Featured Friday - Mikhail Markine

May 19, 2016

Skydive Arizona is a big drop zone. No - a GINORMOUS drop zone with a lot of people from visiting to local jumpers, to staff, pilots, instructors, ground crew, maintenance, manifest to teams, event organizers and load organizers!!! The Featured Friday series is aimed at getting to know the people that make Skydive Arizona work and rock

Today, we're thrilled to introduce an inspirational jumper who is truly living his dream as a 4-Way FS competitor. Meet the newest member of Arizona Airspeed, Mikhail Markine!


What inspired you to make your first jump?
Peer pressure! I made my jump --- a static line --- with a group of fellow engineering students. A random opportunity, really. Little did I know... I'm coming up on 10 years in the sport.

Where & when did you learn and what kind of student were you?
I did my first static line jump at the Parachute School of Toronto in May 2006. Later that summer I made an IAD jump followed by the PFF course at the Niagara Skydiving Center. I was lucky in that I passed each level on the first try. I was nervous as all hell though. I remember forcing myself to smile while looking out the window on the way up.

Who were your mentors and idols as you learned, and why?
It's a very long list and I'm afraid of leaving people out by mistake! I started to jump a lot when I moved to Northern California and I'm grateful to my NorCal friends for their mentorship and companionship. Airspeed blew my mind with their 4-way tunnel+jumps camp. Perris Fury and the Perris community inspired me to pursue winning the world championships in 4-way. All my teammates and coaches along the way have pushed me to be better in many ways!

You’re the newest member on Arizona Airspeed! How did it feel to get the call that you made the team?
It was a very surreal time period for me! The whole situation didn't really sink in until I was flying to Phoenix in January.


What’s it like to now be on Airspeed?
It's been a wild ride: new team, new slot, new pace, new place. Very demanding and rewarding at the same time! The team, the community and the sponsors are all out of this world.

What was your path that lead you to be on Airspeed?
I got the 4-way bug pretty early, around 200 jumps or so. My first team BAM trained in Northern California and placed 9th in Intermediate at Nationals 2009. Then I did 2 teams in Perris: Quattro (3rd in Advanced at Nationals 2010) & Vibe (1st in Advanced at Nationals 2012). The big step up happened with SDC Rhythm XP 2013-2015 with a string of open class silvers and bronzes at national and international events.

What’s the best advice you can give anyone trying to reach the next level in skydiving?
Be patient with yourself and let the learning happen. Hire coaching.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Come out and jump with us! We'll be organizing at Skydive Arizona throughout the year. Follow us at http://facebook.com/ArizonaAirspeed .


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