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Nov
1
Fri
Canoa Open 2019
Nov 1 – Nov 3 all-day

Canoa Open 2019

Racing hang gliders along the Pacific coastline in Ecuador in constant sea breezes with fabulous views – that’s the Canoa Open!

The competition has been on the calendar for an incredible 24 years. Take-off is a pilot-owned launch site called The Nest, at 165m and pilots reach heights of up to around 600m. It’s all about low-to-the-ground speed flying. There’s no airspace to worry about and you can land on the beach.

Airtribune.com

Nov
2
Sat
Moyes Team Challenge 2019
Nov 2 – Nov 5 all-day

Moyes Team Challenge 2019

The Moyes Team Challenge aims to introduce hang glider pilots to flying the Forbes flatlands in Spring conditions, under the guidance of an experienced team leader.

Tasks will be set and pilots will learn about weather conditions, instruments and more. The evenings will be spent reinforcing that knowledge around a good ole Aussie barbie.

It costs $150 to enter. It’s an aerotow comp and tows are an additional $30 each. There is the possibility for pilots to gain their aerotow rating during the event.

To apply, email Vicki, fly@forbesflatlands.com and include, your name, HGFA#, Hours, Glider, Experience.

More at forbesflatlands.com/team-challenge

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

Dec
14
Sat
Rise & Fall
Dec 14 all-day
Rise & Fall @ Mayrhofen | Tyrol | Austria

Celebrating the opening of the winter season in the Zillertal, Rise & Fall is an adventure relay race for ski-tourers, paragliders, mountain bikers and downhill skiers.

Teams of four athletes each cover 430m vertical – the ski tourers and mountain bikers go uphill, the paragliders and downhill skiers go, well, downhill.

If the thrills and spills of the race aren’t motivation enough, the €10,000 prize pot just might be …

riseandfall.at

Jan
4
Sat
Forbes Flatlands 2020
Jan 4 – Jan 11 all-day
Forbes Flatlands 2020 @ Forbes | New South Wales | Australia

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

Jan
23
Thu
New Zealand Hang Gliding Nationals
Jan 23 – Feb 1 all-day

New Zealand Hang Gliding Nationals 2020The 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.

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

Apr
19
Sun
2020 Hang Gliding World Championships
Apr 19 – May 1 all-day

Hang Gliding World Championships 2020

The hang gliding World Championships is all set for 19 April – 1 May 2020 at Wilotree Park in Groveland, Florida.

It comprises:

  • 2nd FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Sport Class
  • 14th FAI Women’s World Hang Gliding Championships
  • 9th FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Class 5
  • 1st FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Class 2

It’s flatland flying, and the entry fee includes the Wilotree Park fee. Flymaster trackers will be provided for the live tracking.

More information on Airtribune

Jun
11
Thu
Super Paragliding Testival 2020
Jun 11 – Jun 14 all-day

The dates to note for this year’s Super Paragliding Testival are 11 – 14 June 2020.

Pilots are invited to put the dates in the diary then come along and test wings and harnesses (solo only – no tandem flights allowed at the event).

The ski lift that goes to launch is within easy walk of the landing field where the manufacturers’ stands will be set up. It’s also home to the famous Fliegerbar that will be serving cold beer and weisswurst (white sausage). Choose what you want to demo, head up the lift then fly from the north-facing mountain slope, known for its gentle thermals.

fly-koessen.at

Kossen Super Paragliding Festival

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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