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  1. I found that when i do normal jumps with a regular rig and system, ie. no rds, my speeds don't reach high enough to activate a speed cypres hence why i jump one. Remember when you do a freefall you dont pack on 16 kgs of lead combined with an rds system, dress as fast as possible and try to break the sickest swoop. Yet on dedicated swoop jumps i do, so if i jump something that extreme i would switch it off. Rather be a bit gentler on normal jumps with it switched on.
  2. Try Rob Kruger, or He made swoop shorts for the whole South Africa team in 2008 and 2009, still using the 2009 version. Pants cost ZAR 1000, which is around $1100. Not as fancy as a deepseed version but a rigger can easily fix them when needs be
  3. Here is my solution. Sorry if my explanation is confusing Think of vector calculus. If we have a force that goes straight down and two forces at an equal angle then it stands to reason that the forces at angles will be equal, assuming you are in a neutral position. If I move forward, the angle on the rear will be less and the angle on the front riser will be more. What this means is that the rear risers gets more “force” but crucially the front riser get less “force” pitching the nose up. It works the same if you lean back, more pressure on the front riser, less pressure on the rear hence the nose pitches down. My 2c
  4. I have three questions that I hope someone on here can answer: 1) When I am spinning under canopy, how do I know when I have reached the canopy's terminal velocity, assume I am doing a hop&pop from altitude and i have no speed measuring device, so no paralog. 2&3) The second question is on the whip.The whip is that last 180/90 that you do at the end of the turn so 2) Why is it so important and 3) How does rotating fast help the canopy? Why can I not just slowly carve/ rotate on my whole turn? Thanks for any answers
  5. I personally use a number of things, I have an audible and a visual, during competition 2 audibles and a visual. I also use my eyes, cause if both my visual and audible fail then I do have a backup. Finally I try and do the same turn with the same amount of time from the same altitude, consistency.
  6. "For swoops landing into the wind fly a "J" pattern. For swoops landing downwind fly a "Z" pattern. In both cases you enter your pattern *upwind* of your initiation point. If you try to fly a "J" pattern (student pattern) for a downwind swoop you are going to have a very hard time judging it and you will often find yourself arriving at your initiation point too low because you are fighting the wind." I understand the J-pattern but can someone please explain the z-pattern
  7. Here goes, why do you lose more altitude in a slow 360 than a fast 360. I was in a CP course over the weekend and one of the students asked this question and nobody had the answer.
  8. I bought the same risers and had the same problem with them. I realized this fault on the ground. Fortuatnatly and I also had a similar problem with another PD canopy on risers that struggled. Another jumper told me that PD's gromets can be smaller than usual and is therefor more difficult to place the slider behind my head. I fixed the problem by working the risers on the ground through the slider on Wed, and left them on the area where the loops are situated till friday, when i jumped on Sat with them they were still a bit difficult but I could move them relatively easily
  9. The new rules are due to be out at the end of the month (Feb)
  10. Hi All As you all know Super G is in ICU in a hospital in South Africa. I know a lot of messages get sent for him via e-mail to Jacqui Bruwer. If anybody wants to send him a message please pm me or post on this forum so I can print all this out for him tomorrow when I am going to go and visit him Blue skies and happy new year Oh and Ian if you have a better place to move this forum please do so, and gelukkige Kersfees vir jou en jou vrou en jou pragtigge dogterkie
  11. Competition day 1, 1st pass went out with Marat and a russian who got injured, after that the winds picked up for the whole day, ending with a storm. Tomorrow is looking good
  12. Howzat all A few of the non-local skydivers who have come to the world cup have told me that they struggle to get to the dz with the directions and/or address given on the 2nd bulletin (maybe also the first). I strongly suggest that you also get directions on the dz's main website, See you there
  13. We are finally done, it took us 4 days to complete with numerous delay, not to mention the speed-timing etc. All done, going to the award ceremony tonight, should be interesting.
  14. If you come out of a long recovery arc or a short recovery arc, which one will give you more speed through the gates. I have no idea on which one is the answer. I can get my canopy in both a long recovery arc and a short recovery arc (relatively speaking), and I simply cannot say out of the two which one I get more speed and power out of.
  15. You know that thing that you put on the Neptune when you place it on your hand. I take that, tuck in the loop where my fingers go and the loop where the strap goes. Then I use a longer strap that goes around my leg that is attached to a piece of velcro. Tuck that strap between the Neptune and the thing I mentioned in the beginning. Strap that to my leg relatively tighly. I've been using this method for the last 700 jumps and I have never lost an alti. Also it is very cheap to make.