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  1. All ads need to go in the classifieds...
  2. get your risers customized... i'll have a picture of one in a few weeks --then include them with your order. find some new 3 inch wide 7mm divesuit neoprene (or a 6x36 piece) --include them with your order. they can wrap saran over the neo, push it into the legstrap with a metel ruler and just leave the saran in there --will last you another 17 years. hope you never get lines caught on your rig or you can KISSYOURASSGOODBYE
  3. he allways laughed at me cause i couldn't freefall very well (especially during cutaway), but he did it in a way that made me laugh too. i once had a few too many with him and bit his belly-button and left a scar (he bled a little) but it was fun. he could hook-throw a basketball like nobody's business i'll never forget his final round during sport accuracy --he just glided perfectly 5 foot off the ground for a hundred feet and placed a dead-center with a big shit-eatin grin on his face to take 1st place! he is a good man --never saw him cross anyone. what a talent in the air though, absolutly great. i liked his comments on survival in video i saw long time ago. i like gus a lot
  4. MaryLou sent me the rules that will be used (taken from the IPC 2-Way Sequential Event: Each round consists of a repeatable sequence drawn from the dive pool. Exit altitude shall be 1850 m (~6,000 ft) AGL with a working time of 60 seconds. The draw of the sequences: Each round consists of 5 points that have been drawn from the dive pool of 6 formations. When a formation is drawn, it will be immediately returned to the dive pool so that it may be drawn again. Scoring: The working time and scoring begins with the first 2-way formation whether correct or not, or 30 seconds after exit of the first team member, excluding the team’s videographer, whichever is first. Teams will be awarded one point for the first formation and each subsequent formation correctly completed within the working time. Teams will not be awarded points for incorrect formations. There will be no penalty. Omissions: Omission of a formation will stop the scoring at that formation. The next formation to score is the second correctly completed formation following the last omission. Scoring may also continue if the team goes back to correctly complete the omitted formation or incorrect formation. Each formation must be performed in accordance with the illustrations in the drawn sequence. Jumper position for each random is set by the draw, i.e. the dark canopy position on the first formation built within a round must remain in the dark canopy position on all subsequent formations of that round. There must be complete separation between each formation. No mirror formations are allowed. All formations shall be performed as shown in the dive pool, as seen from behind. In addition, it is believed that Alan Gutshall , Jon Sikorsky or Chuck Backus will sweep the event. They are accepting pre-event donations in the form of $100 wagers from all competitors. If you or anyone else would like to contribute please do so. Contributions (wagereing) are not being limited to $100 for those of you that have increased confidence. It is hoped that the great organizers of our sport will compete and therefore be afforded the opportuinity to also contribute as they have taken-in sizeable funds from the community already and should have adequate financial reserves.
  5. you might can talk with carl d. in deland
  6. Looks real nice... You can have my CRW dive generator if you want, check out [url]
  7. i think there's one @
  8. ...had a dream --where lots & lots of rounds were huddled togethor in a big circular formation that just floated towards the earth atop a warm mass of air. there was a ground crew following us. just a dream.
  9. ...with out anybody getting wrapped up. That's why I'm interested in it.
  10. check out for more info on learning crw - it can have a very positive effect on your skills... canopy & otherwise.
  11. 2" wide 1/4" thick neoprene strips. wrap in saranwrap & push inside legstraps with metal yardstick. makes for a comfortable cushion around the nuts/lips.
  12. --is this official? I heard working time was 1 minute and that the French are doing 7 pts, etc.. If anyone knows the current rules please reply... Cause Alan & I are gonna kick some ass. That's right. Us, not you, not them, not nobody, WE gonna take the gold. We gonna blow the French away AND swallow.
  13. Sounds like its going to be a great time with some wonderful people to spend a fun-filled, thrilling weekend with...
  14. I've finnally gotton my brain cells down to a manageable size but I still can't remember anyone pulling-off a diamond (or even a wedge) --with rounds. If anyone know of such a feat, PLEASE email a picture to me.
  15. BASIC FORMAT OF THE TD CAMP - by Alan Gutshall and Jon Sikorsky after 28 jumps from 13.5 we were pleased to see that folks were now able to top-dock accurately and pilot to some extent. 1st weekend: The top docking started out as an exercise in getting from the aircraft to the area along side to make a final approach from. They practiced getting there in 2 moves, although many controls were used, it was an out and back in move while closing the vertical gaps. For 5 jumps they only put their foot behind the outside a-line, then withdrew. Emphasis was on getting only the a-line and presenting the outside leg. The next 5 jumps added moving from one side to the other with minimal separation. 2nd weekend: 1st jump 1st day repeated the previous jump. Then we had them do the same drills but working on top of two-stacks. Since we had little or no wind we introduced them to noting the knot meter and judging the groundspeed. We had the pilot do long go-arounds for them to visually sense 80-90 knots ground speed. We also had them get a feel for airspeed by putting their hand outside the door. They learned the difference of 80 vs. 110 knots and should be able to tell the difference between up or downwind headings on windy days from the aircraft. 2nd day jumps were stair step docks holding the grip. 3rd weekend: 5 jumps - We worked hard on center docks emphasizing correcting the heading at grip time. The remaining jumps we posed as students, having them brief us, communicate with the pilot, spot and get us on the dz. We emphasized the 1st dock out of the door had to be made. After the initial dock we let them dance around and make as many points as they could. All the time we exposed them to where the airflow was around the target canopy and how to avoid it. We explained the burble they have and how to avoid it from affecting the target canopy. We made certain not to allow a sloppy dock while staying as close as possible so that they could see mistakes. We always kept a steady heading from the beginning of the camps while gradually leaning towards not helping with vertical separation and forward speed. I can say that for the most part our techniques worked and above all, were safe -- time will tell. I know one of them recently hung row five without an issue and the other started piloting. I know the precision learned in top docking helped. I'm certain of one thing, everyone else that can top dock can teach it differently, however I believe it is most important not to bail on them during a bad approach! This is not as easy as one might think. It does take some balls/ovaries! So far they have had at least 400 attempts at top docking and pulled off at least 100 that were correct. In contrast, it took me 2 years to get 100 ones right. It was disappointing to look back on my own progression when I first started, but seeing them progress evened it out emotionally for me I guess... 4th weekend: (August 14, 15 - ZHills) We are going to do some nice top docking formations and drills.