After nearly two full days on the ground due to weather, the first events wrapped up at the 2018 USPA National Skydiving Championships at Chicagoland Skydiving Center in Rochelle, Illinois. The vertical formation skydiving event completed five of 10 scheduled rounds, with five teams in each division.
In the open class, SDC Core once again took the gold, 30 points ahead of second place. Arizona X-Force won silver, and Golden Knights VFS took bronze.
In the advanced division, Skydive Midwest Chemtrails won gold, with Dynasty in second and STF Pickle Ricks in third. This year’s Nationals included an intermediate-class test event, with ECLIPTIK taking the top spot.
During the Skydive Arizona Turbine Madness Boogie, Arizona X-Force organized the Vertical Challenge. Over four days the team came up with challenging jumps for the participants, working on their strengths and expanding on essential big way flying skills. Thanks to all who attended. We are looking forward to next year. Video edit by Mike Bougher (https://vimeo.com/272681941)
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.
VFS Competition draw, recreated using the AXIS draw generator:
(VFS team Arizona X-FORCE by David Wybenga)
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.
MFS Competition draw, recreated using the AXIS draw generator:
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 categories: 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!