Eagle Paragliding field trip to Marshall

A fun afternoon flying Marshall Saturday, The Eagle van rolled out off the Mesa a little after 12:00 and arrived at Andy Jackson Flight Park right on time at 2:30. Our club President and Vice President, the awesome duo of Jon Blake and Dave Koski were already there along with the other Dave’s (Bader and Hogan), our students Bryan and Alex and our friend Stan. Bryan Rice pulled in shortly after and the group including Juho and I were ready to head up to launch. I ran into our friend Greg Hunter who had just landed in the LZ and was camping with his kids. He graciously offered to be our driver which would give him an opportunity to show his kids the launch area front he top. The Eagle Van left the LZ fully loaded.

It was great to see Enleau as we pulled up to launch. He had just top landed after, according to him, an awesome 2 hour flight. He gave us some of his local knowledge and we walked down to the hang glider launch area for our preflight. Conditions on launch were perfect. Rob Mckenzie had just arrived to fly a tandem and made us feel welcomed.

Jon, Bryan Rice, Stan and the 3 Dave’s got off pretty quickly and had no trouble climbing up in the house thermal. There seemed to be lift everywhere. Alex and Bryan got ready and both had nice launches and great flights. Bryan is a brand new P2 with very little air time. He did an amazing job. The air was a little turbulent in the beginning of his flight but as the sun got lower in the sky, the conditions really mellowed. Bryan began to feel the thermals and was building up his bump tolerance a bit. He had a great flight of over an hour and 20 minutes and landed perfectly in the beautiful grassy Marshall LZ. Juho and I got off a little late and conditions had changed a bit. Juho had to struggle a bit to get up but finally made it out, got high and played around for at least a couple hours. I was a bit luckier and got up right at launch. It seemed like you could go anywhere and stay up.

Everyone was thrilled with their flights but no one was more thrilled than David Hogan. David flew longer than any of us yesterday and had a great flight lasting over 2 and a half hours. Prior to his flight yesterday I believe his longest flight was 30 minutes.

After flying I ran into Owen and Len who had given up their day of flying to work on the deck at the swimming hole. If you haven’t been to Marshall or haven’t been there in a long time, it’s well worth the trip. Owen and Len have done an amazing job. Owen took Jon, Koski and I on the tour to show us around. The man made swimming hole is unbelievable. The running water is very refreshing. There are deck chairs in the water for chilling out on a hot day after flying. Beautiful koi spend their time swimming around. Len and Owen are in the process of finishing off a 2 story sunning deck overlooking the swimming hole. The campgrounds are incredible and they even have showers.

After we packed up, everyone headed back towards home. Juho and I stuck around for a while to visit. Owen taught me how to play a new game with wooden blocks and dowels. I think they call it Kings. Before we headed out, Enleau invited us to share some dinner. It was a really fun day. We are going to have to do that again soon. Thanks for getting everyone together Koski. That was good thinking.

-Marge

Club meeting Thursday at Rusty’s. The fun starts at 7pm with a drawing and a movie!

We will be holding our monthly club meeting this Thursday May, 1st at Rusty’s pizza on Bath and Carrillo at 7pm. We have some club business to discuss and then we will be having a drawing. A drawing you say! Yes, a drawing. We will put all current* members names in a jar and pull out winners for the following prizes. If you are not sure if you paid for 2014, check the list here member list.

1st round drawing prizes (Winner need not be present to win, must be current 2014 member)
5 free hang glider coupons for rides to launch – courtesy John Greynald**
5 paraglider coupons for rides to launch – courtesy of Eagle Paragliding**
5 paraglider coupons for rides to launch – courtesy of Fly Above All Paragliding**
1 SBSA t-shirt
1 SBSA t-shirt
2nd round drawing prizes (Only those present will win, must be current 2014 member)
1 SBSA t-shirt
1 SBSA t-shirt
$20 Rusty’s gift certificate
$20 Rusty’s gift certificate
1 Bottle of “better then average” wine
1 Bottle of “better then average” wine

At the conclusion of the drawings we will be showing the “Big Blue Sky” movie which is sure to entertain you, Big Blue Sky is a feature length documentary about hang gliding, the first Extreme Sport, and how it started.

