Mussel Rock, Pacifica, SW @ 13mph
Two failed launches from Walker. I set up on the north side of Walker ramp and started a decent reverse launch. As I turned around to my left, the wing lifted me 2 feet while still reversed. The glider quickly turned left into the wind, twisting the crossed risers. My body rotated to follow the twist, unwinding it with enough momentum that I was facing backwards again. The glider continued its leftward turn and nosed into the hill. I impacted facing the hill, feet first, and rolled. No damage.
I quickly set up a second launch from the same spot. I did a too-brief preflight and missed the fact that my somersault had put a 360° twist into my left riser. Immediately after bringing the wing up I realized my error and aborted the launch.
After two embarrassing attempts, I went down to Lemmings for an easier setup and more relaxing launch.
- Popped up using brakes in strong wind.
- Did not reset preflight after failed launch.