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Cross Country 155: New issue, Sept/October 2014

Friday 12 September, 2014
Cross Country 155: Iceland. Photo: Ant Green

Cross Country 155: Iceland. Photo: Ant Green

Cross Country 155 is out now, and it’s packed. On the cover is a great shot by Ant Green of Bruce Goldsmith paragliding in Iceland. They were in the country for a week over summer, chasing the weather between the clouds – great photos and great times.

Pat Dower and Chrigel Maurer

Pat Dower and Chrigel Maurer

Another person who had a great time this season was Pat Dower.

We sent him on a One Day Coaching session with living legend Chrigel Maurer. He spent a day one-on-one, learning from the maestro – and then wrote it all up exclusively for Cross Country.

Women with Wings at the Women's Hang Gliding World Championships in Annecy

Women with Wings at the Women’s Hang Gliding World Championships in Annecy

Richard Sheppard meanwhile was out in Annecy for our Women with Wings feature. He was at the Women’s Hang Gliding World Championships, getting the lowdown from some of the sport’s best pilots.

Paragliding in the Rockies

Next up for the big league are two young French pilots. Nelson de Freyman and Thomas Punty spent four months completing an epic 3,000km traverse of the Rocky Mountains, starting in Canada and ending on the US border with Mexico. Hiking, skiing and flying they had the adventure of a lifetime.

Paragliding in Turkey and setting 300km records

On the other side of the planet nine pilots were flying their boots off with record flights along Turkey’s eastern frontier. They all flew 300km, setting national records tumbling. Dora Goksal is the one who tells their amazing tale.

European Paragliding Champion Torsten Siegel

As well as the stories of adventure and mega XC, we’ve also been busy learning the secrets of the competition pros. Torsten Siegel won the European Paragliding Championships this year – he reveals what his secret power is (no red capes involved).

Philippe Broers

Philippe Broers

And we also check in with everybody’s favourite cameraman, Philippe Broers. You’ll know his work from such classics as ‘Greenscreen interview with Seiko’ and ‘Fire thermals in Colombia’. We asked Swiss Team leader Martin Scheel to shoot him for the Naked Pilot series, and he did.

New paragliding products

Elsewhere we have News and New Products galore

Tim Grabowski above Lac d'Annecy

Tim Grabowski above Lac d’Annecy

An interview with new Rigids world champion Tim Grabowski

Big Ears or C3s? Bruce Goldsmith decides

Big Ears or C3s? Bruce Goldsmith decides

A must-read article on the difference between Big Ears and the new technique of C3s by Bruce Goldsmith

Swing Discus

Swing Discus

Finally, in Reviews, Hugh Miller hurls himself into the air on a spinning Discus, the new performant EN A from Swing (OK, he didn’t spin it, just rode it to base and full stalled it for fun).

Triple Seven Queen

Triple Seven Queen

And Marcus King dons his crown and declares himself Queen for one day on Triple Seven’s latest EN C.

Plus we have heaps more from some of the best writers, photographers, instructors and pilots in the sport.

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