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It was bad luck for the Perris team that videographer Niklas Daniels' ringsight of the camera was not perfectly set. Parts of the formations and maneuvers were not in the frame, and the judges had to deduct the points for the non-judgeable portions of the jump.
However, Perris Fury's bad luck in Round 3 turned out to be beneficial for the first round of the Skins Game. The low score for Round 3 reduced the average after the first three rounds and increased the team's handicap for the first round for the money. Jump Shack sponsored Round 4 with $200 cash, and Perris Fury won the first skin of the competition after handicap.
It was a comeback with a lot of energy and skills for Perris Fury, which did not only win Jump Shack's $200 in the Skins Game. The 31-pointer was also the highest score for the round. Airspeed Odyssey and Russia's Black Cat completed 32 points in working time, but ended up with 30 and 29 points on the scoreboard after point deductions. The Golden Knights lost one point and posted 30 points. The whole field lost 22 points due to penalties in Round 4.
The right-hand door exits from the Pilatus Porter were very costly at the team's season opener in Eloy. However, Evolution had used the four weeks until the next meet to work on the first part of the skydive. The difference was significant, as the 22.0 average after ten rounds clearly shows.
Evolution lost a total of six points at the Shamrock Showdown and has changed overnight into an underdog position as a potential medal contender at the World Meet in France this year. The pure numbers of the progression between the first two meets (16.8 - 22.0) do not consider certain factors of the competition. However, it is still very impressive, and the Canadian team will not stop here.
The team's 18.9 average after eight rounds included the outstanding 26-pointer in Round 4. Satori was the only AAA Class team that did not post its highest score in Round 6 with the fast sequence of random formations. Four point deductions in Round 6 were actually the main reason for this special situation. However, the 26-pointer in Round 4 was still Satori's highlight of the meet.
Danish Blaze (Brian Gregersen, Lars Jensen, Allan Stejlborg, Torben Tidemand) is already qualified as Denmark's national 4-way team in 2008. The team trains and competed from the Pilatus Porter in DeLand. Blaze's exit in Round 4 gives more evidence how difficult it is for many teams to switch to the right-hand door. The Danish team finished with a 13.9 average after nine rounds and beat the Swedish rival by one single point.
However, Blue Spirits still has to win the national championship, and the team preferred to compete from the left-hand door of the Twinotter. The World Meet 2008 would only be the first international meet experience for the this lineup, and the exits from the Pilatus Porter in France are not on the top of the agenda for the team at the moment.
National teams from Iceland have competed three times at a World Championship of Formation Skydiving so far, in 1989 (Spain), 1993 (USA) and 2004 (Croatia). Bangsimon, with Orvar Arnarson, Siggi Johannsson, Tryggvi Jonasson and Skolli Thorarinsson in the lineup confirmed for the NSL News that they plan to compete in France this year.
The team from Iceland at the World Meet in Croatia 2004 finished with a 1.9 average after eight rounds, and Siggi Johannsson was a team member of the 2004 lineup. Bangsimon now posted a 7.7 average after nine rounds, and that's not the end yet. The new team has the 10.0 average benchmark in mind that the Icelandic team of 1993 had reached. Nikolai Eliasson, now DeLand resident and AFF instructor, was a team member in 1993 and watches the Bangsimon progression with great interest.