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.
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The X-Berg Challenge is a fun and very flexible race. You can choose your discipline between paragliding, running and mountain biking, or mix it up, and plan your own route between the turnpoints.
Extreme 3-day race 20-24 March 2019
140 km (as the crow flies)
If mountain biking you can expect to cover 310km to 340km (depending on your route-finding!) and 10,000m elevation gain.
Mini 2-day race 21-24 March 2019
40km (as the crow flies)
If mountain biking you can expect to cover 105km to 115km and 3,200m elevation gain.
Empesos is to host the 2019 Greek Paragliding Championship, which will also be a pre World Cup event.
Organisers say the site is well known as a competition venue, offering outstanding views, plentiful thermals, friendly locals and excellent fresh local food.
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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.
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.
The second edition of the Eiger Tour four-day paraglider adventure race takes place in Grindelwald, Switzerland in July 2019.
It is an unsupported hike-and-fly race. Competitors have to fly from mountain hut to mountain hut, top-landing at each one to taking a selfie, before launching and racing by foot and air to the next one.
Race creator and X-Alps and Vercofly veteran Michael Witschi says,
“Having to land, you get a whole different experience of the Alps switching between bird and man. All these beautiful huts in Switzerland: they provide shelter, food, toilet and even safety if needed. At the end you don’t need a supporter, which makes the freedom even bigger compared to the X-Alps and of course also cheaper and easier to plan.“
There is a challenge race and a pro race, and prospective pilots have to demonstrate high alpine take-off and landing experience before being accepted to either race.
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.