What’s On

Your free-flying calendar

May
25
Sat
PWC 2019 France: Coeur de Savoie
May 25 – Jun 1 all-day
PWC 2019 France: Coeur de Savoie @ Chamousset | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

The first round of the 2019 Paragliding World Cup tour takes place at Chamousset, Coeur de Savoie, from 25 May – 1 June 2019.

The other dates on the tour are:

Linzhou, China 8-15 June 2019

Manteigas, Portugal 29 June – 6 July

Pico do Gaviao, Brazil 7-14 Sep 2019

Loma Bola, Argentina, 9-16 Nov 2019

pwca.org

Jun
7
Fri
Gruyere Fly 2019
Jun 7 – Jun 9 all-day
Gruyere Fly 2019 @ Gruyères | Fribourg | Switzerland

This three-day hike-and-fly competition starts and ends at the Gruyère Château.

Competitors have to complete a course around turnpoints, laid out in a figure-eight. If they complete the circuit before the time is up, they can go round again.

There are two categories: ‘Compétiteur’ is standard hike-and-fly competition rules – only your feet or your wing can be used for transport and the mandatory kit must be carried; the Mobilité douce” category offers a gentler approach, where public transport including ski-lifts can be used to help get pilots to take-offs. Between 9pm and 6am is rest time.

Pilots don’t need an FAI sporting licence, but IPPI level 4 or above is required.

gruyerefly.ch

Jun
8
Sat
PWC 2019 China: Linzhou
Jun 8 – Jun 15 all-day
PWC 2019 China: Linzhou @ Anyang | Henan | China

The second round of the 2019 Paragliding World Cup tour takes place at Linzhou, China, from 8-15 June 2019.

The other dates on the tour are:

Coeur de Savoie, France 25 May – 1 June

Manteigas, Portugal 29 June – 6 July

Pico do Gaviao, Brazil 7-14 Sep

Loma Bola, Argentina, 9-16 Nov

pwca.org

Jun
13
Thu
Red Bull X-Alps 2019
Jun 13 – Jun 23 all-day
Red Bull X-Alps 2019 @ Salzburg | Salzburg | Austria

2019 is a Red Bull X-Alps Year! The ninth edition kicks off with the Prologue on 13 June, when all athletes race around a course, aiming to win one of three available extra night passes.

The race itself starts on 16 June. 32 athletes will be taking part, including five-times winner Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) and Romanian running man Toma Coconea who hasn’t missed a single race. Fourteen of the athletes to line up at the start are rookies, including the two female participants, Kinga Mastalerz (NZL2) and Dominika Kasieczko (POL).

The exact route for the 2019 event will be announced in March, and thousands will be following the athletes’ progress day and night via the live tracking and media updates.

redbullxalps.com

 

Jun
29
Sat
PWC 2019 Portugal: Manteigas
Jun 29 – Jul 6 all-day
PWC 2019 Portugal: Manteigas @ Manteigas | Guarda District | Portugal

The third round of the 2019 Paragliding World Cup tour takes place at Manteigas, Portugal from 29 June – 6 July 2019.

The other dates on the tour are:

Coeur de Savoie, France 25 May – 1 June

Linzhou, China 8-15 June

Pico do Gaviao, Brazil 7-14 Sep

Loma Bola, Argentina, 9-16 Nov

pwca.org

Photo: Xabier González

Jul
12
Fri
World Hang Gliding Championship
Jul 12 – Jul 26 all-day

Hang Gliding World Championships Italy 2019

The FAI World Hang Gliding Championship takes place every two years, and 2019 is a Championship year! The 22nd event will take place from 12-27 July 2019 in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy.

Organisers say tasks will explore far and wide, and may well take pilots across borders into Slovenia and Austria.

Italy2019.com

Aug
5
Mon
16th Paragliding World Championships
Aug 5 – Aug 18 all-day
16th Paragliding World Championships @ Krushevo | Municipality of Kruševo | Macedonia (FYROM)

The 16th Paragliding World Championships take place in Krushevo, Macedonia this August.

Will the French be knocked from their top spots? Pierre Rémy and Seiko Fukuoka-Naville are reigning champions, finishing on top in Monte Avena in 2017.

fai.org

 

Sep
7
Sat
PWC 2019 Brazil: Pico do Gaviao
Sep 7 – Sep 14 all-day
PWC 2019 Brazil: Pico do Gaviao @ State of Minas Gerais | Brazil

The fourth round of the 2019 Paragliding World Cup tour takes place at Pico do Gaviao, Brazil from 17-14 Sep 2019.

The other dates on the tour are:

Coeur de Savoie, France 25 May – 1 Jun

Linzhou, China 8-15 Jun 2019

Manteigas, Portugal 29 Jun – 6 Jul 2019

Loma Bola, Argentina, 9-16 Nov

pwca.org

Sep
19
Thu
46th Coupe Icare
Sep 19 – Sep 22 all-day
46th Coupe Icare @ Saint-Hilaire | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

The magical mayhem of the Coupe Icare takes place on the third weekend of September at Saint Hilaire du Touvet and the Lumbin landing field near Grenoble in the south of France.

This year’s festival pays homage to the great Leonardo Da Vinci, who died 500 years ago! There will be an exhibition at the church of Saint Hilaire and shows on the theme of the great Italian inventor.

A huge trade show takes over two large marquees as well as outdoor stands; demonstration flights from all sorts of craft fill the sky, and the fancy-dress fly down is one of the event’s biggest draws, with some truly crazy costumes. Don’t forget the all-important film festival that runs throughout the long weekend. As well as all of this, the south take-off becomes a children’s wonderland, with activities from kite-making to science lessons to meeting birds of prey.

Paragliding from the sites during the daytimes is restricted to fancy-dress competitors and authorised pilots, but plenty make the early-morning hike to the Dent de Crolles if conditions allow, for a morning fly down among hot air balloons.

coupe-icare.org

Nov
9
Sat
PWC 2019 Argentina: Loma Bola
Nov 9 – Nov 16 all-day

The fifth and final round of the 2019 Paragliding World Cup tour will now be held in Loma Bola, Argentina (the event planned in Mexico was cancelled).

The other dates on the tour are:

Coeur de Savoie, France 25 May – 1 Jun

Linzhou, China 8-15 Jun 2019

Manteigas, Portugal 29 Jun – 6 Jul 2019

Pico do Gaviao, Brazil 7-14 Sep 2019

pwca.org

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