The Kaapse Buitepos Club in collaboration with Cape Nomads will be hosting the 2018 South African Paragliding Open from 9-15 December 2018.
There will be an official practice day on 8 December, and an unofficial additional practice day on 7th.
Porterville, in the South West of South Africa, about 90km from the Atlantic ocean and 120km north-east of Cape Town, has hosted several high-profile paragliding competitions. It’s renowned for its good mixture of thermal and dynamic flying and big-distance flights on the ridge and in the flats.
Further information can be found on livetrack24.com
This is the second edition of this “new kind of XC paragliding competition”, where pilots choose their own course and fly as far as they can on whatever glider they have. A handicap scoring system takes glider level into account.
The comp is the brainchild of Marko Hrgetic, who wanted to promote competition flying where pilots’ real XC skills are tested, and where it is not the pilot on the hottest wing who takes the shortest line, who wins.
Pilots fly in teams and are scored individually as well as contributing to their team’s score. Scoring takes into account distance flown and average speed, weighted by glider category. (The formula is explained on the competition rules page, here).
Live trackers are provided by the organisation, and there will be lectures in the evenings.
The Bright Open is a 7-day cross-country paragliding competition that will be held from 12-18 January 2019.
The competition is HGFA AAA and FAI Cat 2, and open to all pilots with a minimum of an Australia PG4 rating or equivalent.
The Flow Corryong Open 2019 is held at Mount Elliot, “one of the best alpine flying sites in Australia” and just a few thermal glides from Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain.
Organisers add, “The valley system makes the flying spectacular and the retrieves easy and quick”.
85 pilots maximum and no open0class wings allowed.
The 2019 Panchgani Open is a Pre-Paragliding World Cup, as well as the Indian Nationals.
Panchgani is close to Mumbai, in the Western Ghats, and offers stunning XC flying across tablelands and lakes.
GSM trackers are provided to participants, who must all have AirTribune’s app installed on a smartphone for live tracking.
Wings out West 2019 is Australia’s only ground-tow paragliding competition which takes place from 13-17 March 2019 in the central NSW flatlands.
A small, select gathering of just 35 pilots will be able to compete, and at the time of writing there is only one place left!
Registration is through Airtribune. The competition has a limit of 50 pilots, and Icelanic nationals have priority over the first 30 places until 15 March.
HQ is the campsite at Arnes, about 100km east of Reykjavik. You will need a car to get there.
This low-stress, friendly competition is now in its 14th year. It will take place during the first week of July, and makes use of several take-offs in the vicinity of Laragne-Montéglin in southern France.
This year the competition will be open to sport class wings and below – no EN-Ds allowed! Jocky Sanderson will be meet director again.
Scoring will be in Fun, Recreation and Sport classes, defined by wing aspect ratio (see flylaragne.com for more details) with a strong emphasis on team flying. Pilots are encouraged to form mixed-ability and mixed wing-class teams of four pilots.
A full programme of events – social and educational – will be planned around the flying.
Pilots flying Ozone wings get a €20 reduction of the entry fee.
Registration opens on 20 January 2019 at 6pm GMT. Pilots need to register early, and are encouraged to register in teams of four.