On December 27 late afternoon (16:00-17:00), PG pilot launched from Crestline, was performing low passes and foot drags on launch, and caught their glider in the trees behind launch while landing.
Weather was cool and winds were light and steady. Between 16:00 and 17:00, Crestline Launch weather station reported W and SW winds @ 6-9mph.
Emergency or Medical Response
No emergency or medical response called or required.
No injuries reported.
Paraglider pilot – no USHPA rating or CSS membership.
Pilot did not make a precise controlled landing while performing maneuvers on launch.
Pilot lacked the requisite skills, judgment, and rating to launch and perform low-to-the-ground maneuvers at Crestline.
??? I’m at a loss. This is a consistent and recurring theme with our site, with P2s and below (or completely unrated) pilots launching without supervision and an incident occurring. To date, there has been no collective will to correct this behavior so it’s pretty certain that this will continue.