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2004

12/2004  |  The foxes had a great year. We managed to place 11th at nationals and had a great time. The web master was such a slacker after nationals that the website was not updated...really at all... ever. doh! Anyway... as for the foxes in 2005? We shall see.

8/21-22  |  Despite the weather forecast leading up to the weekend looking iffy and Frances threatening off the coast of FL the foxes risked the long commutes and headed to CSS for the weekend. With our fingers crossed we hoped to get one last good weekend of training before the NSL Playoffs and then Nationals. Luckily Frances stalled long enough to get two awesome days of jumping in before the clouds closed in on Monday. The foxes hired a coach for the weekend which we “found on the side of the road” running from the onslaught of hurricanes that have been ravaging Florida. Steve Johnson made the hike up to hang with the foxes and give some rocking coaching. The theme of the weekend was the little things. We learned all about the little things that make a difference in flying all of our individual slots in addition to the little things that improve exits, one of which was timing. On Sat morning there was fog at 100’ until 11:00AM so we spent the time on creepers going over the first half of the blocks. We practiced creeping piece partner moves and then tried tying it all together. All in all Steve was a huge help and we had a blast incorporating him into our normal foxy laughing antics. Even though we had a late start on Saturday we still ended up getting our planned 7 jumps in for the day. That night our devoted foxhound, Stuart, out did himself again and prepared us an amazing dinner which was followed by some hot tub action and then sleep. Sunday we met bright and early and although the forecast was for fog it was beautiful and blue. We cranked out another 7 jumps and finished early enough for Bluefox to get in on some sunset tracking dive action while the rest of the team headed off for margaritas and Mexican. All in all it was an awesome weekend hanging with friends old and new. We are looking forward to seeing all of our friends again this weekend at meet 5 of the CaSL which is coordinated to be the NSL playoffs. Nationals are right around the corner and the foxes will be heading off to Perris in just a few weeks. Thank you everyone for a great weekend and big hugs to all.

8/21-22  |  The foxes have been having a kick ass season so far. We have been competing in the Carolina sky league and placed 1st with the handicap every time we competed. We have improved our average every time and won 2 consecutive Skyventure competitions which brings our running total of free tunnel time to 1 hour. We plan to make good use of this time when we are in Perris for Nationals. If you want to read more about the CaSL meets click here. All in all it’s been a rocking season. This past weekend we trained at Raeford and due to some unpredictable circumstances our outside center, Pam and video, Karen could not make it. Luckily we had yet another line up of kick butt alternates to take their place. Our very own Rhonda Roper and Chad Wilcox from last years line up came out and played with the foxes. How cool is it to have an alternate with a matching jump suit? The weekend was a success with some awesome on the fly coaching from Rodney Cruce, previously on 2002 advanced gold winners Nemisis and this years 8 way Team Paraclete. Rodney has been a big help this year by helping us engineer dives and providing coaching when possible for the last few training sessions. All in all we have had so many people helping us and providing support that it is too many to name. We would just like to say thank you everyone. You know who you are. Big Hugs to everyone!

6/5-6  |  This weekends foxy experiance was full of many things. Some of which include jumping with a broken finger, up chucking, weather holds, photo shoots, funneled exits, funneled relationships, Big hugs, Happy smiles, love, friends, excellent chicken dinner with grilled vegitables (Suart you rock!), and a super nice side body exit and skydive to end the weekend. All in all me pulled out six jumps through the good the bad and well we are foxes there is no ugly here. This weekend coming weekend we are heading down to Chester for the 3rd CaSL meet and are looking forward to a good time. Who knows....there might be some brothers born this weekend. I'm bringing limes.

5/29-5/31  |  Fox Force 4 and friends had a rocking weekend getting training in the Skyventure Orlando vertical wind tunnel. Pete Allum and Thomas Hughes did an awesome job coaching and Portia Hill did wonderful organizing and coordinating the tunnel camp. Everyone had a great time and walked away with improved flying skills. There were quite a few tunnel virgins in the group so we all had a fabulous time watching the dramatic increase in skill among many of the participants. Everyone had an extraordinary good time (especially those hitting the tequila) and we extend out many thanks to Pete and Thomas for their hard work. You guys rock!

5/26  |  The Foxes have hurled themselves into a season of training. It’s been a turbulent start with our outside center, Rhonda, leaving to spend the year fun jumping. With her leaving we lost our kick ass camera man, Chad. With our foxy resilient nature we bounced back by picking up a rocking female camerawoman, Karen Wood. We also moved tail, Pam Riggs, into outside center for some consistency. It turned out hard to find a foxy flying female in North Carolina willing to commit to a 4-way team. Luckily Fox Force 4 has found their way around this dilemma by recruiting a barrage of alternates. We have lots of wonderful female talent local and afar to pull from. We currently have 4...yes 4 females willing to fly alternate for us. Lauris Trimble is one alternate with Brenda Kramer as another doing most of the CaSL competitions. We were kindly loaned a local jumper from team Effen, Allison who filled in for us one weekend and Rhonda (we miss you) has offered to fill in for us. We are so happy to have so many wonderful people in our fox family! We have been spreading the love and now have many official fox hounds in addition to our foxy females. So the foxes are back in force. We have been training and competed in the first CaSL me scoring first with the handicap. You can read about it at http://www.4waymeet.com in addition to seeing lot of other great stuff. This coming weekend the foxes are heading down to Orlando for a Fox Sponsored Tunnel camp organized by our very own Foxy Purple Porita. We have Pete Allum and Thomas Hughes coaching the foxes and friends. It’s going to be a super weekend. After that we have training and then a competition at Chester. This summer is going to be filled with lots of fun and some rocking skydives. Come back for more foxy updates!

2/25  |  I can't wait to Train with the Foxes!

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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