Despite working most of the Easter weekend, I was able to gab a few hours and head down to Wolfgat Nature Reserve, on the shore of False Bay near Cape Town. Here, when the southerly winds blow against the dunes and low sea cliffs, one can enjoy hours of simple, smooth soaring. Equipped with my beloved Gradient XC3 glider, a lightweight Sup’Air harness and my GoPro, I took my turn cavorting over the cliffs and doing wingovers above the waves with the playful gulls. Magic. Watch in HD if you can.
The video was shot on GoPro and then, as an experiment, I downloaded the footage wirelessly and edited the entire thing on my iPad. It’s a bit of a rough cut but amazes me that the technology has advanced to the stage where this is possible. It also makes converting your fun footage into something shareable while traveling a serious option. Impressive.
The music is by an artist specializing in ‘Chillstep’ (relaxed melodic dubstep) that I am really enjoying at the moment, called Blackmill. Check out his stuff on iTunes and elsewhere online. Kudos.
Great flight for two hours on a beautiful morning today. Took off over mist-shrouded fields and landed 82km and two hours later back at the Altona airstrip to find a large group of PPG and microlight pilots chatting in the sunshine… and offering me a fresh up of coffee. Can it get better?
…at Red Cross Children’s this beautiful evening. Forgive me these gratuitous shots, but Cape Town truly delivered the most beautiful autumn evenings. Having floor-to-ceiling windows in the theatre certainly helps. Now, back to work…
A beautiful day along the Cape Peninsula flying a Wills Wing T2 145. Launching from Signal Hill, climbing out over Lions Head, crossing over to Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles, then back to land at Mouille Point before the rain.
…my new Speedster paramotor wing! Very impressive quick service – the wing shipped from the factory in the day of the order and arrived within 5 days – including a weekend! I haven’t had a chance to fly her yet due to work commitments, but got in some ground-handling yesterday before the Aviator’s Club meeting:
Now she needs a suitable name. Suggestions, anyone?
I first learnt of Danny MacAskill while watching the Banff Mountain Film Festival a few years ago, and since then have kept a watchful eye on what he produces. Similar to my prior comments on parkour, MacAskill creates a fluid interpretation of fixed structures and spaces that would have never occurred to most of us; like really great photography, he makes me look at the world with new eyes and new appreciation. I could never hope to emulate this on a bicycle, but on a rainy morning it’s good enough just to watch: poetry in motion.
Watch in HD if you can. The music is also a treat.
I’ve just received the prize – will unpack and review soon. Thanks to you all for support, and thanks Garmin SA: I hope this is the beginning of a wonderful friendship. I already have some new adventures planned…
…in an initiative/competition run by Garmin. They are looking for stories of how people “Live Beyond” in various categories – outdoor, fitness, automotive, marine and aviation. I’ve entered our Cape Point paramotor flight in the aviation category, and now need votes. Click here to visit and vote for my entry at LiveBeyond.co.za