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    Fri 11th and Sat 12th Sept 2020. Skydive Langar.




    What is Rookie Rumble?

    A fun friendly 3way FS competition for newly qualified skydivers from any Dropzone.

    • Three flyers per team
    • Two rookies per team
    • One coach per team
    • Forty 'rookie' competitors
    • Twenty teams
    • Six rounds
    • Two days
    • One winner
    Who will be the champion? Will the trophy stay at Langar? Or will bragging rights head to another DZ?

    The history?

    RookieFest has been a firm favourite at Skydive Chicago ('SDC') for the past decade. 2018 saw approximately 85-90 Rookies competing. Run under the wing of SDC Rhythm XP 4way team it is hugely popular.

    It's great for retention of lower experience skydivers.

    It's great for showing off the host DZ.

    SDC are very happy for us to start a UK version but asked us to avoid the same name. Hence... Rookie Rumble. :-)

    And in 2019, the very first Rookie Rumble took place at Langar. We capped the event at 20 competitors for the first year. But in 2020 we are going to 40! Boom.

    First place went to the least experienced skydiver taking part Jasmine Manders. Second place, by just one point, went to the most experienced skydiver taking part with 300+ jumps Bejay Cutmore. Third place was achieved by Phil Taylor.

    When is Rookie Rumble?

    First weekend of Langar Boogie 2. Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September.

    Sunday is 'recovery from party' day and a day for fun bigway jumps with new found friends.


    In exceptional circumstances Sunday could be a backup day.

    Who is Rookie Rumble for?

    Rookie competitors must have less than 200 jumps.
    less than two years since qualifying.
    Both must have at least an A licence and FS1. One coach per 3way team.

    All competitors MUST have FS1.


    To clarify, if you have 600 jumps and you have been qualified less than two years. Good for you! You can compete.


    If you have been qualified for 5 years but only have 100 jumps. What have you been doing? But you can compete.

  • I want to know more.

    Have a listen to this interview with Steven Lefkowitz from top US 4wayFS team SDC Rhythm XP. It starts about 1hr 25mins into Episode 58 of Radio Skydive UK. www.radioskydive.uk


  • How much does Rookie Rumble cost?

    Rookie Rumble 2020 is 6 rounds.

    Competitors benefit from free coaching.

    Coach wears internal video for judging purposes.

    No external video costs to keep the cost down.

    Competitors are expected to cover coaches slot and pack jobs. No extra costs.

    Total cost per participant: £40 registration fee + 8 jump tickets.


    This is worked out from:

    6 jumps. 3 members per team is 18 jump tickets. Split between two competitors is 9 jump tickets each.

    6 coach pack jobs is £30. £15 each to cover packing.


    The registration fee includes one jump ticket and the packing money for your coaches. Just bring 8 jump tickets to manifest at the start of the competition.


    You can get a discount if you buy 10 jump tickets in a block. And that leaves you a couple left over for the Load Organising on the Sunday. :-)

    How does Rookie Rumble work?

    Competitors are ranked by experience level. (Jump numbers and tunnel time... 60mins tunnel is equivalent to 90 jumps). And each round they jump with a different rookie and a different coach.


    Each competitor carries their individual score through the event. The person with the most points is champion. There can be only one.


    Judges have complete discretion over the competition and will act fairly. Judges decision final.

    What can I win at Rookie Rumble?

    3rd Prize



    2nd Prize



    1st Prize

    xx% off any Javelin container, courtesy of Sun Path Products

    xx% off x, courtesy of Cookie Helmets

    xx% off a Cypres AAD, courtesy of Airtec

    xx% off a Symbi jumpsuit, courtesy of Symbi Suits.

    xx% off x, courtesy of Alti-2 Europe

    XX% off x, courtesy of Performance Designs



    I want to take part in Rookie Rumble

    Excellent news. Just click one of the buttons to register.

    Your slot is confirmed upon

    1) completion of the registration form and

    2) the £40 registration fee being paid.


    Account for registration fee:

    Brian Cumming

    sort: 40-47-62

    account: 78173087

    Put your name in the reference please. Make my life easy. Thank you.

    What about bad weather?

