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Turbine Madness. An event at Skydive Arizona from May 25 to 28, 2018.
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Arizona Vertical Challenge

May 25—28, 2018 at Skydive Arizona.

The «Arizona Vertical Challenge» is part of Skydive Arizona's «Turbine Madness» event
and will be hosted by Arizona X-Force.
Lift Tickets will be $22.

Contact challenge [at] xforce.team or events [at] skydiveaz.com for more information.

 
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VFS 4-Way Open Team Arizona X-Force, Current Line-up
Arizona X-Force 2018 lineup (from left to right): Nate Roth (camera), Niklas Daniel, Brianne Thompson, Mike Bougher, and Keith Fournier.
New team member: Isaac Hansen (Alternate; not yet in team photo).
[photo by Tom Stokes]
Logo of Team Arizona X-Force (VFS 4-Way Open)

ARIZONA X-FORCE

VFS 4-Way Open Team Arizona X-Force, Current Line-up
Arizona X-Force 2018 lineup (from left to right): Nate Roth (camera), Niklas Daniel, Brianne Thompson, Mike Bougher, and Keith Fournier.
New team member: Isaac Hansen (Alternate; not yet in team photo).
[photo by Tom Stokes]

Arizona X-Force is a Skydive Arizona drop zone sponsored 4-way VFS Open team. It is comprised of five highly experienced skydivers and tunnel flyers who bring enthusiasm and diversity to Skydive Arizona. They are active in the skydiving community as full-time instructors, coaches, and load organizers.

The philosophy of AXIS and X-Force is to encourage a sense of community and approachability for the up and coming jumpers. The focus should be to build a strong foundation of skill sets in an environment that is inclusive, rather than exclusive.

The Team accomplishes this by holding sky & tunnel skill camps (such as Expansion Projects), and hosts small team events throughout the year to encourage novice jumpers to pursue group activities.

 

ARIZONA X-FORCE
Team members
 

Brianne Thompson — Inside Center

Brianne
[photo by Kevin Mitchell]

Brianne Thompson — Inside Center

 

Total Jumps

    10,000+
 

Appointments

 

Licenses/Ratings

    USPA D License,
    Coach, AFF-I, IAD,
    Pro rated for 75 sqft,
    Private Pilot (ASEL).
 

Peak Competition Performances

Vertical Formation Skydiving
  • VFS 4-Way Open — Highest average: 14.2 points
    (USPA National Championships 2017).
  • VFS 4-way Open — Single highest scoring round: 22 points
    (US National Championships 2017).
Vertical Formation Skydiving indoor
  • VFS 4-way Open Indoor — Highest average: 23.7 points
    (IBA US National Championships 2017).
  • VFS 4-way Open Indoor — Single highest scoring round: 35 points
    (IBA US National Championships 2017).
Mixed Formation Skydiving
  • MFS 2-Way Open — Highest average: 12.0 points
    (USPA National Championships 2017).
  • MFS 2-Way Open — Single highest scoring round: 17 points
    (USPA National Championships 2017).
Speed Skydiving
  • Speed Skydiving — Highest speed 347.05 km/h
    (USPA National Championships 2017).
Formation Skydiving
  • FS 4-Way Open (Women) — Highest average: 19.8 points
    (FAI World Skydiving Championships 2008).
  • FS 4-Way Open — Competition record, female 4-way formation skydiving: 26 points (also national female record)
    (USPA National Championships 2009).
Formation Skydiving indoor
  • FS 4-way Open Indoor — Highest average: 18.3
    (IBA US National Championships 2017).
  • FS 4-way Open Indoor — Single highest scoring round: 24 points
    (IBA US National Championships 2017).
Records
  • National Female Record in FS 4-Way Open: 26 points
    at the USPA National Championships 2009.

 

Keith Fournier — Outside Center

Keith
[photo by Kevin Mitchell]

Keith Fournier — Outside Center

 

Total Jumps

    5,000+
 

Licenses/Ratings

    USPA D License,
    Coach, Pro rated,
    Private Pilot (ASEL).
 

