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NEW XC ROMANIAN RECORD-345 KM

On July 8th, Igor Casu set a new Romanian distance record (345 Km) on his Enzo 3.

Flying with Igor was Stelian Popescu who flew 341.5 km on his Alpina 2.

Igor reports:

“The first climb was consistent and turbulent, but it was premature to say we cracked “The day-workflow”. After 2 thermals, all pilots split in 3 groups, our group consisted of 7 pilots with B/C/D/CCC wings. Due to shear turbulence the thermals were shreded and it paid off to stay glued in Gaggle. We cried of joy as we hit together the 100 km mark after 2,5h of flight and some tricky low saves for some of us.

As I was on my Enzo, I announced the “Gang” that I will search for the next climb and wait for them in the thermal. I headed to a good looking Cumulus but it died and I found myself low and alone. Still I cruised at 70km/h covering distance and hoping to find something on my way. Soon I hit a 6m/s “screamer” that catapulted me to cloudbase. The mark of 200km was reached in the vicinity of my wife’s parents house, I thought: should I land? I will be culinarily spoiled but the odds unfold in favour of further flying.

I lost sight of my friends but soon enough, 3 of them, caught me up, which is in fact amazing as the pilots remaining airborne together were flying lower class wing, which proves that “Collective thinking” pays off and the Gaggle outmatches a higher rated wing. We saluted and I switch to buddy-flying mode extending our thermal sniffing capabilities. The wind intensified to steady 43 km/h, thermals of 2-3 m/s were soft-edged  so we could touch the previous national record milestone of 284 km being still at 1.900 m. ASL. Burst of happiness kicked in and we shouted happily as beyond that it was only the new Romanian record flight.

After 6 hours of flight, the thermals got weaker and it was time to squeeze each thermal and to drift with wind. At some points it was wiser to circle in -0,5 m/s still covering the ground with an average of 40km/h. We decided to set on the final glide at 310km from 1.950 m ASL, and due to evening restitution we had a +30 kms glide landing with a bit of bar pushed against the wind.

With 7 pilots breaking the 300 km barrier we proved that with a good day and a likeminded group we can get further”

Congrats guys and cheers from all the Ozone Team.

For Igor’s flight track: 

https://www.xcontest.org/romania/zboruri/detalii:Ubitron/8.07.2022/08:40

Stelian Popescu’s flight track:

https://www.xcontest.org/romania/zboruri/detalii:Stelian/8.07.2022/08:56

Photos courtesy of Igor Casu

LUC, MERYL, AND THE FRENCH TEAM WIN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS.

The 16th FAI European Championship in Nis, Serbia, has concluded with six valid tasks. It was a hotly contested event flown in challenging conditions. During the last task, Ozone designer, Luc Armant, crossed the speed section 1 min and 36 sec ahead of Maxime Pinot, who had led the race since day one. This gave Luc the necessary points to win the championship at the final moment.

Luc’s consistency along the competition was the key to his win. Maxime Pinot took second, followed by Ozone R&D pilot, Honorin Hamard, in third. All flew the Enzo 3. Luc and Honorin flew the new Ozone Submarine harness.  

In the women’s category, Ozone team pilot, Meryl Delferriere, took top honors. She also finished 7th in the Overall. 

France was the winning nation, followed by the Czech Republic and Italy.

The new European champion, Luc Armant reports: 

“This European championship in Serbia has been the best FAI competition I have participated in so far, both in term of flying and spirit. Great organizers, great spirit between pilots and between teams. Great tasks with high cloud base over mixt terrain of hills and flats, some of them tricky but still reasonably safe.

On a personal level, I did not try to win this comp but instead just wanted

to ensure points for the team without taking too much strategic risk. I’m

very cautious in this sort of terrain that I still struggle to predict.

Similar to my recent other victories, I was lucky that things aligned on the last day, to finally catch up the overall leader. On top of luck, I was also helped by a great team communication, a great coach,

a wing that I know very well (and has won all major events since 5 years)

and the extra glide given by the submarine”

For full results visit: https://civlcomps.org/event/ECHSerbia/results

Congrats to all the pilots and cheers from all the Ozone Team.

BAPTISTE, CHARLES AND THE OZONE TEAM WIN IN MACEDONIA

The PWC in Krushevo, Macedonia has come to an end after seven valid tasks.

