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THE RUSSIANS ARE HERE!
Initial Russian Boogie invasion at Carolina SkySports for Thanksgiving 2005
By Mike Shatalov
Photos by Konstantin Brioukhanov

How many Russians does it take before the entire dropzone has to learn the language? Just ask the folks at the Blue Sky Ranch in Gardiner, NY. There are quite a few skydivers of Russian descent here. Some of the locals already know the key phrases to get around the Russian crowd. Others are quickly catching on.

The vibes at the Ranch are so good that many of the Russkies come from as far as Virginia, Baltimore and Cape Cod every weekend to experience some of the best skydiving in the country. We all fit right in at the Ranch among many of its colorful characters...

The cold season of the North East coast is here. Of course for most of us even -15 degrees at altitude is easy to handle. But even the toughest Russian needs some warm weather. Where can we go to get the good vibes, fast planes, bonfire and feel at home? After some discussion on the dropzone.com Russian forum, we all decided on Carolina SkySports. They have the CASA! They have a bonfire! They have good vibes. Long Thanksgiving weekend is coming We are going to North Carolina!

The DZ favorite Crazy Russian, Eugene Karelov, took it upon himself to organize the very first Russian Boogie. As we all came to his house late Wednesday night, we were treated by a warm welcome and felt right at home. After a night of warming up to some hot sake and great home-made sushi (prepared by Eugenes wife Marina) the Russians went soundly to sleep to wake up to beautiful 70 degree sunny day. Unfortunately, the winds didnt allow for jumping that day. But that wasnt going to stop our fun! We learned that Karelovs nickname Partorg, which stands for PARTyORGanizer was WELL earned! Being an avid hunter, he prepared the meat of the two deer that he shot earlier that week. Making hot deer stew and shish kebab for the WHOLE dropzone, Partorg reminded us all what true Russian hospitality and big heartedness was all about. Everyone on the dropzone was well fed and there was plenty of beer for all.

The rest of the weekend brought some chilly temperatures from up north. As a few of the locals were complaining about the cold, the Russians filled up the planes. Cold? 40 degrees is summer time in Siberia! Then there were more liquid refreshments and deer dishes at night. As the Russians stood by the fire, many local jumpers joined them. The smell of hot food and sounds of foreign tongue and music were like a magnet. Some were curious to learn some new words. After a few drinks they were quite fluent with the greetings: Kak dela? and privet! Hows everything? and Hi in Russian.

The next day there were more jumps! Vitaly Nesterenko made his first tandem jump with Viktor Suvorov (both Russian of course). Sergei Roudik made his 25th jump and met the USPA A-license requirements. There was a Russian Hybrid to bring together the freeflyers and the RW jumpers. There were even Russian BASE jumps.

Only days after the initial Russian boogie, with good memories and taste of deer shish kebab still fresh there are plans for the next year. When Where Who knows? Just be prepared! When you hear Russian speech next year and see a bunch of people speaking unfamiliar language just say Kak dela? or Privet or even offer us a Pivo (beer). May be this will become an annual event for us here in the States!

The Russians are coming!

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