2017 USPA National Championships

uspa-nationals-logoThe 2017 USPA Nationals were held at Skydive Perris, CA. AXIS Flight School members Brianne Thompson and Niklas Daniel entered three separate events: VFS open, MFS open, and Speed.

In the 4-way VFS category there were 3 teams in open, and 4 in advanced. After completing close to 400 training jumps at Skydive Arizona, and spending about 30 hours in the Skyventure Arizona wind tunnel, the team finished 3rd with a competition average of 14.20.

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Left to right: Johnny Gunn, Seth Studer, Keith Fournier, Brianne Thompson, Niklas Daniel

VFS Competition draw, recreated using the AXIS draw generator:

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(VFS team Arizona X-FORCE by David Wybenga)

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In the MFS category there were 6 teams in open, and 8 in advanced. This is the first time AXIS competed in MFS at the USPA nationals. Without having trained this year, the team walked away with a 12 point average and a 4th place finish.

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Left to right: Brianne Thompson, Keith Fournier (video), Niklas Daniel

MFS Competition draw, recreated using the AXIS draw generator:

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The speed category had its largest USA turn out ever, with 15 competitors on the roster. Though speed is not an official USPA event, it is a FAI recognized world event. Therefore the discipline is still considered a “test event” in the states, because past participation has been very low. However, this competition was a qualifier for the World Championships that will take place next year at Australia’s Gold Coast.

Brianne Thompson ended up collecting 3 records as the fastest female in several competitionUSPA_Speed_2nd_Mcategories: State (CA), Nationals (USA), and Continental (North America). Flying at 347.05km/h, approximately 216mph, in round 2. Nik’s best round was his first, with a speed of 447.32km/h (approximately 278mph).

Congratulations to all participants, and a big thank you to all our sponsors for their continued support!

 

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CanPara Cover: Dec-Mar 2014!

I would like to thank Canpara (Canadian Skydiving Magazine) for utilizing one of my WVWR photographs for the Dec-Mar 2014 cover spot. It depicts the new 63-way Women’s Vertical World Record over Skydive Arizona.

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90Percent Cover – January 2014!

I would like to thank 90Percent (Italian Skydiving Magazine) for utilizing one of my WVWR photographs for the January 2014 cover spot. It depicts the new 63-way Women’s Vertical World Record over Skydive Arizona.

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Skydive Radio Photo of the Week Show #198!

I would like to thank Dave at Skydive Radio for making my image below their pic of the week! Skydive Radio is the world’s leading internet radio show dedicated to the sport of skydiving.  Weekly episodes include commentary, feature interviews with industry insiders, listener-contributed photos, and e-mails from an audience that spans the globe.

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2013 Women’s Vertical World Record 63-Way

“A group of 63 women fell to Earth and set a new world record Saturday. The skydivers from around the world descended to Eloy, Ariz., from 18,000 feet in the air, setting a new world record for the most amount of women flying headfirst in a formation…” -Daily News

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Here are some of my selects (Prints are available for purchase by contacting me at Info@NiklasDaniel.com)

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World Record in the Media and other Publications:

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Daily Mail – Daily MotioniLoveSkydiving.org – Blue Skies Mag

And here is a great video edit by Emma Merritt

Parachutist Center Fold – December 2013 Issue 650

I would like to thank USPA Parachutist for utilizing one of my Women’s Vertical World Record Camp photographs for the December Center Fold spot. It depicts jumpers converging on the base over Skydive Arizona.

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