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Name: Laura Kraus
Position: Point
First jump: Tandem at Skydive Delmarva August, 1998. It took me 3 years to get through AFF because of commitments to other hobbies. I actually sat through Spanky's AFF level 1 training 3 times.
Total jumps: 700
Cutaways: 0
Hometown: I grew up in Gaithersburg but live in Chevy Chase, MD
Occupation: Network Administrator
Hobbies: Flying, Technical SCUBA Diving, White water kayaking, in-line skating and keeping potted plants.
Life philosophy: If you spend half the time with your foot in your mouth you might as well wear flavored shoes.
Jump philosophy: Have fun and if it turns into a cluster, just enjoy the sunset.
Memorable skydive: Every jump has something special to remember but the one that stands out is Elle's 600th with Matt, Scooter and me. It was all grins the whole way down.
Explain yourself in 6 words or less: Open book read between the lines
Pet peeves: Making fun of people for things they can't change but everything else is game.
Favorite color: Blue


Name: Portia Hill (P.j)
Position: Inside Center (Captain)
First jump: June 2000 A tandem bought for me by my ex husband as an anniversary gift (it went downhill from there..)
Total jumps: 600
Cutaways: 2
Hometown: Originally: Gloucestershire, England Now: Wilmington NC
Occupation: Massage Therapist
Hobbies: Anything with a high grin factor (motorcycles, traveling, causing trouble
Life philosophy: The cup is half full!
Jump philosophy: It’s all about big eyes, grins and learning something every time
Memorable skydive: All of them, on so many different levels.
Explain yourself in 5 words or less: smiling, singing, laughing purple hippie.
Pet peeves: lateness, the amount of calories in a bar of chocolate.
Favorite color: Purple, (the colour of Cadbury’s chocolate wrappers.)


Name: Lauris Trimble
Position: Tail
First jump: Skydive Monroe, Monroe, Georgia
Total jumps: 500 something
Cutaways: 1
Hometown: Woodbridge, VA
Occupation: US Army
Hobbies: running, biking (mountain and road), swimming, working out in the gym, playing with my dog Bear, triathlons, adventure races, and reading if I'm injured or tired.
Life philosophy: don't judge people
Jump philosophy: be safe and have fun
Memorable skydive: my 100th skydive at Raeford, NC, an 11 way where I got pulled out in the air and then pied on the ground. It was an awesome day and I felt loved by my skydiving friends!
Explain yourself in 5 words or less: hard core, athletic, animal lover
Pet peeves: static on a radio station
Favorite color: blue and purple but not together


Name: Brenda Kramar
Position: Tail (Alternate)
First jump: July 2, 1994 at Carolina Sky Sports.
Total jumps: almost 1400
Cutaways: I had my first cutaway at around 1370 jumps. I had two totals way back when I was barely licensed and didn't have my own gear yet. Thus the incentive to buy my own gear...
Hometown: Born in California, grew up in Virgina, college in North Carolina, now I live in Greenville, SC. What's a hometown?
Occupation: Self-employed technical trainer which gives me the illusion of freedom.
Hobbies: reading, anything outside and active, Are big-ways my hobby or is 4-way my hobby? ;)
Life philosophy: I'm supposed to sum that up in a sentence or two??!! Ask me over a beer one night....
Jump philosophy: Respect the sport. It is awesome, beautiful, fun...but when you're out there with a rig, two parachutes, and gravity you are NOT the one with the trump card.
Memorable skydive: Wow - there are so many! Probably the first really memorable one was pre-100 jumps when I'd never done a successful 4-way and 3 really experienced jumpers spent an hour dirt-diving with me...creepers, mockups, everything. As we walked to the plane, I asked one of them if he thought we might turn at least 4 points so I could get my Falcon award. He gave me a really funny look, gave me a lecture on always walking to the plane with confidence and I landed from that skydive with 13 points! And a distinct memory of what a "slot" looked like because they were IN theirs at one point and mine was sitting there waiting for me to quit backsliding and fly back into the formation! And the most recent "most memorable" would have to be...landing from the 357-way in Thailand really believing we just might have built that one and wondering where in the heck we were so I could log it!
Explain yourself in 5 words or less: Loving, Competitive, Independent (Maybe not so independent any more? Congratulations on your engagement!)
Pet peeves: Spam - the email kind, consistent lateness.
Favorite color: Purple
Other 4-way teams: Don't Be Gay, Sparky


Name: Pam Riggs
Position: Outside Center
First jump: Tandem, 1993. Started student progression in 1995.
Total jumps: 1600 +
Cutaways: 1, reserve rides: 2
Hometown: Born Tulsa, OK, lived: Texas, West Viginia, Delaware. Been in Raleigh since 1985.
Occupation: Office Administrator, Office Manager
Hobbies: Weather, wishing I had time and money to have hobbies other than skydiving.
Life philosophy: Give love and hugs freely... as if it is the last day you have to do so. Know that "surrender" is *not* a negative word.
Jump philosophy: Never stop learning, always keep your eyes and mind open, make every skydive a tracking contest at break-off.
Memorable skydive: 30th Birthday surprise 30-Way. Really. I thought it was a 6-way, and 24 people followed us out and docked! I had 150 jumps! That was a big deal way back then.
Explain yourself in 5 words or less: I wouldn't dare try.
Pet peeves: I don't have pet peeves, I have pet cats and a bird.
Favorite color: Is "beer" a color?
Other 4-way teams: Married People Rock, Classic Rookie Mistake, CSS4
Other Postitions flown: Point


Name: Karen Wood
Position: The Foxiest Video Flying Female
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Occupation: Cool chick
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