Ozone team pilot, Baptiste Lambert , was the overall winner followed by his teammate Charles Cazaux in second. They flew the Enzo 3 & the Submarine. Third place went to Daniel Tyrkas, also flying the Enzo 3.

In the women’s category, Constance Mettetal took the win followed by Keiko Hiraki (Enzo 3) and Kirsty Cameron (Zeno 2) in third. 

The team winner was the OZONE Team. 

PWC’s Ruth Jessop reports:

With another day of blue skies and lots of sunshine a fast 85 km corridor task was set taking the pilots south, almost to Greece.

With initial climbs maxing out at 2600m, the day and subsequently today’s task started with a super gaggle all compressed tightly up against each other before the start opened and the mass of wings descended onto turn point one as one huge mass.

Ping-ponging between turn point one and two the group held its form well, but at the transition to the third turn point the flats appeared to be the crux and soon enough the gaggle became two and some scattered stragglers.

There were some great climbs in the flats up to 4.5ms and, while not all were as giving, there was an abundance of lift.

The lead gaggle had put some space between themselves and the second gaggle by the transition to the last turn point. True to form this week. the leaders got stuck just before the end of speed and were overtaken by the following gaggle, radically changing the scores. 

The final glide was buoyant and provided a lifty line in for many and a full bar ride to ESS before a glory glide to goal.

What an amazing week. This is only the second time we have had a seven-task competition in Europe. The pilots flew a cumulative 70618 km, more than 1.75 times around the world.

What a stunning performance from Baptiste Lambert winning his third World Cup here in Krushevo. He was in the top 2 in 5 out of the 7 tasks! This morning he knew that he could stay in bed and still win.

Charles Cazaux improved on his 3rd place, in the 2012 World Cup here in Krushevo, by coming 2nd this time.

Well done to Constance Mettetal winning her third World Cup, coming 5th overall in task 6.

Keiko Hiraki was 2nd lady here in 2014, and 2nd lady here again in 2022.

The pilots enjoyed an amazing variety of scenery from lakes, hills and mountains to the wide expanse of corn fields and sun flowers smiling up at them.

Thank you to the people of Krushevo for letting us share their beautiful village and their wonderful blue skies”

For Full results go to: https://live.pwca.org/scores

Congrats to all the pilots and cheers from the Ozone Team.

Photos courtesy of Paragliding World Cup – PWCA

PARAGLIDING WORLD CUP, KRUSHEVO, MACEDONIA 14TH TO 21ST JULY 2022

Paragliding World Cup, Krushevo, Macedonia 14th to 21st July 2022As we continue our celebration of thirty years of the Paragliding World Cup it is very befitting that we return to one of our favourite venues. The mountain resort of Krushevo has hosted two World Cups (2012 and 2014), World and European Championships, and countless national competitions.

The manicured launch makes taking off, even in strong winds, possible for international events with a large number of competitors.

Krusevo’s main ridge is a great springboard for tasks set out in the plains. The flats in front are a fantastic arena providing seemingly endless route choices. They are also ideal for concentric circles and corridor tasks in a large safe paragliding playground which tolerates the wind very well.

There are generous climbs (3m/s up to 7m/s) and big lines of convergence, which makes for a flying area that is very interesting to analyse and exploit.

It is therefore no surprise that Krushevo 2022 is one of the most popular venues in this year’s calendar. Almost half the pilots competing have a letter A, the highest possible credentials!For more visit www.pwca.org

Text courtesy of Ruth Jessop
Photos by Ulric Jessop

2022 OZONE CHABRE OPEN

The 15th Ozone Chabre Open has come to a close after 4 fun days of flying. 

The Overall winner was Steve Montfort flying his Alpina 3. Steve also won a free entry by submitting the winning design for the competition T-Shirt. In second place was Nicola Moeckli followed by Matt Wilkes (Swift 5) in third.

In the women’s category the win went to Lisa Davis (Delta 4) followed by Eva Henneman (Swift5) and Anna Hadders (Alpina 4) in third. 

Participants and the organization all agreed that it was an amazing week of flying, with plenty of knowledge shared and friendships made in the southern Alps – the essence of Chabre. 

Congrats to all the pilots and cheers from the OZONE team.

For Full results visit: https://airtribune.com/oco2022/results

JOACHIM AND THE OZONE TEAM WIN PWC ROMANIA

The third stop of the 2022 PWC in Clopotiva, Romania has come to an end after five valid tasks.

