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Tick Point slope day

thenated0g

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#1

I asked the guys that live down in the Bay Area "what spot would you go to if you out of all the spots you talk about in the forums?". It was pretty unanimous that tick point was the spot. Plus this is where Flitetest did one of there sloping videos.

Winds were almost perfecting coming at the mountain at 25mph avg gusting up to 30mph. Perfect day.

I met Wayne, the owner of Aloft Hobbies, and he gave me a lot of great tips.

Spot location: https://www.google.com/maps/place/3...1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d37.8668047!4d-122.5878868
 

thenated0g

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There are more consistant and closer sites than tick for you guys in the south bay. One spot i really want to go to is called Mussell rock, its right here:
https://goo.gl/maps/rMRJmKbosx92

The mussell rock area is considered a world class slope spot for those manned parachute things which the name is escaping me at the moment. But you have like a couple miles of cliff/park area to slope planes from.

If you check this guys youtube page he not only has amazing scratch builds, but pretty much all his videos are at this location:

I have been researching these places for the past year or 2. I will start a new post in the correct place here in the forums and do a brain dump on all my links and bookmarks. Ill link it here. There are so many good spots in the bay area.
 

thenated0g

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#4
It was really hard launching a plane in 30mph winds. Instantly, if your nose is not straight into the wind, the plane is either ripped violently out of your hands (catches the bottom of the plane) or it is thrown into the ground (top of plane into wind). And you really think that you need to toss the plane in the air, but its already going 30mph. You just place it up in the air and let go. Everytime i would give my plane a push or throw it would get ejected hard. Wayne told me that from his viewpoint, everytime i did that i was either pushing the nose up or down which gave the wind something to really push against as that top or bottom was shown to it.
 

thenated0g

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#5
meh ill just post them here :)

Some good places to check for Bay Area sites:

101 pages of posts about south flying spots​
For wind i have had a lot of success using this site. Just click on the red markers to see hourly forecast. In my experience the wind is going to usually be higher at the top of the hills than what it says.
https://www.windfinder.com/#11/37.4353/-122.0396
 

thenated0g

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#6
For your first time i would suggest you find a spot that has winds going at least 15-20mph straight into the hill your flying or pretty close to perpendicular. when at the hill look down the hill at the grass and bushes and see how far down the hill the wind is hitting it. The more of the hill getting hit the more its going to push up. If its really windy at the top but no grass is moving down the hill than it may not be a good spot as the wind is probably coming right at you and not getting pushed up the hill.