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Exploring the Lofoten Islands: Jorge Atramiz heads north

Exploring the Lofoten Islands: Jorge Atramiz heads north

“We watched as the sun flirted with the horizon. It gave a gentle touch and began its return to the sky. It was 2am and we were still checking the flying conditions.” Jorge Atramiz finds a flying Viking paradise in Norway’s Lofoten islands. See what else is in Issue 178

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Weather: Understanding Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds

Weather: Understanding Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds

“There is a particular type of cloud that offers insight into what turbulence might look like.” Our in-house weatherman Honza Rejmanek introduces the billow cloud, or Kelvin-Helmholtz, and explains what it can teach pilots about the often invisible perils of turbulence. See what else is in Issue 178

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Gavin McClurg: Why execution matters most

Gavin McClurg: Why execution matters most

“The average intermediate pilot knows just as much as Chrigel knows, he just executes it all better.” If you really want to get to the bottom of why you’re not keeping up with Chrigel ‘The Eagle’ Maurer, says Gavin McClurg, you need to start with the simple things – it’s called training. See what else […]

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Portfolio: Julian Cisterna

Portfolio: Julian Cisterna

Acro and competition photographer Julian Cisterna tells us how he captures those amazing moments, why it’s not so different from shooting a wedding and what really happened when he top-landed Mont Blanc. See what else is in Issue 178

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Top-landing with a Super Cub: In Alaska with Paul G

Top-landing with a Super Cub: In Alaska with Paul G

“Landing a Super Cub on a mountain top is a similar feeling to top-landing a paraglider on a small remote mountain somewhere in the Alps.” Paul Guschlbauer tells how he explored the Alaskan wilderness’s untrammeled flying sites – in a Super Cub bush plane. See what else is in Issue 178

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Torsten Siegel on the new bounce at GIN Gliders

Torsten Siegel on the new bounce at GIN Gliders

A year after their North Korean production factory was closed down without warning, GIN’s designer and test pilot, Torsten Siegel, reveals how the company bounced back to clean up on the main podium at January’s Paragliding World Cup Superfinal in Brazil. See what else is in Issue 177

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Naked Pilot: Bicho Carrera

Naked Pilot: Bicho Carrera

“I carry a speaker. I like to listen to good music while I fly.” Bicho Carrera tells us about acro, flying barefoot, and his first taste of paragliding – aged just 11 months. See what else is in Issue 178

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Review: Advance Epsilon 8 (EN B)

Review: Advance Epsilon 8 (EN B)

“The construction seems to be a great balance between performance, lightness and longevity. As Lotus do with cars, Advance have added a lot of lightness where it counts and solid engineering where strength is required.” Brian Steele gives his verdict on the latest incarnation of Advance’s EN B Epsilon. See what else is in Issue […]

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Why you (really) shouldn’t fly in the rain

Why you (really) shouldn’t fly in the rain

“As soon as you are in the rain, as soon as your glider is wet, you should be acutely aware of parachutal.” Ed Ewing speaks to the experts about how to stay safe when the heavens open. See what else is in Issue 177

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Flight of the Swans: Sacha Dench

Flight of the Swans: Sacha Dench

Three months braving Arctic wilderness, open ocean – and bog landings. That’s the price you pay if you want to follow the 7,000km migration route of the beautiful Bewick’s swan on a paramotor. Sacha Dench tells us her swashbuckling and inspiring story. See what else is in Issue 177

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Review: Niviuk Bi Skin 2 P

Review: Niviuk Bi Skin 2 P

“When a friend asked what I thought of the wing, my answer was, ‘It feels really normal.’ And that’s a good thing in my book. The wow factor is the weight and the amazing packing size – and it flies very much like a normal tandem.” Marcus King test flies Niviuk’s new ultralight single-surface tandem: […]

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Across the Canadian Rockies: By Benjamin Jordan

Across the Canadian Rockies: By Benjamin Jordan

“Floating high above the vast, level landscape, I burst out into a roar of laughter with the feeling of having found what I’d long been searching for. It became clear the greatest challenge I’d ever face was my own self-doubt.” Benjamin Jordan shares his startlingly evocative account of how he achieved a goal he’d been […]

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The Dream Team: 564km PG World Record in Brazil

The Dream Team: 564km PG World Record in Brazil

They did it again. Almost exactly a year to the day that the paragliding world record was set in Brazil, three pilots raised the bar once more with a huge flight of 564km on 13 October 2016. Elisa Eisenlohr spoke to the Brazilian Dream Team to find out how they did it.

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Jeff Goin: ‘Flying is one thing, teaching is another…’

Jeff Goin: ‘Flying is one thing, teaching is another…’

“So you want to teach? Flying is one thing. Teaching flying? Now that is another matter.” After flying for nearly two decades, Jeff Goin, author of the Powered Paragliding Bible, is finally training to be an instructor. He shares his essential tips for other wannabe gurus. See what’s in the rest of Issue 176

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Couchsurfer USA: Mitch Riley

Couchsurfer USA: Mitch Riley

“We can’t spend our whole life on the couch.” From Nepal to Alaska, US adventure pilot Mitch Riley never seems to stop moving. He tells us how he caught the travel bug – and how he navigates the trails less travelled. – Come on Red Bull X-Alps, Wildcard this guy! See what’s in the rest of […]

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There I Was… In a forest, in Indonesia

There I Was… In a forest, in Indonesia

“Momentum meant the wing twisted very fast … one, two, three, five, many times, followed by a dive into auto-rotation.” When Nora Martiny had a paragliding accident in remote Sulawesi, she learned a vital lesson: always understand the risks before deciding to take them. See what’s in the rest of Issue 176

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News and New Products in XC176

News and New Products in XC176

GIN have announced that the lightweight Explorer is now in the final stages of the certification process. It’s a high-performance EN-B wing with an aspect ratio of 6.1, aimed at experienced cross-country pilots. This plus lots more latest news and new product news in Cross Country 176. See what’s in the rest of Issue 176

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Red Bull X-Alps: An open letter to the rookies…

Red Bull X-Alps: An open letter to the rookies…

“Over the years, the event has become much more professional and I believe this is a great thing – but don’t let this detract from the fact that you should run your race true to you and to yourself.” Two-time X-Alps competitor Jon Chambers pens an open letter of advice to the rookies taking part […]

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Naked Pilot: Jack Pimblett

Naked Pilot: Jack Pimblett

“I first took flight when I was three, on the tandem with my Dad. I was hooked – and I started to reach up to the handles aged eight.” Eighteen-year-old young gun Jack Pimblett talks to us about infinity tumbles and his perfect year. See what’s in the rest of Issue 176

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Sweet River: Flying the length of the Rio Doce

Sweet River: Flying the length of the Rio Doce

In November last year, a catastrophic dam-burst led to an environmental disaster along Brazil’s beautiful Rio Doce. Lu Marini took to his paramotor to assess the damage from the air and expose the “hidden reality behind those who lost everything to mud”. See what’s in the rest of Issue 176

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