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Up Close & Personal
name: Chris Farina
education: B.S. Accounting, Certified Public Accountant, M.S. Industrial & Organizational Psychology
family & marital staus: Divorced and now with a girlfriend
number of jumps: 9,500
years in Sport: 23
teams: Jetstream, Formula4, Deguello, Spark, Perris Fury, SDC Rhythm
slot(s): Point, Tail, Center Inside
favorite competition: 59- and 66-pointers at the '09 and '10 World Challenges in Bedfo
skydiving mentor(s): Jack Berke, Dan BC, Tony Domenica
hobbies: Motorcycles, Ice Hockey, Dogs, my Nieces
favorite book(s): Gimp, Beyond Basketball, Drive, Every Second Counts, Outliers
favorite movie(s): Dust to Glory
favorite place: Home with in the door of an Otter a close second
Where will you be ten years from now? Relaxing at my house in Arizona on the front porch with my girlfriend, a beer, my dog, and a shotgun
best kept secret: I'm actually a big softie inside, and I've performed two skydiver weddings as a non-denominational ordained reverend
""Live Without Regret" (it better be, it's tattooed on my back)"
He left public accounting for a position in the venture capital industry as the Controller for one of the world's largest Bio-Tech venture firms, Sanderling Ventures.
Then he left the business world after a successful 8-year career in 2005 to join Perris Fury and start a successful skydiving competition career.
It was the beginning of a series addiction, as he remembers his first jumps in his own way: "It was all down hill from there..."
"Down hill" meant for Chris Farina that he would dedicate his whole life to skydiving, and he is one of those guys who do things with all energy and all the way.
He is a competitor, no matter what he does: "I’ve never been one to do anything half-way. I always dive in all the way. I like to see how far I can push myself and see how good I can be."
A year later, Chris Farina won USPA gold medals in the AA/Intermediate Class with Formula 4 and posted a 14.0 average.
He was still in the middle of his corporate career at this point in time and had to take care of his new retail packaging and shipping store. Formula 4 continued in the AAA/Advanced Class competition for another year and placed 5th with a 12.5 average. Chris Farina then took most of the 2003 season off to take care of business.
He did so, of course, but the competition was too strong. Brian Johnson and Andy Delk got the slots.
The connection with Perris Fury came a year later in 2005. Chris Farina had moved on in the Tail slot with Arizona Spark.
Mark Kirkby was his player coach who was also training and competing with Perris Fury as a player coach at the same time.
Chris Farina's time had come now. He had just left behind his business career and was ready for an even stronger commitment and dedication to 4way competition. The Fury opportunity came at the right time, and he got the Center Inside slot.
He has been the driving engine for Perris Fury ever since, and the self-made team worked their way up from a 15.6 average in 2006 to world class performance, including the highest 4way score ever posted for a single round, the 66-pointer in Round 2 of the World Challenge 2010.
A serious obstacle seemed to at least interrupt the Perris Fury progression when Chris Farina fractured a vertebrae in May 2008.
His unique dedication showed during the recovery process, and he and made his first skydive exactly 12 weeks after the accident.
Fury was back in time with Chris Farina and won the first USPA silver medals with a 21.8 average.
It seemed to be only a matter of time when Fury would eventually catch up with Arizona Airspeed and take the US top position, especially when Airsped needed a new lineup at the end of the 2010 season.
However, Point Josh Hall decided to accept Mark Kirkby's invitation to join Arizona Airspeed, which was also the end of Fury's original lineup and a very impressive team progression.
Perris Fury continued, and Todd Hawkins filled the open Point slot. There was not enough time to get even close to Airspeed after a late start in 2011, and Fury ended up in 3rd place at the USPA Nationals.
The three Rhythm members selected Chris Farina, who is now embracing his new opportunity to get to the top of the 4way world.
Chris Farina plans to continue with his own Fury projects while training and competing with SDC Rhythm XP. He also has USPA AFF and Pro ratings and is a National Judge. He is experienced in organizing bigways (P3 Organizer, Sector Captain for Square1 200-Way, P3 California State Record 200-Way, P3 Dubai 500) and now has to juggle several balls at the same time. The Rhythm 4way ball will the most important one...
Check Sun Path Products NSL News update on December 28th, 2012