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The annual duel between Shmeland and Minimal Compliance had received earlier attention on 26 January 2014 when members of both teams went surfing on Sunday morning. Now it is time to catch up with the athletic performance of both teams, and the new story includes the competition videos of this year's 10-round battle in the 12-foor flying chamber.
The leaderboard tells the story of the AAA Class rollercoaster at SkyVenture New Hampshire this year. The videos bring new evidence how experienced teams and competitors can master seemingly impossible blocks in a smaller flying chamber with impressive scores.
|New Hampshire 2014||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
Bu Defiance (James Klinge, Ben Liston, Brian Stephens, John Silva) won without much competition and a 22.0 average in 2009. Centerline (17.9) and Ranch Fallout (17.3) finished far behind. It was too easy that year, and Bu Defiance came back in 2010 without the name giver. Former Mass Defiance team mates Ben Liston, Brian Stephens and John Silva replaced James Klinge with former Airspeed member Dennis Rook.
James Klinge had recruited his own new lineup, with Sally Hathaway, Ari Perelman and Scott Latinis, and now there was serious competition for the AAA Class title. Shmeland won by two points (21.3 - 21.1) in 2010.
Ben Liston took a break with the whole event in 2012 and then tried again with a new date, a new lineup and a new team name in January 2013. Minimal Compliance consisted of the same three Mass Defiance members (Ben Liston, Brian Stephens, John Silva) and Nick Grillet was the new Tail.
James Klinge has posted the highest average in the history of this event in 2011 and was able to return with exactly the same Shmeland lineup. The distance between both teams was back to the same two points as in 2010 (22.3 - 22.1) and the winner was the same.
|USPA Nationals 2012||Rd. 1||Rd. 2||Rd. 3||Rd. 4||Rd. 5||Rd. 6||Rd. 7||Rd. 8||Rd. 9||Rd. 10||Total||Avg|
|1||Arizona Airspeed (US)||30||28||24||23||34||22||28||19||20||37||265||26.5|
|2||SDC Rhythm XP (US)||30||24||23||24||25||21||25||17||19||30||238||23.8|
|4||Golden Knights (US)||23||22||20||22||24||17||21||16||17||26||208||20.8|
It has always been a very friendly competition between the two teams. In fact, the members of both teams have competed together in 8way since 2009, with Dallas Rogue and Amphibious Attack Tigers. They have also joined forces in different 4way lineups for outdoor meets.
James Klinge's most successful 4way team was DNR (Steve Johnson, James Klinge, Brian Stephens, Ben Liston, with Pat Walker on camera). DNR finished with a 20.7 average at the USPA Nationals 2012, which stands for the current unofficial US amateur record average. The 20.7 average could have been in contention for the world's best amateur team in 2012, as well. However, Thunder won this title with a 21.8 average at the World Cup 2012, and James Klinge is thinking of coming back with the DNR lineup of 2012 this year...