WIND LINES

   Online newsletter of the Hawaii Paragliding Association

Monday, April 14, 2014

April Showers

Seventeen eager pilots flocked to Makapuu on Friday to enjoy a long day of light trades and sea breezes on the east side. After a promising early morning appearance, the downrange sky quickly overdeveloped into a dark and drizzly soup, but five of us still managed to enjoy some sprinkly round trips to various points between Greenwalls and Lanikai. And we welcomed 5-0 back to the air after a very long and difficult hiatus.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Wallowing in White Lies

I woke up at 3:30 am on Sunday. For some reason I couldn't go back to sleep [Editor's note: evil never sleeps], so I started working on my flight deck, in preparation for the morning to come. The blipmap was predicting a light north flow, shifting slightly to the east and getting stronger as the day progressed. The day did progress, but my plight would be to enjoy no upward progress, as penance for the underhanded deed that I am about to confess.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Wings of Change

As most of you know, I've been a Gradient snob for quite some time now, a real die-hard, pushing and convincing everyone to get on board, because, well … they are awesome wings. I've owned and flown the Aspen 3, Aspen 4, Freestyle 2, BiGolden, and BiGolden 2. The much anticipated Aspen 5 is due to arrive sometime soon, but I felt like I was missing out on all the new technology that's out there, and I was dying to try something new. I wanted a new experience. So I pulled the trigger, and I'm representing a new brand with some new colors, flying a black and green Ozone Delta 2. I've heard so many great things about this wing, but I missed the chance to test fly it, so I had to take a leap of faith. After today's flight at Koko Head, I am not disappointed by any means.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In Like a Lion...

March surprised us all with a familiar roar over the last few weeks: the sound of strong northeasterly trade winds, heralding the early arrival of consistent summery flying conditions, and the end to what felt like an interminable winter of inclement frontal passages. Winter’s fickle variety is suddenly giving way to summer’s generous predictability. Let us give thanks for the leonine charms of March!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Offshore Flying

I missed Saturday's great flights. I heard there were a bunch of crossings and an epic flight. Alex added a new high score to the 2014 XC League, and Ike had a flight through Kaaawa valley to the Pyramid and beyond. JJ Jameson has been patiently waiting for the ink and color for that day (yeah right), so in order not to tick him off at me, I am jotting this one down before he wakes up and brews a batch of java. Here's the log of the offshore flying, now that my fingers have finally thawed out.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The All Seeing Eye

We were hoping and praying for Wednesday to be the start of a long stretch of 10-15 northeast. That would be trades, if you all can remember. Tuesday opened with a bluster but some gurus thought it just might be good at Kahana. Joey was the first to blow the trumpet, as he was hiking up. Later on Alex started texting. The range did look ominously clear as I poked through the tunnels. Alex sent the final clincher: Fireman Dave's coming. He never comes to Kahana unless he's thinking of going big!

Monday, March 17, 2014

5th Annual Bob Johnson B-Day Party & Flying Festival

Please join us for the fifth annual Bob Johnson Birthday Party and Flying Festival, at Kahana Bay, from May 2 to May 4. We will be camping and flying and celebrating all weekend long. Everyone is welcome: family, friends, visiting pilots. More details coming soon.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Hauula Chronic

Hey, I resemble that remark! After all, I do live in Hauula (for a little while longer anyway), and I am a merry chronicler of a certain chronic malady that we all share. But this title is actually a reference to the extended cross country circuit that extends from Kualoa to Hauula, as traced today by three determined souls. It's not enough just to tag Punaluu anymore! Before we know it we’ll be doing a circuit that includes Laie!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Chronic Condition

Yesterday was the first nice trade wind day at Kahana in over two months! Winter is certainly not over yet, but thankfully summer throws us an occasional bone to keep our chronic condition under control. The flow was quite northerly and gradually grew stronger, but we gnawed on that bone from early morning until dusk. Almost twenty pilots showed up to reacquaint themselves with this summertime site. Many crossed the bay, and one ventured the other way.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Home Down the Range

Oh, give me a home
where the hang gliders roam,
Where the paragliders
like to play,
Where seldom is heard
a discouraging word
And the skies
are not cloudy all day.

Home, home down the range...