Sunday, January 21, 2018

Boogaland Debrief

As you may all know, someone had to spend the night in the jungle (aka Boogaland) after landing out in the back of Kahana Valley last week. Mistakes were made, of course. But there are also a few things to learn. This "story" will hopefully relay these lessons and make all of us better pilots. I must apologize in advance for the lack of photos.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

First Annual Boogaland Open

We are pleased to announce an exciting new annual competition for adventurous paraglider pilots! Join us for an event on what many imagine to be the most urban and overdeveloped island swarming with tourists, and prepare to plunge into a secret tropical heart of darkness! Plot your own course above the majestic peaks and sprawling jungles of our island’s deepest and most remote interior, a wild and ancient rain forest wilderness that is truly a land that time forgot. Very few pilots have dared to explore the air above these vast jungles, but that short roster includes a small number of bold pilots who have also explored the trackless terrain below the forest canopy, leaving us with legends of wings abandoned to the trees by some of these pioneers.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Thermic False Alarm

Paraglider bag ready, proper attire and armed for the final flight. One of our stealth monkeys was ready for his final flight and take anybody out that would stop him from doing so. Crazy how people responded. So, here is what really happened.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Twas The Night Before Christmas

When all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. Our flight decks were charged and wings were all packed with care, in hopes that NO PRESIDENTS will ever be there!

Yes, Hawaii Monkeys there is a Santa Clause, it took 9 years for our letters to be answered as even he was not allowed to fly during Christmas while Obama was here.

On Christmas day 2017 flights were had by many as Christmas cheer was spread from Makapuu to Lanikai with a few landings in between.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

4 Grand of Cold, Hard..........


I bet you all thought I was gonna say CASH!!  Well, you be wrong, when my GPS reads 4100 feet its worth more than CASH, cause I'm gonna go somewhere.  It was a little Cold and it was a little Hard but today's flight started breaking down my walls of getting back on the horse.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Minutes of the 2017 Year End Meeting

Ok sorry, this post was so long in the making, but alot happened at this meeting.  I just wished I didn't blink, cuz I missed it.
Great thanks to Mr. Dave Goto and his extremely much better half Tori Goto for allowing this group of flawed individuals to meet at their home. 100 thanks to Doris for allowing us all to crash her Birthday party.
Oahu Free Flighters may differ in the air but tonite HG pilots & PG pilots left their wings at the door and partied till the Iwa Birds Sang......by the way Iwa birds don't sing we found out.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Broken Wing

Our buddy Gary, aka Gaza, just took a spill at work today when an un-nailed floor joist slipped beneath him and he had the unfortunate fall into a beam 3' below. Three broken ribs is no joke, and don't make him laugh for at least 3 months. Who said paragliding is dangerous? Work is dangerous. Gary, Laurel, and Eli are all working real hard raising Bean, building a home and preparing for winter. And with another sprout on the way it turns up the heat even more. Laurel and Gaza have always stepped up and helped everyone else whenever they could, and I figure a little payback goes a long way so I started a GofundMe page to help them out.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Year-end Meeting, Election, Party: Sat. Nov. 11

Update: venue will now be Dave Goto's house near Olomana in Kailua. Details below.

All local and visiting pilots and friends are invited to our final meeting and party of the year. This is the last meeting of the year where we renew our membership and elect a team to manage club business for the next year. Stay tuned for agenda items to be posted here. Dave Goto is generously hosting the event at his house in Kailua, in concert with the annual hang glider club meeting and party, and also Tim's mom's 100th birthday party. Please bring a dish to share, and your favorite refreshment, and don't forget your $20 dues for next year!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Percolation

I usually get up, grind some beans and let the morning start off with a percolation of coffee. But there was a rumor going around last night about a morning mission, well, at 6:00 am I got the text.  Master Jorge sent out his eta for Makapuu 6:25ish.  No time to grind, I headed out to Makapuu.

Jorge had to suffer through the bike race traffic We launched from crazies just around 7:00 am. missing the sunrise.  I think this was my first dawn patrol at Makapuu, it was magic.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Le Road Trip!

I was struggling to get high in the serpentine thermals above the grassy pasture on the launch ridge. Some local pilots were drifting and climbing well over the back, but I was playing it safer on the front side. Then I heard Jon’s voice on the radio: this is high enough, guys, let’s go explore! And sure enough he turned and headed straight for the high snowy crags at the back of the launch valley. Pete aimed that way too. Somehow I didn’t realize that was actually our plan but I guess I was going along!