Windy take-off

Maurer (SUI) had a strong-wind launch this morning at 7am. Watch it here. You will see by that video that it is extremely windy out there. Many athletes will decide it is too windy for them, so will opt to hike. Maurer on the other hand is a master at this – he regularly trains in high-wind conditions. At the start of his flying career he used to train in winter in snow-covered fields in 50km/h winds, that way he could master control of his glider safely. That deep training pays off in conditions like these. 

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