Marine Corps Birthday Boogie this Weekend at Atlanta Skydiving Center
will be invading Atlanta
Skydiving Center this Saturday and Sunday to
celebrate the 229th Marine Corps Birthday. ASC
Skydiver Richard “Lee” Wood
is organizing the event that will include several “all
Marine” jumps as well as a Marine cake cutting ceremony.
It should be interesting to see as some of that cake will
be released in a freefall
jump to celebrate.
“This will be for all Marines, and
also to show those who have not ever been a Marine, a little
history and tradition of our Corps,” said Wood of
the birthday boogie weekend. “We'll explain what we're
doing during the cake cutting and I will wear my Blues.
Anybody else that can still get into them, feel free to
bring and wear them. After the cake cutting, there will
be plenty of beer to drink … gotta show the civilians
how beer is really supposed to be drank!”
Participants will receive a free boogie T-shirt that is
red with the gold Eagle Globe and Anchor stating “1st
Annual Marine Corps Birthday Boogie, ASC, 13-14 November
2004.” For more information, visit the
ASC Skydiver Forums.
What a weekend at Atlanta
Skydiving Center! The weather was absolutely
beautiful! While the winds were high and gusty on Friday,
we had calm winds and comfortable temperatures on Saturday
and Sunday. Saturday was a busy day for our Accelerated
FreeFall instructors as numerous students made
AFF jump while other worked on upper levels
of the program.
skydivers entered the ASC Canopy
Swoop Competition on Saturday.
ASC Instructor and videographer Jesse Watson
was the champion of the four-round competition. Jesse, who
has won just about every swoop competition at Atlanta
Skydiving Center over the past few years took home
a case of Red Bull and earned five free hop and pops.
Swoop competition organizer Tyler Lawson finished second,
winning a free dinner from El Nopal Restaurant
and three hop and pops. Darren Doyle finished third, winning
also a free dinner from El Nopal and two hop and pops. Joey
“SunMan” Day finished fourth, winning a free
dinner from Benny’s Lineover Lounge at ASC.
Brian Ward earned the ‘most-improved’ award
as he finished 7th (which was much better than his last
place finish earlier this year!). And finally for this competition,
in last place was Ben Morson, who earned a free Performance
Designs demo canopy for one weekend from Skydivegear.com.
The top female finisher was Katie Hawkins, who finished
9th and won a video jump with SunMan and three jumps with
Michael Blankinship of Team One.
The local competitors raised $380 for the Atlanta
Skydiving Center pond fund. The drop zone
is matching the money raised so $760 will be used for Bermuda
sod around the pond. ASC instructor
Turner Drake will supply the sod and will donate a free
pallet of sod on top of the $760 worth from competitors
and the drop zone. The sod will also be used to fill in
a few of the remaining dirt areas in the main landing area.
8th Annual Pumpkin Chunkin’ was in full
effect as Atlanta radio station 96 Rock
was broadcasting live from the drop zone.
Pilot Mark Kalupa took up more than 30 competitors with
their pumpkin of choice. A pumpkin drop run at 500 feet
was given over the north side of the runway with a 96
Rock banner as the target. Updates on the competition
were heard all day on the radio station. When all the pumpkins
had been thrown, Callie finished on top with a pumpkin that
exploded three yards from the target! Callie earned $300
for her 1st place pumpkin chunk from the aircraft. Way to
was second at 19 yards, Tyler Lawson third at 27 yards,
Berndt fourth at 36 yards, Vitaliy fifth at 41 yards, Jessica
sixth at 50 yards, Katie seventh at 50 yards and Beth seventh
at 50 yards. Those finishing second through seventh won
music CDs and/or movie tickets. The remaining pumpkins were
shot through the air or at targets with a balloon launcher
at the drop zone for ‘after-jumping’ entertainment.
ASC packer Ryan Clough carved one pumpkin
in the shape of the Chuting
Star Rigging Loft logo.
Stay informed on the latest news and events by checking
in daily on the ASC Skydiver
Forums. Late-breaking news
will be posted there as well as just general skydiving
talk and info.
Don’t forget the Breakfast Club of Canopy
Piloting on Thursdays. We will be flying at 8 a.m.
Don’t forget, Atlanta Skydiving Center is
still home of the $15 Lift Ticket Wednesdays.
See you all in the crisp winter air soon!
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Thursday, August 25, 2005