I have had the privilege of working with Tom Jenkins and Jack Berke
from Deguello on the registration of the 120-way Texas State Record
attempt in June 2002 at Spaceland.
All the captains Tom and Jack, as well as Harry Hopkins, Jim Jenkins,
Richard Whitehill, and Rob Laidlaw have worked very hard to sign up
qualified jumpers for the attempt. In fact, we utilized on-line
registration for the first time in the Texas area and have
applications from all the Texas DZs, as well as Louisiana, Minnesota,
Arkansas, Oklahoma, California and even a few from Northeastern
Safe jumpers with proven RW abilities have been chosen. Their jump
totals range from 9,000+ jumps to 250+. By far the majority of the
approved jumpers have 1,000+ jumps and have jumped with one of the
captains or participated in a 100+ big way event somewhere else. The
few low time jumpers are almost without exception on a 4-way team or
are jumping RW at a captain's home dz every weekend.
All the captains want a safe, successful attempt at the state record.
All participant applications were reviewed by at least two of the
captains, and each jumpers RW performances at his dz were discussed by
As of last week we had 158 applications with 131 jumpers being
approved. Steve Boyd of Skydive Spaceland has 2 Casas and 3 Otters
committed to the attempt with a maximum load capacity of 130.
It is unfortunate that not all applications could be approved, but
some jumpers were not qualified (no D license, etc.), some jumpers had
poor RW experiences at their home dz, and a few jumpers were unknown
to the captains or have not particpated in the 40-way practices being
held at Spaceland and Dallas.
To the best of my knowledge there has been no attempt to stack the
attempt with Spaceland jumpers. When Dallas makes their state record
attempt next year or the year after that, all the approved jumpers
from this years attempt will be on the mailing list and most will
If you want to participate in 100+ big way events, get to know the
national team members or the load organizers at your dz and do lots of
RW. This is a small community and these people will almost always know
one of the team captains on the big ways. If your local guys feel you
are qualified, they will recommend you to the captains.
Last, register on-line for the big ways. This will make sure you are
included in the database for notification of future events regardless
of which Dz is the sponsor.
FYI: I am not an approved jumper. With 600+ jumps in my first two
years I did not feel qualified for this year's attempt. No hard
feelings on my part, just the facts and my own limitations.