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Did You Know...

... that the ZeBone 4way project started in 2005?

posted Oct 14th, 2013 - The Sun Path Products NSL News has not completed the coverage of the USPA Nationals 2013 yet. One of the many missing pieces is USPA's Advanced Class competition.

This category actually applies exactly the same FAI/IPC rules and dive pool for the Open Class and still has its separate leaderboard. Teams can choose which category they want to sign up for, except for the reigning Advanced Class champions. The USPA Competition Manual defines the specifics:

"No team in the Advanced or Intermediate 4-Way Formation Skydiving classes may be composed of more than one quarter of members who have won a gold medal in that class at the five previous U.S. National Skydiving Championships or won a medal in a higher class at the five previous U.S. National Skydiving Championships or in the same event at an FAI First Category Event."

USPA Nationals 2013Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA/Advanced ClassG,9,C,PF,5,151,E,84,M,7H,N,B,O,314,20,LQ,K,12,1711,16,1910,A,182,22,DTotalAvg
2Dallas En Fuego2116141319121212121114214.2
3Air Force Eufouria171514162213101281113813.8
4Dallas Khaos Black2112141516121410101213613.6
5Dallas 35021141417181214711713513.5
Advanced Class awards at the USPA Nationals 2013
This year's winner ZeBone used the popular and successful 2-on-2 player coaching concept to get to the top of the Advanced Class leaderboard. Sabrina Graham (Tail) and Kurt Disser (Point) decided at the beginning of the 2012 season to train and compete with Andy Honigbaum and Jan Lane, both very experienced 4way and 8way competitors.

In fact, Andy Honigbaum is an 8way world champion of 2004 with Arizona Airspeed. Jan Lane had almost won the Advanced Class competition with the Angry Beez a year ealier at the USPA Nationals 2002 after a jump-off and tie-breaking battle with Nemesis. Andy Honigbaum continued with Airspeed Velocity in 2005 and 2006 before moving to North Carolina and joining the Paraclete XP lineup.

Jan Lane was also coaching Carolina Turbo XP in the team's earlier years. Andy Honigbaum and Jan Lane were both eligible for the Advanced Class competition under the current USPA rules, and ZeBone was on the way to USPA gold medals at the beginning of the 2012 season.

Sabrina Graham and Kurt Disser with Joey Jones and Jamba in 2005
Sabrina Graham and Kurt Disser themselves were not new to 4way competition either. They started their own 4way project many years ago and have been familiar with the efficient player coaching concept.

They had their busiest 4way competition season in 2005 when they competed at the Paraclete XP Outdoor Championship/Shamrock Showdown with player coach Joey Jones and 4way competitor Pamela Stevens. Rob Harrick was filming the team. Team Jamba posted a 9.4 average in the AA Class and followed up a few months later with a 9.5 average at the Mideast Skydiving League.

Sabrina Graham and Kurt Disser completed the 2005 season with a 10.1 average in the AA/Intermediate Class competition at the USPA Nationals. Izeet Gonna Blow had Steve Shorten and Tom Bohn in the lineup for the USPA Nationals and placed 11th of 42 teams. Then came a long break, and the couple from California picked it back up in the AAA/Advanced Class of 2012.

USPA Nationals 2013Rd. 1Rd. 2Rd. 3Rd. 4Rd. 5Rd. 6Rd. 7Rd. 8Rd. 9Rd. 10TotalAvg
RankAAA/Open ClassG,9,C,PF,5,151,E,84,M,7H,N,B,O,314,20,LQ,K,12,1711,16,1910,A,182,22,DTotalAvg
9Dubai Asaar Black2216101615131515141314914.9
10Dubai Asaar Ladies2013141419121515101314514.5
11Spaceland Lite2013121618131312121314214.2
12Cerulean Heat1916121417121511121314114.1
ZeBone at the USPA Nationals 2012
image by: Omniskore/USPA/Skydive Arizona
ZeBone tested the team's competitive skills at the September meet of the Carolina Skydiving League 2012 (14.7) and followed up with a 13.9 average in the Advanced Class at the USPA Nationals. Only two Air Force lineups scored higher (15.1) and ZeBone won the USPA bronze medals.

This year's winning 15.1 average would have placed ZeBone 9th in the AAA/Open Class competition at the USPA Nationals 2013. On the other side, Advanced Class winner of 2011, Spaceland Lite, finished with 14.2 this year, which would have been good enough to tie Dallas En Fuego in 2nd place. Spaceland Lite had posted a 13.9 average in the team's first year in the Open Class, which would have tied ZeBone in the Advanced Class bronze medal position of 2012.

Sabrina Graham and Kurt Disser would have to move up into the AAA/Open Class next year where Andy Honigbaum and Jan Lane have been before. Hopefully they will not go back into hibernation after their biggest success so far. It is still a loss missing the reigning champion trying to defend the title in this category...

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