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2003

10/11-12  |  With Nationals being held the next weekend we were really bummed when Sat was completely clouded and rained out. The Foxes and Friends made the best of it by crashing Karen and Stuart's house with a BBQ and hot tub action. After getting well rested on Sat night the Foxes cranked out 7 kick ass jumps on Sunday. We were smoking. Then again we are smoking when were on the ground also. Anyway it was a great day of jumping and after getting all the travel plans smoothed out for nationals we parted excited and happy to know we would see each other next at Lake Wales. Nationals? Bring it on.

9/27-28  |  With Rhonda traveling back from "Sweeeeeden" we were very lucky to have our good friend Scott Janies from the U.S. Army Golden Knights fill in as her alternate. It was great having such talent in the air with us and we had a great day of jumping despite some holds for clouds. On Sunday we were happy to have the team back together for a day of training. (Don't worry we missed you Scooter but its not the same with out all the foxes) The weekend turned out well even though we sat on the ground a while waiting for clouds to roll out. The time left for Nationals was ticking away.

9/13-14  |  As we all found our way down to Chester competition was on our minds. This was the final meet of CaSL and the Foxes were looking forward to a great competition. It turned out to be a slow draw with most of the blocks we had not trained. (Figures) After some issues on the first couple of jumps the foxes banged out a great score which reflected the progress that we had been making the last few weeks. Despite having to exit from a Casa and packing for ourselves we placed a respectable average of 7.8. That put us in 3rd place with raw scores and 2nd with the handicap. The foxes hung around on Sunday and trained until 5 then dispersed with smiles knowing they had completed a good weekend of training. With Nationals right around the corner every day of training is important.

8/30-31  |  The weekend started out with some rocking 4-way. The team had gotten their entire set of brand spanking new Hot-bod Bev suits and it showed in the air. The Suits we swore made us fly better. Not to mention we looked awesome. After a full day of jumping Saturday we all celebrated CSS's 30th anniversary with a bang. Sunday we trained part of the day but stopped early to prepare for the James Memorial dinner and jump. A massive storm rolled in which prevented the ashes release but we had a wonderful pig roast and potluck dinner. James's Family and friends gathered to celebrate his life and give thanks for all the wonderful parts of our lives James had touched. After a wonderful evening of partying we woke up early to a glorious sunny day. James's brother, Mathew, had returned to CSS for James's final flight. A load of friends piled into the Casa with tears in their eyes. Randy had devised a well engineered bag to use for the release and we had filled the prototype with hundreds of rose petals. A 20 way went out first and attempted to make a huge round then released the petals. They were followed by a two way that released James's Ashes. Everything worked great and James was finally free to fly forever. The jump was followed by fun jumps in honor of James. It turned out to be another weekend filled with smoking training dives and heart warming memorial jumps. WHAT? Your hair looks nice.

8/9-10  |  We had a great weekend training and it was awesome to be back together after having spent time in the tunnel.

8/2-3  |  Tunnel Baby.....! We bow to the goddess of the tunnel and thank Brian and Scott for drawing us towards the light. Hug the tunnel, love the tunnel, the tunnel is your friend.

7/26  |  FoxForce4 made the road trip down to Raeford, NC to compete in CaSL meet 4. They improved their average by 1 point and finished with an 8.2 overall average. They placed 3rd with the handicap which also happened to be their place with raw scores. It was a fun weekend with lots of teams coming out to compete. John Hoover from the Golden Knights was there acting as judge and provided coaching to all the participants. John gave some great advice to the Foxes which they incorporated for the last round. The advice was very helpful in putting a fire under the tails of all foxes which ultimately increased their score. The plan is to utilize the advice and technique in the future. All in all it was a great competition weekend.

7/18-20  |  Friday, tears were shed as a huge number of friends and family met at St. Peters Catholic Church in Greenville, NC for a memorial service honoring James Willer. After a light lunch held at the church, friends gathered and celebrated life. No doubt, excessive water and beer were involved.

Sat morning dawned overcast with light sprinkles. The Foxes managed to squeeze 3 training dives in around the clouds and an afternoon thunder storm. By late afternoon it had cleared and FoxForce4 teamed up with CSS What to become "What the Fox!". Together, they did an 8-way missing man dive in honor of their friend the late team mate, James Willer. How bad could it have turned out? I mean we are two 4-way teams. ;-) That evening, Fox and friends gathered for a very enjoyable and relaxing grill out featuring, fresh flounder spear fished by our very own Blue Fox, Laura Kraus.

Sunday, offered blue skies and Foxforce4, along with other resident CSS teams, had the plane flying early and kept it going most of the day. The Foxes did 4 jumps with a block and 2 randoms since this was designated a block camp weekend. For a fifth jump, the Foxes decided to finish the day with a smoking all random dive. Despite the lingering sadness from our friends passing and a few other hitches, FoxForce4 and CSS What turned the weekend into a joyful event. Everyone left the dropzone with smiles, good vibes and big hugs all around.

7/5  |  FoxForce4's dear friend James Willer from Team CSS What severly injures himself while pulling a hookturn at the CSS 4th of July Boogie. That canopy ride would be his last one for the trauma sustained ended up guideing him from this life to be with his father. We miss you James and we will always hold on to the place you touched in our hearts.

6/28-29  |  FoxForce4 competed in the CaSL meet 3 at Carolina Sky Sports and placed first with a handicap. Read all about it here.

6/14-15  |  FoxForce4 had their first complete weekend of training with all members present. Despite the threatening forecast the team met at 8:00 AM Sat morning. The weather turned out great and the team managed to get 7 jumps in Sat. For the last jump FFF teamed up with CSS What and did an 8-way engineered by Andy from the Golden Knights 8-Way team. They managed to make it through all the points despite a funneled exit. On Sunday the clouds rolled in and FFF opted to hold off on jumping until there were bigger holes. Time was killed by dirt diving and designing the colors for a team jumps suit. In the afternoon it cleared up a bit and the team got 2 jumps together and attempted a third but clouds rolled in and the entire load had to ride the plane down. All in all it was a great weekend of training and FFF now has 17 jumps together as a complete team.

5/31-6/1  |  FoxForce4 competed in the CaSL intermediate class and placed second. Read all about it here.

6/14-15  |  FoxForce4 had their first complete weekend of training with all members present. Despite the threatening forecast the team met at 8:00 AM Sat morning. The weather turned out great and the team managed to get 7 jumps in Sat. For the last jump FFF teamed up with CSS What and did an 8-way engineered by Andy from the Golden Knights 8-Way team. They managed to make it through all the points despite a funneled exit. On Sunday the clouds rolled in and FFF opted to hold off on jumping until there were bigger holes. Time was killed by dirt diving and designing the colors for a team jumps suit. In the afternoon it cleared up a bit and the team got 2 jumps together and attempted a third but clouds rolled in and the entire load had to ride the plane down. All in all it was a great weekend of training and FFF now has 17 jumps together as a complete team.
















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