Sunday, 29 May 2011

A Local Day Out

  A week’s paternity leave and time to finally get the Willow on my favourite local cliff.  Just 25m high ‘Wiz cliff’ gives you no hiding places, get it right and you go fast, get it wrong and you slow down.  Without a good night’s sleep a 2 weeks I was never going to stretch the Willow’s capabilities.  Her manners would be tested but she didn’t let me down.

  High Nordic turns, bank and yank or playful half pipes you really can get away with almost anything as you put a smile on your face.  I didn’t put any ballast in the Willow today but the clean efficiency of the Willow gave an impressive return.  Was iis fun- I can't remember the last ime I left a Wizard compact in the box all day!

 Less said about the flying the better but thanks to Phil taylor- here's a the sound of Willow int he english summer  Here

 With the first Willow wings that include carbon Sock being pressed tonight I just can’t wait!
  Some more pics here

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

There Here!

  The Latest Willows arrived this week (I really must nick the missus’ kitchen scales!).  The quality and production has improved with each model and it started off good!  The strength and toughness of the wings looks to be there still but now the weight feels on the money with the wing pannels weighing 628g each.  We’re even testing the different colour schemes for you and two of these beauties are off for ‘field trials’ and more feedback so Keep an eye out for Willows near you.
  All going well the Willows will be available very soon with prices at around £500 for the standard lay-up.  With performance to match the best out there I’m really excited to have made this model available.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Team Willow

  Now I know what you’ve been thinking, “Just how well does the Willow go in stunning coastal lift?”  Well the excitement among Team Willow was palpable and so the 45mph winds of Start Point were braved with full support, the position of team Photographer was given to Ben.

  You won’t be surprised to hear that with knees knocking the Willow tracked out like a train and then just got faster.  It’s a good demonstration of a slippery design that energy is maintained in the vertical and half pipes just get bigger and bigger.  With 1kg of ballast on board it was time try and bend or break her in the air- but she wouldn’t break and that big old carbon spar just shrugged off the treatment.

  So what’s next?  Start Point is one long DS possibility but with the wind getting stronger and a definite lack of enthusiasm from Team Willow’s mum when I suggested a circuit around the backside that will have to wait.

  The Beta’s are on their way so watch this space!