By Tim & Ted Wagner. Opinions registered on this page do not necessarily reflect that of Perris Valley Skydiving, or anyone else for that matter.
Sunday, October 5- Official Practice
Four twin otters and a skyvan ran pretty much nonstop today and yesterday, once the morning fog lifted around 10:00 a.m. It looks like it's going to be one of the biggest nationals on record, if not the biggest, as I believe we have 23 open and 43 intermediate teams in 4-Way alone. The competitors briefing is tonight, with the official draw for 4-way. You can see the draw by clicking on a column header on the standings page for the 4-way and 8-way open events. The intermediate events use the same draw, but perform only the first three or four points before repeating the formations. Stay tuned here for complete coverage!
Name trivia: There are four 4-way teams with the name "Sebastion" in them, five with the name "Elsinore," and twelve with the name "Perris."
Monday, October 6
The meet is being very well run here at Perris. The management has covered all the bases, and about the only grumbling I've heard has been over having to wait for airplanes to land or take off before walking back to the DZ from the landing area.
After two rounds of open, Airspeed has built a quick six-point lead and looks very sharp. There are also some very good scores coming out of intermediate, and I saw one intermediate team jumping with all matching gear and scoring in the double-digits. There is a 6:30 a.m. call for tomorrow, and the beer lamp is ON...
Tuesday, October 7
The morning dawned clear, cool and breezy, and we are skydiving hard. It's around 10:00 a.m. and round four is nearly complete, so if things keep going like this, 4-way will finish today. Scores coming up!
Wednesday, October 8
Thursday, October 9
8-way was officially closed out this morning, and Perris Passion 8 won the intermediate battle with a very impressive 8.83 average. These girls worked very hard, and it showed, with smooth skydiving and good discipline. Congratulations, Passion 8!
Today seems to be pretty much a practice day for 10-way and 20-way. The 8-way awards ceremony is tonight, with 20-way slated for first thing tomorrow.
Friday, October 10
Saturday, October 11
It's 6:00 a.m., and the webmaster is just a LITTLE bit hung over. There are nine 10-way teams competing today, including defending champion DeLand XTZ. There is a lot of talk surrounding proposed rule changes for this event. At last year's nationals in NY, Judy Celeya and I drafted a proposal that placed the teams behind a line inside the aircraft. The clock would start when the first competitor crossed the line. Instead of a speed star, the proposed rules would utilize a pool of formations. This arrangement would make judging a lot easier (and let us use OmniSkore!) as well as making it funner for the competitors. I think the fact that were more 20-way teams competing than there are 10-way says a lot for the state of the event: it needs to be changed. Turn it back into a skydiving event, and I think we'll see a lot more teams competing in it again. Please, if you agree or disagree, let us know.
I got an e-mail last night from my web site server: it seems that omniskore.com has been getting so much traffic that we have exceeded our bandwidth quota for the month, by an order of magnitude, and it looks like we're going to have a $200+ bill to pay for it. So all you folks out there who've been dropping by, we ask you to please do one or more of the following:
During this meet I have competed in 4-way, shot video for 8-way, judged 20-way, and tried to keep this page up to date, so this is my "yay me" paragraph. I don't think anyone's done that hat trick before, and I'm not sure I want to repeat it. When I get home I'm going to sleep for a week.
Sunday, October 12
Well, the fat lady sung last night, at least as far as Formation Skydiving is concerned. The banquet was pretty nice, even though it was held outside. Propane space heaters were set up around the several dozen tables to help ward off the chill, and after several hundred famished competitors and staff went through the chow line, the last of the medals were awarded for 10- and 20-way. There were lots of speeches and presentations, but by far the highlight of the banquet was the passing of the CG God Frog award (for best vibes) to its new and rightful owners, "Tons O' Fun" 10-way team, featuring the horizontally challenged personel from "Sonic Force."
Thank you all for coming by and visiting OmniSkore!, and we'll see you all next time. Until then, blue skies, and skydive safe.
-Tim & Ted
|The DZ is loaded with new facilities and crawling with competitors.||U.S. Army Golden Knights, ready to defend their national title.|
|Skydivers creeping for as far as the eye can see.||AZ Airspeed to try the same.|
|One of four Otters standing by for 69 4-way teams.||Charla Henney and Amy Lee running DZTV.|
|The judges, handing out the verdicts.||Post-diving in the Bombshelter Bar & Grill.|
|Bill, Roland, and Sally keeping everything rolling smoothly.||Mass Transit says hello to the friends at home!|
|The Fliteline booth.||The U.S.A. 8-Way team gear.|
|One of many DZTV's scattered around the DZ.||"Door!"|
|Lou: "Hi, Texas!"||Camera Swoop|
|Arizona Vortex creeping round 6||The Wizard of Oscar|
|Deguello is ready to defend the Alamo in 20-way.||Golden Knights stretching at sunrise.|
|The judges: underpaid, overworked, and having too much fun.||The truth is out: There are really four of us...|
|USPA Executive Director Chris Needels||The Ottley Swords, just returned home from Turkey by the U.S. 4- and 8-way teams.|
|Sebastion Sunrise creeping round 1.||Arizona Knights dirt diving round 6.|
|Meet director Robin Berg has done, like the rest of the staff here, an outstanding job.||Your most humble and benevolent webmaster on his way to update this web page.|
|The DZ has been shuttling many of the jumpers from the landing area with trucks and carts.||Skydiving's MTF jumping with DeLand's XTZ.|
|Shark Air hauling load # umptymillion||The Wagner delegation: Tim, Roy, Rose & Ted|
|No nationals is complete without Dan.||Overall champions Arizona Airspeed|
|The hosts: Ben, Melanie, Diane, and Pat Conatser. Great job!||Best pool videographer: Mike Scott|
The CG God Frog Award: Tons 'O Fun 10-way
Sonic Force: "Look out, Airspeed! We're coming back next year!"
Thanks for visiting OmniSkore!