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PWC Superfinal 2011, Valle de Bravo. Day 6 – no flights today.

Kostya Marchenko о Paragliding World Cup , 31 января 2012, 10:09

It is raining today in Valle de Bravo and it was already 5 tasks so according to the Paragliding World Cup rules, today is a rest day.

Video from Philippe Broers:
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PWC Superfinal 2011, Valle de Bravo. Day 5. Task 5.

Kostya Marchenko о Paragliding World Cup , 30 января 2012, 08:31


Official task page with results and track logs

For day 5 commitee set smaller task then on previous days to let pilots relax a bit after quite hard previous 4 days. So task was 68km long Race-to-Goal. But weather conditions very very bad today with massive overcast and wind blowing down hard.

Her's what Andre Rainsford said in his blog about today's weather conditions:
"Are they serious!? 74 km into the twin valleys of 'no-sun' and 'little-hope'. Don't get me wrong I am the ultimate optimist living a life of naive positivity, but even that version of me was unable to keep the field airborne." 

No one made it to the goal today. "Conditions were very poor and in spite of a good tricky battle to stay up in the flatlands, shadow finally managed to bring all the pilot softly to the ground. The sky was really cloudy almost rainy." – saying organizers. According to published task results Peter Neuenschwander was further pilot today with 26.946 km distance. Joanna Di Grigoli was further woman pilot with 20.447km distance.

In overall results Peter Neuenschwander from Switzerland holds first position with 3295 points. Petra Slivova is first woman with 2321 points. France remains top country.
 

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PWC Superfinal 2011, Valle de Bravo. Day 4. Task 4.

Kostya Marchenko о Paragliding World Cup , 29 января 2012, 10:13


Official task page with results and track logs

Another good racing day in Valle de Bravo with 118.5km race to goal task. 62 pilots made it to the goal. It was reported that task was flown in strong and rough weather conditions and the pilots in the lead gaggle were on full bar all day.  There were many fully accelerated blow-ups but only 1 reserve deployment.

Race was very intense and competitive today, first 44 pilots are separated by just 5 minutes. Luc Armant won task #4 with 03:35:15 time. Juan carlos Becerra gonzalez leading in overall results with 2897 points.

Petra Slivova was the only woman who made it to the goal today (her time 04:13:35). She retains her overall first place in the women’s rankings with points.
France is still the leading nation in the world cup.

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PWC Superfinal 2011, Valle de Bravo. Day 3. Task 3.

Kostya Marchenko о Paragliding World Cup , 28 января 2012, 08:12


Official task page with results and track results

Task 3 was almost  as long (103km) as Task 2 and weather conditions reported to be as rough as yesterday. Four reserves were thrown today – not very good sign.

Today was good day for France, Luc Armant won the race in 02:47:50, fastest woman today again Petra Slivova with 03:24:15 time.

Overall results so far: Lucas Bernardin is leading with 2154 points and Petra Slivova is leading across woman with 1597 points.

In nation results France is first with 8517 points, Switzerland is following with 8357 points and Venezuela is third with 8261 points.

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Global Travel Guide for Hang gliding and Paragliding

Kostya Marchenko , 27 января 2012, 14:57



Cross Country Magazine
released their Global Travel Guide for Hang gliding and Paragliding now for free and available for download.
It was published in April 2010 and initially was available exclusively to magazine subscribers.
Here's what they say about the guide:

"The guide features some 20 paragliding and hang gliding sites around the world, and draws on the experience of the best pilots around to provide a mouth-watering insight into some of the best sites on the planet.

The idea was to create a guide to ‘the perfect year’. We imagined a pilot who had a year off, unlimited funds, and an open ticket. Where would they go? What would they do? What sort of flying would they get? The result it this, what we hope you agree is an inspirational and information-packed guide.

World famous sites from around the globe are included – from the Alps to the Australian desert and from the Spanish flats to the outback of Brazil. Contributors include well-known flying guides like Jocky Sanderson, Steve Ham and Godfrey Wenness, as well as  the best flying photographers and writers."


