Friday, August 30, 2013
And if you haven't already heard, Josh shattered Doug's long standing 30 mile state distance record to tiny little bits by flying from Makapuu to … Pipeline. Actually he flew to Off the Walls, for those who know their surf breaks. Josh's flight was about 35 miles, or possibly 40 as it's scored online. He said he found a sweet thermal just before the Kahuku wind farm, which took him to cloud base and gave him the chance to cut over the tip of the island to the north shore. He landed in horrible offshore rotor at the beach, to the delight of the surfers who were hanging out wishing for waves. Just another routine landing for a world class comp pilot.
I flew from a super light and thermic Kahana to Temple Valley, and then turned back to chase Josh because of the low clouds over Kaneohe, eventually landing at Kahuku Golf Course for my farthest out and back distance, or any distance, 30.7 miles. Kaya picked me up on her way to retrieve Josh, and we got to relax for a bit with cold beverages and snacks at Ehukai beach park. Thanks for the ride Kaya!
In many ways it was my best flight ever, for thermaling, decision making, fortitude, stamina, etc. And it's actually my farthest flight here by like a mile, slightly extending my old Makapuu to Hukilau personal best. I am so happy with today's flight. A rare flight where I wouldn't second guess anything I did. I wouldn't have minded having higher clouds to make it all the way to Makapuu and back, but this was the first time for me flying an out and back past the Pyramid, and I look forward to more flights like that!
As for the other Makapuu straight liners: Dave flew a very respectable 29 miles from Makapuu to BYU, Kauai Adam flew 24 miles from Makapuu to Punaluu, and Thom flew 15 miles from Makapuu to Hygienics. Thom's first flight was cut short by GI issues, but he made up for it with his late shift charge. Others who I heard flew or showed up: SF Derek, Gaza, Maui Aaron, Johnimo, Reaper, Maui Doug, McStalker, Jorge, Frank, and Woody. And Brian flew at Kealia in his Little Cloud at the end of the day.
If anyone has a story to tell, feel free to post your own story, or just add a comment here. And let me know if anyone got any pictures or video from today so I can include them here.
Posted by Alex at 1:22 AM