supported by:
Vigil Logo


National
Skydiving
League

226 Pecan Street
Deland FL 32724
tel: (386) 801-0804

© 2003 - 2018
All Rights Reserved


supported by:
In Time Scoring


Valid HTML Valid CSS!

Did You Know...

... that the Platinum XP 2018 lineup has to make a difficult decision?

Platinum XP at the NSL Indoor Championship
posted Nov 18th, 2018 - The NSL Ultimate 4-way Championship 2018 was almost completed after ten indoor rounds on Thursday evening at iFLY Tampa and additional ten outdoor rounds on the following weekend days at Skydive City.

Platinum XP visited from the Southern Skydiving League region and was one of the teams that attended both events and finished after a total of 20 rounds in three days. Team members Don Hurd and Matthias Kaminski also used the opportunity of a connected Arizona Airspeed indoor and outdoor camp to sharpen their individual skills by adding more indoor training to their weekend's agenda.

Three Platinum members (Jason Adams, Don Hurd, Matthias Kaminski) started with the indoor competition on Thursday, and Airspeed's Niklas Hemlin took the player coach's slot for the missing 4th Platinum member Eric Tudor.

Jason Adams was not available for the outdoor competition, and Ari Perelman added even more Airspeed power and experience to the Platinum lineup on Friday and Saturday.

USPA Nationals 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Intermediate 15,7 A,E,Q,M 11,9 1,22 J,P,F,8 2,20 13,O,K B,D,6 4,G,14 21,N,19 C,L,H,18 Total Avg
1 TSC Cadence 11    23    14    10    19    11    13    17    8 -3 12    -     138 13.8
G SDC Rhevolution XP 13    22    11    11    15 -3 12    14    16 -1 12    11    -    137 13.7
2 SDMW X 10 -1 26    12 -1 9    20    11    11    13    11    9    -    132 13.2
3 Hands Free 11    22 -2 13    11    16    6 -3 9    13 -1 10 -1 11    14    122 12.2
4 Cali4nia Kids 11    21    9    10    15 -1 11    10    14    11    10    12 -2 122 12.2
5 Platinum XP 10    20    12    9    14 -1 9 -1 10    15    10    10    -    119 11.9

It was naturally no surprise that Don Hurd and Matthias Kaminski finished with the highest meet average that Platinum XP has posted since the team was founded in 2014. In fact, the 12.6 average would have been good enough to win the Intermediate Class bronze medals at the USPA Nationals 2018. Hands Free had taken the USPA bronze medal position at Chicagoland Skydiving Center with a 12.2 average and after a jump-off round against Cali4nia Kids.

Platinum XP at the NSL Outdoor Championship
Hands Free member Ed Ganley was also present at the NSL Ultimate 4-way Championship 2018 and competed with Teiwaz in both events. However, there was no re-match with Platinum XP in Florida since he is planning to move up into the AAA Class competition next and went through his first set of 20 AAA Class sequences with the Teiwaz lineup.

Platinum XP have not decided yet whether they will add another year to the team's time in the AA/Intermediate Class competition or move up into the AAA Class world, as well.

Don Hurd launched Platinum in 2014 and competed at the meets of the Southern Skydiving League in the first two years. He had Eric Mixon, Caitlin O'Malley and Bill Prout in the first Platinum lineup, with Joe Courtney on camera.

Nicole Cronin replaced Caitlin O'Malley in 2015, and the new lineup competed for the first time at USPA Nationals. Platinum 2015 finished in 26th place on the Intermediate Class leaderboard with a 7.3 average at Skydive Arizona in Eloy. Similar Platinum lineups continued at SSL meets in 2016 and did not go back to the national championships.

NSL Indoor 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AA Class H,P,21 11,D,7 N,18,9 K,C,B,Q G,15,14 A,F,6 J,O,19 8,4 2,13 20,1 Total Avg
1 Platinum XP 15    12    12    18    7 -1 17    14    10    10    11    126 12.6
Roster: Don Hurd, Matthias Kaminski, Jason Adams, Niklas Hemlin
NSL Outdoor 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank AA Class H,P,21 11,D,7 N,18,9 K,C,B,Q G,15,14 A,F,6 J,O,19 8,4 2,13 20,1 Total Avg
1 Platinum XP 15    14    15    21    12    19    19    10    11    9 -1  145 14.5
Roster: Don Hurd, Matthias Kaminski, Niklas Hemlin, Ari Perelman, Patrick Fortune (Video)

Team founder Don Hurd continued with the Platinum project after a serious personnel change at the end of the 2016 season. He was the only original member who was back next year, and he had put together the lineup that has been training and competing for Platinum XP ever since.

Don Hurd with first Platinum lineup in 2014
At the SSL meets of 2017, the new lineup started on the same performance and scoring level as the previous ones in 2014 - 2016. Platinum XP then picked up the pace and broke through the 10-average benchmark at the USPA Nationals 2017, which was rewarded with a Top 10 placing.

The same lineup came back in 2018, and Platinum XP competed for the first time at an indoor competition, the Paraclete XP Indoor Championship, to launch the 2018 season.

The 11.3 average at the Paraclete XP Summer Classic 2018 brought a new team record for an outdoor competition and promised medal contention at the next USPA Nationals.

Platinum XP followed up with the 11.9 average a few months later, which was three points short of a medal position.

The same lineup has to make a tough decision now. USPA Intermediate Class medals are almost guaranteed next year, while it could also be time to move up into the AAA Class world and face the U.S. opponents in the Advanced Class...

comments / feedback
Previous Article | Next Article
Get your weekly updates - Subscribe to the NSL News