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Mar
2
Fri
Stubai Cup 2018
Mar 2 – Mar 4 all-day
Stubai Cup 2018 @ Neustift im Stubaital | Tyrol | Austria

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.

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Mar
30
Fri
Ghana Paragliding Festival 2018 @ Kwahu
Mar 30 – Apr 2 all-day

Ghana Paragliding Festival

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.”

News story

Apr
5
Thu
Wills Wing Demo Days, Florida
Apr 5 – Apr 7 all-day

Wills Wing demo days 2018

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!

willswing.com

Apr
21
Sat
Bordairrace 2018: Chiemsee, Germany
Apr 21 – Apr 24 all-day
Bordairrace 2018: Chiemsee, Germany @ Aschau im Chiemgau | Bayern | Germany

The 2018 Bordairrace hike-and-fly series kicks off in Germany’s Kampenwand/Chiemsee on 21 April.

The series has historically served as training for Red Bull X-Alps athletes, including Paul Guschlbauer, Lars Budack, Pascal Purin, Thomas Hofbauer and Simon Oberrauner. This year for the first time there will be a rookie class, and the events will have live tracking.

2018 Series
21-24 April: Kampenwand/Chiemsee, Germany
26-27 May: Schöckl, Austria
7-8 July: Kössen, Austria (Austrian hike-and-fly championship)

More information, and registration, at Bordairrace.com

Bordairrace’s Facebook page

Apr
26
Thu
X-berg Challenge 2018 @ The Border Post, Oliviershoek Pass
Apr 26 – May 1 all-day

X-Berg Challenge 2018 videoThe X-Berg Challenge four-day adventure race starts on 26 April 2018. The race sees paragliders, mountain bikers and runners racing against each other around turnpoints in the Drakensberg, South Africa.  

The length of the route differs from race to race, but organisers say it will be around 90-180km in a straight line. Athletes choose their own routes to best suit their sport, taking in the turnpoints, and it’s a race to the finish.

The event is now in its sixth year, and the solo category has been won once by a trail runner and twice each by mountain bikers and paragliders.

Pilots can enter solo or as part of a team of two to four, and can mix disciplines. It’s recommended to have a dedicated supporter, but if a willing volunteer can’t be found there is a resupply service for unsupported athletes. Read about the team and solo entry combinations and more, here.

The pre-race briefing takes place on 26 April at The Border Post, Oliviershoek Pass, with race days from 27-30 April.

There is a 10% discount on the entry fee for athletes who have entered before. Registration closes 9 March 2017.

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Apr
28
Sat
XXIV El Hierro International Paragliding Festival @ El Hierro
Apr 28 – May 1 all-day

Join some of the world’s top acro pilots and 130 others on the beautiful island of El Hierro, known for its non-stop consistent conditions where you can fly all day.

Expect acro shows, paramotor acro displays, fun accuracy comps, lots and lots of airtime – plus non-stop fiesta in the evening.

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May
4
Fri
X-Berg Challenge 2019
May 4 all-day

X-Berg Challenge 2019

The X-Berg Challenge, Lesotho’s paragliding vs running vs biking adventure race, takes place from 20-24 March 2019. 

“The challenge is to fly, run and cycle along a pre-set race route across the Drakensberg, South Africa, around turnpoints. The length of the route differs from race to race but is around 90-180 km straight-line distance. First to goal wins.”

Entries are open at xbergchallenge.com

May
10
Thu
Pre-World Cup PG Accuracy, India 2018 @ Shelar, Kamshet
May 10 – May 13 all-day

The Pre-World Cup PG Accuracy India 2018 is the 5th Accuracy event being organised by PAI and the first CAT 2 being held at the Shelar site in Kamshet, Maharashtra, India. In addition it is the 1st Pre PG Accuracy World Cup to be held in India.

Shelar is one of the few flying sites in peninsular India to host a nesting site of the globally threatened Indian Vulture ( Gyps indicus) . As you fly your task, you may find them observing you calmly from their perch or they may join you on a glide. Keep an eye out for other large raptors too such as Short Toed Snake Eagle, Montague’s harrier, Peregrine Falcon and Common Buzzards.

Kamshet-Accuracy

Spot on. Illustration: Steve Ham

May
26
Sat
Bordairrace 2018: Schöckl, Austria
May 26 – May 27 all-day
Bordairrace 2018: Schöckl, Austria @ Styria | Austria

The second round of the 2018 Bordairrace hike-and-fly series takes place at Schöckl, Austria, from 26-27 May 2018. 

2018 Series
21-24 April: Kampenwand/Chiemsee, Germany
26-27 May: Schöckl, Austria
7-8 July: Kössen, Austria (Austrian hike-and-fly championship)

More information, and registration, at Bordairrace.com

Bordairrace’s Facebook page

Jun
1
Fri
El Yelmo International Festival of the Air 2018
Jun 1 – Jun 3 all-day

El Yelmo International Festival of the Air is back in Segura de la Sierra, Andalucia, Spain, on 1-3 June 2018. Now in its 19th edition, the free-flying festival promises three days of fun in the Spanish sun, with airshows, a trade fair, conferences, a competition and the International Festival of Air Cinema.

Hundreds of paraglider and paramotor pilots are expected, with 20,000 spectators over the weekend.

fiaelyelmo.com

El Yelmo 2018

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