We are hoping to do some fun club trips and events in the near future and will keep you updated as they are planned.

Thanks and we hope you will join us this Thursday at the club meeting!
2014 SBSA board of directors

*For the drawing at the May 1st club meeting you must be current 2014 member to win, if you are unsure of your membership status please check the list here –> member list.
If you still need to renew your membership, it’s easy, just click on this link here http://sbsa.info/join-the-sbsa/ and follow the directions. If you are not planning to be present at the meeting, to be included in the round 1 drawing, your membership must be current by 12:00 noon on Thursday, May 1st. If you renew your membership and pay in person at the meeting you will be included for both drawings.

**All rides to launch coupons do not expire and are transferable if you wish to donate one or all to someone else.

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Upcoming events on the SBSA calendar

Thursday, May 1st
SBSA Club meeting – 7:00pm
Saturday, May 17th
Sylmar Spring Air Festival – 9:30am
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BIG SUR PARTY!!!

Come on up to Plaskett Creek Campground April 11&12 for our first party of 2014!
Mountain and ridge flying possibilities, surfing, mountain biking, beach combing, otters, musicians, and a giant campfire are just a few of the amenities.
Pot luck Saturday night.
Bring a dish to share.
Will be posting more details soon.

The fees for pcc are, $15 for 1 car for one night, $25 for one  car for 2 nights.

Parking is limited so carpooling is a great way to save space and $.

 

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2013 SBSA Holiday Party

When:  Saturday, December 7th, 2013 – 6:30pm

Where:  Robin’s Cantina – Take Foothill Rd (192) to Ontare Rd. Go north (uphill) on ontare to the end At the cul-de-sac end of Ontare, continue on the private Rd through the gate (Gate code was sent via email). Robin’s driveway is the second right turn (uphill) after the small wooden bridge, aprox. 3/4 MI from Ontare. There is a large steel gate (open) about 100ft up the dirt driveway from the road, after the gate, stay to the left past the big metal buildings.   See maps under directions below.

Dress:  Warm! Party theme this year is festive holiday hat party!!!

Details:  The Santa Barbara Soaring Association’s 2013 Holiday Party will be held on December 7th at Robin’s Cantina. Robin has again graciously offered his Cantina again for our annual party.  His Cantina is a bar on his private property in the foothills of Santa Barbara. This is a very special place and our past parties have been great fun! This will be a POT LUCK style party so everyone needs to bring a dish so sign up with what you are bringing: Potluck signup

The club will providing some beer, wine and utensils. Everyone is always welcome to bring more spirits to help keep them flowing all night long.

We will have a live band this year!! “The Cavern’s” will play around 9ish in the evening and rock us into the night!

Current forecast shows it will be cold outside but most the rain should pass prior to the party (*if we believe the forecasts)  Warm clothes are highly recommended 🙂

Directions: Robin’s Cantina

Parking:  Carpooling is encouraged as there is limited parking.  If you double park, only block in people you know so they don’t have to search for you all night to get out.  Camping is encouraged if you wish not to drive after the party. Please plan to be responsible when drinking and plan to camp or have a designated driver or ride.

Time to party!

SBSA board of directors

Wish you were There! Big Sur – Oct 19 & 20, 2013

Big Sur Rock My Baby SessionsBig Sur- Rock Me Baby Sessions - Our lame government held our campsites hostage.Thankfully, We got the green light 48 hours before our reservation started.Saturday and Sunday were both sunny Thermaling days.The lack of rain meant no campfire. We had to improvise, and drink more whiskey, and keep moving to stay warm. We Rocked it to the wee hours, then got up and headed up the mountain. Hope you can make it next time so you get to join in on the fun.Wish You Were There!!! Rock Me Baby!