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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM OZONE!

Wie Flieger wissen, zeigen sich im Leben oft die Höhen und Tiefen, die wir auch in der Luft erleben. 2021 war für Ozone ein weiteres Jahr von „low saves and high climbs“. In der Wettkampfszene haben unsere Piloten Preise abgeräumt, und sind zu den höchsten Orten der Erde geflogen. Aber wir haben uns auch in unserer Produktionsstätte in Vietnam wegen der Pandemie mit Herausforderungen konfrontiert gesehen. Das hat unsere Liefermöglichkeiten stark beeinträchtigt, und auch neue Produkte auf den Markt zu bringen war schwierig. Daher freuen wir uns nun umso mehr mitteilen zu können, dass wir die Produktion wieder auf volle Leistung herauffahren konnten, und unsere Lieferzeiten langsam kürzer werden.

Unsere Teams arbeiten hart daran, ausstehende Bestellungen so schnell wie möglich fertig zu stellen, um dann auch die spannenden neuen Produkte, die unser R&D Team entwickelt hat, auf den Weg zu bringen.

Der Zeno2 steht kurz vor der Vollendung, und wird im Sommer 2022 auf den Markt kommen. 2022 wird voraussichtlich auch das Jahr sein, in dem die 2-Leiner EN C erwachsen werden, und natürlich wird Ozone an vorderster Stelle dieser neuen Gleitschirmgeneration stehen – mit einem ganz besonderen Modell. Und…der Swift 6 wird in die Fußstapfen des erfolgreichen Rush 6 treten. Die Gurtzeugentwicklung kommt ebenfalls schnell voran: ein völlig überarbeitetes Forza 2 befindet sich ebenso auf dem Weg zur Fertigstellung wie ein neues Gurtzeug für Fluganfänger. Die genauen Daten, wann die Produkte letztlich auf den Markt kommen werden, hängen immer noch von den Fortschritten in der Produktionsstätte ab, aber wir können dir versichern, dass sie es alle Wert sind, auf sie zu warten.

Wie immer werden wir unseren Fokus darauf legen, in jedes Gesicht unserer Ozone Piloten ein Lächeln zu zaubern. Wir danken dir für deine Geduld und dein Verständnis, und wünschen dir das Beste für das Jahr 2022. Fly high!

Auf dem Bild: Thomas Jeanniot fliegt letzten September die „Tour du Mont Blanc” mit dem Rush 6.

Foto: Olivier Laugero @olivie

HERNAN und MARCOS stellen einen NEUEN ARGENTINISCHEN FAI REKORD auf

Am Samstag, den 4. Dezember, hat unser Ozone Team Pilot Hernan Pitocco gemeinsam mit seinem Freund Marcos Rosenkjer einen neuen argentinischen Rekord aufgestellt: sie sind in Patagonien ein 217,9 km FAI Dreieck geflogen.

Hernan berichtet uns:

“Tuesday November 30th I received an audio from Manu Canale informing me that there were two good flying days coming ahead in the Bariloche-Bolson area: December 4 and 5th. 

I´d already asked Manu to keep me posted as soon as he detected a good flying window in the complicated meteorology of the place. Flying days do not abound in Patagonia, but when they happen, it is one of the most amazing places that I have ever flown. Asap, I spread the good news in one of the WhatsApp groups that I share with friends interested in doing triangles or vivac in that particular area.  

There was no time to lose because Patagonia is quite far from where I live, 1700 km South of La Cumbre. Meanwhile, the only pilot from the group able to cut himself loose from his obligations and be ready like a soldier for the adventure in such short notice was Justo Firpo. The same day he confirmed, we purchased the air tickets Buenos Aires-Bariloche in the only flight available. I still had to figure out how to do the 800 km that separate my house in Cordoba from the airport in Buenos Aires. Since there were no seats in the only Cordoba-Buenos Aires flight, I had no other option but to hop on a bus. I traveled all night and arrived the next day in the morning. Finally, as I was boarding the flight, I wondered if all the hassle would be worth it.  

We arrived to Bariloche Friday December 3rd in the afternoon. We were welcomed with a great vibe by Leonel who also accommodated us in one of his apartments. To our surprise, he also pulled out a huge vinyl printed map of the area. Immediately, we stretched it on the floor and started brainstorming our flight! 

