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Review: Ozone’s Zeno, two-liner, EN D

Review: Ozone’s Zeno, two-liner, EN D

“It’s an exquisite, energetic wing, set to wipe the smirks off every CCC pilot on the planet. World Cup performance with acceptable behaviour is finally here.” There are already 700 Zenos on their way to cloudbase and beyond – but how do you know when you’re ready to take the step up to Ozone’s iconic […]

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Review: Advance Pi 2 mountain paraglider

Review: Advance Pi 2 mountain paraglider

“I really fell in love with this wing … it was with great reluctance that I posted it back to Advance.” Passionate hike and fly pilot Charlie King takes Advance’s lightweight Pi 2 mountain wing through its paces and lands with a smile stretching from ear to ear. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss […]

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Cover story: Tandem paragliding over sacred Machapuchare

Cover story: Tandem paragliding over sacred Machapuchare

“The first thermals were weak … but we had to try. We scraped, scratched and battled, and found a thermal that took us up 100m. Slowly we worked it.” Machapuchare, towering over Pokhara, is one of the Himalayas’ holy mountains. But would four brave tandem pilots succeed in their ambitious quest to fly over its […]

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How to make the switch from paragliding to paramotoring

How to make the switch from paragliding to paramotoring

“Far more than other gear, paramotors are finicky and needy. It’s best to set your expectations on ‘realistic’ and allot some quality time with your favourite toolbox.” Thinking of making the switch from free flight to power? Jeff Goin shares his top tips for harnessing thrust … and dealing with those inevitable breakdowns. Find out […]

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Théo de Blic joins Cross Country as acro columnist

Théo de Blic joins Cross Country as acro columnist

Théo de Blic has joined Cross Country Magazine as the magazine’s new acro voice. He will be writing a regular slot on acro paragliding every other issue, starting with issue 179, May 2017. A member of the French acro team and a regular on acro podiums on the competition circuit, he is one of the […]

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Jon Chambers: Flying without the beep

Jon Chambers: Flying without the beep

“Flying on the tandem, my daughter commented on how much nicer it was flying ‘without the thing that goes beep’”. Jon Chambers finds himself flying without a vario and discovers that it’s a great way to improve your piloting skills – and enjoy the Alpine peace and quiet. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss […]

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Icaristics: Re-evaluating the contact position

Icaristics: Re-evaluating the contact position

“Try to use as little brake as possible when flying. This leads to better performance and more safety.” Bruce Goldsmith re-evaluates the contact position and where your hands should be when aiming for the best performance – and safest flights. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss an issue

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Review: Skywalk Chili 4

Review: Skywalk Chili 4

What happens when you give flying guide and cartoonist Steve Ham a whizz on Skywalk’s new Chili 4? Well, let’s just say that his dazzling illustrations speak for themselves. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss an issue

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Paragliding on hold for parts of the Dune du Pyla

Paragliding on hold for parts of the Dune du Pyla

It’s Europe’s biggest sand dune and a playground for coastal paragliding, but France’s huge Dune du Pyla sometimes needs a little TLC, too. Parts have been ruled off limits this season to allow for vital conservation work. We’ve got the latest on the project. Find out more, subscribe, and never miss an issue

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Paragliding with Grupa 303

Paragliding with Grupa 303

“Had it not been for the magnificent material contributed by the Polish squadrons and their unsurpassed gallantry, I hesitate to say that the outcome of the Battle of Britain would have been the same.” Matt Warren meets the pilots of the UK’s largely Polish Grupa 303 paragliding club – and hears first-hand the story of […]

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Flying and sailing the Dalmation Coast: By Francois Ragolski

Flying and sailing the Dalmation Coast: By Francois Ragolski

“Taking off from a small island, climbing up to 1,000m with a thermic wind, just being in that beauty … can you relate to that feeling of happiness?” Acro legend François Ragolski sets sail for Croatia’s Dalmatian coast – and discovers a passion for a more natural way of flying. Find out more, subscribe, and […]

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‘Dealing with the Boys Club’ – Women and free flying

‘Dealing with the Boys Club’ – Women and free flying

“The thing that discourages women most is dealing with the boys’ club. I recently had a male pilot walk up to me on launch and slap me on the ass.” When Australian paraglider pilot Kirsten Seeto wanted to know how other female pilots feel about the sport, she went straight to the source – and […]

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Epic in Ladakh: by Bryan Moore

Epic in Ladakh: by Bryan Moore

By car, it’s 500km and a bone-crunching three days of bumpy roads to get from Leh to Bir in the High Himalaya. But what about by paraglider? Bryan Moore packed his Mentor 4 ¬Light – and battled altitude sickness, MiG 29 jets and some very feisty flying to complete one of the world’s great vol-biv […]

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Review: Skywalk Poison X-Alps, EN D – Spice is nice!

Review: Skywalk Poison X-Alps, EN D – Spice is nice!

“I can see why Skywalk give their gliders spicy names, although I think ‘Poison’ is a bit much! The wing is pretty hot compared to her peers, but she is exciting and a blast to fly.” Ali Andrews gives his verdict on a rip-roaring month in Nepal with Skywalk’s lightweight EN-D: the Poison X-Alps. See […]

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Review: The Aircross U-Cruise – the 446km EN B

Review: The Aircross U-Cruise – the 446km EN B

“With a secure feel and great performance the U-Cruise is undoubtedly a kilometre-muncher. “With its racy feel both on and off the bar and solid structure in the strong stuff it should be effective on strong Alpine days: big climbs and long glides.” Marcus King reviews the new AirCross U-Cruise, an EN-B that already has […]

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Lifting the veil: Paragliding in Iran, by Nick Greece

Lifting the veil: Paragliding in Iran, by Nick Greece

‘You’re gonna film and fly paragliders in Iran? You’re crazy!’ Nick Greece was obsessed with the idea of flying in Iran, but as a US citizen it was almost impossible to visit. But 18 months ago a thaw in diplomatic relations allowed him a rare sporting visa, and a chance to fly in a country […]

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Aaron Durogati: ‘I went to Brazil to win the Superfinal’

Aaron Durogati: ‘I went to Brazil to win the Superfinal’

“I went to Brazil with the idea to win. And it is nice that it happened … I was pretty confident, I felt really strong.” Aaron Durogati has won the PWC Superfinal for an unprecedented second time. He tells us about the flying in Brazil, the new Boom 11 and the ultimate first world problem: […]

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Stewart’s Story: Living life after injury

Stewart’s Story: Living life after injury

“How can you ever think you have the strength to get through a life-limiting injury? I guess it’s the ultimate competition task.” When Stewart Midwinter suffered a horrific paragliding accident, he didn’t believe that he’d have the strength to go on. He tells Hugh Miller how he found a way. See what else is in […]

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Icaristics: Landing upslope in light winds

Icaristics: Landing upslope in light winds

“If conditions and skills allow, consider landing upslope rather than floating gently downhill into that waiting barbed-wire fence.” Bruce Goldsmith gives a masterclass in landing on a slope – safely and with all your dignity intact. See what else is in Issue 178

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From Russia With Love: Paramotoring frozen Lake Baikal

From Russia With Love: Paramotoring frozen Lake Baikal

“Eating helps fight off the cold, although I struggled to appreciate the jellied fish which had a very strong taste, even when served very cold, and which had to be softened with a hammer.” When’s the best time to fly Russia’s Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest freshwater lake? In mid-winter, of course, when it’s frozen […]

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