On the road to Salt Lake City.
O'Brien dragging a tip.
Jeff entertaining us with a slider.
Nick and I got a hold of Peter Swanson from Wills Wing and planned to meet him at Marshall flying site. After a night in the desert we rolled into LA and surprisingly enough got off the interstate at exactly the correct place without an idea where we were going. After coffee, we headed to the LZ and meet up with Peter, Dexa, Andreas, and Wolfgang. Since it was our first time there, Peter wanted to take us to the Marshall launch. Nick had a strong launch and got a long flight trying to work thermals for the first time. The mountain is brown with many thermals, so I managed to work out an hour and a half in the air. After everyone got down, we headed to Peter's for the evening.
The next day was of course another flying day so we headed to same place. This time Peter thought it would be alright to launch from Crestline. This launch is about a thousand feet higher than Marshall and just behind it. We all launched and couldn't seem to find much, so we headed to Marshall. Once we crested the ridge, the soaring began. The mountain was producing thermals similar to the day before, but a little weaker. After an hour I landed and enjoyed the rest of the day from the nice grassy LZ. Now it was time to visit Brad Potter, so off to Santa Monica we went.
Heading to LA. Wolfgang landing. Sunset at Marshall launch.
In the morning we woke to an overcast sky, but that didn't matter because we were surfing today. Nick decided to rest so Brad, Christina, and I went to the beach just south of the pier. The surf was small, but since it was my first time surfing, I still got worked. I lucked out on my first wave and got up. After this though, I spent time tumbling in the waves. The morning flew by and before I new it, we were done. Even though I got thrashed a few times, I had a blast and was looking forward to next day.
Another morning was spent surfing. I continued to get the hang of it and was able to catch a few more waves. Once again we saw some dolphins porpoising just outside of the break adding to the awesome experience. Afterwards, Brad had to work so Nick and I spent some time wondering around town checking out the fantasy life that is LA.
The road to home.