Mussel Rock, Pacifica, 5:30pm. SW @ 11mph
Launched from The Jungle, my first launch here. It’s a bowl shaped launch with noticeable venturi. Preflighted off-launch, then set up in rosette at top of launch, with me several paces downhill, brakes on wrists, hands on As and Ds. Wing came up easily, I chased it uphill a few steps to stabilize, turned and launched with uneven speed, stomping a few bushes along the way. Immediately turned south to work Walker ridge. Got sharply pulled up and toward the ridge a few times, accompanied by some sinky spots. Brake lines were wrapped 360 around risers, adding lots of friction. Because brake handles were on my wrists, it was difficult to undo the wrap. After one pass on Walker, turned away from terrain to fiddle with brakes. Fixed both brakes over the steps, landed gently in the wind on the second level road. After landing, witnessed a near-accident in front of Walker ridge. Experienced, out-of-practice pilot was making sharp inputs and dropped 50 feet in a cascade of semi-recoveries: almost-spin, almost-stall, almost-stall, dive, and finally a swing through recovery. People were reaching for their cell phones.
- Brake lines twisted on launch.