Saturday 2 October
Posting latest AE scores...done.
They are putting up the last two rounds of Freefly this morning. Missy Nelson might have some AE bits for us later.
I was discussing the FS 4-way block 12 with Mark Kirkby last night and Dan BC over breakfast this morning. This is the infamous zipper > star that the French (and others) got busted on in Croatia. Mark said that he and a friend (Thomas?) have an idea for a crank > crank where the "cat" jumpers do 540's and the other two do 360's. Cool idea. I like it. Talking about the block 12 with Dan, I offered up that in order to prevent a repeat of Croatia, we need to have the top teams give some video samples to the chief judge and find out what's gonna fly and what's not. Speaking with my judge's hat on, I know if I were watching a team and the camera was dancing around, a little red flag would be going up. What is this team trying to hide? Anyway, to close this topic for now, it is still my opinion that zipper > star needs to go the way of star > backloop > star. Hey, now there's an idea...grabbing camera now...
If you want a hi-res original photo of a team, CLICK HERE and be sure to 1) make sure the photo is already posted on a team page and 2) specify the TEAM NUMBER, not team name. My file system is based on team numbers.
...wow...the judges gave me a bag of M&M's...I poured a handful out and they were ALL GREEN but one...
I haven't been able to see much of the AE events, but what I've seen of the Freefly is pretty amazing. Alchemy can do just about anything but defy gravity (I give them another year to figure than one out). Judges have 1/2 a round of Freefly left to judge...
...and the judges have just handed us the Freefly Intermediate final standings, and VIBE has come from behind to take the gold medal.
A skydiving Haiku for you:
Blue skies above me
Freefly final results coming shortly...the judges are applauding because they are done....and they are now up, congrats to Alchemy! And now we begin the scramble to convert the judges' room to FS and OmniSkore processors...oh no, there goes the nationals, Rick Duran just showed up...
...today's cool web site of the day: Deafskydivers.org.
UPDATE - Some AE Awards photos by Lori Thomas HERE