The weather was perfect, and the teams got to jumping as early as possible to beat the heat. Meet coach Samer Haija stayed cool on the ground helping teams engineer and dirt dive, while judge Sharon Hawkins enjoyed the comfort of the air-conditioned judging station.
The Rookie class had three teams, including NCSL regulars Last Minute, who competed with substitute Brian Naiman last weekend, and two new teams: Maki’s Sled Dogs and Windmill Factory. Last Minute’s competition experience led them to the top of the NCSL Rookie Class leaderboard for the fourth straight meet, finishing with a 5.5 average over four rounds. Maki’s Sled Dogs, helped out by veteran skydiver Monty Stephens, put up a consistent effort, earning at least one point in each round for a 1.8 average. The other new team, Windmill Factory, took home the bronze medals.
NCSL - July 26th, 2014 Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Total Avg Rank AA Class H,13,A 8,21 15,C,18 G,E,14 19,L,6 F,2,20 Total Avg 1 Fifth Wheel (US) 11 10 7 9 9 9 55 9.2 Rank A Class H,A,B 8,21 C,6 G,E,7 19,L F,2 Total Avg 1 Dirty Low (US) 12 2 6 6 - - 26 6.5 2 Counterpoint FX (US) 10 6 4 5 - - 25 6.3 3 High Anxiety (US) 2 1 4 4 - - 11 2.8 Rank Rookie H,A,B N,J,K C,M,O G,E,Q L,P,B F,D,C Total Avg 1 Last Minute (US) 7 5 4 6 - - 22 5.5 2 Makis Sled Dogs (US) 4 1 1 1 - - 7 1.8 3 Windmill Factory (US) 1 0 0 0 - - 1 0.3
Dirty Low finished up with a 6-pointer to win their first competition this year with a 6.5 average and by one point over Counterpoint FX, taking home their first gold medal. Counterpoint FX placed 2nd with a 6.3 average. Both teams finished with the highest meet averages of the 2014 season and their first 2-digit scores in Round 1.
NCSL Tunnel Kicker coaches Julius and Deanna Frank organized a sequential 16-way after the awards ceremony. Krisanne Combs said that Julius Frank was proud of his "tunneled kids" who made the jump successful.
The Northern California Skydiving League is now looking forward to celebrating its 1-year “re-birthday” at next month’s events, an NCSL Tunnel Kicker on August 13, and Meet #5 at Bay Area Skydiving on August 23.