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What’s on in paragliding and hang gliding Jan/Feb 2011

Friday 14 January, 2011
The Monarco Open kick starts the competition paragliding season this month

Paragliding in Valle De Bravo, Mexico

Xmas is over, New Year’s gone off with a bang, now it’s time to settle down to some serious flying.

Here’s a quick round up of what’s going on in the world of paragliding and hang gliding over the next month.

15 – 22 Jan – South America – PWC Colombia
Roldanillo is the venue for Colombia’s first ever PWC. Expect tricky flying along a big ridge with dives out into the flatlands and back in the company of some of the world’s greats.
www.volandoenroldanillo.com

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16 – 22 Jan – Australia – Bogong Cup
Mt Buffalo hosts its classic annual hang gliding meet.
http://www.sacra.biz/bogong

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21 – 23 Jan – Switzerland – Zinal Swiss Speed Riding Champs
Speed riding and vol&ski in the Swiss resort of Zinal.
More information here

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23 – 03 Feb – Australia – XC Camp
Manilla provide the location for the very popular XC Camp, a “friendly get together and fly together for the open distance hungry.
Click here for XC Camp info

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28 – 30 Jan – France – Coupe Icare Blanche
St Hilaire in the snow! Smaller than its big summer brother, but no less fun, the Coupe Icare Blanche has the fun, the flying and the fancy dress just like the summer event.
www.coupeicareblanche.com

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28 – 30 Jan – France – St Gervais Vol&Ski
Based near Chamonix, just down the road from St Hilaire and the Coupe Icare Blanche, this event is part of a series of Fly & Ski competitions. Expect to whizz around ground-based pylons on your wing with compulsory touch and goes on your skis. Great fun!
More Information here

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30 – 05 Feb – Valle de Bravo, Mexico – Monarco Open
The world’s most consistent site is set to deliver another cracking comp. Expect sunshine, great tasks, great parties and great fun!
www.monarcaparaglidingopen.com

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05 – 12 Feb – Bright, Australia – Bright Open
Two different formats this year should add up to a great week. Choose from AAA racing, described as “race your pants off” flying, or Serial racing, aimed at “improving your skills and having a great day out.” The top Aussie boys will be mentoring each evening too.
www.brightopen.org

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05 – 06 Feb – Vars, France
More slaloming with skis in the snow, this time in the French ski resort of Vars.
More information here

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05 – 06 Feb – Hochgrat, Germany – German / Austrian Speedriding Championships
Austria and Germany slug it out on the pistes to crown their king. Everyone’s invited though so don’t be shy.
More information here

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12-12 Feb – Thermik Messe
Big German trade show with many of the big names present: Advance, Swing, Gin, Skywalk, SupAir, Paratect, Aeros and Air to name a few. It’s a one day gear extravaganza.
www.thermikmesse.de

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