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kallend  (D 23151)

Mar 1, 2002, 9:04 AM
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Apparently the USPA competition committee simplified the 10-way exit rules, maybe there will not be
so many busts this year.

I'm curious - if anyone here does 10-way, where in the line up do you put your base?



kallend  (D 23151)

Mar 5, 2002, 6:16 PM
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Hmmm - overwhelming response NOT. Is there ANYONE here besides Chris that does 10-way speed?



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Mar 5, 2002, 6:45 PM
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It seems there are only a few limited teams that do 10 way and you've jumped with all most all of them at Nationals. 10 way seems to be isolated the same way freestyle, CReW or even Style is. A few DZ's have a lot of intrest, but the others don't seem to care about it at all.

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Mar 5, 2002, 7:06 PM
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I would like to do 10 way, but haven't been able to make it happen yet. The only time I did it for a local competition the rules were that the base-pin had to be #1 and #2 out the door. Was challenging...

So what are the new rules?

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Mar 5, 2002, 7:11 PM
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I think the reason is that in order to be competitive at 10-way speed you need a LOT of things to fall into place.

It really has to be a DZ culture thing. And of course, you also have to be at a DZ that has a Twin Otter.

It's extremely difficult to get a 4-way together for a season let alone a 10-way. We had a 10-way team at Perris a couple of years ago that trained all season, but it seemed like the roster changed quite a bit over the course of the year.

SDC is kind of a natural location for a 10-way team because of the history of the DZO.

Toward your original point, looking at Nationals tapes over the years it seems to me that most of the successful teams make #3 and #4 the base pin, but I could be wrong.


Paul
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kallend  (D 23151)

Mar 6, 2002, 8:48 AM
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<<<< would like to do 10 way, but haven't been able to make it happen yet. The only time I did it for a local
competition the rules were that the base-pin had to be #1 and #2 out the door. Was challenging...

So what are the new rules?>>>>

It's a whole lot of fun and very challenging to get sub 20 second times. The new rules, as I understand, simply state that everyone starts behind the line, clock starts on crossing the line, and the formation must be initiated by two previously unlinked jumpers (so you can't chunk out the base). Previously there were rules about exiting in serial order in single file, which caused a lot of problems of interpretation and judging.


We put base-pin at #5 and #6 last year, but that puts a lot of pressure on the floaters (I was #1 and the base was quite a ways up there) and slows the exit a little (since the floaters need to turn in the door and the divers don't).





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Mar 6, 2002, 10:20 AM
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We put base-pin at #5 and #6 last year . . .
Wow. To me it seems like it would be much more efficient to have more people come down to the base than to go up to it. But again, that's just me, I've never done 10-way -- only watched it.

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Jumperpaula  (D 23923)

Mar 6, 2002, 11:00 AM
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I was feeling sorry for this thread for a while, but honestly...

Everything I know about speed star I learned from watching "Cutaway"... sad but true.

I've been on a few speedstar skydives, but they were organized for me, and in that case, I just do what I'm told. They really are a blast-, full of adrenaline.

Keep posting, I'll keep reading... Smile

Fly Your Slot !


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10 way is more then just Stars... the Raeford Dragon and some other formations are in the pool if I remember right.

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kallend  (D 23151)

Mar 6, 2002, 11:11 AM
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We put base-pin at #5 and #6 last year . . .



Wow. To me it seems like it would be much more efficient to have more people come down to the base
than to go up to it. But again, that's just me, I've never done 10-way -- only watched it.

quade>>>>

Yes, well, for selfish reasons (being #1) I wanted B & P to be #4 and #5, but when we did it that way the floaters consistently beat the divers, so we moved B&P back. Then we had personnel changes at the back end and the divers got better, but since we already had the dive flow in place we kept B&P where they were. Fortunately our base was a heavy, fast falling guy and we put 6 pounds of lead on him.

Although the divers have gravity on their side, the floaters get a better picture of what's going on, which helps a lot.



Jumperpaula  (D 23923)

Mar 6, 2002, 11:13 AM
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Yes, your right.

There are many formation in the 10 way dive pool. I guess it's the speed of "build it as fast as you can..." that's the real adrenaline pumper.

