Tag Archives: Paragliding World Cup
PWC Portugal 2016

Paragliding World Cup Portugal: Donizete Lemos wins

The third round of the Paragliding World Cup 2016 tour, held in Serra da Estrela in Portugal from 1 to 9 July 2016, was won by Brazilian Donizete Lemos.  Claudio Virgilio of Portugal was second, and fellow Brazilian José Luis Guimaraes third placed – despite having won two of the tasks. All three were flying Ozone Enzo 2s. […]

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Castle in the Clouds: Brett Hazlett in Castelo

You gotta watch this! Brett Hazlett outdoes himself at the Paragliding World Cup in Castelo, Brazil. April 2016.

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Paragliding Word Cup: Castelo 2016

The party’s over but the sun is still shining in Brazil. Congratulations to Felix Rodriguez (ES) who won the Castelo leg of the Paragliding World Cup last week. He maintained his lead over seven tasks – winning by a whisker and a mere 5 points. Lucas Bernadin (FR) and Frank Brown (BR) were second and […]

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Falling - Brett Hazlett

Falling: By Brett Hazlett

A year ago this October Canadian competition pilot Brett Hazlett had an accident while launching from Babadag in Turkey. A year on he re-lives what happens, and takes us step by excruciating step through his painful recovery. The goal: to fly again. I am lying on the steep slopes of a six-thousand-foot mountain in Turkey, in […]

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PWC Bir 2015

Michael Kuffer and Yuki Sato win PWC Bir 2015

Michael Küffer (CH, GIN) and Yuki Sato (JP, Niviuk) have won the PWC that finished in Bir-Billing, India on 31 October 2015. The comp was a brilliant success, with five tasks flown and a lot of mainstream media interest in India. France topped the coutries rankings, ahead of the UK and Slovenia, and the first team were team […]

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Paragliding in Pamukkale

PWCA Superfinal 2014: 25 Sept to 5 October

Back in the day … The last time the Superfinal was in Denizli was in 2010. The 2014 Paragliding World Cup Superfinal starts on 25 September and runs for 10 days in Denizli, Turkey. The culmination of the World Cup season sees its first task on Thursday 25th, and its last competition day on Sunday […]

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Naked Pilot: Philippe Broers

For many, Philippe Broers is the face of the Paragliding World Cup. His daily videos from the comps combine epic flying images with in-flight commentary that reveal the racing strategies. In Cross Country 155 (Sept/Oct 2014) the Belgian showman talks to Andy Pag about the gear he uses to film the fastest pilots in the […]

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PWC France 2014

Paragliding World Cup 2014: Couer de Savoie

  The third leg of the 2014 Paragliding World Cup Tour starts on Saturday 24 May and will run for a week. The location is the spiritual heartland of paragliding – Coeur de Savoie in France. Around 130 pilots are registered to take part, including 33 pilots from France. Each task during the competition can be […]

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PWCA and Air Turquoise publish Superfinal 2013 glider-check minutes

The Paragliding World Cup Association have published the minutes of the PWCA / Air Turquoise meeting held in Villeneuve, Switzerland on 13 February. The full, 26-page document is here. The official PWCA minutes are here The PWCA has removed the Superfinal 2013 results from its website. New results are expected to go up later in […]

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The Enzo 2. Photo: Ozone

Paragliding World Cup Superfinal 2013: Glider tests in, Enzo 2 pilots to score zero

  The much-anticipated glider tests from the Paragliding World Cup Superfinal 2013 were completed in Switzerland this weekend. The results, leaked early to Cross Country and not yet confirmed officially by either the PWCA or testing house Air Turquoise, show that the Ozone Enzo 2 paragliders used in the Superfinal in Brazil were significantly different […]

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Rafal Luckos

Rafal Luckos: 1974-2014

Rafal Luckos was a Polish paragliding champion and first class XC pilot   The Paragliding World Cup was hit by tragedy on Friday when Rafal Luckos, a longstanding competitor from Poland, was killed during a training flight in Valle de Bravo, Mexico. He was 39. Rafal’s death was greeted with shock and sadness by pilots at […]

