Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Sunday: Four First Timers to Kahuku Golf Course
Kauai Bob had an early window with a plane to catch in the afternoon, so I headed up to join him for a rare morning flight. The air felt strange, like it couldn't decide if it was trying to blow north or east, but I zigzagged my way to Kualoa and back while waiting for it to make up its mind. Meanwhile lots of pilots showed up to join us, and the flow turned more decidedly east, so we set our sights on Kahuku Golf Course. Only a few of us have ever landed there, but this seemed like a day for many to achieve that milestone.
After a gorgeous cold photo session above Sacred Falls, I led the way to Kahuku Golf Course, arriving with a comfortable margin, followed by James, Scot and Reaper for their first times. Congrats, guys! Kauai Bob landed at BYU, Berndt at Pounders (I think), McStalker at Laie Point, and Gaza at Malaekahana, just a hair short of the golf course. Thanks to Duck and Colin for the retrieves! Later we drove back out to the golf course to see Thom land there for his first time. Not sure it counts though, because he had such a long head start coming from Makapuu! We also heard that Don and Paul made it from Makapuu to Kualoa, and much later Steve and Scrappy flew to Waiahole.
Monday: Five First Timers to Two Golf Courses!
The work week dawned a bit stronger and bit more decidedly east. But that didn't stop a record number of slackers, retirees and flextimers from hitting it hard on a Monday. Duck started things off, hiking up at 8:30 and texting me to wake up and join him. I rushed out with my coffee and hiked up to follow him. He was already across the bay in the strongest eastiest conditions ever. I didn't know how he'd managed that. I followed and barely punched over there on full bar. It was kind of amazing and kind of creepy to be over there in such strong east flow. After getting up over there I flew the slowest trip to Mokolii I've ever made. Although the return trip was pretty darn fast. By then we had reinforcements to join us for the downwind mission.
We were hoping for more first timers to the golf course, and we weren't disappointed. Duck landed there for his first time ever, while Scot and I milked our glides out a bit further down the coast to the point. I'm pretty sure it was my most distant landing spot. Scot was a couple hundred yards farther and snagged the record. Though it wouldn't last long, as it turned out. Scot and I embarked on an epic hike out across Turtle Bay Golf Course to the resort, where Ginger and Duck picked us up, before we grabbed Joey, who had also landed at Kahuku Golf Course for his first time. Congrats to Joey and Duck! Don made it to Malaekahana, very nearly making the golf course. Brazilian Alex made it almost back to Kahana from Punaluu.
As the first shift arrived back at Kahana, Mad Dog, Paul and Colorado Garrett were starting their downrange adventures. Duck and I chased them in the car, and we got to see Mad Dog smash the northbound site record with a landing at Turtle Bay Golf Course. Many of us have dreamt about that landing. It wasn't quite as dreamy as I'd imagined it though: Mad Dog had to descend through some nightmarishly strong and turbulent flow to get down. The other two flew just past Kahuku golf course on deeper inside lines, and picked out some creative and unique landing zones for themselves. Thanks to Ginger and Duck for retrieves. And special thanks to Nightshift for the duty free wee drams. What a prince!
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