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Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Hachi withdraws before the race

Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Hachi withdraws before the race

Chi-Kyong Ha from South Korea has withdrawn from the Red Bull X-Alps before it has even started, citing financial reasons. The 42 year old pilot, known as Hachi in competition circles, had completed the X-Alps before – coming 14th in 2015. A Gin Gliders test pilot, he recently came first in the South Korean Nationals, […]

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Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Meet the athletes

Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Meet the athletes

Hello to (some of) the athletes in the Red Bull X-Alps 2017 – some well known faces, some new guys. A certain top gun missing. Starts 2 July, with the Prologue on 29 June 2017. More at www.redbullxalps.com

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Stéphane Drouin wins PWC Serbia 2017

Stéphane Drouin wins PWC Serbia 2017

Stéphane Drouin (FR) won the second round of the 2017 PWC tour, just one point ahead of Yassen Savov (BG). Atsuko Yamashita of Japan was the women’s winner, and Ozone the top team.  The event was held in Niš, Serbia, from 17-24 June 2017, and five tasks contributed to the overall score. The distances were: […]

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Ollie Chitty rocks the USA

Ollie Chitty rocks the USA

UK hang glider pilot Olly Chitty has been blogging his season in the States here. Brilliant viewing. Olly’s channel

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Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Team Swiss Cheese episode 1

Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Team Swiss Cheese episode 1

Team Swiss Cheese (SIU2) has been training hard in preparation for the infamous X-Alps race beginning 2 July 2017. Their secret strategy? Having fun! #TEAMSWISSCHEESE

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Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Official teaser clip

Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Official teaser clip

The Red Bull X-Alps 2017 will start on 2 July 2017 in Salzburg and will be the eighth edition of “the world’s toughest adventure race”. It’s a bold claim – but one it surely deserves. It’s difficult to think of another race that demands such a high level of fitness and technical skill – or […]

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Two become one: Supair buys Gradient

Two become one: Supair buys Gradient

Supair announced on 16 June 2017 that the company has bought Gradient, “to optimise the main strengths of the two businesses and further develop both brands”. Supair’s announcement reads: Set up and run for over 20 years by Ondrej Dupal, an outstanding pilot and competitor, passionate about any form of free flight, Gradient is one the […]

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Damien Lacaze wins Bornes to fly 2017

Damien Lacaze wins Bornes to fly 2017

Damien Lacaze won the 2017 edition of Annecy’s hike-and-fly race, Bornes to Fly. The three-day 110km race took place from 3-5 June 2017, and was subject to the mixed weather conditions that have become the norm during its five-year history. It took a blend of flying prowess and leg-power to complete the circuit, which 28 athletes did. Damien crossed the […]

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Independence release “robust” single-skinner, the Tensing

Independence release “robust” single-skinner, the Tensing

  Independence showed off their new single-skinner, the Tensing, at the Kössen testival in Austria at the end of May 2017.   They describe it as a “sturdy” single-skinner for mountain use – ideal for climb-and-fly or hike-and-fly activities, but it can be thermally and soared too. It’s made from the robust Dominico D20 fabric, with sheathed lower lines […]

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Swing announce Arcus RS ‘low B’ paraglider

Swing announce Arcus RS ‘low B’ paraglider

Swing’s new low-EN-B Arcus RS is now certified in the first three of five sizes. The RS signifies the the wing sports Swing’s RAST (Ram Air Section Technology) system. An area at the front of the canopy is partitioned off, and there are valves between the two sections. Swing say it means the leading edge always inflates first, […]

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Karpofly Arrow X-Alps 4 paraglider harness

Karpofly Arrow X-Alps 4 paraglider harness

Czech harness manufacturer Karpofly have announced the fourth generation of their Arrow X-Alps paraglider harness. It is a classic, lightweight no-pod design, that uses Karpofly’s inflatable airbag protector, which is inflated on launch by blowing into a tube, and can be deflated with a valve for packing away. This design is very light (just 344g) and takes […]

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Safety notice: Advance Easiness / Easiness 2 harnesses

Safety notice: Advance Easiness / Easiness 2 harnesses

The connection between the V-lines and the reserve on Advance Easiness and Easiness 2 harnesses should be replaced at the next opportunity.  A replacement connection line can be obtained from Advance free of charge. In a safety bulletin released on 8 June 2017, Advance stated: A routine spot check of Advance incoming goods has revealed that the […]

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Women’s Hang Gliding Worlds 2017 cancelled

Women’s Hang Gliding Worlds 2017 cancelled

The 14th FAI Women’s World Hang Gliding Championships that was to have been held in Brazil in August has been cancelled due to lack of pilots. CIVL President Stephane Malbos explained in an email: “Unfortunately, due to a non-sufficient number of women participants, the 14th FAI Women’s World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship in Brasilia […]

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Matt Wilkes on high altitude and adventure flying

Matt Wilkes on high altitude and adventure flying

In this episode Cloudbase Mayhem’s Gavin McClurg sits down with Matt Wilkes, an anaesthesia and intensive care doctor based in Edinburgh, Scotland who specialises in extreme physiology and remote medicine to walk us through best practices when things go wrong. Listen now

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Stephan Gruber wins Dolomiti Superfly 2017

Stephan Gruber wins Dolomiti Superfly 2017

Austrian athlete and Skywalk designer Stephan Gruber has won the 2017 Dolomiti Superfly, completing the 270km Dolomites circumnavigation on a Poison X-Alps on day three. The goal photo was posted on Facebook at 8:50am on 30 May, less than 48 hours after the 10am start on 28 May. Stephan is competing in his second Red Bull X-Alps […]

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Video roundup: Koessen Paragliding Testival 2017

Video roundup: Koessen Paragliding Testival 2017

The Kössen Paragliding Testival over the last weekend of May saw great weather and lots of flying. We nosed around the trade stands to find out what’s new… Sky’s latest harness is the Crux – an alpine paragliding harness. Designer Cyprián Koreň​ explains its unique features at the Kössen Paragliding Testival in May 2017. AirDesign’s […]

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Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Skywalk get ready for the big game

Red Bull X-Alps 2017: Skywalk get ready for the big game

Arne Wehrlin from Skywalk Paragliders talks about their Red Bull X-Alps team for 2017 – plus gives us a look at the new Range X-Alps harness that will hit the market after this year’s race.

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Video: Skyman’s superlight paragliding pod harness

Video: Skyman’s superlight paragliding pod harness

A pod harness weighing just 1kg? Stefan Kurrle from Skyman and Independence shows us their latest creation. Designed for paraglider pilots who want the ultimate in lightweight hike-and-fly vol-biv performance.

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Triple Seven at the Kossen Super Paragliding Testival 2017

Triple Seven at the Kossen Super Paragliding Testival 2017

We caught up with Triple Seven Paragliders’ Matjaz Klemencic to talk about their new wings – and when we are likely to see their CCC glider.

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The Transformer: U-Turn’s new electric paramotor

The Transformer: U-Turn’s new electric paramotor

We’ve been promised that electric is the future of paramotoring for a number of years. U-Turn have now introduced their Transformer motor to the market with a soft release this year. “Cleaner, quite and safer,” they say.

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