“I was 19, broke, unemployed and sold my girlfriend’s canopy for drug money… so I thought I better sew her a new one!” What a sentence! What a story. This describes NZ Aerosports’ (now JYRO) humble yet outrageous beginnings, in the words of our founder himself, Paul “Jyro” Martyn.
Our company started with one man with the wildest of spirits and a true blue sky dream. A renegade. In the time that he ran this company, he pushed everything he had to its limits. We miss him – and we always will.
JYRO is the next generation of NZ Aerosports. It honours our founder, of course, because it was the name we all knew him by. But JYRO the re-brand also marks the start of a new chapter. Our next jump. Read about our rebrand to JYRO here…
From getting a paratrooper toy from his Mum, watching parachutes at the DZ as a 6yo, jumping off the wharf with a parachute made from bedsheets, doing his first jump at 16, sewing his first canopy on a borrowed sewing machine at 19, and starting to sell canopies out of a garage in 1986 – Jyro had an undying love for the sky. That passion took him from that garage, to the original graffiti covered Sussex Street beer garden, all the way to today’s factory – a once-office-space transformed into a factory full of plants, history, love and life. Our address has changed many times over the years, but our vibe has not. It is the birthplace of many of our greatest ideas – and all of our worst ones. It’s there that we design and make the canopies that take you right to the edge of your world. Because that’s where the Fuck Yeah! moments live.
PAUL ‘Jyro’ MARTyn
Self-proclaimed omnipotent dictator Jyro was the life and soul of JYRO (previously NZ Aerosports). He was a quirky, eccentric genius, with a scientific eye and an artistic, romantic heart. He passed away in 2017, but his legacy remains at the core of who we are. His motto: don’t fuck up, have a phat time, be the best. We keep pushing hard like Jyro did – because as he would say, there’s fun to be had.