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Niviuk Icepeak 7 Pro. Photo: Niviuk

Paragliding World Cup Superfinal 2013: Niviuk respond to Superfinal controversy

  Niviuk have broken their silence over the Enzo 2 controversy that dominated the Superfinal last week and which continues to reverberate around the paragliding industry and competition scene. In a short email interview, Niviuk’s founder and manager Dominique Cizeau said he considered the controversy a “disaster for competition”. He also echoed GIN’s statement made […]

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Air Turquoise

Paragliding World Cup Superfinal 2013: Air Turquoise respond on Enzogate

  Air Turquoise, the paragliding test house that is involved in Enzogate, has issued a statement clarifying its position on the Enzo 2, the Ozone glider at the heart of the controversy that hit the Paragliding World Cup Superfinal last week. Written by chief test pilot Alain Zoller, the statement says that the test flights […]

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The Swing logo. Image: Swing

Paragliding World Cup Superfinal 2013: Swing: Statement on the Superfinal

  Swing, a manufacturer with only two wings flown in the Paragliding World Cup Superfinal, have said they do not accept the provisional result of the competition. Following GIN’s statement earlier today, Monday, Swing is the second comp-wing manufacturer to have publicly declared what they think about the Ozone Enzo 2 controversy, calling it a […]

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Adrian Thomas, left, and Bruce Goldsmith. Photos: Marcus King and T Goldsmith

Paragliding World Cup Superfinal 2013: Trailing edges under the spotlight

Editor Ed Ewing asks Cross Country magazine’s technical experts Bruce Goldsmith and Adrian Thomas about the Ozone Enzo 2 controversy   With GIN Gliders declaring the Paragliding World Cup Superfinal Enzo 2 controversy a “disgrace to the sport” and the winning Enzo 2s on their way to Switzerland to be compared with a sample glider, […]

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Gin Seok Song. Photo: Ed Ewing

Paragliding World Cup Superfinal 2013: GIN brand controversy a ‘disgrace’ for the sport

Result is a ‘disgrace’ for the sport and ‘meaningless’ ‘We need to reach a fair conclusion’ ‘EN D certification for comp wings was never right’ ‘This is not what competition paragliding should be about’ The Superfinal Enzo 2 controversy took a sharp new turn today when GIN Gliders called the competition’s result “meaningless” and called […]

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The Enzo 2. Photo: Ozone

Paragliding World Cup Superfinal 2013: Ozone say sorry for the Enzo 2 controversy

‘This was a mistake, and we apologise for that’ ‘PWC under great pressure to ban Enzo 2 pilots – we wanted to support them’ ‘We were confident that the length of the trailing edge did not change the wing’s conformity’ ‘The wing still conforms to its original certification’ ‘We particularly need to apologise to all […]

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Paragliding World Cup Superfinal 2013: Superfinal Finishes With a Bang

Francisco Javier Reina Lagos wins the Superfinal 2013 Keiko Hiraki wins the Women’s Ozone wins the Team Class France wins the Nations After 10 tasks, Spain’s Francisco Javier Reina Lagos came out top dog, while Joachim Oberhauser (IT) finished second and France’s Stephane Drouin was in third. All three pilots were flying Ozone Enzo 2s. […]

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The Enzo 2. Photo: Ozone

Paragliding World Cup Superfinal 2013: Enzo 2 OK, says testing house

The Enzo 2 with the longer trailing edge has been test flown and is good to go, say Air Turquoise. By Ed Ewing   The Ozone Enzo 2 is certified EN D, with or without its extra long trailing edge, Ozone said on Saturday – and human error was to blame for the longer trailing edge. […]

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Paragliding World Cup Superfinal 2013: the deluge

Cross Country magazine editor Ed Ewing rounds up the latest from the Superfinal Enzo 2 saga Is this the unluckiest Paragliding World Cup Superfinal in history? First the rain fell so hard and so destructively at the original competition venue that organisers were forced to shift the entire comp at short notice 200km to Governador […]

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