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which California dropzome is closest to southern LA?

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i am in KY and a group of us are heading out to california in july to see the kickoff of the Steely Dan tour. its just south of LA. a guy we are meeting up with wants to skydive for the first time, so i plan on me and him going while we're out there. can you tell me a couple of dropzones within 2 hours of LA? beach and/or mountain diving would be cool! thanks!

doug
hey, i was stupid before stupid was cool!

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Oceanside would have been closest but that's closed now; it was a tandem factory anyway. Closest now would be Elsinore or Perris, less than an hour from Orange County. Otay is about 2 hours from Orange. Cal City is about the same I think.

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Perris Valley is the closest to South Los Angeles. Oceanside is farther south then Perris. If you are going to the concert while it is at the Pond in Anahiem then Perris id the closest. Take the 5 Freeway South to the 91 North (riverside) Exit at Van Buren turn right until you reach the 215 head south. Exit at D Street. Go striaght until it dead ends. You will se a sign for the airport, turn left. Turn right at Goetz Rd. The DZ entrance will be on the right hand side about a mile or so up the road. You can't miss it once you turn on Goetz. Just look for the three Twin Otters and the Sky Van. Also by that time of the year you will see part of the Wind Tunnel.
Dom


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On a clear day you can see the beach does that count?

(Hell, on a really clear day you can see Mexico!)

But, um, technically, I guess you'd have to say that Perris is a desert drop zone.
quade -
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On a clear day you can see the beach does that count?

(Hell, on a really clear day you can see Mexico!)

But, um, technically, I guess you'd have to say that Perris is a desert drop zone.



ya mean when the smog clears? isn't it to windy to jump then?;):)

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You absolutely would NOT belive what it looks like right now.

Oh and winter/spring in SoCal has the some of the absolute clearest skies anywhere on the planet. No kidding, you really can (sometimes) see Mexico over 100 miles away in freefall and under canopy.

We've had a really nice rainy season and EVERYTHING is green or better yet flowering and in beautiful color. It's really amazing. Take a look at this shot from two weeks ago and tell me if THAT looks like a desert!
quade -
The World's Most Boring Skydiver

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The closest DZ to South Central LA is, well in South Central LA.
Skydive Compton is only a short tazxi ride from LAX and if the taxi driver likes you, he will slow down to 80 mph before opening the door.
Be forewarned that Skydive Compton has all kinds of restrictions on wing loading, exit weights, exit order, altitude, hours of operations, drug consumption on the DZ, which clicque you are allowed to "hang with," etc.
While the DZO of Skydive Compton may seem a touch narrow-minded, he makes DZOs in hillbilly states look like veritable "liberals!" Hee! Hee!
You will be reasured to learn that the DZO is far friendlier than the neighbors.
Spotting is very important at Skydive Compton. I am not understating when I say that decent spotting is a matter of life and death. If you land out, it is not so much a question of whether you are going to have to deal with Farmer McNasty, rather it is a question of which Farmer McNasty.
If you land out, it is not like some European DZs where you can miss a country. If you land out at Skydive Compton, you will wonder if you missed the North American Continent!
Sweet talking your way off Farmer McNasty's 'turf is not an option unless you speak ebonics or barrio Spanish.
If sprinting and gun-fighting are not part of your training regiem, they should be, Oh and it is considered impolite to bring a hook knife to a gun fight in Compton.
Hee! Hee!

For a more relaxed skydiving atmoshere, drive straight south out of LA until you hit the Ortega Highway. Turn left and follow the Ortega Highway through the Cleveland National Forest. Pause to enjoy the view of Lake Elsinore when you come over the crest. Just before you splash into Lake Elsinore, turn right and drive to the DZ at the south end of the lake. There you will find a Twin Otter or two and will be welcomed by a skilled and friendly staff.

For a more competitive and posher DZ, drive another 20 minutes east to Perris where they have more shiny Twin Otters, coaches, competitors, team rooms, pubs, swimming pools, etc. than you can shake a stick at.

Either mainstream DZ will treat you well

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It's always to early for racism!>:( Very bad taste and ignorant! Don't we have enough wrong with this world without stupid ignorance! We will see how pleasent your trip is to Perris next time when I make a bunch of Canadien stereo type jokes about you. How does that sound? On second thought I won't stoop to your level. I'll just smile in your face and laugh behind your back!
Dom


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