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Nov
23
Sat
Pre-PWC Santiago and Chilean Open
Nov 23 – Nov 30 all-day

Pre-PWC SantiagoFly 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!

Airtribune.com

Jan
4
Sat
BGD Weightless 2020
Jan 4 – Jan 10 all-day

BGD Weightless 2019

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”.

A brand new BGD glider is the most coveted prize in the raffle, but there are lots of other goodies to be won too including Naviter flight instruments.

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.

Airtribune.com

Jan
18
Sat
British Winter Open 2020
Jan 18 – Jan 25 all-day
British Winter Open 2020 @ Roldanillo | Valle del Cauca | Colombia

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.

More information on Airtribune, Registration here.

Feb
8
Sat
Bright Open 2020
Feb 8 – Feb 14 all-day

Bright Open 2020

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.

Airtribune.com

Feb
16
Sun
Flow Corryong Open
Feb 16 – Feb 22 all-day

Flow Corryong OpenThe 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.

Airtribune.com

Feb
29
Sat
New Zealand PG Open
Feb 29 – Mar 2 all-day
New Zealand PG Open @ Rotorua | Bay Of Plenty | New Zealand

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

Mar
11
Wed
Wings Out West 2020
Mar 11 – Mar 15 all-day
Wings Out West 2020 @ Trundle | New South Wales | Australia

“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”.

Airtribune.com

Mar
24
Tue
X-Berg Challenge 2020
Mar 24 – Mar 29 all-day
X-Berg Challenge 2020 @ Mokhotlong | Lesotho

The eighth edition of the X-Berg Challenge will take place from 24-29 March 2020 with Extreme (three-day) and Mini (two-day) versions.

Paraglider pilots race mountain bikers and runners around turnpoints in the Drakensberg mountains of South Africa / Lesotho. The route distance depends which way you go, and typically only 10% of competitors make it to the finish of the Extreme Challenge.

2019’s Extreme winner was mountain biker Jon Kirkman who finished in 24 hours and 43 minutes; second in were biker team Justin Armstrong and Peter Joughin, a day later.

Between Heaven and Earth, who organise the event, are offering complete travel packages from Johannesburg International Airport to the 2020 X-Berg Challenge event, along with return transport, accommodation and add-on travel packages including trips to game reserves, Cape Town and Wilderness retreat.

 xbergchallenge.com

Mar
28
Sat
Speedriding World Meet 2020
Mar 28 – Apr 4 all-day
Speedriding World Meet 2020 @ Val-d'Isère | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

This annual speedriding festival takes place from 28 March to 4 April 2020. All levels are welcome, and riders will be mixing with and learning from some of the world’s top pros including Martin Schricke, Francois Bon, Maxence Cavalade, Yo Casta and Jules Gentet.

It’s run by skiandfly.com, who offer various packages which include accommodation (various options), daily workshops and clinics, plus there will be equipment available to test and social activities. Private coaching sessions are available at extra cost.

 

Jun
13
Sat
Airtour 2020
Jun 13 – Jun 21 all-day
Airtour 2020 @ Saint-Hilaire | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

The dates for the 2020 Airtour, Saint Hilaire’s seven-day hike-and-fly race, have been set: 13-21 June 2020.

It will be the seventh edition of the tour. The route is likely to be some 300km long, starting from Saint Hilaire, the exact details to be disclosed nearer the time.

Facebook.com/@sthil’airtour/airtour.fr

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