I tried it again today in slightly higher winds, I think I managed 10% success rate but walking forward helped a lot.
Pops too hard: I try and remember when flying UL to hold back on the inputs. The UL feels so much lighter than the STD, especially in 3mph breeze it's like a feather. I have tried practicing popping with just my wrists when flying UL, but it's hard and I forget
Next time, I will try to focus on the one smooth motion, it makes sense now that I think about it.