ARIZONA X-FORCE

Arizona X-Force is Skydive Arizona's drop zone sponsored 4-way VFS 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.

Line-Up of Arizona X-Force Team 2016

The X-Force 2016 lineup consisting of (from left to right): Johnny Gunn, Seth Studer, Kevin Mitchell (video), Brianne Thompson, and Niklas Daniel who are setting their sights on the podium at the 2016 USPA National Championships.

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.

 

Video by David Arnett on Vimeo.
 

A creative video edit by David Arnett, capturing an X-Force tunnel training session at Skyventure Arizona on Vimeo.

ARIZONA X-FORCE Team members
 

Arizona X-Force 2015: Brianne Thompson

Brianne — Inside Center

 

Total Jumps

  • 9900+
  •  

    Appointments

     

    Licenses/Ratings

    • USPA D License,
    • Coach, AFF-I, IAD,
    • Pro rated for 75 sqft.
     

    Peak Competition Performances

    • FS 4-Way Open (Women) — Highest average: 19.8 points; at the FAI World Skydiving Championships 2008.
    • FS 4-Way Open — Competition record, female 4-way formation skydiving: 26 points (also national female record); at the USPA Nationals 2009.
    • VFS 4-Way Open — Highest average: 13.88; at the USPA Nationals 2016.

    Arizona X-Force 2015: Niklas Daniel

    Niklas Daniel — Outside Center

     

    Total Jumps

  • 9900+
  •  

    Appointments

     

    Licenses/Ratings

     

    Peak Competition Performances

    • VFS 4-Way Open — Highest average: 21.00 points; at the FAI World Formation Skydiving Championships 2014.
    • VFS 4-Way Open — Single highest scoring round: 27 points; at the FAI World Formation Skydiving Championships 2014.

    Arizona X-Force 2015: Johnny Gunn

    Johnny — Point

     

    Total Jumps

  • 5000+
  •  

    Licenses/Ratings

    • USPA D License,
    • Coach, AFF-I, Tandem-I, Coach Examiner,
    • Military Free Instructor (MFFI 625), Multi-Mission Parachutist Course Instructor (MMPCI 26),
    • Pro rated for 79 sqft.
     

    Peak Competition Performances

    • VFS 4-Way Open — Highest average: 13.88; at the USPA Nationals 2016.

    Arizona X-Force 2015: Seth Studer

    Seth — Tail

     

    Total Jumps

  • 1500+
  •  

    Licenses/Ratings

    • USPA C License,
    • Coach.
     

    Peak Competition Performances

    • VFS 4-Way Open — Highest average: 13.88; at the USPA Nationals 2016.

    Arizona X-Force 2015: Kevin Mitchell

    Kevin — Camera

     

    Total Jumps

  • 3000+
  •  

    Licenses/Ratings

    • USPA D License,
    • Coach, AFF-I, Tandem-I, Pro rated for 84 sqft.
     

    Peak Competition Performances

    • VFS 4-Way Open — Highest average: 13.88; at the USPA Nationals 2016.

    Videos