Rhythm rebuilds – lineup for 2013 complete!

If you follow high level competitive 4-way with any enthusiasm, you probably know that SDC Rhythm XP recently took a bit of a blow when 2 team members (Chris Farina and Thiago Gomez) – the entire rear piece in fact – upped and left for greener pastures in Arizona.  Both joined Arizona Airspeed, Chris as the new point and Thiago as #6 – the alternate.

Rhythm wasn’t too daunted and Steve and JaNettte Lefkowitz set to recruit new team members. They recently announced that Mikhail Markine (previously on team Vibe) will be flying tail and Christy Frikken (of Perris Fury) taking the Inside Center slot. Alex Bittner remains on as the team videographer. Alex commented that the old core members are very excited to see what Christy and Mikhail bring to the team in terms of energy, experience and attitude.
With just a few short months until the 2013 USPA Nationals at Skydive Chicago, the team is planning on an aggressive training schedule starting later this month.

Kurt from NSL did a bit of a writeup on the NSL website as well, and I am sure we will see more thoughts from him in upcoming columns of “Turning Points” in coming editions of Blue Skies Magazine. – but you’ll need to be a subscriber to get to feast your eyes on those goods!

4-way fun in Florida…

Thanks to our awesome next-door-neighbor, Kurt Gaebel from the NSL, we are kept relatively well up to speed on cool things happening in competitive 4-way, both locally and around the world. We of course subscribe to the NSL newletter (which you can do too, by clicking here) and this morning we had a note from Kurt, reminding us of two events this weekend.

So, if you are in Florida and keen on doing some 4-way over the weekend, you have two options:

Skydive U is organizing a 4-way Scrambles Skills Camp on Saturday, February 12th at Skydive DeLand. $30 registration fee, video optional, player coaches for the day will be Rob Laidlaw, Katie Woods, Robert Chromy and Hal Spence. All experience levels are welcome, contact Skydive U for more information or to pre-register. Facebook event page here.

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Hit up Skydive Sebastian for a “Team 4 a Day” with SDC Rhythm XP. This program is designed for jumpers new to 4-way or anyone who wants to improve on their RW skills. Groups are matched based on similar skill level, allowing jumpers to learn and improve. I have done some jumps with both JaNette and Steve from Rhythm, and those two are both outstanding coaches. Facebook Event page here.

So, get your grippies on and go have some fun this weekend!

Turning Points with Kurt Gaebel

Now that the dust has settled a bit around the new Airspeed lineup, the team has got their matching jumpsuits and are planning their first training camp of 2011 in January. It will be very exciting to follow the new team and watch how things are going to play out in the next 2 years on the world level.
We are very excited to have Kurt Gaebel from NSL now contributing to a monthly column in Blue Skies Magazine, named “Turning Points”. In that column Kurt will discuss various topics from the competitive 4-way world. The first column will be in the December issue of Blue Skies Mag, due to hit mailboxes late December.
The NSL website has long been the hub of detailed and interesting news for hardcore 4-way geeks (and we use that word in the most flattering sense possible). Visit the NSL page to watch Kurt’s recent interview Tomash Hughes (center outside) and Nick Grillet (alternate) about the what lies ahead. Note the shirt Nick is wearing – ushering in the new look of a future World Champion!

We have no doubts that Airspeed will tackle the upcoming season with full seriousness, and we base that assumption on secret intel we received from one of our agents in Eloy. Thomas has been working on his track and evidently has advanced to FULL Delta position, which should do wonders for solid separation after break-off.

Photo by Nik Daniel

Caption This!

This is the US Women’s 4-way team Spaceland Blue – training hard for the upcoming World Meet in Russia. Check out tail Becky Brocato (6 o’clock in the photo) – and tell use the comment section to tell us what she might be thinking to herself….

Spaceland Blue, spacing out

Photo comes from the team’s cameraman Nik Daniel.  Way to throw a teammate under the bus, Nik – but you know we appreciate it!

Tagle Wins in Dubai

From the Dubai Parachuting Championships and Gulf Cup 2010, we got word that Jonathan Tagle has inched ahead of Marat Leiras to claim first place, with Jay Moledzki in third in canopy piloting!

In the 4-way competition, USA’s Arizona Airspeed beat out Belgium and France; the women’s results are France, Germany, Spain. And, in accuracy, it’s Christian Auswoeger, Quargaf El Hassane and Al–Suwaidi Matar.

Congrats to everyone! Full scores here.