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  1. I've done nearly all my jumps on either a SA2 170 or SA2 150 and a 90 degree turn on opening was common. Just downsizing isn't a guarantee to change that. Have you considered learning to steer your canopy using rear risers? Because my canopies commonly turn on opening, when the canopy stands me up I put my hands on my rears and give left or right corrections to counter any turns or dives. It doesn't take much. Plus you get the added benefit of being able to react quickly if someone else you didn't see gets into your airspace. At 80 jumps you should talk to an instructor or a knowledgable canopy pilot about this, but it's a good skill to develop. Plus it doesn't require a downsize. If your canopy is ever doing something you don't like, and you're given the option of developing a new skill to control it vs downsizing and hoping that a higher wing loading will solve it... I'd go with developing the new skill
  2. already happening https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8tvKAVp9d4 https://vimeo.com/28709386
  3. nice video and a great accomplishment--thanks for sharing!
  4. I've got a new one. Happened to me recently. It was very hot out so I was only wearing boxer shorts under my jump suit. Normally I wear compression shorts. But I brainlocked in the morning and just threw on boxer shorts with a fly (no button. this is important in the error chain) I was in the middle of telling a very funny story, and to emphasize a particular bit, I unzipped my suit very quickly with much force. The old saying "if you leave the barn door open the horse might escape" applies here. Let's just say the horse had decided to stick it's nose out of the barn door, which then got zipped and trapped by the zipper. Extremely painful. Zipper head had fully stuck itself on some pinched skin. Backing that thing out helped me understand the pain of child birth. The lessons in this sport have been learned by pioneers that sacrificed life and limb. Let this be a lesson to future generations that a zipper-dick malfunction is completely avoidable. Stay safe out there.
  5. great video thanks for sharing
  6. Wait till one of the tunnel rats goes in. DZO might change his tune then, and possibly in a way that leaves nobody happy.
  7. Stuff I like to do solo: maintaining heading and altitude fly with left arm behind your back; fly with right arm behind your back; fly with both arms behind your back maintaining heading and altitude reach back with your right arm and touch your right bootie; repeat for left side maintaining heading and altitude point your right knee straight down to the net; repeat for left side
  8. Rice and avocado would be a good idea! Also oatmeal for breakfast--I will start doing this as well. You make a great overall point that the foods we are using generally are pretty short release!
  9. All your input was great--this bit especially! The bagels I have been eating probably aren't as good as a grain bread plus pbj would be a better source of longer term energy than just plain bagel! I'll float the idea of trying to batch dives I like that idea! Most of us only have 1 rig and lift capacity can be tight at times however if we used packers and tried to pre-arrange a cluster of jumps early in the day we might be able to shorten our day and increase our performance. So far our plan has been to have a fairly consistent schedule, but a variable pace is new idea for us!
  10. That's 100% spot on for us. If we are on jump 3 before noon we are almost ahead of schedule. We have been having the discussion of considering a running clock from jump 1 to be our timebox versus jump numbers. I remember reading Christy's series when they came out but I completely forgot about them! It's great stuff. We have a great team dynamic about goal setting and planning, our biggest thing is more just the reality of trying to get enough jumps in to make progress versus diminishing returns toward the end of a long day. I'll share the series with the team as I think it would be nice for us all to read it again--thanks!