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skymedic  (C 33561)

Mar 6, 2002, 11:22 AM
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Hey Proff...can ya answer this question from an admitted freeflyer.....What does the term's Base & Pin mean...I mean I know what Da Base is...but how does this apply to 10 way as opposed to 8way,16way etal....

marc
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kallend  (D 23151)

Mar 6, 2002, 12:37 PM
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Well, base is the guy that everyone aims for, and pin is the guy that makes the first dock. Although
some of the formations make "pin" a bit moot - for example, the way we engineered the triple
diamond, pin just set up in front of base and someone else (#4) closed.

<<<Hey Proff...can ya answer this question from an admitted freeflyer.....What does the term's Base & Pin
mean...I mean I know what Da Base is...but how does this apply to 10 way as opposed to 8way,16way
etal....>>>



kallend  (D 23151)

Mar 6, 2002, 12:43 PM
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<<<<Yes, your right.

There are many formation in the 10 way dive pool. I guess it's the speed of "build it as fast as you can..."
that's the real adrenaline pumper. >>>>

There are 12 formations in the pool, 6 are drawn at random for the event. Some are straightforward, like the star and the pinwheel, and some are bloody difficult, like the Raeford Dragon. One of them (Norman's Cross) spins like a top if your aren't careful, and several of them are very floaty which makes it difficult for the last people to get there without going low.


Some pics at http://www.iit.edu/.../skydive/tenway.html

Cutaway is totally bogus - (apart from being a terrible movie in all other senses too).



kallend  (D 23151)

Mar 7, 2002, 8:57 AM
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<<<<It seems there are only a few limited teams that do 10 way and you've jumped with all most all of them at Nationals. 10 way seems to be isolated the same way freestyle, CReW or even Style is. A few DZ's have a lot of intrest, but the others don't seem to care about it at all.>>>>

There were 110 skydivers in 10-way at the 2001 Nationals (+ a couple of alternates who jumped). Only 4-way RW and 8-way RW had more participants. 10-way had more participants than all the CRW categories combined, all the Free*** combined and all the accuracy categories combined.

There should be more this year since I hear there will be 4 or 5 teams from Skydive Chicago alone.

All you need is a Twin Otter, 9 buddies, and a liking for full-contact RW.





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Mar 7, 2002, 9:21 AM
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All you need is a Twin Otter, 9 buddies, and a liking for full-contact RW.
Also, take a camera flyer along . . . it really helps. ;^)


quade

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rgoper  (C 32349)

Mar 7, 2002, 10:54 AM
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shameless self promotion! :>} J/K

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Mar 7, 2002, 11:18 AM
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I'm hoping that when Lisa decides to put together a 10-way team that she'll remember to bring along video. Hopefully me.

I'd never try to swoop the slot of one of the existing team/camera flyer relationships, but I figure all the new ones are up for grabs!


quade

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steve1  (D 23640)

Mar 7, 2002, 8:43 PM
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This is off the subject, but this reminds me of Relative Work in the olden days. Nearly all our formations were round. Everyone was hurrying to get there before time ran out. And yes it was full contact at times. It was fun, challenging, and sometimes quite dangerous. We would rent a DC-3 or Twin beech from the smokejumpers in Missoula. The door was usually small and exits really strung out. Jerry Bird's All Stars even came up to jump with us once during one of our meets. This was back in the days when the World's record star was about 35 people. It was hard to imagine anything bigger, then. A big round with all the baggy jump suits was difficult to fly. Most everyone tried to sit up in the star, but this often put too much pressure on everyones grips. The old days were fun, but I wouldn't want to go back. Skydiving is a much better sport now. I only wish it was cheaper for all to enjoy. When I started I paid $50. for a first jump course. All jumps after were around $5.00 until you could jumpmaster yourself. A 30 second delay after that was around $3.50. I know the money end of things is holding a lot of people back today.



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Mar 7, 2002, 9:12 PM
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When I started I paid $50 for a first jump course.
What was minimum wage back then?

As I recall, in 1974 my first job paid the minimum wage of $1.10 per hour.

