Thursday 28 June
Last updated 05 Feb 2012 15:17
Good morning! The webmaster got a good night's sleep, so get
ready for and earful today!
start with today's Q & A:
Q: Yesterday, did you mean Bipole > Bipole rather than
Y: Bingo, yes. I thought about that on the bus ride home. Fast
solo turn stuff.
Q: How does the term 3d distinguish freefly etc. from 4FS way ?
There are a lot of 3D moves(over the top ect) in 4 way aren't
A: Well, I think we can all agree that the FF/FR/SK disciplines
are truly 3D in nature; however, the 3D moves they do in FS barely
constitute a ripple in the 3rd dimension in comparison.
Q: The official competition started June 24th. We are now June
27th. Less than half of the rounds seem to have been done in most
discipline. How do the organizers expect to complete the rounds by
A: That is the big question of the hour. I don't know. We shall
Q: Can you post some videos of the best skydives like you did
A: I am working on it. My Premiere is crashing every time I try to
export the timeline and I don't know why. I'm going to install the
update later and try again.
For the 1/2 dozen of you who wrote about the Skysurf
averages being the lowest score, that was before any of the
rounds were made complete. They only display the average based on
CF & FS8 are taking off, results coming soon.
Burgers, beer & gear.
I'm not the only one scarfing down McDonald's burgers!
Photos by Ken Hansen.
Folks, sometime Tuesday morning one of the Switzerland's new
rigs was stolen, a brand new Mirage G3 rig, all black with little
Swiss red and white aliens (Swiss Flags).
Click on picture at right for bigger photo. Someone please drop this
rig off in the DZTV room and we'll return it to the owners, no
CF Sequential round six just went in the bag, and France,
Canada, and USA all posted 11s to keep the standings the same.
Will USA hold on for the gold? Will the defending champions come
from behind? Stay tuned for this exciting finish!
OmniBro and three-time world FS8 champion Chris Wagner has
contributed a large piece to the story of the fun flag. Read
all about it and feel free to send
in your piece of its history.
of FS8, round 6 is under way.
But first, a moment of shameless self-promotion: If you enjoy
this OmniSkore internet coverage, please be sure to visit -- and
spend all of your money with -- our
sponsors, without whose support you would not be reading this.
Please and thank you.
But second, T1 observes "How good is Russia [Rotations]?
They're throw-away round is better than anyone else's best
round." That's pretty good!
Aussies are trying to confuse me...they are judging their CF Rotes
and FS8 teams at the same time, and both teams got the same score:
15. That was a very sweet jump by the FS boys, nice job. France is
up now, and their arrowhead out the door doesn't much resemble an
arrowhead...oops, it's an open facing diamond out the door, my
bad...a very nice 20 for France...Russia next...real fast...a 21!
The USA will have to work hard to beat that score...here we
go...nice open facing out the door ;-) ...fast pace...I think
these boys are on fire...wow...a 23! That was blistering.
I can't believe these guys are this good without training all
FLASH NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH
The Russian CF
Rotation team has just set a new world record with 22
rotations on round 5! Congratulations Russia Rotations!
Well now, that was an exciting way to start the day.
Coming on the tail of four cups of coffee, I'm about shaking out
of my shoes right now.
What's on tap...more CF and FS 8-way, I do believe...thank you
Tim Stevens down under for the Fun
Flag contribution...T1 has fixed the CF
Results bug (this is why we call ourselves the
"unofficial" web site)...
Scenes from yesterday.
The crowd around the DZTV televisions is watching the top
FS 4 teams doing round 5.
Over in the 3D/Creative/Artistic/Free events, the USA Freefly
teams have jumped into 1st and 2nd place in the standings, and Craig
& Tanya just put up a 9.1 on round 4 of Women's Skysurf.
Way to go Tanya!
Moving right along with 8-way FS round 7, this jumps looks like
it could be a burner. Let's see if anybody puts some big numbers
up on the board....Boel is in here writing some more 3D bits, so
watch for that soon...I think I might have a pleasant bonus for
all of you out there later (I think I licked my Premiere
problem)...okay, Russia is up, a good dive, not great, and they
just missed the 23rd point on the freeze frame...USA, they have a
good pace going, but a brain lock slows them down a bit and they
get a 21. I missed France's jump, they got a 20. It's a 4-point
lead for USA with three jumps to go!
Boel's New Bits are posted.
Photos by Ken Hansen too!
They have released CF for the day and fired up the FS 4-Way;
also jumping is Freestyle, and of course Style & Accuracy over
at drop zone Alpha.
