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Jul
25
Wed
Icarus Trophy 2018, Africa
Jul 25 – Aug 3 all-day
Icarus Trophy 2018, Africa @ Hartbeespoort | North West | South Africa

The Icarus trophy paramotor adventure race will take place in southern Africa in 2018.

The race, which is run by the Adventurists, has previously been held in the United States, and last year was won by 22-year-old Tucker Gott.

“This is the Icarus Trophy on steroids, adventure on a baobab stick”.

The race will be around 1,000 miles long, depending on the actual route chosen by participants. Pilots will start at Hartbeespoort near Johannesburg in South Africa on 25 July, and cross Botswana to finish in Zambia a few days later. Pilots have to land and cross borders on foot, and their passports will be checked for the appropriate stamps! More on the 2018 route here.

This year again there will be an Adventure Division (supported, no race element), and a Race Division (no designated supporter, but pilots can use ‘open access’ support- anything that the average person can access.

“Should they manage to charm total strangers into lending their assistance, that’s kosher. They cannot use help offered by friends, distant relatives, other pilots or the race team to further their progress.

“Probably the key part of any adventure is the adventurous bits. And that means setting out into the world and fending for yourself. Anything else becomes a bit less exciting. It starts to remove all the fun bits, like ‘where the hell will I sleep?’ or ‘what do I do now I’ve run out of fuel?’ And it starts to become a bit of a guided tour.”

All competitors must carry their own food, clothes and sleeping equipment (although if you land near a hotel it’s within the rules to use it) and basic paramotor spares. Competitors are tracked, and are sent regular weather reports. There’s also a support truck following just in case, although, “It will probably take a while to reach you if you land in the middle of the desert, so best pack some sandwiches”.

icarustrophy.com

Oct
14
Sun
Argentinean Paragliding Championships 2018
Oct 14 – Oct 20 all-day

Argentinean Paragliding Championships 2018

The 2018 Argentinean Paragliding Championships will take place at La Rioja from 14-20 October.

Organisers say you can expect excellent thermal conditions, and enjoy the newly transformed 500m² launch, complete with synthetic grass.

Register at Airtribune.com

Dec
9
Sun
South African Open / Pre-PWC Porterville
Dec 9 – Dec 15 all-day

Pre-PWC Porterville

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.

Further information can be found on livetrack24.com

 

Nov
9
Sat
PWC 2019 Argentina: Loma Bola
Nov 9 – Nov 16 all-day

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:

Coeur de Savoie, France 25 May – 1 Jun

Linzhou, China 8-15 Jun 2019

Manteigas, Portugal 29 Jun – 6 Jul 2019

Pico do Gaviao, Brazil 7-14 Sep 2019

pwca.org

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