Peak Competition Performances

Vertical Formation Skydiving
  • VFS 4-Way Open — Highest average: 14.5 points
    (USPA National Skydiving Championships 2012).
  • VFS 4-Way Open — Single highest scoring round: 22 points
    (USPA National Skydiving Championships 2012).
Vertical Formation Skydiving indoor
  • VFS 4-way Open Indoor — Highest average: 20.75 points
    (IBA Indoor Skydiving Competition at iFly Seattle 2016).
  • VFS 4-way Open Indoor — Single highest scoring round: 30 points
    (IBA US National Championships 2017).
Mixed Formation Skydiving
  • MFS 4-Way Open — Highest average: 12.0 points
    (USPA National Championships 2017).
  • MFS 2-Way Open — Single highest scoring round: 17 points
    (USPA National Championships 2017).

 

Mike Bougher — Point

Mike Bougher of VFS Team Arizona X-Force
[photo by Tom Stokes]

Mike Bougher — Point

 

Total Jumps

    900+
 

Licenses/Ratings

    USPA D-License
 

Peak Competition Performances

Vertical Formation Skydiving indoor
  • 2-Way VFS Open - Highest Average 17.1 points
    2-Way VFS Advanced - Highest Average 14.1 points
Records
  • 72 way head up world record

 

Niklas Daniel — Tail

Niklas
[photo by Kevin Mitchell]

Niklas Daniel — Tail

 

Total Jumps

    10,000+
 

Appointments

 

Licenses/Ratings

 

Peak Competition Performances

Vertical Formation Skydiving
  • VFS 4-Way Open — Highest average: 21.00 points
    (FAI World Formation Skydiving Championships 2014).
  • VFS 4-Way Open — Single highest scoring round: 27 points
    (FAI World Formation Skydiving Championships 2014).
Vertical Formation Skydiving indoor
  • VFS 4-way Open Indoor — Highest average: 23.7 points
    (IBA US National Championships 2017).
  • VFS 4-way Open Indoor — Single highest scoring round: 35 points
    (IBA US National Championships 2017).
Mixed Formation Skydiving
  • MFS 2-Way Open — Highest average: 12.0 points
    (USPA National Championships 2017).
  • MFS 2-Way Open — Single highest scoring round: 17 points
    (USPA National Championships 2017).
Speed Skydiving
  • Speed Skydiving — Highest speed 447.32 km/h
    (USPA National Championships 2017).
Formation Skydiving indoor
  • FS 4-way Open Indoor — Highest average: 18.3 points
    (IBA US National Championships 2017).
  • FS 4-way Open Indoor — Single highest scoring round: 24 points
    (IBA US National Championships 2017).

 

Nate Roth — Camera

Mike Bougher of VFS Team Arizona X-Force
[photo by Tom Stokes]

Nate Roth — Camera

 

Total Jumps

    1,200+
 

Licenses/Ratings

    USPA C License
 

Peak Competition Performances

Mixed Formation Skydiving
  • MFS 2-Way Open, Video — Highest average: 15.17 points
    (USPA National Championships 2017).
  • MFS 2-Way Open, Video — Single highest scoring round: 21 points
    (USPA National Championships 2015).
Records
  • State Record Colorado: 8 point (FS 8 way),
  • State Record Colorado: 14 point (FS 6 way)

 

Isaac Hansen — Alternate

Isaac Hansen of VFS Team Arizona X-Force
[photo by Niklas Daniel]

Isaac Hansen — Alternate

 

Total Jumps

    2,500+
 

Appointments

 

Licenses/Ratings

    MFFI-759,
    USPA D License,
    Coach, AFF-I, Pro,
    IBA Trainer LVL 4, IBA Coach
 

Peak Competition Performances

Records
  • Records- Tennessee head up record 2015 (5 way),
  • Wisconsin head down record 2017 (29 way)

 

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