Thursday, January 22, 2009

Cali State Records Day 2

Again waking to mayonnaise layered skies, the mood is still upbeat and the mission is focused. Regardless of the weather everyone makes ready for the inevitable get-it-on short call.

Circle up at 8am ready to skydive begins the day.

I can’t help but feel a sense of purpose that brings back so many memories. Over the years in Sebastian, or Margaritaville, everything is so laid back. Here in Perris, one of the nerve centers of skydiving’s evolvement, the mission and objectives are clear and the purpose is very focused.

In short, this is SERIOUS fun. It’s why the learning curve is so high, it’s why they can organize two separate 100 ways during a single weekend for a “get ready” camp. It’s why the dives work.

The energy is different and I find myself anxious and I realize it’s because the environment has become almost foreign and how much I miss it. Everyone operates from the perspective of “team." It’s a great energy to be around. And it's obviously one of the reasons everyone here is at top of their game. All the photographers are constantly pushing and helping each other. The growth and professionalism is apparent.

As a cameraman I love the pressure of having to push myself, knowing they are expecting perfect video for the debrief and accepting nothing but the best.

We've managed to squeak out three loads. All but the one from 8K was two passes each with two planes, ½ a plane load in each plan e.

The weather outlook is less then ideal. This record is coming down to the wire and the pressure is mounting. At this rate, there won’t be much warm up and everyone will have to perform and complete the record in a few dives. This is sure to be exciting.

Below is a picture of what the completed formation looks like. We will be going for the record in the morning with an 8:30am take off.

Enjoy the pics.

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