Australia’s popular paragliding season-opener, the Canungra Cup is back. This year’s dates are 19-26 October.
The Canungra Cup is an eight-day, FAI 2 cat. comp, with scores counting towards pilots’ WPRS scores. Pilots must be IPPI4 rated or equivalent to take part, and need to be members or temporary members of the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia.
The AU$400 (Early Bird) or AU$450 entry fee includes retrieves and airport transfers.
If you’re in the South of France on 19 October 2019 and in the mood for an adventure race with a difference, check out the Walk Fly Pedal race at the Mont Sainte Victoire near Aix-en-Provence.
Organisers bill the Iquique Open as “the most extreme and driest competition in Chile”. Pilots launch on a hill facing the breeze from the Pacific Ocean, then have the Atacama desert as a huge playground to the east.
Airspace restrictions to the south will be relaxed during the event, to allow a corridor of flight in what is usually the no-go around Diego Aracena airport.
Organisers claim flying is possible 360 days a year, and for up to 10 hours a day in October and November. Expect 2-6m/s thermals and winds of 8-25km/h.
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.
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, email@example.com and include, your name, HGFA#, Hours, Glider, Experience.
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:
Fly 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!
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 …