Featured Friday - Chris Anderson

May 26, 2016
Skydive Arizona is a big 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 meet someone whose competed at the US Nationals and loves to give back to the sport by sharing his knowledge as a Load Organizer! Meet, Chris Anderson!

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What/who inspired you to make your first jump and why?
More by chance than inspiring.  I happened to walk into a conversation at work.  My very good friend, Chris Morales, was telling a couple other guys that he was going to make a tandem jump with his brother and sister the following weekend.  Jumping out of a plane was something I always wanted to check out, so I invited myself.  We made that jump on May 18th, 2008.  Best decision ever!

Where & when did you learn and what kind of student were you?
Skydive Arizona, 3 weeks later.  I was very determined and focused.  Maybe a bit too serious.  I had my A license in less than a month.  If I could do it all over, I would definitely have more fun with it.  
 
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Who were your mentors and idols as you learned, and why?
- Mike Coffey.  Mike was the first local jumper I met during AFF.  One of the most genuine souls you will ever meet.  I admire his respect for the sport.  
Joseph Giampietro.  My First Jump Course Instructor.  I love this guy!  Veteran in the sport.  Golden Knight.  Lots of great stories.
- Terry Gardner and Tom Mishew.  Two of the most patient Load Organizers who stuck with me post AFF.
 
What has been your path in skydiving to get you being a local load organizer?
Knew I wanted to do it since I started jumping with them.  They taught me so much.  It feels good to give back, and it's pretty fun!

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What’s your drive in skydiving and future goals?
Right now I'm just playing it safe, and keeping it fun.  Going to keep load organizing.  Just started learning back fly in the tunnel with Nik from AXIS.

How do you balance home life and skydiving?
My work schedule allows me 3 and 4 day weekends, so it's actually really easy.  Plus, I'm only 40 minutes away from the DZ.

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Any advice for newbies?
Have Fun!  Keep Jumping!  Talk to everybody!  Don't believe everything you hear!

Anything else you'd like to add:
I just hit my 8 year Sky Birthday a little over a week ago.  This interview was a really fun exercise.  So much reflection, and so many people to thank.  In no particular order:  SDAZ, Arizona Airspeed, AXIS Flight School, Skyventure Arizona, Mahna Mahna, Square 2, The Bent Prop, The Pilots, Desert Skies Rigging, Rigging Innovations, The Awesome Manifest and Office staff, Ground Crew, The Packing Mat, Team Center Grip, Adventures in Skydiving, Fun Air, and last, but definitely not least, The Amazing People, from near and far, that I get to jump with.  It has been my pleasure!

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