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Lori Connor has now re-activated skydivers and DZs in the region and created an exciting schedule for the remainder of the 2013 season, which will prepare the 4way community for a complete and well planned 2014 season.
The new Northern California Skydiving League is bringing organized 4way competition back to the Northern California skies. In 2013, the league will hold the popular NSL Tunnel Kicker at iFLY SF Bay, as well as skills camps to get 4way flyers ready for a full season of competition in 2014. The league has also secured the support of five local dropzones to host the 2014 events.
After being inspired by "Bridge the Gap" at Skydive Elsinore, a host for the Southern California Skydiving League, Lori Connor came home ready to build a stronger 4way scene in Northern California. While attending a 4way scrambles event at Bay Area Skydiving, organized by longtime Bay Area Skydiving jumper Mad John Dobleman, she joined in at the end of the day for her first all-female 8way jump. It was organized by Krisanne Combs, who has been jumping since 2004 and in Northern California since 2008.
The new NCSL has also secured the support of several local 4way competitors, including Julius Frank, team member of 2008 USPA Intermediate Class Champion R4, who will serve as the NCSL head coach. Several other coaches have agreed to pitch in, including former members of Kaleidoscope, R4, and BAM!
The NCSL schedule includes the monthly Tunnel Kicker and Indoor Cloud League competition, which start in August at iFLY SF Bay. Several other experienced 4way competitors have expressed their interest in flying with new jumpers as they learn 4-way and improve their flying skills.
Local DZ management, including Ray Ferrell at SkyDance, Bill Dause at Parachute Center, Clay Bonavito at Bay Area Skydiving, Pat Garcia at Skydive Sacramento and Jackie Behrick at Skydive Monterey Bay are ready to support the league by hosting events and providing facilities and logistical support.
Locals Pete Swan and Katrina Heckley have also volunteered to help with league and event management, and USPA Regional Director Jason Putnam Gordon has offered his support of the NCSL, as well. The league launches the activities with a 4way Scramble this weekend at Bay Area Skydiving, followed by the first Tunnel Kicker at iFLY SF Bay on August 13 and its first NCSL skills camp at SkyDance Skydiving on August 24.