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The request found an open door since the NSL wants to connect to the colleges and universities across the country. In fact, plans are in the works to create a network that adopts the NSL structure and eventually connects the College/University Network with the NSL Network.
Stetson's Alex Bittner and NSL's Kurt Gaebel first made plans for the "Back-to-School Boogie", which took place on September 26-28, and decided to follow up with an evaluation and a planning session for the future cooperation.
The 4-way Rookie Class Scramble was one of many Stetson activities that weekend and was a casual introduction to 4-way competition on Sunday. A short workshop for the participants on Friday evening included an overview of the National Skydiving League and the plans for Sunday.
The Presidents of two other College/University clubs joined the 4-way event. Jimmy Scarpelli represented the Embry Riddle School in Daytona Beach, Camden Gonzales is heading the Falling Gators of the University of Florida in Gainesville. Alex Bittner, Jimmy Scarpelli and Camden Gonzales are all highly motivated to bring 4-way competition to a higher level at their clubs and plan to work even closer together from here on.
Alex Bittner wrote the report of the whole event.
Hosted by: Stetson Skydive Club
Sponsored by: Performance Designs, United Parachute Technologies, Sky Systems, Alti-2, Merlin Suits, National Skydive League, Sunrise Manufacturing, Ocean Deck Restaurant and Beach Club, Skydive Deland, CollegeSkydiving.com, CAD Enterprises, S. R. Perrott, Inc., Skydive Deland, Deland HybridXP, and the Falling Gators
The weekend started out with fun jumpers and interested spectators enjoying the near perfect weather on Friday afternoon. Several jumpers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), University of Central Florida (UCF), Stetson University, and the University of South Florida (USF) came out for some organized tracking dives with members of Team D3. After the tracking jumps and some mildly organized relative work jumps, we enjoyed the setting sun on the deck of the Perfect Spot with our free keg of Miller Lite keeping us entertained, to say the least.
Saturday morning we started the day with an informational seminar about FS and VFS disciplines hosted by Deland HybridXP. The seminar covered everything from basic concepts in grip lines and exit procedures to advanced techniques in transitioning and training.
After carving through the air with the tracking group, we were able to organize two formation loads with the help of local jumper Martin Sutton. The formations didn't happen exactly as planned, but everyone had fun and stayed safe on the 11- and 10-way jumps.
Saturday was concluded with a Swoop-n-Chug in the peas of Skydive Deland with Miller Lite cups held out by two of the Gator jumpers, Emily and Jolene. Camden and I battled it out but my landing right next to the UF lovelies left Camden without a chance, haha.
Sunday morning was a bit more difficult to start up early, but we all made it out to the deck at 8am to meet with Kurt and draft up teams for the 4-way Scramble that ensued. A total of ten participants were divided up into three teams of four including the two player coaches, Kurt Gaebel and Jaimie Cruce. Local flyers Seth and Amanda shot video with the teams as they competed in a practice round and two subsequent rounds of competition, exiting from both the Twin Otter and Skyvan.
Registration on Sunday totaled two fun jumpers from France, bringing the total number of registered jumpers at the boogie to twenty-one. We also had a total of eight students from Stetson come out and enjoy tandem skydives, experiencing the sport for the first time. Jumpers came from the universities mentioned as well as France, Great Britain, and the Deland area. The event was a lot of fun with great weather, lots of jumping, and good people. We hope to make this an annual event and will keep all of our supporters informed of future events.
Alex Bittner, President Stetson Skydive Club
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