Then came Hernán Dilonenzo and a bit later Ernesto Gutierrez, two old wolves of the air from Bariloche with ample experience in the area, and they finished frying our brains out with all the info of the place! We had skipped lunch, it was getting late and we were quite worn out by the long trip so we went for a bite to the first place we found a couple of blocks away from where we were staying. We came back, left all our gear ready for the next day and finally went to sleep.

The alarm went off loud and clear 6 am that Saturday…Marcos Rosenkjer came to pick us up in his car and drove us to the base of the Cerro Catedral. The three of us trekked uphill for about half an hour with our backpacks to more or less half the height of the mountain. The idea was taking off as soon as the condition allowed it but it was mild, too mild, there was no sign of activity whatsoever, not even a single light breeze. It was like the air had altogether vanished. We watched a group of young pilots starting to take-off below us but no, nothing was going on. 

At around 11 am, the day seemed to get started. As soon as we were ready, we took off. It was 11 30 and the condition was good but the roof was still low and the thermal quite mild. We made good use of it and gradually began to ascend until we were mounted on the higher peaks behind, moving up with the topography.

We made one pass over the astounding needles that give the Cathedral Mountain its name. Then, we transitioned to the next mountain. The adventure had begun! There we were, Justo, Marcos and I, flying together as a team. The 3 of us were quite prudent at first but soon we started getting loose, together with our understanding of how the thermals worked. More or less, everything seemed to work. That is, were we looked, we found. Though nothing was very potent and we were always left with a final altitude between 2300 and 2700 meters. 

We started making our way ahead jumping from one mountain to the next. The valleys are very narrow, many of which have no access at all. We had to be careful to not be too low in any of them. They can be hard to escape.  

After three hours and forty five minutes, having passed an area of flight of unbelievable beauty that is also quite wild, we reached our first turning point. It was the farthest South we got in our route. We were over the Puelo Lake, in the watershed international border line. In fact, in those final kilometers before heading Northeast, we even crossed the border to Chile for couple of meters. That was a critical point in our flight. We were too low and were forced to drag ourselves across the Bolson Valley that is very wide in that part. That´s when we lost contact with Justo, who was a bit low over a hill trying to climb up again. 

Meanwhile, Marcos and I managed to reach the Southern tip of the Piltriquitrón Mountain, where we caught some nice bombs but they didn´t take us high enough. That rocky section of the Piltriquitrón was also the most turbulent part of the flight. I could see Marcos´ wing moving and feel mine, that´s when you are happy to be onboard such a safe paraglider as the Ozone Zeolite!    

From the mountains to the steppe, but first, we had to cross an area of almost unknown peaks. As far as I know, Marki Green is the person who most adventured himself into that area. Nevertheless, our route was way farther to the East than that.  

The topography had changed. The ground was becoming more and more arid, in all shades of brownish colors. Again I thought that being low and having to land anywhere in that section would be complicated. This was a recurring thought that I had. The best option, if worse came to worse, would be to spend the night in some hilltop and take off the next day. I was going over that thought, when all of the sudden, right when we thought that Justo had already landed in Bolson, we heard Justo´s voice on the VHF radio informing us that he was low in a complicated area and he was going to land. Immediately, we made sure to squeeze every drop of thermal we had to secure our height. It was getting late. The only indication that could lead us to close our triangle was a single line of clouds formed by a convergence that was even farther to the East than us. We rowed and rowed our boats until we finally reached it! That was where Windy had forecasted a 4300 m roof and so it was. We had reached that super roof at last! 

The temperature had dropped considerably. You could feel it in the hands, the nose and the forehead. But who cares! We just stepped on the speedbar and glided the straight 35 km line of pure bliss we had earned ourselves on that highway. A highway with awesome landscapes in the golden afternoon light. When we got off that street and looked back, we saw the clouds starting to dissolve. We had crossed in the brink of time!    

One final glide from an altitude of 4000 meters, where we could barely scratch the very last bubbles of the day and it was over. We landed on a nice set of fields with horses, a few kilometers South of the Nahuel Huapi lake. Before we could unbuckle ourselves from the harness, there was already an unknown pick-up truck waiting for us. Who immediately drove us back to town! 

