Texas State Sequential Record

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by Jim McCormick

Texas State Sequential Record

Sequential records have become the thing in the big-way community.  With one-point records becoming harder to break due to fewer big-way belly jumpers and new multi-point record categories, the energy is around sequential records.

The team – Image by Daniel Angulo

The Team

This effort started on Halloween at Skydive Spaceland Houston.  Event captains Scott Latinis, Guy Wright and Larry Henderson assembled a solid team of 60 representing seven countries.  Their goal was to set a new state sequential record.

The strength of the team, the plan and the leadership became apparent when success came early.  On only the second shot at the record, a two-point 60-way was completed …

Point 1, Texas State Record Sequential

Image by Daniel Angulo

…almost!  Video review showed one wrong grip.  Not to be denied, the team took only two more attempts to do their job.  Bang!  A two-point 60-way on only the fourth try.  Better yet, the team successfully added a complete third point just for good measure on the same jump.

Point 2, Texas State Record Sequential

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Texas Star

Due to the technicalities of record judging, only the two-point record could be claimed.  But that did not keep the team members from putting a big, bold Texas star in their logbooks next to that jump.



Full Break

Now the effort moved to setting a full-break record.  The record just set abided by the rules allowing for less than the entire team to change grips.  Now came the challenge of a full-break transition.  Each member of the team would have to fly no-contact during the transition from the first to the second point.  In addition, no grip that was part of the first formation could be retaken for the second formation.

First Point, Texas State Record Sequential Total Break 57-way

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Having lost a day to weather at the beginning of the four-day event, time was short.  As day four dawned, the team knew they had at most five more shots at their second record of the event.  As most big-way record-baggers will tell you, it often comes down to the last opportunity.  This was no exception. 

Total break between points, by Daniel Angulo

Jump five of the day and jump 15 of the event, 57 jumpers exited three Twin Otters at just under 18,000 feet.  Point one was complete.  The key was given to transition to point two and it completed.  The team had built two 57-way formations separated by a full break.  But would the effort survive the judges review?…

Second point 57-way, by Daniel Angulo

‘No’ was the answer.  One grip had been taken during the transition before the previous grip was dropped.  One unintentional grip switch kept the near perfect jump from being the second record of the event.  If it was easy …

Summary

Nevertheless, the team could still go their separate ways with a well-deserved sense of accomplishment.  Many a glass was raised as the team celebrated the Texas state sequential record they set, their successful three-point 60-way and coming up just shy of a full break two-point 57-way.  Not at all bad for four days of effort.

Participants

Congratulations to these record-setters:

Adrian Glave
Alexandre “Cabeca” Januario
Amber Taylor
Angela Scoggins
Anthony Thomas
Artur Romanczuk
Barry Ward
Billy Whitaker
Brandon Kashani
Charles McGee
Cristina Olson
David Bowen
David Dow
David Loncasty
“Demo” McDonnel
Douglas Feick
Douglas Montgomery
Douglas Pinkham
Dr. Dick Klimas
Erendira Sanchez Gonzalez
Erika Barczak
George Conwill
Guy Wright
Helaine Rumaner
Ian Pedowitz
James McCormick
Jennifer Pierce
John Meyer
John Pierre “JP” Forget
Karen Bilder
Karen Nepute
Keith Eaton
Larenda Graham
Larry Henderson
Linnea Norby
Lucas King
Lukasz Weber
Marcelo Araujo
Mark Pharr
Mark R Schrag
Markus Wolf
Melissa Brown
Michael Anderson
Michael Erickson
Oivind Godager
Paul Neely
Pete Olson
Petey Scharrer
Poncho Saavedra
Randal Morgan
Rich Delgado
Robert Pahl
Ronald Shipp
Sam King
Scott Latinis
Ted Farnsworth
Thomas Beranek
Todd Self
Yvonne Owyeong
Zach Breaux

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Jim McCormick is a Colorado skydiver, author and organizational consultant. He has earned numerous state, national and world large formation records. Jim is also the Director of Development for the International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame.

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