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Roq'Acro

Roq’Acro: Tim Alongi is France’s new acro champion

Tim Alongi became France’s new paragliding acro champion, winning the French Championships during Roq’Acro at Roquebrune which took place from 29 October – 1 November 2016. The end-of-season bash, organised by Roquebrun’Ailes, took place on Cabbe beach under Mediterranean blue skies and sunshine. There was a friendly comp as well as the French championships, and fifty competitors, of which six were women, took part. […]

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Swing Trinity RS

Swing Trinity RS acro paraglider

Rast meets acro! Swing’s Trinity RS is an acro wing with Rast for professional acro pilots. Swing say the Rast (Ram Air Section Technology), which allows different sectors the canopy to be at different pressures, is ideally suited to acro wings. The development of the TRINITY RS acro-glider has demonstrated the full potential of RAST: The […]

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U-Turn Trinity

U-Turn Trinity: “The ultimate fun machine”

U-Turn call the Trinity “the ultimate fun machine”. A mini-wing, it can be used for freestyle soaring on strong-wind coastlines, wagga ground training or Alpine racing adventures. Groundhandling and freestyle maestro Mike Küng had a lot of input into the wing’s design, and the wing that emerged is finished to his exacting requirements. It’s compact, precise and fun, with good […]

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Profly Lucy

Lucy: Profly’s first wing, for freestyle

Profly, the Professional Flying Team, have released their first paraglider. Lucy is an all-round freestyler, aimed at pilots who want to safely progress in acro flying. The team say Lucy is performant and dynamic, with precise, fun handling, for freestyle, acro, strong-wind soaring and even short cross-country flights. Profly say they wanted to create a glider that is safer […]

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U-Turn Twinforce RE4

U-Turn Twinforce RE4: acro for two!

U-Turn made the Twinforce RE4 tandem acro paraglider so that experienced acro pilots can share the fun.  It’s a descendant of the glider that Pál Takáts and Gábor Kézi first looped in Switzerland back in 2010. U-Turn say this is the strongest wing they’ve ever made. It’s built from their PX40 cloth, with lots of seam reinforcements and line attachment points positioned […]

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Just Acro Boogie 2016

Video: Just Acro Boogie 2016

Here’s the official video of the first Just Acro Boogie, an acro festival hosted by Pál Takáts and Xandi Meschuh at the new Flieger-Base in Gerlitzen, Austria in July. The event, which was organised to celebrate ten years of Just Acro, was, “A friendly and fun event with happy faces and over a 1000 acro runs flown”, according […]

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Pilots at the Acro Worlds 2016

World PG Acro Championships 2016: 26 Aug-4 Sep

The World Paragliding Acro Championships has started in Annecy, France, and is set to last all week, 26 August to 4 September 2016. This is only the second FAI World Paragliding Aerobatics Championships in history, and comes a decade after the first one. Pilots from 16 nations are competing, including some of the biggest names […]

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Niviuk N-Gravity 4

Niviuk release N-Gravity 4 acro wing

Niviuk have launched their latest acro wing, the N-Gravity 4, and they say it’s a dynamic, precise and highly manoeuvrable acro glider.  The company have made various improvements to this, their fourth-generation acro wing, such as the addition of leading edge air intake valves, which they say better distribute the wing’s inner pressure and make vertical descent […]

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Icaro Nikita 5

Icaro release Nikita 5 freestyle wing

Nicole Schmmidt told her Nikita 5 she loved it – watch her preview video from May 2016 – and now freestyle pilots can get their hands on the serial version. Icaro say it’s capable of taking talented freestyle pilots through to pro acro pilot status. If you fly it lighter in the weight range, it will give you […]

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Icaro Nikita 5 preview

Video preview: Icaro’s Nikita 5 freestyle wing

  German acro pilot Nicole Schmidt has been out on the Nikita 5 from Icaro, to be released soon. Her first impressions? Perfect for manoeuvres; I love her! icaro-paragliders.com • Got news? Send it to us at news@xcmag.com. Subscribe to the world’s favourite hang gliding and paragliding magazine home

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Windtech Loop 2

Windtech Loop 2 freestyle paraglider

Windtech’s new freestyle and acro glider, the Loop 2, is available now, suitable for new freestylers through to experienced acro flyers. It’s capable of doing all the manoeuvres, tricks and transitions, Windtech say, but will look after a pilot as he or she learns them. The enhanced geometry, the vault height and a special line rigging offers an […]

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Acro-Synchro

Horacio and Theo win Acro Synchro at World Air Games

“It’s more like dancing in the sky…” Horacio Llorens and Theo de Blic won Gold in the Paragliding Synchro Aerobatics at the FAI World Air Games in Dubai.

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The-Acro-Raft-Catchers

The Raft Catchers: Hooking up with the acro guys

Same, same but different. The most important job in acro paragliding is that of The Pilot Catcher.Ant Green spent the afternoon on the raft during the World Air Games in Dubai to see how it’s done.

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Horacio-Llorens

Acro solo at the World Air Games in Dubai

“This is the first competition where we have only the top pilots.” The solo paragliding aerobatics at the FAI World Air Games 2015 in Dubai. Featuring Tim Alongi (FRA), Horacio Llorens (ESP) and Eliot Nochez (FRA)

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Tim Alongi

Acro gold for Tim Alongi and Team Twisted Boys at WAG

Tim Alongi (FR) won gold in the the solo paraglider acro category, and Horacio Llorens (ES) and Théo de Blic (FR) –  Team Twisted Boys – the synchro at the World Air Games 2015 in Dubai. “I stayed true to myself and put in a steady performance,” Tim said. “I’m really happy with the result.” The video […]

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Sonchaux Acro Show

Horacio Llorens wins Sonchaux Acro Show

Horacio Llorens won the Sonchaux Acro show which took place in Villeneuve, Switzerland, over the weekend of 21-23 August 2015. The CAT Acro Team (Jérémy Péclard and David Geiser) won the synchro team event, but Horacio and synchro partner Theo de Blic’s third place gave them enough points to be placed first overall in the Synchro World Cup […]

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Acromax 2015

Acromax 2015: Acro World Cup series kicks off

Acromax, the first Acro World Cup competition of the season starts tomorrow, 6-9 August 2015, in Italy. A maximum of 35 solo pilots and 20 synchro teams will take part. The take off site is San Simeone, above the village of Bordano in the north-east of Italy. Landing is on the raft in the lake […]

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Twisted: Theo de Blic Interview

Ed Ewing interviews Théo de Blic, the 21-year-old French acro dude who invented the Twisted Infinite tumble. Théo flies 500 hours a year and last year he and his former mentor Horacio Llorens stood together on every podium in every acro competition they entered. His first paraglider flight was with his dad at the age of just two-and-a-half, with tandem […]

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Gradient Agility

Gradient Agility acro paraglider now available

After a year of testing and several different prototypes, Gradient’s acro wing, the Agility, is now available. Horacio Llorens and Théo de Blic will be doing the season’s acro competitions on it, and it will be available to buy in 16, 17 and 19m2 sizes.   Here’s Théo putting the 17m2 version through some moves in Saint […]

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U-Turn Blackout

U-Turn Blackout acro wing

U-Turn’s Blackout is an all-out acro wing with forgiving handling to suit beginners, yet the dynamism to wow professionals. It’s “made to make the dynamic easy to handle”.  The company say the wing is as lightweight as it can be to ensure the handling is sweet, but acro wings are worked hard and it is built to last. U-Turn have […]

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