Did you know that Satori might be back back next year with a very strong XL lineup?
posted: Dec 26th, 2014 A very interesting situation develops slowly and carefully, literally, in the United Kingdom.
It is exactly a 9-month development and will end when Julia Swallow, Satori's Center Outside, has delivered her baby. She was pregnant during the UK Nationals 2014, as the minutes of the BPA (British Parachute Association) Council Meeting on 7 October 2014 confirmed: "Satori had not been able to compete in the Nationals, as a team member... (more)
Did you know that France can expect an interesting internal 4-way race in the next two years?
posted: Dec 24th, 2014 The Sun Path Products NSL News explained during the aftermath of the FAI World Championship of Formation Skydiving 2014 that the results for France in the 4-way Open Class were disappointing.
It turned out that the 4th place for Volt'R was the first time in history that France did not win a medal in this category. The two years for Mathieu Bernier, Julien Degen, Pierre Emmanuel Balages and Damien Gouriou, still with Olivier Hennaff on camera, did not bring the expected results.
Mathieu Bernier and Julien Degen had... (more)
Did you know that world meet competitors of 2014 may represent another country in 2016?
posted: Dec 23rd, 2014 The rule book of Formation Skydiving competition has always been a topic for the Sun Path Products NSL News.
It was not only the dive pool and its changes over the years that were important enough to bring those topics to the attention of the audience and the skydiving competition community. Other parts of the FAI Sporting Code also have their impact on the actual competition and the scores and the rankings at the major events.
One of those topics has been the eligibility of competitors for their national teams.... (more)
Did you know that DNR's original lineup took back the unofficial US amateur title this year?
posted: Dec 22nd, 2014 The performance of the best unofficial amateur teams in the world has been a topic for the Sun Path Products NSL News for several years.
Thunder ISR took the top position in the world a few years ago and has defended it successfully year by year. The story in the USA began with Mass Defiance who won the USPA Advanced Class gold medals in 2005, moved up into the Open Class and continued to improve the scoring average year by year without changing into a full time team.
Brian Stephens, James Rees, John Silva and Ben Liston, with Steve "Scuba" Feldman on camera eventually posted a 19.3 average... (more)
Did you know that there are many different engineering options and continuity plans?
posted: Dec 21st, 2014 The first reactions to the discussion of the Block 10 proposal came quickly, and there is not much support for the change yet.
There are many 4-way competitors who simply like the challenging Block 10 technique, even if there is more to do for the rear piece than for center outside and point.
The front piece has usually the more entertaining moves and gets more than enough compensation for less work at the current Block 10.
However, there are also people who are looking at the bigger picture and question the... (more)
Did you know that Block 10 (Diamond - Bunyip) might change into Diamond - Diamond?
posted: Dec 20th, 2014 The current 4-way dive pool has remained untouched by the officials for years by now, with only a few minor changes, which speaks for the integrity of the system in general. The combination of 22 blocks and 16 random formations is obviously interesting and challenging enough for all 4-way teams.
However, John Petersen of the Danish national 4-way team VAF Warriors has detected a potential flaw in the dive pool, and his reasoning seems to make a lot of sense from his perspective. He is not out to invent and introduce any new moves, as the current dive pool offers more than enough variations and... (more)