For Marcos´ surprise, we had marked a new Argentine FAI record triangle! 

Justo´s story is worthy of a complete separate chapter. He spent the night in his sleeping bag on a hilltop, next to a lake, under a starlit sky. He admitted to hear feral sounds that night, and that in three opportunities, he turned his head hoping it wasn´t a puma! 

He managed to take off the next day and fly to an Estancia that happened to be owned by a Qatar prince. So the employees were ready to inform him that he could not be there and kindly helped him find a ride out, back to Bariloche with a Swiss guy who´s been living in Argentina for years buying sheep from all over Patagonia.  

Our buddy finally made it to Bariloche the next day at around 10 30 pm, with an interesting sheep stench. We got together in a bar to celebrate. We shared our experiences, ate and like it should, cheered with a well-deserved Patagonian draft beer”

Marcos Track: HERE 

Glückwünsche und ein Cheers vom gesamten OZONE Team!

RUSS, HONO und LUC haben sich ALLE PODESTPLÄTZE gesichert!

Russ Ogden, Honorin Hamard und Luc Armant, alle Mitglieder des Ozone R&D Teams, haben die Weltmeisterschaften in der Gesamtwertung als Erster, Zweiter und Dritter gewonnen. Jeder von ihnen ist mit dem Enzo 3 und dem neuen Submarine Gurtzeug an den Start gegangen.

Die Ozone Team Pilotin Yael Margelisch hat sich zur Weltmeisterin küren lassen, gefolgt von unserer Seiko Fukuoka und Klaudia Bulgakow. Auch diese Damen haben auf den Enzo 3 vertraut. Und das Team Großbritannien hat zum ersten Mal überhaupt die Nationalwertung gewonnen.

17 der bestplatzierten 20 haben auf den Enzo 3 gesetzt! Vielen Dank an alle Piloten, die Ozone geflogen sind. Und herzliche Glückwünsche an alle Teilnehmer!

Ruth Jessop von der PWCA.org. berichtet vom letzten Durchgang in Argentinien:

“Today dawned with blue skies and sunshine. An 80 km task was set with a short leg north then a long leg south, via two turn points.

In the overall rankings it was all down to Russell Ogden and Honorin Hamard. In the ladies’ rankings any of the top ten could win, and the nation rankings were wide open too. So, the atmosphere on launch was nail-biting.

Stephan Morgenthaler pulled away at the beginning of the race and stayed near the ridge when many struggled with the cloudy conditions and landed. The day then improved, and he consolidated his position and dominated the front of the race. He crossed End of Speed first with 100% of the lead out points, making the day his.

Russell and Honorin danced round each other all the way round the course, nearly landing so many times.

It was a day of changing wind directions, often with a head wind. Endless breath-taking low saves on the part of Russell and Honorin brought record crowds to follow the race. In the end, they crossed the End of Speed within 1 minute and 32 seconds of each other, which wasn’t enough for Honorin to take the title.

For the first time since Bruce Goldsmith won the title back in 2007, we have a new Paragliding World Champion from Britain, Russell Ogden.

For the first time ever, Great Britain has won the Paragliding World Championships. Well done to Russell Ogden, Martin Long, Idris Birch, Sebastian Ospina, Theo Warden (Current European Champion) and their team leader, Jocky Sanderson.

Well done to Yael Margelisch who flew a great race today landing in goal as the new Ladies’ Champion and in 18th position overall.

At the start of the race Yael told us: You can surf on the wave, but the wave doesn’t last forever. I want to get a good result here so I can stay on the top of the wave. Mission accomplished, with a very big wave!

Well done to all those who have put so much into organising this competition and making it such a success. Meet Director, Sergio Bujazha and General Organiser, Matias Fortini will go down as legends in the paragliding history books for making a Paragliding World Championship happen, with 150 pilots, in the middle of a pandemic!

Thank you, lovely Loma Bola, with its jungle terrain and challenging skies, see you again soon we hope”

Alle Ergebnisse findet ihr hier.

Wir gratulieren allen Piloten und schicken ein Cheers vom gesamten OZONE Team.

