2018 wrap-up


Another year has flown by and I can’t believe that it’s already time to wrap up 2018

Watching a storm system develop, explode, and break apart

It looks like I was able to get an hour long out and return flight in Jan. But that is pretty common for Cowboy Up Hang Gliding. There is usually pretty consistent hang gliding going on all year long.

These numbers do not show any of the tandems that I did…only solo.

2018 was tough, to say the least, but I learned a lot about myself as a pilot. Without a doubt my biggest learning experience was my crash in Refugio. What an eye opener! Since the accident I have been giving myself plenty of margin and it has taken a lot of the stress out of my flying.

Lets, see what are some of the highlights. I won the 2018 xcontest.com USA competition for the Sports class. The United States Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association sent me an awesome medal and a super cool jacket! I really love the jacket! I had a big flight that I was unable to upload the data and it held back my score but I still won!

Getting the sail back on and the fit was perfect!!

That brings me to another highlight of 2018, REFUGIO!!! I had some amazing flights and made some great memories! What I am most proud about was my rebound after the crash. I was able to get back on the saddle and make some EPIC flights! The crown jewel would be my first “Test” flight on the all new Moyes Gecko 170 and flying 140 miles for 8 hours! What a trip! Hanging out with Jonny Durand, getting the pep talks and learning all about Jonnys’ past was friggen awesome! I learned a lot!

Soaring Skies

The other main highlight of 2018 was getting my Tandem Instructors rating! Wow, it really is awesome to take someone up and see their eyes fill with Hang Gliding stoke! Yewww!!! The training to become a Tandem Instructor for Aerotow was rigorous. I really felt a LOT of weight being added to my shoulders every time I flew. It changes the way I fly and it is in a good way. Here is to many more tandems in 2019!!!

Probably the COOLEST flight of 2018 was my Mothers Day Flight where I flew 120+ miles on the exact same day (Mothers Day) one year before. I took a slightly different path but I was familiar with most of the area! So much fun!!! I managed to fly even further than 2017! For mothers day 2019, you bet your bottom dollar, I’m going for a three-peat!

Anyways, I have been running this site for a few years now. I rarely get any comments, email, or feedback. So, I think that I am going to close this chapter of my life, writing about hang gliding. More than likely I will not renew the website thermalcowboy.com and save the $200 dollars.