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Ozone Delta 3 (EN C) review

Ozone Delta 3 (EN C) review

“Take a Delta 3 barrelling along an Alpine ridge or a flatland cloud street on a sporty day and you’ll likely find yourself keeping up with several D-Class wings.” Ozone’s much-anticipated EN-C Delta 3 may lack the playfulness of some of its competitors, finds Hugh Miller, but its solidity and stability on bar make its […]

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BGD Epic (EN B) review

BGD Epic (EN B) review

“I’ve flown quite a lot of Bruce’s wings over the years but I’m going to stick my neck out – this is probably his best.” Marcus King samples the joys of BGD’s low-EN-B and finds that the Epic is indeed … well … EPIC. See what else is in Cross Country 184.

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Kiwi Johnston: Chasing 400k in Quixada

Kiwi Johnston: Chasing 400k in Quixada

“Lesson #1: Rip up the rule-book and throw it away – normal does not apply here.” James ‘Kiwi’ Johnston shares the story of a stupendous season in Quixadá and his swashbuckling attempt to join the hallowed “four-hundred club”. See what else is in Cross Country 184.

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Getting to grips with Mental Block

Getting to grips with Mental Block

“Your hands are sweating and your heart is already racing when you take your wing out and get it ready to launch.” We’ve all experienced mental block when faced with the prospect of taking to the air, but we can all conquer it, too. Pilot and psychotherapist Antti Joensuu explains how to get into the […]

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Gavin McClurg: ‘You’ve never, ever laughed like this’

Gavin McClurg: ‘You’ve never, ever laughed like this’

“You’ve never, ever laughed like this.” After competing in his second Red Bull X-Alps, columnist Gavin McClurg shares the highs and lows of the toughest adventure race on Earth – and why Monaco “REALLY, REALLY sucks.” See what else is in Cross Country 184.

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Making the most of weather site Windy.com

Making the most of weather site Windy.com

“It’s truly a great gift to all who rely on the weather for their fun.” Our resident meteorologist Honza Rejmanek reveals how we can all become expert weather forecasters – with a little help from Windy.com. See what else is in Cross Country 184.

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Running with Benoit: Chasing down Chrigel Maurer

Running with Benoit: Chasing down Chrigel Maurer

“The X-Alps doesn’t forgive mistakes – and Chrigel Maurer doesn’t put a foot wrong.” Benoit Outters was the Rookie who nearly caught the “Eagle” and stole the crown in this year’s Red Bull X-Alps. He tells Andy Pag how his extraordinary race came together. See what else is in Cross Country 184.

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Castles in the air: Paramotoring the Loire Valley

Castles in the air: Paramotoring the Loire Valley

“Oh là là!” So you want some stupendous holiday snaps? Strap on your paramotor and head for the glorious châteaux of France’s Loire Valley, says photographer Jeff Hamann. See what else is in Cross Country 184.

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Kelly Farina: Instrument basics to help you fly further

Kelly Farina: Instrument basics to help you fly further

No matter how good the pilot, there are some situations natural talent just can’t deal with. Kelly Farina explains how technology can help you fly further, higher, faster. See what else is in Cross Country 184.

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Karma Flight: Cody Tuttle in Nepal

Karma Flight: Cody Tuttle in Nepal

“Sitting in my tent at 6,000m, all I could think about was flying. I think its distraction actually helped me sleep at night as avalanches ripped past our tent.” We all have that moment when free flight enters the realm of the sublime. For Cody Tuttle, it happened above the pristine peaks of Nepal – […]

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Naked Pilot: Krischa Berlinger

Naked Pilot: Krischa Berlinger

“I would never fly a two-liner in the X-Alps.” Relative newbie Krischa Berlinger shares how he got to compete in the Red Bull X-Alps after just five years of paragliding, the joys of flying the wilds of Tajikistan – and why he always respects his limits. See what else is in Cross Country 184.

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Pushing the bar in the UK flatlands

Pushing the bar in the UK flatlands

“300km is the next big goal in the UK.” British records tumbled in August as Alex Coltman flew 281km from Milk Hill to the village of Mundesley on England’s east coast. He tells us how British pilots can now aim even higher. See what else is in Cross Country 184.

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Jerome Maupoint flies the Faroe Islands

Jerome Maupoint flies the Faroe Islands

A North Atlantic archipelago lashed by storms and strong winds may not seem like the best place for a paragliding odyssey – but the Faroes offer big rewards for the wild at heart. Jérôme Maupoint joined the puffins for a flying trip to one of Europe’s most spectacular wildernesses. See what else is in Cross […]

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Cross Country 184: On the cover

Cross Country 184: On the cover

Serge Shakuto’s amazing shot of Ivan Fominykh flying by the light of a full moon in Bali graces the cover of Cross Country 184 (October 2017). Serge is an airsports athlete, more at home in the sky than on the ground. A skydiver and paraglider pilot, he is originally from Russia but now lives in […]

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Advance Sigma 10 (EN C) review

Advance Sigma 10 (EN C) review

‘Advance gliders have had a reserved character, but this definitely has more of the fun factor. ‘In fact, I find myself leaning towards a bold statement: Advance may well have produced their best glider yet!’ In September 2017 Pat Dower aims high with Advance’s new ENC Sigma 10 – and discovers they’ve injected some welcome […]

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Gradient Aspen 6 (EN C) review

Gradient Aspen 6 (EN C) review

‘I’ve sometimes been slow to recommend my favourite wing, the Aspen, knowing it may be too much. ‘But this really is the best Aspen I’ve flown – and did I mention she’s beautiful, too?’ Brian Steele flies the new Aspen 6 and discovers it’s a case of once bitten, forever smitten with Gradient’s ENC XC […]

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Memories from the Altai: Paragliding in Russia

Memories from the Altai: Paragliding in Russia

‘Some pilots were hit by the front when only 50m above the ground as they were preparing to land. ‘Instead they were rocketed to the clouds. On the ground, wooden phone poles broke in half.’ Three years on, Ivan Demeter shares his bittersweet memories of Russia’s 2014 Altai Cup in the September 2017 issue. See […]

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Get to Goal: Paragliding World Championships 2017

Get to Goal: Paragliding World Championships 2017

‘On the morning of the final task, I was in fourth position overall, and I didn’t believe I would be World Champion, but I am so happy. I feel as if I’m still dreaming.’ In the September 2017 issue new king of the skies Pierre Rémy – and many of the other competitors – reveal […]

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Brooke Whatnall: Paramotoring in Dubai

Brooke Whatnall: Paramotoring in Dubai

Big dunes, bigger skyscrapers and massive blue skies – it’s not easy being at the hub of Dubai’s thriving paramotor scene. Brooke Whatnall tells us all about flying in and around the boomtown and why the desert is the perfect place for a cheeky, early morning slalom. Just don’t forget your sun cream. See what […]

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Icaristics: Tips for flying with big clouds and avoiding storms

Icaristics: Tips for flying with big clouds and avoiding storms

‘Nobody expected storms, but a storm grew above the stratus cloud layer, and about 20 pilots were sucked into it … not only was it unexpected, but it was also hidden and extremely violent.’ In the September 2017 issue Bruce Goldsmith shares his top tips for flying with big clouds – and how to ensure […]

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