Ozone begrüßt Joachim Oberhauser im Team

Joachim ist einer der wenigen Piloten weltweit, der sich bereits die Titel Weltmeister, Europameister und Italienischer Meister geholt hat. Er ist schon lange Zeit freundschaftlich mit Ozone verbunden. Ein charismatischer, bescheidener Pilot, der jederzeit gerne bereit ist, seinen Erfahrungsschatz und Positivität mit Piloten um ihn herum zu teilen.

Leider ist es Joachim wegen der Reisebeschränkungen in seinem Heimatland Italien nicht möglich, seinen derzeitigen Welttitel in Loma Bola, Argentinien, zu verteidigen. Aber er wird bald wieder in der Weltarena antreten.

Wir freuen uns sehr darauf, Joachim bei seinen fliegerischen Missionen und Wettbewerben zu unterstützen.

Ein Cheers vom gesamten Ozone Team.

Die OZONE COLOMBIA OPEN 2022

Vom 15. – 21. Januar wird die erste Ozone Colombia Open in Pie de Chinche stattfinden. Damit führen wir die Legende der Ozone Chabre Open fort. Es wird also ein lehrreiches Event, das einfach Spaß machen soll, und bestens geeignet ist für Piloten, die ihre XC Fähigkeiten verfeinern und Spannung und Freude des Wettkampffliegens erleben möchten – ohne Konkurrenzdruck und Stress. Unser legendärer XC Coach Jocky Sanderson wird mit einem Mentor-Piloten vor Ort sein um vor den Aufgaben mit Rat zur Seite zu stehen, und auch nach den Flügen Rückmeldungen zu geben. Nachdem der Fokus völlig auf Freude und Lernen liegt, ist das ein perfektes Event für Intermediate Piloten, die ihr Fliegen verbessern wollen.

Es werden nur EN C Schirme und Schirme, die niedriger klassifiziert sind, zugelassen.

Wie auch andere spektakuläre Events, die wir mit gestaltet haben (Ozone Caribbean Open, Ozone Krushevo Open), wird auch dieses Event von dortigen Experten auf die Beine gestellt und durchgeführt werden. Das Airnomads Team hat eine erfolgreiche Wettbewerbsgeschichte von mittlerweile 12 Jahren vorzuweisen, darunter 2 PWC, 2 Super Final PWC Events, 2 British Open, eine FAI Weltmeisterschaft und weitere internationale Wettbewerbe.

Das kommende Event im Januar ist eine kleinere Veranstaltung, und somit ist die Teilnahme begrenzt. Daher empfehlen wir, dir ASAP also so bald wie möglich einen Platz zu sichern. Hier kannst du dich registrieren: https://airtribune.com/ozone-open-colombia/

Cheers from all the Team, we’ll see you in the tropics! 

WINTER IN COLOMBIA: A note from Lucho, comp organizer.

Over the past eleven years Colombia has become more and more popular with foreign pilots as a winter destination. The first reason is of course that during the northern hemisphere’s winter, Colombia experiences the best of our two summer seasons that we have here in the tropics. As the paragliding scene has developed here, a more important factor has emerged: The citizens of the Cauca Valley have come to embrace paragliding and its importance to the local economy. The influx of free flight visitors has greatly improved the economy. Cooperation between civil authorities and private enterprise has strengthened infrastructure and improved things for both the locals and visitors. Today Colombia and the Cauca Valley region is a destination not only because of excellent flying conditions, but also because it is recognized as a safe and culturally interesting place to visit. Brilliant natural landscapes, welcoming local people, and a thriving multi-ethnic society make this a wonderful place to visit. exploring natural marvels and exchanging the happiness of the multi-ethnic society. 

Colombia is more than a paragliding trip, is an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and discover the real comfort of being welcome anywhere you go — it is a place to enjoy the air but, more importantly, a place to learn the meaning of simple life while you are on the ground.

Colombia will welcome you with wide open arms, come alone, with your family, or with your friends! If you are interested in different activities contact Airnomads Colombia:

http://www.airnomadscolombia.com

Die 17. FAI Gleitschirm Weltmeisterschaften in Tucumán, Argentinien, vom 2. – 12.11.2021

1991 wurde Robbie Whittal zum ersten Gleitschirm Weltmeister überhaupt gekürt.

Wir freuen uns nun also sehr darüber, 30 Jahre Weltmeisterschaften hier in Argentinien feiern zu dürfen. Und dieser Wettbewerb ist ganz besonders speziell, da noch vor wenigen Wochen niemand davon ausgegangen war, dass er überhaupt stattfinden würde.

