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Did You Know...

... that Eliana Rodriguez and Michelle Karamon offer free coaching at the Arizona Skydiving League 2019 events?

FAI gold in 4-way Open: Eliana Rodriguez with Airspeed Odyssey in 2008
posted Dec 20th, 2018 - It's been a long time since the Arizona Skydiving League posted the last scores that were generated at an ASL 4-way competition. In fact, it was Pat For 5 (Pat Atkin, Lou Massie, Sarah Smith, Kim Winslow, Jim Vance on camera) who competed at two meets in 2015 before the league went into hibernation.

The Arizona Skydiving League grew out of the Southwest Skydiving League, which was launched in 2004 and then split up into the Arizona and the Southern California leagues. The Arizona Skydiving League had its most active period in 2007 and 2008 when Arizona Divewerkz, USPA Advanced Class champion of 2006, became involved and helped to launch the new 4-way league for the 2007 season.

The NSL News now has good news for the 4-way fans and all skydivers in Arizona and the Southwest area. Eliana Rodriguez and Michelle Karamon have decided to work together and re-activate the Arizona Skydiving League.

Eliana Rodriguez is back in Arizona, where she became an Arizona Airspeed member in 2001, right after she had won 4-way Women gold medals with the U.S. team Synchronicity. She followed up with Airspeed 8-way gold medals in 2004 and 4-way gold medals with Airspeed Odyssey in 2008. She is the only Formation Skydiving competitor in the history of the sport who won FAI gold medals in three different events.

FAI World Meet 2001
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Women 8,19,24 A,L,22,H E,10,D,11 21,6,4 B,18,C,14 G,5,20 2,1,16 M,K,12,9 15,23,P O,17,Q,N Total Avg
1 Synchronicity  US  13 13 13 12 14 14 15 16 13 24 147 14.7
2 Norgie Girls  NO  13 15 15 13 13 12 13 15 13 22 144 14.4
3 4 Pleasure  SE  13 15 14 13 14 14 14 15 12 19 143 14.3
FAI World Meet 2004
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 8-way Open B,P,C,18 9,15,16 K,11,19 E,F,7,5 A,J,21,12 6,4,10 17,Q,L,1 H,14,3 13,22,O N,M,D,2 Total Avg
1 Arizona Airspeed  US  20 23 16 17 19 20 19 21 17 - 172 19.1
2 Maubeuge  FR  21 19 16 16 20 20 19 20 18 - 169 18.8
3 Evolution Pro  RU  18 20 17 16 18 19 20 20 19 - 167 18.6
FAI World Meet 2008
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 89 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open B,17,7 H,N,13,A 10,J,C,6 18,12,2 E,3,9 19,O,4 D,M,5,16 14,20,21 - - Total Avg
1 Airspeed Odyssey  US  30 32 24 16 29 21 28 15-- 195 24.4
2 Maubeuge  FR  28 30 23 17 27 23 28 18-- 194 24.3
3 HayaBusa Defence  BE  27 33 23 17 27 22 25 17-- 191 23.9
Michelle Karamon with Ranch 2nd Generation at the USPA Nationals 2018
image by: USPA/Omniskore
Eliana Rodriguez and Craig Girard, Airspeed 4-way and 8-way world champion team mates, left their Arizona homes in 2010 and moved to Dubai where they were heading the Formation Skydiving project for several years.

The Dubai project was discontinued a few years ago, and they moved back to Arizona where they have had their old and new headquarters ever since.

Michelle Karamon recently moved from the east coast to Arizona. She has been the Inside Center for Ranch 2nd Generation since 2016, the 4-way shooting star in the United States. She continues with R2G and is also training and competing with the new Paraclete XP 8-way team that is trying to win the USPA Nationals 2019.

Eliana Rodriguez and Michelle Karamon together are bringing more experiences, skills and knowledge in Formation Skydiving competition to the Arizona Skydiving League area than the participants were ever able to enjoy in the past.

They have scheduled monthly 4-way meets at Skydive Arizona beginning in January 2019. Best of all, they will be available to coach and guide each team throughout the competitions.

USPA Nationals 2018
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Avg
Rank 4-way Open J,19,K,22 P,13,A,E H,G,Q,B,21 9,2,L C,14,4 O,16,3 1,15,10 M,20,11 F,D,18,6 5,12,17 Total Avg
1 Arizona Airspeed 23 29 34 28 23 24 19 24 26 25  255 25.5
2 SDC Rhythm XP 20 25 33 26 20 18 17 21 23 20  223 22.3
3 Airspeed Odyssey 20 25 28 22 18 20 17 19 20 17  206 20.6
4 Defiance 19 23 25 21 18 21 15 21 21 19  203 20.3
5 Ranch 2nd Generation 17 22 20 22 17 18 15 17 21 19  188 18.8
6 Spaceland Lite 15 19 24 19 16 18 12 17 17 14  171 17.1
7 Phoenix XP 17 17 21 18 13 17 12 16 16 14  161 16.1
8 Perris Force 12 11 21 17 13 13 12 17 14 14 144 14.4
9 Spaceland Dallas 350 17 0 17 17 13 16 13 14 20 16 143 14.3
10 Victorious Secret 11 13 16 12 10 9 9 12 13 10 115 11.5
11 SNE Fly Girls 8 8 10 12 9 11 9 9 8 8 92 9.2
12 Spaceland Heatwave 9 11 11 6 6 9 7 7 9 9 84 8.4
ASL 2019 plans: Eliana Rodriguez - Michelle Karamon
The new ASL activities begin with a 4-way meet during the upcoming Christmas Boogie at Skydive Arizona. Eliana Rodriguez said that "it's going to be a fun competition with some Airspeed members and unique formations".

The winners will get medals and 15 minutes of wind tunnel time, sponsored by Skydive Arizona. The first official ASL 4-way meet with the current FAI/IPC dive pool and the four NSL categories (AAA - AA - A - RRR) is scheduled for January 12th.

Eliana Rodriguez and Michelle Karamon will go even beyond the 4-way activities of the Arizona Skydiving League and offer other events, as well.

The affiliated Arizona Skydiving Tribe will be the "inclusive skydiving community" that Eliana Rodriguez and Michelle Karamon are planning to build in the Arizona area: "We support and encourage each other in the learning process throughout our competitions and events."

They plan to create different opportunities to develop individual skills and apply them at the different events, including the 4-way meets of the Arizona Skydiving League: "We all want to get better, so we will coach you on basic and advanced skills that also transfer to other disciplines, like cross referencing, grip discipline, flying on level, communication and much more!"

More information is available on the ASL Info Letter and by e-mail.

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