Fly with condors in the strong thermals of the Chilean Andes at the Chilean Open 2019, which is also a pre-PWC event.
Base is the flying site of Vizcachas, Santiago. Sign up for “exciting and challenging paragliding”, 8m/s thermals, 100+km flights and memories to last a lifetime!
BGD’s Weightless is back in January 2020, this time in Roldanillo, Colombia.
The competition scores pilots in weight categories, the thinking being to even things out with a handicap system that favours lighter pilots. Organisers say:
“Being big has less of an advantage, and carrying excessive ballast will not help you so much. We want to have a fun week where everyone feels like they have a chance of scoring well, regardless of what they fly, and how heavy they fly“.
Organisers can’t praise the venue enough, listing off attributes including: “grassy launches, colourful valleys, masses of landing options, some of the friendliest people on the planet, sun, flowers, music, good food and loads and loads of good flatland flying which everyone can enjoy”.
The competition precedes the British Open and Colombian Nationals to be held at the same venue, so if you have the time and the inclination there’s the possibility to do all three.
The 2020 Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championship 2020 takes place at the Bill Moyes International Airport at the beginning of January.
A practice day on 3 January will be followed by eight competition days starting 4 January.
Launch is by aerotow (the aerotow is organised by Mr Bill Moyes himself), so pilots must be aerotow qualified and bring their own tow release and bridle. HGFA membership is compulsory.
The entry fee is $350 before 7 November, $400 before 7 December, $450 at registration. An aerotow feee of $450 covers unlimited tows and 10 days’ club and site fees.
Register at forbesflatlands.com
The British Winter Open 2020 will take place in Roldanillo, Colombia from 18-25 January 2020.
The British Championships will be determined by the combined results of this competition, and a Summer Open.
Flying is in the foothills of the Cordillera Occidental. The Cauca Valley is now well known as a cross-country paragliding destination, thanks to its good infrastructure and plenty of open space to land.
The New Zealand Hang Gliding Nationals are to be held at Murchison on New Zealand’s South Island, from 23 January – 1 February 2020.
It’s the same site they used last year, when pilots enjoyed “a phenomenal week of flying with five tasks flown”. It offers 360-degree take-offs and is situated “bang in the middle” of the east and west coasts. Easy landings at the foot of the mountain and plenty of good out-landing opportunities mean the site lends itself well to competitions.
This year’s Bright Open will be organised by Wally Arcidiacono in conjunction with the Australian Paragliding Squad. Members of the squad will be responsible for various aspects of the competition organisation prior to the competition start date, and any profits made will be directed back to the Australian Squad for training and coaching purposes.
Mentoring will be available, and the event will be run in parallel with the Gundowring Open using Mystic, Gundowring, Ray’s Hill, Mt Emu and Tawonga Gap sites.
The Flow Corryong Open takes place at Mt. Elliot in Queensland, Australia which is ” just a few thermal glides from Mt Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia”.
It’s mountain flying, and organisers say “the valley system makes the flying spectacular and the retrieves easy and quick”. Pilots need to organise their own retrieve drivers.
It’s a high-level comp aimed at experienced intermediate and advanced rated pilots. It’s the last AAA event of the Australian season, and the last chance for Australian pilots to gain Ladder points.
Overseas pilots should know about rules to do with preventing bushfires, including no smoking and no rocket flares.
The New Zealand Paragliding Open/New Zealand Championship is set to take pace in Roturua, the “thermal wonderland of New Zealand’s North Island”, from 29 February to 2 March 2020.
Organisers say the venue is within reach of two of the North Island’s top sites: the Kaimai Range to the north and the Paeroa Range to the south.
In case of non-flyable days, there is plenty to see and do in the area which is renowned for geothermal activity and Maori culture.
Pilots must be NZHGPA members to take part, and must have a tracking device (Spot or similar). Details on Airtribune.com
The Stubai Cup is back! The 28th event will take place from 6-8 March 2020, and will host the Paragliding Accuracy Cup.
There’s always a great atmosphere at this open-air trade show and testival, and it’s a great way to meet up with old friends and kick-start the 2020 European flying season.
“Experience the thrill of flatlands XC”, say organisers of Wings Out West, a tow-launch paragliding competition that’s now in its third year, in Queensland, Australia.
It is an entry-level competition with numbers limited to 35 pilots, on EN-C and below wings. Tasks will be “modest”, and help will be on hand for less experienced pilots with GPS navigation etc.
Experienced pilots are welcome (on Sports class wings), and they can score Australian ranking points.
Organisers say, “The competition will be run in accordance with HGFA guidelines. Competition tasks will be set by an experienced competition task committee”.