Josh Cohn and Joanna Di Grigoli PWC American Open champions

PWC Chelan 2010 podium

PWC Chelan 2010 podium. L-R: Nick Greece, Josh Cohn, Yasushi Kobayashi

PWC Chelan 2010 womens podium

PWC Chelan 2010 womens podium. L-R: Melanie Pfister, Joanna Di Grigoli, Nicole McLearn

US pilots Josh Cohn (Niviuk Icepeak) and Nick Greece (Ozone R10.2) came first and second in the Chelan round of the PWC, that was held from 18 – 24 July. Yasushi Kobayashi (JP, Gin) was third. Venezuelan Joanna Di Grigoli (Niviuk) topped the female listings ahead of the US’s Melanie Pfister (Gin) and Nicole Mclearn (Gradient).

The event was the last of the American rounds, and Josh Cohn and Joanna Di Grigoli are also the American Open Champions for 2010.

The competition, the sixth round of the 2010 PWC series, was described by organisers and participants as “epic”. There were six good tasks, of 77.9 km – 152.9 km in length, with strong thermals and pilots racing hard.

The PWC website is packed with information about the tasks, including maps, and Philippe Broers has been out and about with his video camera again. You can see his videos, including interviews, there or on Above is one of his videos, from task 4.


1. Josh Cohn – US – Niviuk Icepeak
2. Nick Greece – US – Ozone mantra R10.2
3. Yasushi Kobatashi – JP – Gin Boomerang proto

1. Joanna Di Grigoli – VE – Niviuk Icepeak 3
2. Melanie Pfister – US – Gin Boomerang GTO
3. Nicole McLearn – CA – Gradient Aspen 3

1. Porcher Sport (Nick Greece, Nate Scales, Matt Dadam, Meredyth Malocsay)
2. Ozone USA (Jack Brown, Dean Stratton, Eric Reed, Joanna Di Grigoli)
3. Niviuk (Josh Cohn, Brad Gunnuscio, Matt Beechinor, Cherie Silvera)

1. United States
2. Germany
3. Venezuela


1. Josh Cohn – US – Niviuk Icepeak, Eagle Paragliding
2. Nick Greece – US – Ozone
3. Jack Brown – US – Ozone

1. Joanna DiGrigoli – US – Niviuk
2. Melanie Pfister – US – Gin
3. Kamira Pereira – BR – Sol

Edited for accuracy 4 August 2010

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