. He had to go back to work with the team when the Defenders had picked up their parachutes and walked back to the team's headquarters.

The coaches have more time these days to prepare and evaluate the daily work while the teams are in the air. Most top teams execute series of back-to-back loads, up to six and sometimes even more, before a break for resting, debriefing and preparing a new series. Even the debriefing is sometimes delayed until the very end of the day. Repetitions of previous jumps follow in the next back-to-back series or next day.

Bev Suits    
Round four of the FSL Shamnrock Showdown 2005 was the first round of the Skins Game. The first three rounds were used to determine the handicaps for each team, the first prizes were given to the winner of round four after handicap.

    Aerodyne Cypres Deep Blue Defenders at work
The NSL Reality TV camera followed the French team to the creeper pad after the NSL Talk with Marin Ferré, which ended when his team walked by from the last jump. The conversation with the French 4way world champion of 1999 and 2003 continued while his team was preparing the next jumps on the creepers.

Marin Ferré had mentioned earlier that he defines the slots in a different way compared to most other teams and coaches. The positions simply have numbers from 1 to 4 rather than names. The Point is Number 1. Front piece partner is Number 2 in the Center Outside position. Center Inside is Number 3 and Tail Number 4. Most teams use abbreviations for the positions when they explain the slots:

Point = P = 1, Center Outside = CO = 2, Center Inside = CI = 3, Tail = T = 4. Other teams also define the center slots with Outside Center (OC) and Inside Center (IC).

Island Grove    
Bev Suits was the sponsor for the first round of the Skins Game, $150 cash and a 50% team discount for jump suits were on stake. Island Grove, a local manufacturer of marinades, dips, salad dressings, salsas, key lime juice, honey, steak sauces and hot sauces added some spice to the prize with a sample selection.

DeLand Majik had to use the early rounds to warm up and get familiar with the new line-up's meet performance. It was Majik's first competition with the new line-up ever since the gold medal success at the world meet in Croatia 2004. Round four happened to be Majik's first better round of the Shamrock Showdown.

    XL members Chris Lynch and Steve Hamilton
Another former XL member currently visits DeLand with a large group of skydivers and students from the United Kingdom. Chris Lynch was one of the original Sebastian XL members in the mid 90s. He and Steve Hamilton told the NSL News that other XL members will join very soon.

XL videographer Rob Stevenson still works in Sebastian and will visit to meet his former team mates at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship 2012. John McIver is also one of the original XL members. He will compete with Satori in DeLand, and this XL reunion will have to take place on the ground.

The most recent XL reunion happened at the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship 2012 where the XL lineup also posted scores. XL may have to change the definition of the "reunions" to something else, as the team name appears frequently on the leaderboards. The next XL scores will be posted soon at the World Challenge 2012. However, the NSL News will also follow the XL activities on the ground in DeLand carefully.

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Majik tied the score of the later overall winner, DeLand Fire, with 23 points. The Golden Knights had the highscore for this round with 25 points, however, the handicap after three rounds gave Majik a slight edge (25.12 - 24.48). This Majik performance happened at the right time and was rewarded with the first skin prizes of the meet.

Jamba's round four see video    

Round four was the only one with identical sequences of the AA Class and the A Class. It happens quite regularly that sequences of the AAA Class and the AA Class are identical, as in rounds three and five of the Shamrock Showdown. Jamba (AA) and Zero Tolerance Miami (A) had the same sequence on the draw sheet (P-L-6).

    Zero Tolerance Miami's round four see video

Both teams did not have direct competition in their classes. However, five other teams of the Southwest Skydiving League and the Georgia Skydiving League competed in the AA Class on the same weekend and with the same competition draw. Three additional teams competed in the A Class. Elsinore Alloy won the AA Class competition with a 10.0 average after six rounds. Jamba's 9.4 meet average took the third place in the nationwide competition that weekend. Zero Tolerance Miami came out on top of the four A Class teams with the 4.3 meet average at the Shamrock Showdown.

Zero Tolerance Miami at the FSL Shamrock Showdown 2005    
Zero Tolerance Miami is a regular of the Florida Skydiving League and attended three FSL meets of the 2004 season. The team from the far south of Florida has a flexible line-up and includes Guido Marti who invented a mobile mockup, which has been used at several NSL events. ZeroT currently prepares for the upcoming FSL competition in Lake Wales where last year's A Class opponent FSC JAMMM/Wind Damage waits on its home turf for the Miami team's visit.

The upcoming meet weekend has the Southwest Skydiving League and the Florida Skydiving League with meets at Skydive Arizona and the Florida Skydiving Center on the event schedule. The European Skydiving League launches the 2005 season with its first competition in the United Kingdom.

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