The beginnings of DZTV.
Saturday 16 June
We are still more than a week away from show time, but the
organizer is well ahead of the power curve here. I'll have a full report on the facilities here in a day or so.
There is still
much to be done, many decisions to be made, especially regarding
how to set up the DZTV feeds. With any luck we'll be ready by
Wednesday and have time to hit the town before the fun begins.
Meanwhile, it's time to unpack a zillion cables and start plugging
The main facility forms
a horseshoe; to my rear is a wing identical to that straight
across. The "wing" houses the judges, DZTV, and
administration on the bottom floor; the second and third
floors are used for delegation gear storage rooms. The
"base" of the horseshoe has a bar and dining
facility. Note the snow on the Sierra Nevada mountains to
the right. Click on photo for bigger picture.
Sunday 17 June
The teams are trickling in as the massive setup job continues.
The Big Tent goes up tomorrow. In the photo above, the camera is
facing east; the main tent and delegation tents are going up in an
area about 50 meters southwest of the building. There are tennis
courts covered with camouflage netting (for shade) next to the
tents that will serve as a creeping area.
Monday 18 June
Big news of the day: T1 got his Downtown Granada Driving Tab,
worn proudly on his left shoulder just below his Ranger tab, after
four hours criss-crossing the old city in a full-size van (yes you
can fit them in places that scooters can't go) followed by a
compact Opel (carried on shoulder over several obstacles). More on
this adventure from T1 soon...
My first attempt to
photograph the Norwegian women's team leaves much to be
desired. I'll be back, ladies...
The team tents are, uh,
warm and cozy.
The teams are continuing to invade the south of Spain, and the
preparations are on schedule (or as they say in London, "shedule.")
Hmm...speaking of shedule...the bus starting leaving the hotel
at 0830, then went to 0730, then this morning it was 0630. Good
thing we got a coffee pot in the DZTV room now!
The early reports coming out of the teams in training here
indicate that the military Casa pilots are still learning the
jumping ropes. It seems they don't like landing while parachutes
are still in the air. Note to pilots: They will stay out of the
way. Trust me.
Early registration numbers:
- 9 CF Rotation teams
- 10 CF Sequential teams
- 5 CF Speed teams
- 23 Freefly teams (16 countries)
- 9 Men's Freestyle teams (7 countries)
- 17 Women's Freestyle teams (11 countries)
- 17 Men's Skysurf teams (15 countries)
- 7 Women's Skysurf teams (6 countries)
- 34 FS 4-Way teams
- 10 FS Women's 4-Way teams
- 10 FS 8-Way teams
- Over 1000 total competitors (including Style & Accuracy)
I do believe this is the biggest skydiving competition in the
history of the sport! And unlike Bob Uecker, I'm sitting in the
front row again.
A view facing west
from the creeping/packing area. The team tents are to the
right, the main building straight to the left (out of
view), and the air base runway at 1000 o'clock (a Casa is
View facing north from
tent area; the creeping/packing area is visible on the
right, the main building in the background, and one of the
tents on the left.
Tuesday 19 June
Some of the action at
The IPC controller at
work, Brenda Reid.
After sleeping late and missing the bus -- we didn't know we
were supposed to be on the 0930 instead of the 1130 -- we arrived
just in the nick of time. They were serving lunch! Tomorrow I
shall try to remember the camera for a cafeteria shot. The
highlight of my day is the flan at the end of lunch.
familiar faces arrived today...saw Cheryl Stearns and some of the
Golden Knights loopers & stompers (my friendly reference to
Style & Accuracy competitors)...was that Steve Woodford
outside a minute ago? The Big Tent is slowly taking shape
outside...Ted is done working on NetPost...
NetPost, it's probably one of our better kept secrets. It's a bit
of software that Ted put together a couple of years ago; NetPost
listens to the network that the scoring systems are on, and
whenever the judges post an official score -- in either FS or CF
(rotes & sequential) -- then NetPost automatically formats an
HTML file and fires it up to the OmniSkore web site, as in here: live
scoring sample. There is a link to these scores on the bottom
of each team page.
Manifest is getting
A nice view to the
east from a few meters away from where I took the shots
The Big Tent slowly
takes shape under the sun.
Wednesday 20 June
Aye Karumba that is one huge tent! It's not so much a tent as
it is a large steel building with cloth skin. It's HUGE.
More familiar faces streaming in, I see the Russian delegation
is here now, hello Alexander! Good to see you again! Vodka later?
Da! See you there! Okay, we got some team photos being taken now
by OmniSkore assistant Gloria Caravallo-Leach, so expect those to
be showing up on the team pages over the next few days. Hello,
Perris France Maubeuge! Aha, the Swedish 4-Way women's team! Good
to see you again, Ann-Marie. We jumped together at Eloy several
years ago, wrestling Jay Stokes around the desert skies on an AFF
eval. Enough now, off to the bar!
La Grande Carpa Blanca, outside and in.
"LOS GUASSAAAAA BROTHERS"
On about the second day here I stuck my
head into one of the rooms across the hall looking for
Gloria, but it was occupied instead by a half dozen or so
of the Spanish organizers. For lack of anything smarter to
say, I put on my Stupid American face and said "WHASSUUUUUUUP!"
and they all laughed. Ever since, T1 & T2 have been
the "WHASSUUUUUUP" brothers, and today this
little poster showed up in their room. Click on it for a
Thursday 21 June
Ah, the final day of setup bits. The equipment is all set up,
waiting for the big screen TVs to go up in the Big Tent so I can
throw the Big Switch and see if everything Blows Up. What's that?
Who has what for us? Oh cool, the USA CF team just gave us a
couple of nice team shirts. Now I can put off laundry for another
day! Remember, all you teams out there, if you'd like special
treatment on OmniSkore.com all you have to do is bring us a
T-shirt or a bottle of wine and you're set. Huh? What's that? What
integrity? Hey, we're capitalists here, not reporters! ;-)
that verbose garbage I had going earlier -
Is it Sunday yet? I'm read for
USA Women's 4-Way. Go girls!
Some of the USA Style & Accuracy
Another attempt to photograph the Norwegian Women's team
fails badly. The camera swings wildly to the left and I
get the USA CF Speed team playing hackey instead.
Team tents on left, barracks in middle
rear, la Gran Carpa Blanca on the right.
all you friends, teams, family, etc. out there, if you see a name
or spelling or wrong link that needs to be fixed, please let me
know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've created more than 250 files for this coverage, and I'm sure
there are errors galore. Please be specific with corrections.
And before anyone flames me for biased coverage in the
form of nothing but USA photos today, trust me when I say the
camera wanders next time!