I arrived at Compton red cliffs on my motorbike at around mid day. No one else was there which left me thinking if I was mad turning up. On approaching the launch I found it was on and perfect.
A quick set up and preliminary launch to check the conditions took me up the whites and easily too. This was it… It's on.
Back to launch… Set up a camera and go for it.
Back to the whites for height gain, the first gap and spur needed height to check how it was all working. Initially at the first spur I wasn't convinced… But hey… Why am I here if not to try… 2 passes and I dart down wind to Brook my achillies heel. I've bombed out here more times than I dare to count but luck was on my side and I connected with lift the other side.
That bit passed I'd yet to pass it on the way back.
Moving on the cliffs get a bit better and give me loads if height all the way to black gang… Easy!
A quick play in the clouds and some height again I set off into wind.
The wind had picked up and was seriously slowing progress. At every spur heading directly upwind, I had to get the speedbar just right to make any progress but avoid getting too low.
I'm used to getting low at Meon shore but this is different, there us more on the line for me.
Teasing every inch of lift at every chance I manage to get to Brook. Now I've been here before and failed to make it. I slowed down but refused to loiter too long. My height looked good and I managed to pass the gap and connect right away. Phew… Almost there. One more spur, luckily to be a good cliff and I'm round… Onward past the surfers, holiday makers and the icecream van. All I had to do was land back at the reds.
On arrival there were others to share my glee with. Job done!
This coastal flight is not straight forward. If it were easy everyone would do it. It's taken me 4 attempts at 4 different dates to get this task done.