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Dreaming of a Thermal Holiday


Everybody knows that some T-shirts and some rash guards help to make the season bright.

We Make Flying Look Good Well, to be more accurate, the designers at Thermal Pilot make us look good. We are excited to announce a partnership with the newest pilot clothing brand. Recently launched, Thermal Pilot was created by our very own, homegrown SHGA pilot and incredibly talented designer, Hector Realubit. You may have seen some of the beautiful rash guards and tank tops already out. Their newest collection has just been released - the Windsports collection! Filled with Windsports colors, these pieces are here just in time for the holidays. Be sure to place your order by the 10th to receive items by Christmas and Kwanzaa.


Check out the new Windsports Thermal Pilot Collection Here



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How you can help, what to expect, and other updates.

From The Windsports Team


We have good news! Beach instruction and limited mountain instruction will be reopening as of Saturday, June 20th.


Even though it has been a long time since we've been able to teach and be in person with you all, we still feel our community every day. As we look toward reopening there is so much to consider. Our first priority is the safety of our students and the community. This is a time for our grass root community to come together to support each other, even while social distancing.


With that in mind, we ask your respect for our older and more vulnerable pilots. Please be aware of social distancing measures and sanitation concerns. It's okay to admit it, we've all become a little more germaphobic. What to Expect


As we return to lessons we will be taking precautionary measures such as wiping down all equipment with disinfectant frequently between uses, helmet linings, spacing out students to keep more than six feet apart, requiring face masks, offering hand sanitizer, and limiting the number of students. If you sign up for a beach lesson we also recommend bringing a beach towel or chair to sit on as we will no longer be providing seating.


We are opening the beach lessons following county guidelines. We expect mountain tandems to follow in the coming months, however, in the meantime, we will be utilizing every option to get our more advanced students the flights they need. In compliance with all state and county ordinances and restrictions, only air high fives will be given.


Solo instruction on the mountain will also begin as instructors are available. We will be keeping pilot rides down to a socially distanced number to ensure the safety of our pilot community.

Ways You Can Help

Many people are asking for ways to help our small business reopen so here are some simple ideas.


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Written by Erika Klein


2019 was full of great flights and friends—and 2020 will be even better!

Windsports had a fantastic 2019 of flying, teaching, traveling, laughing, and enjoying our wonderful sport and community. In looking back on some memories from the year, we don’t honestly know how we’ll top them—but we’re looking forward to giving it our best shot.

Check out a few of our highlights from 2019 below, as well as some exciting plans for 2020!

Windsports highlights from 2019


Valle de Bravo trip

In February, Joe Greblo and a group of Sylmar pilots joined Vuelo Libre for a flying tour of Valle de Bravo, Mexico. Winter is the best time to fly Valle, and pilots enjoyed many XC flights, adventures in town, and delicious tacos.


Point of the Mountain soaring

For the second year in a row, around 20 Sylmar pilots traveled to the Point of the Mountain near Salt Lake City, Utah in May for some of the best ridge soaring in the country. Even though the weather wasn’t always cooperative, we flew both the South Side and the North Side of the Point, with everyone getting a chance to soar. Pilots also enjoyed flights at nearby sites like Inspiration Point.



New Windsports truck

The blue Suburban carried pilots up Kagel Mountain and on other flying trips for over a decade, but all good things come to an end. We are excited to have upgraded to a newer, more reliable Excursion to continue transporting our students and pilots on a variety of adventures. When you see the white truck, you know it’s time to go flying!



Flying Yosemite

Open only to those with a rating of H4 (advanced) and above, Yosemite is a major goal for many hang glider pilots. This year, Josh and I got to achieve our dream of flying Yosemite for the first time alongside several of our pilot friends. The trip was extra special as it was also Andy’s first time serving as a Yosemite site monitor.

Soaring over Yosemite is as beautiful and epic as hang gliding gets, and is well worth the patience it takes to make it there! Check out this video to experience what flying off Glacier Point feels like. Video Credit Josh Laufer.




Big Sur

One of the most loved trips of the year, Windsports’ annual Big Sur flying and camping trip took place in September. Located on the coast of Central California, Big Sur is known for its beautiful sled rides above the ocean. This year, we got especially lucky with the weather and many pilots achieved soaring flights—with Josh even landing back on top of launch! Big Sur’s stunning views, great camping, and smooth air (ideal for newer pilots) makes it a fantastic trip for everyone.



People Love Us on Yelp!

Windsports is thrilled to have received the coveted “People Love Us on Yelp” sticker for a couple of years in a row. It’s truly a dream come true for us to teach people to hang glide, and we’re always elated when we can help our customers’ and students’ dreams take flight, too!


Otto Lilienthal glider

Andy worked several times with Markus Raffel on flying his replica 1895 Otto Lilienthal glider, a precursor to modern hang gliders. After flying the historic glider at our own Dockweiler Beach training hill and at Marina Beach in Northern California, they took it to the East Coast to fly on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in December.

Working with the Kitty Hawk Kites hang gliding school, Andy flew the Lilienthal glider alongside Billy Vaughn on the school’s reproduction 1902 Wright glider—the first time in history that the gliders have been flown side by side. We loved being a part of the biggest hang gliding schools on the west and east coasts coming together to relive history, and the event was even covered by the Smithsonian Air & Space magazine!






Coming up in 2020

Valle de Bravo 2020 trip

Andy and other pilots are on a flying adventure to Mexico in right now. They will be getting glider rentals, rides, expert guidance, and top-notch XC tips from Rudy Gotes of Vuelo Libre. It’s sure to be a great trip!



Welcome to New Instructor Cyndia

If you’ve spent much time at the beach, you’ve probably flown or worked with Cyndia: a H3 pilot, dedicated assistant teacher, and now a brand new basic instructor (and my mom)! Windsports is excited to welcome Cyndia to our instructor family, and we can’t wait to watch her keep introducing students to the joys of flight.


Windsports calendar

We’re super excited to introduce the new Windsports calendar! Check it out for upcoming flying trips, clinics, and events. You’ll now know in advance when all our flying adventures are coming up, and will have no excuses not to join us!


NEW EMAIL

Note: Windsports no longer uses our Earthlink email address; please contact fly@windsports.com to sign up for flying trips and for all other requests.

We’d like to sincerely thank our students, instructors, pilots, and the rest of our community for a great year. We are looking forward to flying with you in 2020 and for many years to come!

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