The ski station of Vars in southern France is hosting Outdoor Mix festival from 22-28 January 2018. It blends pumping music with a range of sports in the snow, from skiing, snowboarding and paragliding to the less traditional snow kayaking and mountain biking. Fun is guaranteed!
From 2 to 4 February 2018, the first ever European Paraglider Convention will take place in 2,000m² of exhibition halls at the Europapark in Rust, Germany.
Despite its title, the EPC is aimed at hang glider and PPG pilots as well as paragliders. It will comprise a huge trade show, plus lectures and training events and the event will occupy more than 2,000m² of exhibition space.
The Stubai Cup takes place every year and this year’s theme is Flying Flower Power. “Love is in the air!”, say its organisers.
The three-day event combines an open-air trade show in the landing field, testival, aerial displays and a prize draw. Chrigel Maurer will be giving a not-to-be-missed presentation on the Friday evening so get there in time for that.
Pilot briefings and weather reports will be given daily in the school, and shuttles will run from the landing field to the lifts. Pilots can then free-fly over the snowy arena before landing back at the event site.
All registered pilots are automatically entered in the Fun Cup, whose prizes include an EN-A paraglider.
An Icarus X Series paramotor race, weekend-long little brother to the Icarus Trophy, is taking place at the end of March 2018 in South Africa.
“The X series was created on the back of the popularity of the Icarus Trophy, the world’s longest paramotor race, and features four shorter-format stand-alone race events across four continents (one in the US, one in the UK, one in Australia and now one in South Africa).
“March’s race will see pilots follow a stunning 340km two-day course. Taking off on the 30th of March, participants will follow an ABC-A course, starting & finishing at Zulu Nyala Lodge, Gauteng, and will fly over some of the area’s best nature reserves and parks, giving pilots a unique view of their wildlife, and stopping at checkpoints at the Vaalkop and Buffelspoort dams en route. A properly epic & diverse triangle showcasing South Africa at its best“.
As with the Icarus Trophy, there are Race and Adventure categories. Find out more at:
The 2018 Kwahu Paragliding Festival is a flagship event for the Ministry of Tourism in Ghana and is now in its 13th year. This year the event will take place in the Odwianuma Mountains from 30 March to 2 April 2018. Flying fee is GHC250.
The take off site is being expanded and the festival is expected to attract “thousands of people from far and near, and will include paragliding, funfairs and entertainment.”
Wills Wing Wallaby 2018 Demo Days and Fly-In will be held Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 April. There will be a party and dinner on the Saturday night.
Wills Wing say:
“The Wills Wing demo trailer will be stocked with a full fleet of the new laminate Falcon 4s, Sport 2s, U2s and T2s. Come on out, fly and check out the latest gliders, see some old friends and help us mark the occasion!“
Thailand are hosting the FAI World Paramotor Championships 2018 at Pasak Jolasid Dam, Lopburi.
The event starts on 30 April, and comprises the following categories:
RPF 1 T (Paraglider Control / Foot-launched / Flown solo) (Men)
RPF 1 T (Paraglider Control / Foot-launched / Flown solo)
RPL 1 T (Paraglider Control / Landplane / Flown solo)
RPF 2 T (Paraglider Control / Foot-launched / Flown with two persons)
RPL 2 T (Paraglider Control / Landplane / Flown with two persons)
Sports you can find out more about or take part in include paragliding, kayaking, slacklining, stand-up paddle boarding, long boarding, climbing, yoga and kitesurfing.
Each evening of 18th, 19th and 20th May there will be a concert, with four bands or artists each night.
More details and tickets here.