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Hang Glider Landing Techniques. Part 2.

Kostya Marchenko , 27 января 2012, 09:54


Photo by Jody MaNei

Second part of Hang glider landing tips compiled from Jim Rooney’s replies on ozReport Forum thread.
Read first part here.

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PWC Superfinal 2011, Valle de Bravo. Day 2. Task 2.

Kostya Marchenko о Paragliding World Cup , 27 января 2012, 07:51

Yeat another day of Paragliding World Cup finished today in Valle de Bravo. Task 2 was again Race to Goal but longer than previous one – 91.6 km. This second task was more challenging than the first one and weather conditions were sometimes very strong during the race. Three pilots had to throw their reserve out today. Luckily none of them had been injuried.

Task was won by Juan carlos Becerra gonzalez in 2 hours 27 minutes and 31 seconds. Darya Krasnova was the fastest woman with 02:54:58 time.

Overall results are: Juan carlos Becerra gonzalez is leading with 1457 points and  Petra Slivova is leading across woman with 1052 points.

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Tom Weissenberger – Crossing mountain lake by 500m ground effect!

Kostya Marchenko , 26 января 2012, 18:50

Look at this amazing video of Tom Weissenberger swooping above mountain lake in Austria at 120 km/h in his hang glider!



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PWC Superfinal 2011, Valle de Bravo. Day 1. Task 1.

Kostya Marchenko о Paragliding World Cup , 26 января 2012, 08:20

Paragliding world cup has begun today  with a 61.7 km task – Race to Goal with the goal at headquarters in Valle de Bravo. The start is at 13:00 and the task completion time is 17:00




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PWC Superfinal 2011, Valle de Bravo. Practice Day

Kostya Marchenko о Paragliding World Cup , 25 января 2012, 08:03


Photo by Nicole McLearn

It was a practice day today at Paragliding World Cup Superfinal in Valle de Bravo, Mexico with 40km task in the convergence  to Monarca and back to the lake.

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Winter Landing compilation @ Andy Jackson Air Park, CA

Joseph Nieves , 25 января 2012, 02:25

A landing compilation is worth sharing!  

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PWC Superfinal 2011, Valle de Bravo. Day 1

Kostya Marchenko о Paragliding World Cup , 23 января 2012, 19:50

Paragliding World Cup Superfinal starts on Tuesday January 24th in sunnu Valle de Bravo, Mexico. 120 pilots are participating in this event that will last two weeks till 4th of February (you can see list of participants here).

Philippe Broers published videos from today which was day of registration and safety briefings. Tomorrow there will be a practice day with proper competition starting on Wednesday.

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Paragliding World Cup Valle de Bravo, second video

Kostya Marchenko о Paragliding World Cup , 22 января 2012, 12:45

Second video from Valle de Bravo Paragliding World Cup that starts on 24th of Jan in Mexico.


We would like to give as much coverage of World Cup on Aviacamp as possible – so if you are in Valle de Bravo and do have news, photos or videos – please write a post and share it with our growing community of Paragliding enthusiasts (or you can send information you've got to media@aviacamp.com and we will publish it ourselves).

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Pokhara Cheat Sheet

Kostya Marchenko , 22 января 2012, 12:21

We posted first and second part of paragliding tips from Stanislaw Radzikowski on flying between Sarangkot and Greenwall in Nepal.
Today we are publishing GPS waypoints of thermals in that region that Stan kindly sent us.

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Paragliding World Cup Valle de Bravo, first video

Kostya Marchenko о Paragliding World Cup , 21 января 2012, 19:15

Paragliding World Cup starts in just a few days on 24th of Jan in Valle de Bravo, Mexico. Organizers launched dedicated channel on Vimeo where you can watch latest video coverage from the event. Watch their first video with arrival to Valle and first interviews.


We would like to give as much coverage of World Cup on Aviacamp as possible – so if you are in Valle de Bravo and do have news, photos or videos – please write a post and share it with our growing community of Paragliding enthusiasts (or you can send information you've got to media@aviacamp.com and we will publish it ourselves).

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