Meet Director Sergio Bujazha and General Organiser, Matias Fortini, have earnt their places in the paragliding history books for undertaking to organise what, at times, felt like Mission Impossible. 

The competition will start on Tuesday the 2nd of November. There will be a maximum of 10 competition flying days with the prize giving on the 13th of November.

The competition is being held close to the town of San Miguel de Tucumán in northern Argentina, 1,250km northwest of Buenos Aires. The pilots will be taking off from the 1350m high jungle ridge of Loma Bola, which is where the flats meet the foothills of the Andes. The pilots will be flying tasks over flat farmland out in front, creeper covered slopes and arid flat lands to the north. 

The FAI Paragliding World Championship is held every two years. It gives a nations and individual championship title. 

Each national team consists of a maximum of 5 pilots (including 1 woman), with the 2 best scoring. Pilots who haven’t been selected for their national team can still compete as long as they too meet the FAI selection criteria. 

This World Championship is going to be a chance for a lot of the up-and-coming newer pilots to prove their place in their national team. 150 pilots and 37 countries will be competing. 

Three South American teams stand out as being contenders for the podium. Argentina is a clear favourite with a very thermic team and a lot of local knowledge. Brazil and Colombia are also fielding full teams with a lot of very current pilots. 

From Europe, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Switzerland are all fielding full teams of four male and one female pilot. They have taken part in a lot of the World Cups which have restarted recently in Europe. 

There are a lot of smaller, but perfectly formed teams, which will also be well worth watching, North Macedonia and Serbia to mention but two.

From Asia, team Japan is here and hungry for more medals. South Korea have so far won all the medals for spending the most time in the air to get here: 120 hours each. Hopefully after a change of aircraft, their next stop will be the team podium.

The pilots from the United States hold the record for the most cancelled flights. Wing tips crossed, their flights over the next two weeks will all take off on schedule.

The French team are a favourite, but Loma Bola is very different to the Alpine conditions many of their team players are used to. Team Germany have an essential ingredient; some of the most experienced pilots and veterans of this competition. A team competition often relies on tactics and knowledge of how to work as team players, rather than just individuals.

On an individual basis, some of the favourites taking part: 2018 European Champion, Theo Warden; 2017 World Champion, Pierre Remy; 2016 European and 2015 World Champion Honorin Hamard; 2014 European Champion Torsten Siegel; 2012 European Champion Yassen Savov. 

Keen to get a good overall ranking and a place on the ladies’ podium will be Seiko Fukuoka-Neville, former ladies’ European and World Champion; former ladies’ World Champion, Klaudia Bulgakow; and former ladies’ European and World Champion, Petra Slivova.

The 2020 Pan-American Champion, Rafael Saladini, from Brazil, and Shauin Kao from Argentina, are also favourites along with Keiko Hiraki, the 2012 Asian Champion.

As far as the scoring is concerned, each pilot’s score is comprised of three parts: Distance points, Time points and Lead outpoints. Each day is scored out of a maximum of 1000 points. 

For more, You can visit: https://airtribune.com/17th-world-paragliding-championship-tucuman-argent/blog

Stay tuned!

Text Courtesy of Ruth Jessop

Photo Courtesy of Veso Ovcharov

Der PWC in LA RIOJA, ARGENTINIEN

Nach vier äußerst strapaziösen Durchgängen ist der PWC in La Rioja, Argentinien zu Ende gegangen.

Der französische Pilot François Cormier (Enzo 3) ging als absolut verdienter Sieger aus dem Wettbewerb hervor. Er ist konstant gut geflogen, und hat immer mit der Führungsriege mithalten können. Bei allen vier Durchgängen hat er sich in den Top 10 halten können, und erreichte im 4. Durchgang sogar als Schnellster das Ziel.

Respekt und Glückwunsch auch an die US Pilotin Violeta Jimenez (Zeno), die erst zum zweiten Mal überhaupt an einem World Cup teilnahm. Bei zwei Durchgängen schnitt sie als beste Dame ab, und kam in der Gesamtwertung auf den 43. Platz.

