Tomscat 2014 fully completed and in just two days. 2nd time in 20 years, and the 6th time that it was fully completed at all. Thunder ISR was there again, obviously as Paul’s tradition has to be continued. Like each time excellent organisation, smooth turn around getting teams up in the air and timely judged. Many thanks for the people who have made this possible.
Thunder ISR had a great competition. Unfortunately Grim was not able to attend so it was not completely the same. Luckily Hans Ypma offered to step-in. Although upfront we knew for us there’s not really a competition, just our own of passing the 22+ mark, and continuing to even pass the 23+ mark. Already after the first two rounds we had a feeling that we were on a roll. We jumped the rounds as if they were training jumps, that’s when we jump our best. We had good scores until round 5.
Obviously round 5 was the speed jump of the competition, D-9-A-E, that’s were we would have been able to boost our average tremendously. As you’ve been able to see from the score sheet, we only did 33. Having to step-in on short notice with no training jumps it was already difficult for Hans to pick-up our exit sequence, and with a D exit it was even harder to see the exit sequence. We analysed that our score would have been 14 points higher, obviously we don’t know what the judges would have scored us but we know we were doing extremely well right from the exit. So in our minds we scored a 47 which we are extremely exited about. Obviously we were quite disappointed, but no hard feelings towards Hans at all. He did an excellent job on all other rounds, without ever having jumped with us.
The last 5 rounds, which had some slower sequences in them, we did really well. We scored in total a 22,9 average, despite the 14 lost points. We also only had 2 busts, and very limited brain locks. So with the 14 missed points, and the 2 busts, we know we’re on a 24,5 speed level. Now we just need to show it on the score board. Although there was no competition, we really think we’re having a very good year. We’re really stepping up the speed overall, and we’re getting more confident with a lot of the blocks, real progress.
Thunder ISR is really proud of our teammate Paul. Nobody will disagree when we say he’s the most enthusiastic 4way skydiver in Holland and Belgium, possibly even in the world. It was good to see his enthusiasm and love for the sport was recognised by the KNVvL (Dutch National Aeroclub). Paul inspired and coached almost all Dutch FS4 skydivers at some point in their career, and he continues to do so. We’re lucky to have him in the team.
In our view we’re right up there with the very top. It’s just unfortunate that it’s difficult to find a real competition for us. Unfortunately, it seems the Shamrock is the only competition where the entire top field, incl. international teams, can meet. We keep hoping that a World Meet or World Cup organiser will allow in the near future international teams to participate, which is allowed according to the IPC rules (believe us, we’ve checked :-)).
Many thanks to our supporters: Indoor Skydive Roosendaal, Vigil, United Parachute Technologies, Performance Designs, Cookie Composites, Skydive Spa. Their support and their excellent products are instrumental for us to achieve our goal. Also many thanks for all other supporters, its always great to see how many are interested in the progress we’re making.
The next competition planned is the Belgian Nationals, where we will be meeting Hayabusa. Our goal there is to stay as close as possible, because they’re on a roll as well.
In the meantime we continue training, outside and in the tunnel. And also our tunnel camps are keeping us busy. Make sure to contact us for coaching, we’re happy to share our experience.