Congratulations Chris!

Chris Wolff has reached another milestone by being fully released on his last jump during the Operation Enduring Warrior October training camp at Skydive Arizona. Though there is still much to do before Chris gets off student status, we could not be prouder of his accomplishment.

Chris flying unassisted over Skydive Arizona, flanked by Brianne and Nik. Photo by Niklas Daniel.

Just had to share this 🙂

Chris’ wife Kellie baked some amazing cookies during their stay, using only limited tools from their hotel room.

We are looking forward to the Wolff Pack’s return for more jumping and tasty treats.

OEW 2020 Status Update

Back in February, OEW students Ryan Newell and Chris Wolff came to Skydive Arizona to learn how to fly their bodies during an intensive wind tunnel training camp with AXIS Flight School. Eight months later, they are back to start their jump training in pursuit of reaching the USPA A-License and beyond. The long break had several culprits, the largest one being the covid 19 epidemic. However, the months between their last visit also gave the team (UPT, OEW, AXIS) ample time to sort out equipment considerations that have to be addressed with every new OEW student. Each person has unique physical limitations that must be compensated for with custom equipment and training.

On October 21st, Ryan and Chris flew for 90 minutes in the tunnel, courtesy of Skyventure AZ. After getting reacquainted with the wind, Brianne started their first jump course (FJC). Over the next two days, both Ryan and Chris took to the skies learning via training-tandem progression with Adventures in Skydiving instructors Rich and Aaron. As the boys become more aware and comfortable with the demands of the sport, Brianne and Nik conducted more ground training before their first jumps on the 24th. Joost Luysterburg, a local instructor, was kind enough to donate some of his time to help Ryan and Chris during preparations and jumping.

Now about a week and a half into their training, Chris is still going strong with jumping and tunnel flying. Unfortunately Ryan has to take a break due to an injury sustained during a landing. Though his training is currently on hold, Ryan only sees this as a “bump in the road”, and is not deterred by this turn of events. We wish him well and are looking forward to his return.

NEW YouTube Playlist – Skills and Fitness

Brianne and Nik introduce fitness expert and skydiver Darrel Wang. Darrel has a lot of experience to draw from when it comes to training programs, as he was an olympic trialist and professional athlete for a number of years. He has worked with Team USA Track and Field as well as Cycling, and has consulted the MLB, NBA, and NFL.

In this new video series, Darrel introduces us to exercises to enhance our skydiving experience. The specific proprioceptive skills and drills are intended to facilitate skydiving and tunnel flying specific adaptations and may or may not directly translate to other sports.

Shooting Location: MINT Strength – Scottsdale, Arizona.

Kirby Chambliss at Skydive Arizona

logo-headerHere are some of my selects of RED BULL pilot Kirby Chambliss, putting on an airshow over Skydive Arizona during the Halloween Boogie.

Kirby performs a Cobra next to the Skyventure Arizona wind tunnel in Eloy, AZ.

Kirby performs a Cobra next to the Skyventure Arizona wind tunnel in Eloy, AZ.