    Every good skydiver has a Plan B and we will have a full plan of seminars and activities for bad weather. It's impossible to have this many top coaches on a DZ at the same time and not be able to learn something. This would be one of those days where you learn more on a bad weather day than you would on a good weather day.

    We will not postpone the event unless the DZ postpones the tandem program in advance.

    We may, however, delay the start time if the forecast is consistently very poor.


  • Prizes

    What can I win at Rookie Rumble?

    Sun Path Products Inc

    xx% off any Sun Path container


    Cookie Helmets

    xx% off a Cookie G4 helmet



    xx% off a CYPRES AAD


    Symbi Suits

    xx% off a Symbi suit



    Symbi will be attending with a stand and will offer free jumpsuit repairs. Legends.


    Why not get yourself measured up for a suit? No obligation to buy.

    Alti-2 Europe

    xx% off XX

    xx% off XX



    Courtesy of Twinwoods Adventure 1st, 2nd, 3rd all win 30mins tunnel time (shared), with free coaching from Brian. Or 10mins solo time.

    Last 3 also win 30mins coached time (shared), with free coaching from Brian. Or 10mins solo time.


    Performance Designs


  • Coaches

    Langar is blessed with top FS coaches. Line up to be finalised. If you want to be a coach, drop Brian a line.

    Liz Matthews - tbc

    World Champion

    400way World Record holder.
    4wayFS Women's World Champion.
    British National Champion in 4wayFS and 8wayFS. Holds UK record for highest competition average by a women's team. A very modest legend. (Saturday only)

    Martin Soulsby - confirmed

    BPA Chair 2010-present

    15x 8wayFS British National Champion

    Passionate about member retention.

    Some other stuff.

    Photo by Rob Lloyd

    Emily Aucutt - confirmed

    BPA Instructor of the Year 2019

    Smiley FS ninja. Medal winning AA 4wayFS competitor. Womens large formation FS World Record Holder. BPA AFF Instructor.


    Photo by Bogdan Pistea

    Sarah Ashworth - confirmed

    Chimera AAA

    British National Silver Medallist. Represented UK at World Cup 2019. Will be representing the UK at World Championships in Siberia in 2020 and also at the Indoor Skydiving Championships.

    Brian Cumming - confirmed

    Local DZ: Langar

    Some dude. Did some stuff once. Maybe twice. Whoa.

    Photo by Paul Rimmington

    Ali Woodhouse (tbc)

    Local DZ: Langar

    Womens large formation FS World Record Holder. USPA AFF Instructor. Experienced AA 4wayFS competitor "Nobody Expects the Wurst".

    Hayley Jones (confirmed)

    Symbi Suits Managing Director

    Medal winning flyer with AA 4way team Manticore. Runs Symbi Suits. Get yourself measured up for a new suit or get your current suit (any manufacturer) repaired for free. Talks quickly. Flies quicker.

    Photo by Rob Lloyd

    Alex Potter - confirmed

    Experienced FS Coach

    Plenty of experience coaching at BCPA events. And if Alex can coach them. He can coach you. BCPA Committee for a couple of years. Dabbles in FS, FF and TR. Shocking sunglasses. Not related to Stefan.

    Matt Cumming - confirmed

    Pajama Pumas AAA

    Went to World Cup in 2019 representing the UK. Didn't finish last. Not related to Brian. Batting above his average with his girlfriend.

    Jodie-Leigh Foster - confirmed

    Pajama Pumas AAA

    Went to World Cup in 2019 representing the UK. Didn't finish last. Terrible taste in boys.

  • Who is competing at Rookie Rumble?

    First come, first served. This event filled up way quicker than we expected. We are running a reserve list in case of drop outs.










































    *If anyone registered above, who has been qualified for more than 2 years, racks up more than 200 jumps before the competition, then they become eligible to compete in the open category. Jumpers in the open category are not eligible for the prizes. The next reserve will be called up to participate in the competition.


    The 'open' category is for people who are not Rookies or are Rookies but aren't in the competition. Please feel free to put a 3way team together at manifest on the day and join us in jumping the competition dives. Only Rookies can win the prizes.

    Reserve list - currently empty