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  1. Not sure what kind of flying you're looking to do, but we host Elsinore EXCEL Tunnel Camps once a month at iFly Hollywood. Great for skill building for anyone fresh off A-License, 4-way fanatics wanting to work on technique, or people looking to get some solid belly skills before rocking through a USPA Coach or AFF-I rating course. We have a bunch of freefly tunnel coaches here as well, depending on what you're looking for. The tunnel is small, up to 3-ways for belly and good for individual coaching for freefly, but it's CHEAP. $600/hour. Happy to send you some more info if you're coming through this way.
  2. To be fair, it's not my team that needs video - we have video. But a pickup team from Elsinore is heading to Chicago in September and needs some love. Thanks for posting, Spot!
  3. Just a heads up, as DSE is out of town and unable to post, today is the last day to pre-register for this event (saving you $15 on registration costs). Give the office a call at 951-245-9939 and the gals in the office can get you registered. If you have any questions, you can send them my way and I'll do my best to answer them in DSE's absence. Thanks! Sydney Owen Event Coordinator Skydive Elsinore
  4. Hey there! Yes, the EXCEL Canopy courses meet the B-License proficiency requirements, that's why we created the program! If you have additional questions, shoot me an email: Sydney at Looking forward to meeting you!
  5. The Facebook event page is the most up-to-date information. For those of you not on Facebook, the Skydive Elsinore website has a page devoted to all things Chicks Rock as well. Looking forward to it! Facebook event page: Skydive Elsinore page:
  6. I lived in Austin briefly and ventured out to Skydive Spaceland with my boyfriend to check it out. Professional and friendly staff gave me a great DZ briefing, and everyone was really great with my questions. Definitely would have called Spaceland a home away from home DZ if I was still in Texas!
  7. I went to ZHills for the Christmas/New Years boogie last year and it was an absolute blast. Multiple Otters and the SkyVan turning, helicopter jumps, a gigantic landing area - it was quite the change from my home DZ. The setup is great, the facilities are awesome, camping is free, fireworks, great bar, the food is amazing and two words for you: Pirate Ship. You have to see it to believe it. If you can only take one trip down south this winter, check out the Christmas/New Years boogie at Zhills. You'll have a great time, pinky swear.
  8. I recently had the chance to venture out to Elsinore for the 10th Annual Chicks Rock boogie. I've heard nothing but amazing things about this dropzone and the people that jump here, so I was totally pumped to get out there and spend some time in the sky. Let me just say, this was the best boogie I've ever been to, and I'm in the business of making boogies happen. Most of the people I was jumping with were jumpers from Elsinore, so it was nice to get a feel of what the place is all about, beyond how many amazing people came from all over the world for the boogie. There were at least a couple hundred jumpers there and plenty of organizers - I think I counted 10? Maybe more? Point was, there was always someone to jump with, and the level of talent they had there was something I've never seen before. It was pretty cool, as a newer jumper with 200ish jumps, to be on skydives that actually worked. I turned more points in 8 jumps at Chicks Rock than I ever have at a weekend back home. And the parties. Oh the parties. Elsinore knows how to entertain and they do it right. Night swoops, costume parties, photo booth, plenty of delicious adult beverages for everyone... it was a great time. Looking forward to spending more time here in the future!
  9. I did a tandem at Temple when I was in town for SXSW last year, went home (CSC) and got my license. This year I brought a handful of people two days in a row to do tandems. Mark was awesome in helping us get everything coordinated and we had a seamless experience for a bunch of first time jumpers who were in town for SXSW Interactive. Phil jumped with most of my friends and he was the perfect balance of professional, friendly and welcoming. I know two of my friends that jumped mentioned they're interested in doing AFF in the future, and I have no doubt that Phil, Wendy and Mark have a role in their positive experience, beyond the skydive itself. For funjumpers, this is a smaller DZ, but they have great planes. CSC leases out their PAC 750XL from November-April, and from April-November they have a Grand Caravan. Friendly vibe, definitely made me feel welcome and possibly transformed two tandems into future AFF students. I can't wait to come back next year and bring more people out to introduce them to our sport!
  10. Spinning line-over malfunction. I looked up at my canopy and instantly thought of the flashcards we go over in ground school that show us the different malfunctions. My first thought was "what is this called and how do I get out of it?" I tried pumping the brakes, nothing. Pulled the cutaway handle and by the time I had reached for the reserve handle, the RSL had already deployed the reserve. I tell you what, the velcro on the brakes on my reserve was TIGHT. I did the rest of my reserve ride taking deep breaths and thinking "holy shit I did it" and landed, standing up, smack dab in the middle of the landing area. It was a glorious thing!
  11. Graduated two weeks ago! Hello A-License and LOADS of beer. Had my first cutaway on my 15th jump - that was a blast... Blue skies!
  12. Do you mean Freefall University at Chicagoland Skydiving Center? That's where I just graduated from - great instructors and awesome DZ to call home.
  13. Finished ground school last night - weather today is spotty but prayin' for sunshine tomorrow!
  14. Sounds great! What is the vibe like at SDC? I'll have to get out there once I get my A license!
  15. Did a tandem where I actually learned something last weekend. Definitely got me pumped up for AFF. Looks like I'm not waiting until July. CSC is awesome - the group there is great and so willing to help and teach. Ground school Friday night, camping at the DZ and getting going on my solo jumps on Saturday. Looking forward to AFF - anything you wish you knew before you started?