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From the Mouth of Jyro

The one and only Jyro
The one and only Jyro

In the Mail

Following the tragic loss of Jyro in March this year, Skydive Mag received this email from Shannon Seyb. We felt we had to share the story, it's too good not to…


This is something Jyro wrote after the world meet where he met the Haybusa guys for the first time. He was remarkably creative as well as scientific, and he used to write these stories and article-type things sometimes for us after he went somewhere. They were usually hilarious, and showed off where his mind was going. This one he sent to Attila… and Attila sent it to Hayabusa! They loved it and we love it too. It's quite sweet, but also quite funny and very Jyro.

Shannon Seyb

NZA Marketing Manager/Director of Awesomeness

Jyro's Postcard from the Chicago World Meet


So there we are… Skydive Chicago World Championships 2016… Attila was there with his whole family and I was recovering from Burning Man… We were there to relax, recover, catch up with old friends and celebrate our friends' wins…

Belgium was going good in 4-way… They were winning but not happy with their scores… Knowing Attila and I operate Aero they knew we had total competence, lightning-fast thinking and could pull anything off… They reached out and asked for some help with their engineering and dirt diving…

All we wanted to do was relax...

All we wanted to do was relax but we decided to be good sponsors and give them a hand. We tidied their work a little and they started to pull ahead a little more… Fussy bastards still weren't happy… Next Minute it's round 6… They're in the Fucken lead but a couple of busts and that pesky Airspeed team might be in… The Belgium boys came to us and asked for more help…

What could we do? Clearly I was good at being Point guy but hadn't jumped in 10 years, Attila is a good Centre, and Point and they needed help. Fuck we were just there to relax…. Andy's jumpsuit didn't fit so Attila had to go rear float… We did some creeping and then snuck away for a beer… I was shitting myself not having jumped for so long… But really wanted to help the boys out… Wearing their G3s to the plane so we wouldn't be recognised was a bit weird…

But all worked out… Attila was lightning fast out the door… Laser instant eye contact together and we were on. The Belgies were a bit slow to get going and we needed to nurse their fall rate a little… But we picked them up and wound up the pace through their jump… You could see them getting it…

The Belgies were a bit slow to get going but we picked them up and wound up the pace

By break off I was fucked! I hardly tracked and just dumped… I've never jumped a JFX before ever… What a stunning opening, what relief, I couldn't believe the light toggles and beautiful turns, then when I came to land… Christ what a powerful casual flare… Attila actually designed the JFX… I'd designed like 20 canopies before so didn't want to say anything to him but fuck it was good!

We'd just won the world meet

Hayabusa win the World Championships, Skydive Chicago – with a little help from their friends&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;by <a href='' class='captionLink'>CYPRES</a>
Hayabusa win the World Championships, Skydive Chicago – with a little help from their friends — by CYPRES

Haybusa was so wrapped they asked if we'd help again on round 10… All we wanted to do was relax… But ok. This round they were a bit more onto it… They got the pace and got into the groove… I wasn't so scared (beer mostly) so looked up to watch the JFX opening… Man! What a stunning canopy! The Skyart was absolutely beautiful with the sun coming thru it… The artwork and Belgium colours and Haybusa and Icarus logos were just so complex and amazing. We landed… We'd just won the world meet…

Attila and I ran away to the Tiki bar so we didn't get recognised… then went to relax some more. The Belgies were so grateful they offered us their medals and the Ottley Sword… Attila and me said keep 'em. Imagine getting that thing through airport security!…

So well done Boys… Nice work! Glad we could help… fuck yeah! Nice Skydiving! Guys we'll be available at the next world meet on the Gold Coast Australia if you really need us, but we would prefer just relaxing!


September 2016

Tribute Video for Jyro

Master innovator, mad scientist, and life of the party. Rest easy, Jyro, we’ll see you on the other side. Keep the Heinekens cold until we get there.

NZ Aerosports