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  • Taking Gear Customization To A Higher Level

    Marissa Barclay's unique combination of a love of creating art for other people and her late father's business knowledge has skydivers worldwide flocking to her to transform their bland helmets into flying works of art.

    Marissa has only been skydiving since 2013, but like most of us, she fell in love with the sport, culture and people immediately. She painted up her first skydiving helmet with her favorite animal, a crow. In this social media world, her posts of this helmet created a buzz in the skydiving community, and she soon found out there was a full-time market for customizing skydiving gear.

    Marissa's First Helmet. Photo by Javier "Buzz" Ortiz Marissa's First Helmet. Photo by Javier "Buzz" Ortiz.


    Compass & Crow Studios was born.

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  • Vigil PSB 01-2015 Affects 1900+ Units

    Advanced Aerospace Designs, manufacturer of the Vigil AAD, sent out a new Product Service Bulletin today that affects more than 1900 Vigil AAD units with cutters manufactured this year.

    The PSB is a mandatory cutter inspection requiring each cutter to be sent back to Vigil America or AAD. The inspection is due to a severed closing loop due to rough edges inside a Vigil cutter. The manufacturer will be inspecting each of these cutters for sharp or rough edges for repair or replacement, and then return to each skydiver.

    To see if your cutter is affected, see the SN's on the full PSB here:  Vigil PSB 01-2015. Continue reading

  • Skydivemag Chats With Mike Gruwell

    Lesley Gale of interviewed ChutingStar's Mike Gruwell last month about the past, present and future of skydiving's largest skydiving gear retailer.

    Curious about how the business came to be? Read on for the full scoop on how we all became to be G'd Up!

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  • The tonto Boogie Raises the Sky for charity with ChutingStar

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    The skies over South Africa were full of smiling skydivers last weekend. Two planes were flying for three days, a PAC and an “Atlas Angel” (a single-prop plane with origins in the South African military). Scott Plamer and Paul Ferriman came out to fly fast and steep with the freeflyers, and Lawrence de Laubadere and I, along with local organizer Oliver Nothen, kept the wingsuiters busy with formations, vertical stacks, and docked dives. Belly flyers did some 2-plane formations, rare in this part of the world, with some very happy campers achieving the 16-ways required for a PASA D-license.

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  • 12 for 12 Skydiving Chicks Rock 2013

    Last weekend Skydive Elsinore in California hosted its 12th annual Skydiving Chicks Rock Boogie and it truly rocked! Aside from the killer party we have all come to expect from the Skydiving Chicks Rock Boogie, Elsinore was host to some of the badest organizers including formation, freefly, and wingsuiting.

    Photo by: Oliver "Olee" Finkelde Photo by: Oliver "Olee" Finkelde

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  • Birdman is Back!

    Birdman has a new line of wingsuits with fresh designs and an easier ordering procedure. They are doing something a bit unique in the wingsuit market by having 6 color patterns for each of their 3 current designs. Each design comes in 12 stock sizes as their research shows that these will cover at least 80% of the skydiver body sizes.

    Blade III Blade III
    Katana Katana
    Ninja Ninja

    The sizing is listed online for height, weight, chest and shoe size. If you are within the measurements for a particular size, you can choose the color pattern you like and place your order. Some of these suits are in stock at their facility and ready to be shipped to us right away.

    If the particular color or size is not in stock, the manufacturing time is 4-6 weeks plus shipping time to us. Continue reading

  • ChutingStar 2013: Year of "The Star"

    Well here we are. You, like all of us at ChutingStar, not only survived another year of living life over the edge…we thrived in our element of skydiving fast, skating hard and capturing it all on our GoPro.

    Who woulda thunk on Jan. 1, 2012, that skydiving and skating would continue to flourish in a down world economy, and that sport action cams such as the GoPro, Contour and Drift, would take over the photo/video world. ChutingStar has been there every step of the way to bring you the latest, most innovative and highest quality gear so your favorite sport becomes your lifestyle. You can truly live out those childhood dreams of living life at its fullest…Hell Yeah Jack!

    So what does 2013 hold for us? And more importantly, you, the ever passionate ChutingStar customer.

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  • SkySystems Quick Release Service Bulletin

    SkySystems USA has released a Service Bulletin on its Quick Release handle. The Quick Release is a cutaway system for chincups and the Vapor Narrow and Vapor Wes Pro helmets.

    According to the service bulletin, the company found a weakness in the handles manufactured from January 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010. Those with affected handles can return them to SkySystems for a new replacement handle at no charge.

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  • PIA 2009 Gear Showcase

    The Parachute Industry Association Symposium 2009 has wrapped up in Reno, Nevada, and it did not disappoint those looking for the latest, greatest skydiving products, gadgets and information.

    Here is a rundown of the new products and improvements you'll soon see for sale in gear shops.

    Performance Designs announced its Optimum Reserve canopies are being manufactured in the larger sizes. This low-bulk reserve canopy was only previously available in sizes 99, 106, 113, 126 and 143. It is now being manufactured in sizes 160, 176, 193, 218, 235 and 253.

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  • AOPA Web Site Raves

    Many Kudos to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, which updated its Web site every few hours during the recent shutdown of the United States airspace. The Web site at kept aircraft owners, pilot and skydivers informed of the lobbying AOPA was conducting to get private pilots and general aviation aircraft back in the air.

    No other Web site had as much timely and accurate information during a time when fulltime skydivers were forced out of work. And the site’s updates continue as the struggle goes on to bring our airspace back to normal following the terrorist strikes on Sept. 11.

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