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Hang Gliding World Championships 2017

Manfred Ruhmer wins Class 2 World Championships

Manfred Ruhmer has won the Class 2 Hang Gliding World Championships for a record seventh time.  The 20th FAI World Hang Gliding Class 2 Championships was held in Aspres-sur-Buech, France, from 26 July to 6 August 2017. Eight pilots took part in the Class 2 competition, which was battled out over eight long tasks of […]

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Jan Sterren flies record 350km in the Alps

Jan Sterren flew what we think is a record 354.54km in the Alps on 5 July 2017. He was flying an Ozone Enzo 2, and was in the air for more than 11 hours. Jan, who is Swiss, took off from Plan Praz, Chamonix, France shortly after 10am and flew east along the length of […]

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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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Luc Armant. Photo: Goran Dimiskovski / PWCA

Luc Armant wins PWC France 2017

Luc Armant won the first Paragliding World Cup comp of the 2017 season, putting himself and the Ozone Enzo 3 that he helped design at the top of the leaderboard after a week of flying in the French Alps. The competition, which saw some fantastic flying but was sadly cut short by a day following […]

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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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French Paragliding Women's Open

Women’s Paragliding Open 2017: Registration open

Registration opened on 15 February for the 2017 French Women’s Paragliding Open, which will take place in Le Grand Bornand in the French Alps from 30 July to 4 August 2017.  The French Paragliding Women’s Open is an FAI2 competition organised by the Female Commissions of the free flying leagues in the Northern and Southern […]

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Ozone Chabre Open 2017: registration opens 19 Feb

The 2017 Ozone Chabre Open will take place in Laragne-Monteglin, southern France, from 1-7 July 2017.  Registration opens at at 18.00 GMT (that’s 19.00 central European time) on Sunday 19 February. Organisers expect more applicants than there are places, and being among the first 125 to register will not necessarily secure you a place. Our aim is […]

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French Paragliding Women's Open

Women’s Paragliding Open 2016, Laragne

A 6-day Women’s Paragliding Open took place at Laragne-Monteglin in the southern French Alps during the last week of August 2016.  An access-level competition, its purpose was to bring together a community of female pilots from around the world, to compete, share their experiences and to train. Tasks were accompanied by daily briefings and de-briefings, and technical workshops. Blue skies and a […]

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Red Bull Elements 2016

Swiss Team win Red Bull Elements 2016

Swiss Team, with Chrigel Maurer as their paraglider pilot and olympic rower Simon Niepmann on the oars, won the 2016 Red Bull Elements multi-sport adventure race on 17 September. This year’s four-discipline relay race was battled out by 58 teams in grey and rainy conditions, with some of the events, most notably paragliding, having their courses altered for safety […]

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PWC Saint Andre 2016

PWC 2016: Maxime Pinot wins at Saint André

Maxime Pinot (FR, Enzo 2) won the fourth round of the 2016 PWC series, which was held in St André-les-Alpes from 3-10 September. After two days of strong winds, the site in the southern French Alps delivered the booming conditions it’s known for. Two tasks were stopped due to deteriorating conditions, and three tasks of 79.2km, 115km and […]

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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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In the southern Alps during the Class 2 Pre-Worlds 2016

Manfred Ruhmer wins Hang Gliding Class 2 Pre-Worlds 2016

Many times world champion, Manfred Ruhmer, won the Hang Gliding Class 2 Pre-Worlds, which finished on 8 August 2016 at Aspres sur Buech, France. Although a convincing win at the end, Ruhmer was challenged early on, losing the first task to Switzerland’s Roger Ruppert. In second place was Jacques Bott from the host club, Adpul, […]

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Antoine Girard. Photo: Felix Woelk / Red Bull Content Pool

Antoine Girard breaks 8,100m in Karakoram

Antoine Girard has broken the 8,000m mark in high-altitude cross-country paragliding, soaring Broad Peak, the world’s 12th highest mountain, in a seven hour flight on Saturday 23 July 2016. According to US adventure pilot Brad Sander, who lives in Pakistan and supplied Antoine with oxygen, Antoine climbed through cloudbase at 6,500m and then soared and […]

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Ozone Chabre Open 2016

Jens Cullmann wins 2016 Ozone Chabre Open

German pilot Jens Cullmann won the 11th Ozone Chabre Open, just eight points ahead of Grant Oseland (GB) and Fredrik Angrimer of Sweden.  The Ozone Chabre Open is a friendly annual event, designed to guide cross-country pilots into the world of competition paragliding. It always includes a workshop on using flight instruments, and pre-flight advice on how to fly […]

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Libres Comme L’Air: Download on demand

Antoine Boisellier’s beautiful film about paragliding, hang gliding and other forms of free flight is available as a pay-to-view download, rent or buy. The 52-minute documentary was made for French TV and features stunning aerial and flying footage throughout the Alps. See it here:

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Martin Morlet flies 400km

Martin Morlet: Breaking 400km in France

“Now came the most difficult period, the one that makes all the difference in long distance XC flights: the end of the day. “This is where you have to give it all you have. I looked around, thinking about Denis Cortella’s advice a few years back, speaking about ‘blurred vision’, when you force your eyes […]

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Chrigel Maurer Bornes to Fly 2016

Chrigel Maurer wins Bornes to Fly 2016

Chrigel Maurer won the 2016 edition of the Bornes to Fly hike-and-fly race, finishing the 105km course in under 24 hours. Maxime Pinot was second in goal, just 40 minutes later, and Benoit Outters took the final podium spot, the third of eight pilots to reach goal on the second day. Forty-five teams were registered for the 2016 […]

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Martin Morlet 411lm record flight

French PG record: Martin Morlet flies 411km

On 1 May 2016, Martin Morlet flew his Enzo 2 across a 411km swathe of France, from Rouen to Limoges. This is currently the longest paraglider flight in France, and if approved by the FFVL will take the French record from Luc Armant, for his 364km from Jeufosse on 3 May 2014 on an Enzo 2. Martin’s flight comes close […]

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Ozone Chabre Open to use aspect ratio for comp classes

Organisers of the Ozone Chabre Open have announced they will be pioneering new rules for the different competition classes at the event in 2016. The popular fun competition, now in its eleventh year, will use aspect ratio as well as EN-category to determine which class a glider competes in. In an email announcing the registration […]

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Tancrede Melet

Tributes paid to Flying Frenchies star Tancrede Melet

Tancrede Melet, who died last week in a ballooning accident, will be remembered by friends and family on Sunday 10 January 2016 at 3pm French time. A Facebook post on the Flying Frenchies Facebook page explained: The family and relatives of Tancred thank you for your messages of support. We invite you all to pay […]

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