Local skydiving teams win national championships slots on U.S. Team

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Elsinore Too Wrapped Up won gold in four-way rotations at the U.S. Parachute Association National Parachuting Championships. USPA/David Wybenga photo

Two local skydiving teams, based at Skydive Elsinore, won gold medals Saturday, Sept. 14, in the canopy formation events at the U.S. Parachute Association National Parachuting Championships at Skydive Paraclete XP in Raeford, North Carolina. Elsinore Too Wrapped Up won gold in four-way rotations, and Elsinore Revolution won gold in the four-way sequential event.

Their wins earn them slots on the U.S. Parachute Team, the nation’s most elite aerial athletes who will compete at the 2020 World Parachuting Championships in Russia.

In canopy formation skydiving, teams of either two or four skydivers deploy their parachutes immediately after jumping from the plane and build formations as quickly as possible while holding onto each other’s canopies. A videographer flies alongside to capture the action.

Elsinore Too Wrapped Up team members are Michael Whitlock, 40, and Will Kitto, 40, of Irvine; Kyle Taylor, 41, of Dana Point; Sean Jones, 38, of Corona and Steve Archuletta, 50, of Peyton, Colorado. Elsinore Revolution includes Jones; Taylor; David Sands, 48, of Irvine; Keith Tolley, 41, of Colorado Springs and Daniel Purdy, 32, of Worthington, Ohio.

The 2019 USPA National Skydiving Championships is drawing nearly 600 of the country’s top skydivers to Raeford for the biggest and most thrilling skydiving competition in the country. The event continues through Sept. 27 and is free and open to the public.

Founded in 1946, the United States Parachute Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to the promotion of safe skydiving nationwide, establishing strict safety standards, training policies and programs at more than 220 USPA-affiliated skydiving schools and centers throughout the United States. Each year, USPA’s 41,000 members and hundreds of thousands of first timers make roughly 3.3 million jumps in the U.S. USPA represents skydivers before all levels of government, the public and the aviation industry and sanctions national skydiving competitions and records.

For more information on making a first jump or to find a skydiving center nearby, visit www.uspa.org or call (800) 371-8772.

Article contributions made by Nancy Koreen, who can be reached by email at nkoreen@uspa.org.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.