Acht der ersten 10 platzierten Piloten der Gesamtwertung sind mit einem Enzo 3 an den Start gegangen.

Alle Ergebnisse findest du hier: https://live.pwca.org/scores.php?comp=29

Glückwünsche an alle Piloten und ein Cheers vom gesamten Ozone Team.

Die Bilder wurden uns freundlicherweise zur Verfügung gestellt von Veso Ovcharov / PWCA.org

der PWC in AKSARAY, Türkei, vom 4. – 11. SEPTEMBER

Wir sind in Gemona, Italien, mit einem spannenden Wettbewerb gestartet, der sich über 7 Durchgänge hinweg gezogen hatte. Darauf folgend haben vier Durchgänge in Serbien stattgefunden, wo einige der jungen Piloten gezeigt haben, dass sie die neuen Starken mit dem Geleitschirm sind, und dass definitiv mit ihnen zu rechnen ist. Danach hat das Superfinale in Disentis alle Erwartungen übertroffen. Dort sind wieder 7 Durchgänge geflogen worden.

Dann ging es in die Türkei. Dort gab es starke Thermik. Aksaray verspricht ein ganz besonderer Wettkampf zu werden, und ein großartiger Ort, um in die Saison 2022 zu starten.

Aksaray ist ein wirklich toller Veranstaltungsort. Hier wird an den Sseiten des spektakulären Hasan Dagi, einem 3270 Meter hohen schlafenden Vulkan gestartet.

Apart from the rugged, conical mountain the take-off is on, the flying is mainly over hot, dry, arid flat plains, with small hills and some impressive gorges. Racing is technical, switching gears often being the key to success.

Keep up with all the highlights and low saves at https://pwca.org and on the Live App at https://live.pwca.org

Text and photos courtesy of PWCA.org

LUC UND SEIKO GEWINNEN DAS PWC SUPERFINALE 2021

Das wichtigste Rennen nach vielen Covid bedingten Absagen fand nun in Disentis, in der Schweiz, statt. Unser Ozone Designer Luc Armant hat sich dort das Gold des Gesamtsiegers geholt. Und Seiko Fukuoka Naville hat sich die Goldmedaille in der Damenwertung gesichert (ihr 16. PWC Gold, und ihr dritter Superfinale Meistertitel!#GOAT).

103 der weltbesten Wettkampfpilotinnen und -piloten trafen sich im Herzen der Alpen, um über den felsigen Gipfeln und Gletschern des Alpenhauptkamms sieben Durchgänge zu fliegen. Es wurden Strecken von mehr als 500 km für die Durchgänge ausgegeben.

Mit seinem neuen Prototyp Gurtzeug Submarine ist es Luc Armant gelungen, drei Durchgänge zu gewinnen, und sich den Titel ´Superfinal Champion` zu holen. Es war ein sehr wetteifernder Gleitschirmpulk in der Luft. Einige Piloten haben berichtet, dass das innovative Submarine Gurtzeug Design von Luc ihm und zwei weiteren Piloten, die damit geflogen sind, wohl einen nicht unbedeutenden Vorteil verschafft hat.

The top 10 overall:

1st  Luc ARMANT (Enzo 3, Submarine)

2nd Aaron DUROGATI

3rd Adrian HACHEN

4th Stephan MORGENTHALER (Enzo 3)

5th Baptiste LAMBERT (Enzo 3)

6th Christian MAURER 

7th Honorin HAMARD (Enzo 3, Submarine)

8th Joachim OBERHAUSER (Enzo 3, Exoceat)

9th Julien WIRTZ (Enzo 3, Submarine)

10th Ferdinand VOGEL (Enzo 3)

Out of the top 10 overall pilots, seven were flying Enzo 3s and all three Submarine protos in the event made the top 10. 

Top 5 ladies, all in Enzo 3:

1st  Seiko FUKUOKA NAVILLE

2nd Meryl DELFERRIERE

3rd Nanda WALLISER

4th Yael MARGELISCH

5th Constance METTETAL

Top 3 Teams

1st Ozone

2nd Gin Gliders  

3rd Niviuk 

For Full results visit: live.pwca.org/scores.php.

Congrats to all the pilots and to the PWC for such an amazing event.

Cheers from all the Ozone team.

Photos courtesy of Andy Busslinger / PWCA.org