What's minimum wage today? In California I believe it's $6.75

Is the cost of jumping today more or less keeping up with that?


quade

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>We put base-pin at #5 and #6 last year . . .

The sum total of my 10-way experience is six 10-way speedstars from the jet, but we always put the base at 3-4 or 4-5, with the thinking that you can dive faster than you can float. Of course the best we ever did was 4th so I'm not sure we chose very well.

-bill von


kallend  (D 23151)

Mar 8, 2002, 7:52 AM
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<<<< We would rent a DC-3 or Twin beech from the
smokejumpers in Missoula. The door was usually small and exits really strung out. >>>>

I think one of the reasons for the 1998-2001 USPA rules was to try to duplicate a DC3 strung-out exit while actually using a TwOtter. Unfortunately, all these rules did was create disputes. I think 10-way as an event can live on its own merits without having to be an 'antique' event. There's just something viscerally exciting about putting together a speedstar against the clock, quite different from point turning in 4-way and 8-way etc. Kind of like downhill ski racing compared with slalom. And the skills I learned on a 10-way team certainly come in useful on big ways.



steve1  (D 23640)

Mar 8, 2002, 3:16 PM
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Quade,
I know wages were a lot less back then, but I think it was a lot cheaper then to begin jumping. If I had to lay out hundreds and hundreds of dollars to go with AFF, I'm not sure if I'd do it. I know the only way that many drop zones can make it now is tandems and new students. Actually the price of jumps aren't too bad now for experienced jumpers. Many places you can go to 13,000 out of a twin otter for around $15.00 to $17.00. Even back in the early 70's we were paying about $7.50. But the price of gear really seems out of reason in my opinion. I have heard that what you are really paying for is the technology and that may be true. I sometimes wonder though, if companies had more competition if that would bring prices down some. Back in the 70's you could order a new custom canopy for around $300. I bought a new Super Pro harness and container for around $150. This was the same stuff used by the Golden Knights back then. If you were really broke you could get a complete used rig (B-12 harness and container and 7-TU canopy) for around $75. I know all this gear is considered junk by today's standards but it was state of the art back then. I was just a poor college student working my way through school, yet I could afford to jump. Our jump club in Western Montana is (I believe) the oldest collegiant club in the U.S. But today there are almost no college students in this club. Most of our members are around 30 on up. I think the reason for this is the expense. Just my opinion. Steve



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Mar 8, 2002, 3:24 PM
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I'm hoping that when Lisa decides to put together a 10-way team
Can't afford to do it this year, but depending on where Nationals are in '03 I just might do that. The few 10 way speed jumps I've done were a total kick in the ass and I'd love to compete at it. And Rumbleseat happens every January...

No worries quade... you'll be the first camera flier I'll ask Smile

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Our jump club in Western Montana is (I believe) the oldest collegiant club in the U.S. But today there are almost no college students in this club. Most of our members are around 30 on up. I think the reason for this is the expense.
Maybe you're right. I think it's like everything else though in that you don't pay for what something is actually worth, but for what the market is willing to pay for it.

For instance, you're absolutely correct in that some parts of the country, jump prices are pretty reasonable. However, $15 to $17 for a ride to 12.5 is SoCal would definately be a special event. The general cost of living out here is a bit higher, and I'll admit to that, but the cost of actually running the twin otter probably doesn't need to be up in the $19 range -- it's there because that's what the guy down the street is charging.

Yeah, that kind of sucks, but it's the way we do business here in the U.S..

I can -almost- guarantee that if all the jumpers in SoCal decided someday that $19 was too much, got together, wrote a memo to the DZs and started up over at another airport for $15/jump. Well, things would change.

But that's just not going to happen.

It's the same deal all the way up and down the line. Rigs, jumpsuits, what have you.

As to the specific issue to college students. I think that has a lot to do with the local DZ culture. If the majority of your jumpers are over 30, then why the heck would most college students want to hang out with them? Ok, that sounds harsh, but it's human nature to want to hang out with people of your own kind.

Just out of curiosity, does your club actually market to the college crowd? Ya know, make demos into the football games and stuff like that. I mean, how would they even know you exist?


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