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The ChutingStar Expert Advice section is back!

The ChutingStar Crew has been busy updating and redesigning our web site over the past year, and one of the big pieces that was not live for a few weeks was our Expert Advice section. It's back now!

We still have much to do on reorganizing and styling the articles and info as well as adding new articles. All our prior and current articles are now accessible. More coming soon!

ChutingStar is well-known for our unbiased advice and expertise in the skydiving, photo/video and skate worlds thanks to our crew all being a great mix of skydivers, skaters and video aficionados. Please click, scroll and read through our Expert Advice Menu items, including:

  • Rant & Rave
  • Skydive
  • Skate
  • Photo/Video

Most articles and videos are written and produced by Mike Gruwell. Mike has been skating since 1980 and skydiving since 1995. He's also a skydiving video-flyer.

In the skydiving world, Mike is a Designated Parachute Rigger Examiner, FAA Master Parachute Rigger, AFF Instructor, Tandem Instructor, Video Flyer, High-Performance Canopy Pilot, PRO-Rated Demonstration Jumper, 4-Way Competitor, Journalist and Gear Shop/Rigging Loft Owner. He has been skydiving, competing, teaching and helping skydivers with skills, gear and knowledge since 1997.

ChutingStar has assembled a seasoned team of skydivers to assist Mike, including Glen Hauenstein, Jennifer Hauenstein, Nathan Freedman, Steve Haseman, Laura Kunz, Ben Lee, Marcia Conley and Stephanie Gruwell. The entire ChutingStar team is made up of these well-respected, trusted and knowledgeable skydivers who are here to give you as much help, guidance and knowledge to help make an educated decision on gear purchases and use.

In addition, Mike now serves the skate market thanks to his twin skater boys who awoke his old skater days. For the past two years, Mike, Nathan and Jamie have been skating at parks and spots within the Southeast. We have a skate park being built at our Marietta location, and we have the assistance and help from local skate companies in the area. Our years of photo/video knowledge is also helping casual skaters as well as serious skate filmers get the camera gear, knowledge and advice they need for those great skate shots and videos.

So peruse, read and give us feedback on our articles and video. More will be loaded regularly. Thanks for choosing ChutingStar!

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