Ladies up first, round six, and the USA girls just did a very
good 14 on a jump with a very slow draw. Now those lovely Norway
girls (another photo coming up from Ken!), Eric is shooting some
really beautiful video to match, they have a 12 on this one. UK
next, these ladies have a nice jump and match the USA with a 14 of
their own. Will Sweden keep match them? Yes, they do! Sweden takes
the lead with four rounds to go.
Well folks, I tried. Here is a 5 meg video clip of USA 8's
round 7, if you can get it to play. I suggest doing a right-click,
"save as" to your hard drive, and then opening it.
Someone let me know whether or not it works: video_usa8_r7.avi.
Premiere wouldn't let me do a "save for web" so it's a
straight .avi export from the timeline.
Okay guys, this is the
LAST Norway girls photo request I'm going to post (at
least until tomorrow). Photo by Lucia Toussaint (not Ken
H). Shannon are they paying you for this gig?
We're still mowing through round 6....I just got some new
Freefly and Skysurf scores posted...
A gazillion readers ask Q:
How many airplanes are they using and why is the competition
proceeding so slowly? And the answer A: They have four or five
Casas and two Twin Otters, but the basic problem is they cannot
fly the Otters and Casas at the same time. Yes, the pace is
glacial. But they are really trying. Hey, at least it gives us
more time to walk around and take pictures of the Norway girls,
Round six results, the Norgies just barely missed a 20 and
France just barely got a 21. Nice effort by France. And giving
video credit where video credit is due, I think France has one of
the best camera flyers here. Here is USA, and they barely miss a
21. That was CLOSE. The freeze frame giveth, and the freeze frame
taketh away. So with four rounds to go, it's the USA by five
points. What's that? Allrighty then -- we are proceeding into
round 7. What's that? Want more pictures? Allrighty then...
Oh boy, it's going to be another late day at the office for
the webmaster. Back with the FS 4 Women's' round 7, the USA just
did a terrific jump for a 15, and UK followed right behind with a
13. Norway does the same, and Sweden a 14. The heat gets hotter!
USA pulls into a tie with Norway, three behind Sweden.
WHOA WILBUR! The inbox is flooded with "The video
works!" That's bad news for me and good news for you and my
day(s) just got longer ;-(
[T1 swoops the keyboard as T2 sneaks out for a bite of dinner
Okay you Borland Delphi gurus out there I have another
challenge for you: I want a component that copies file sets,
complete with that little pair of progress folders with the little
papers flying out of one and into the other. I've been through the
kazillion components in my collection of 3d party packages and I
can find a few CopyFile functions but nothing close to what I'm
looking for. I want to specify one or more file specifications as
a source property and a directory/folder name as a destination,
call a "go" or "execution" method and watch 'em
fly. A solution gets your name on this here marquis and a virtual
beer from me! And the Stylus operator at DZ Alpha will have a much
easier time getting the style results down here. Help me at email@example.com
The "Open" 4-way class is now well underway with
Finland on the monitors now. Ouch someone just went for a ride
after the exit! They recover for a five. Slovak Republic misses a
chance to pass them in the standings with a three, looks like
they're tied now.
A query for you bored, high-bandwidth 'Net junkies: how many
sets of identical twins are on the DZ? All the evidence you need
is in these links. Hint: count T2 and me as the first one (duh).
And now for something completely different: I hope some of you
out there are watching the knock-down, drag-out contest underway
in Skysurfing Men. France's Eric Fradet, with a skydiving
competition resume as long as the runway here, is locked in a real
contest with Russia's Valery Rozov, who he just lost to at
the last World Meet in Corowa. Be sure to catch the latest on that
matchup in Boel's Bits.
Rozov & Fradet
What this video.avi thing means is that the webcam shall be
unplugged (I can't use the capture card for two destinations at
once, not without making T1 write me a pile of software). It
wasn't working anyway, but you knew that.
4-Way FS round 7 drives on. Hey, nice jump Aussies! A 15 fer
ya. S&A fans I just posted some style results, accuracy coming
later. UK (GBR?) nice, a 19, and the Norgies hot on their heels
with the same...France ditto...good skydives around, let's see the
USA...a great skydive, one big glitch and a smaller one, but still
good for a 20! Someone overflew a sideflake donut, but they
recovered fast and went right on cooking. So after 7 rounds, USA
has a six point lead.
Wow, what a long day. I've got 30 minutes to export another
video and mop up before the bus leaves.
Okay now. Before you touch this link, I want to tell you that
one of our sponsors is here. If you guys don't crash their server
with hits tonight, I'm going to be *VERY* disappointed, and I
might not find the time to post any more videos, catch my drift?
That said, I am please to present to you Airspeed USA 4-way,
round 7: video_usa4_r7.avi (3.7
MB) p.s. I discovered too late that the intro to the video says
round 8 instead of 7, please do not send me corrections, thank
you! Good night!
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