Wednesday, September 22
You can see most of my DZTV gear in the picture. I have one laptop running team photos, one laptop running the webcam, one desktop for webmastering, a Panasonic WJ-MX20 video mixer for DZTV, three TVs a VCR and a camcorder. And a bottomless cup of coffee. I made sure Andy put a porta-potty right outside the building.
Several people have asked what happened to Airspeed on round 4 (their 13 is the lowest competition score I've seen them do in years). They had a fumbled grip building a monopod, it was keyed, and the result was the dreaded double-bust-from-one-mistake, so they went from a 17 to a 13 because of one bad grip. To understand why a single mistake results in two penalties, know that the team must show the correct formation to begin the block (they didn't have the grip, that's one bust) and they must show the correct pieces during the inter (same missing grip in the three-way piece, that's a second bust). If the missing grip had been between the two subgroups instead of within one subgroup, it would have been a single penalty. The penalty for a busted inter is applied to the formation that follows it. Boom, tie ball game.
An hour later...rumor mills says the DeLand Norgies have set a Norway national record on round 6...they are judging it now and...smoking an all-random dive...crisp...clean...wow...yes I'm typing as I watch this...nice video work too...a glitch near the end, but a Norway national record 34 points! Congratulations Norgies! Can't wait to see what the AZ and FX teams do with this round!
We have both 4- and 8-way going right now; teams that aren't doing 8-way are continuing with 4-way. The buzz going around the DZ is we might have world records set in both events at this meet. Who remembers the 56 pointer that FX did on that random drill dive last year? Can they reproduce it in competition? Okay, they're up...cruising...a little rough there...moving now...fast...37 points! A new world record! Way to go Space Center FX!
I have been informed that at the conclusion of round 6 of 4-way, who ever has the highest score will be rejudged with a full 5-member judging panel to determine the new world record. FX's 37 is not yet official, but someone WILL emerge with a new world record here, pending FAI approval.
Just watched FX do their round 7, and they did the best Danish T -> Murphy out the door I've seen. It was good because the solo guy going downhill over the top did an outstanding separation flash. Cross Keys Cat 4 had just been busted for not showing that same separation, and I busted AZ Purple at the "Beat the Heat Meet" two weeks ago for the same thing. Gots to show the separation. The judges are giving no quarter at these nationals!
I think one of the more interesting battles at this competition is the one for the third medal slot in 8-way open. It's basically between Perris Passion 8 and Deguello, and right now the ladies have a big lead after two rounds. In 4-way round 7, Hedonism got the big goose egg for trying to sneak a substitute into a slot. They might have got away with it but the guy they put in was Ron Mills, and who could miss that rig?
I would be remiss in my coverage if I did not mention the presence of long time judge Dick Barber. Dick suffered a heart attack at last year's nationals and at one point we didn't think we were going to see him any more. Well, Dick is back! I thought I was going to show my age wearing a T-shirt from the '86 nationals, and he shows up wearing one from the '77 nationals. Quick, where was that one at?
A note for all you future 4-way competitors out there - there is a common misconception that 4-way is just the first couple days of competition. In reality, any published schedule is merely a guideline, and competitors must commit to staying at the competition site from the event registration all the way to the end of the nationals.
The Knights are doing a rejump for round 3; they hit some industrial haze near the bottom of the skydive. AZ8 did a very sweet 19 on round 3.
For those of you wanting to know when the rest of 4-way will be completed, the answer is probably tomorrow, so you'll have to sit tight a while to see if FX hangs on to their world record. The man to the right is well known as Dan the manifestor from Perris, and he's running it great over here.
Okay, the Knights just did their round 3 rejump and posted a 17, so AZ8 takes a 2 point lead after 3. AZ8, wow they just *SMOKED* round 4 with a 23 pointer, that was nice. The Perris ladies...will...get...a...13! Very nice girls!
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