The eighth edition of the Red Bull X-Alps kicks off on 2 July 2017, with 31 athletes hoping to break Chrigel Maurer’s run of four consecutive wins.
Chrigel will be on the start line again as well, this time with Tobias Dimmler as his supporter; the field of 32 athletes have come from far and wide to compete – Austria and France each have four athletes in this year’s event, and the USA have three; non-Europeans include Claudio Heidel Schemberger from Argentina (2nd X-Alps), and David Liano Gonzalez of Mexico (1st X-Alps); Chikyonga Ha will be representing South Korea, also his second event.
The record time for finishing the course is 6d 23h 40m – Chrigel’s 2013 time.
As always, it promises to be an exciting race to watch, with live tracking and plenty of daily updates for internet spectators. Eliminations of the slowest team start on July 5th.
This year’s is the 41st annual Lakeside Event fly-in, Canada’s longest running light aviation meet.
This fly-in is great fun for spectators and pilots alike. Hang gliders and Paragliders take off from Mt. Swansea and descend to targets on James Chabot beach and in the water beside the Lakeside Pub on beautiful Lake Windermere. Not a pilot? Come watch! Relax on the beach, participate in beachside gatherings, parties and general fun! The Columbia Valley Hang Gliding and Paragliding Society welcomes you!
The 2018 FAI Hang Gliding & Paragliding Commission (CIVL) Plenary Meeting will take place in Porto, Portugal on 3 & 4 February 2018.
1 February: Asian Nations & Committees Open Meetings
2 February: Committees and Working Groups Open Meetings
3 February: Plenary Meeting
4 February: Plenary Meeting
Info and agenda: www.fai.org/page/civl-meetings
The FAI cat. 2 competition has Open and Sports class categories, and can welcome up to 30 pilots. It is HPAC and CIVL sanctioned and WPRS points will be awarded.
May 18 will be check-in and practice day, with 19-21 as flying days and 22nd as a reserve day.
The competition fees do not include rides to launch, or retrieve. (It will be easy to arrange for both)
The 2018 X-Pyr starts on Sunday 24 June 2018, with 40 teams signed up to race 567km across the Pyrenees from west to east by foot and by paraglider.
The race begins at 10am on Sunday 24th June at Hondarribia on the west coast. First to goal at El Port de la Selva on the east coast, wins. The rest of the teams then have 24 hours until the clock stops. All athletes have to stop and rest overnight.
Follow the live tracking on the X-Pyr website.
The flying site is situated in the north of Portugal with high mountains and open valleys, surrounded by vast plains to several directions. The place is perfect and secure for cross-country flights. “Good for 100km triangles”, organisers say!
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:
Photo: Xabier González
The Willi XC Challenge is an annual hang gliding and paragliding competition that takes place at Mount 7 in Golden, BC. In 2019 it will be held from 26 July – 4 August.
With The Lookout on Mount 7 in Golden, BC as the launch point, the competition focuses on Open-Distance XC and Out-and-Return flights at one of the premier XC sites in North America. This is your best, safest and most fun opportunity to fly big distance in the mountains.
Don’t let the word “competition” deter you. The key word for this meet is “fun”. While the experienced pilots will (as usual) want to pit their skills against their peers, it’s all done in the spirit of good fun in a relatively low-stress environment. For the intermediate and veteran pilots out there, there’s a chance to build your XC chops at a big mountain, big air site. This is also an excellent opportunity for low air time pilots to gain some XC experience and learn from more seasoned pilots. You’re welcome even if you just want to hang out at launch, watch what more experienced pilots do, then take a sledder at the end of the day. In fact, our intent is to reward you for doing just that – safely and well. This event is a great opportunity to learn and build your confidence in a friendly atmosphere.