Congrats to all the pilots and to the main winners: Joachim Oberhauser, Constance Mettetal and the OZONE Team.

Joachim flew his Enzo 3 & the Submarine harness.

For Full results go to: https://live.pwca.org/scores/

Next PWC stop: Krushevo, Macedonia Stay tuned!

Images courtesy of www.PWCA.org / Andu Ivan / Lulia Jurca

JOACHIM, ALBERTO AND SILVIA WIN THE ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2022.

Ozone Team Pilot, Joachim Oberhauser has won the Italian Championships 2022  in Feltre, Italy. 

Joachim flew his Enzo 3 / Submarine and shared the podium with Denis Soverini  (Enzo 3)  and Christian Biasi (Enzo 3) in third.

Italian Paragliding Team Leader Alberto Castagna won the Serial Class title, for the second time in a row, flying with his brand new Zeno2. 

In the ladies category the winner was Silvia Buzzi Ferraris (Enzo 3).

For full results visit: https://airtribune.com/monteavena2022/results

Congrats and cheers from all the Ozone team. 

HONORIN WINS PRE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN CŒUR DE SAVOIE

“After second place in the French Championship and the trees, I had to bounce back and do a good competition at the Pre World Championship in Cœur de Savoie, especially for the mental.

It’s done, I won this last competition by 3 small points!!!

What a start to the year, 5 competitions, 3 wins and 2 second places, didn’t expect that much but I’ll take it!

This win gets me pumped for the next big step, the European Championship in Serbia at the end of July.

Thanks to all and to the organization for this beautiful event. Congrats to Julian and Tim for 2nd and 3rd place and Capu for the women’s title!!!”

Congrats Honorin and Cheers from all the Team.

Honorin was flying his Zeno 2.

For 18th FAI Pre World Paragliding Championships’s results visit:

https://civlcomps.org/event/18th-pgworlds-test-event/results

THE OZONE KRUSHEVO OPEN 2022

The 4th Ozone Krushevo Open will take place from September 03-09, 2022. 

This competition is designed in the spirit and model of the Legendary Ozone Chabre Open, a stress-free paragliding cross-country competition with an emphasis on fun and learning through in-depth XC coaching and setting achievable tasks.

This event, like the Chabre, is aimed primarily at pilots with some XC experience, who want to get more into competition or further hone their XC skills. Daily briefings and de-briefings by Jocky Sanderson set the stage for a week of intense learning in a perfect location for fun XC flying.

Classes include Fun, Recreation, and Sport, which are governed by your wing’s aspect ratio. There is also a Rookie, and Women’s class.

The Krushevo region has a long history of successful competition tasks. Early September is ideal for XC flying weather, and the history of the location suggests that many kilometers will be flown – join us!

Registration is open now at: https://airtribune.com/ozone-krusevo-open-2022/info

Photos courtesy of Jocky Sanderson

RAFA WINS AT HOME

Ozone Team Pilot, Rafa Saladini  has just won his second consecutive  Panamerican PG championship celebrated in Governador Valladares, Brazil.

He reports:

“I’m really thrilled to receive this gift of winning the panamerican twice in a row. 2020 and 2022.

I’ve been training myself to become more mentally and emotionally resilient. It doesn’t matter how technically good you become, if you are not mentally strong, you will never reach anywhere close to the very concept of performance excellency and mental/emotional resilience. And to me that’s what paragliding competitions are all about.

After flying 7 days in PWC Roldanillo, we had the brazilian nationals and the PWC Baixo Guandu, both with 7 nuclear tasks. My family was exhausted for having me so many days away. My wife and two kids were badly sick and needing my presence. It was only two days before the panamerican that my wife told me to go.

Eva, my 4 year old daughter yelled before I left: “If you are going again, you better win!!!” 

From that moment, the pressure was on!!

She was REALLY upset when I told her I was 2nd in the first task. “Papa, please turn yourself into a rocket , so you can win”. 

So I won the second task and the competition only to become her rocket !! Now that Eva knows I won the Gold Medal, she is finally accepting me back home.

Throughout the week, I was really sick so I could not keep my exercise routine, and to compensate I meditated for 15min every morning before breakfast and had a mandatory appointment with Noam, Level Master of my Chess App. Every morning I would play 6 to 8 games before the task to warm up my brain, and of course I would lose them all.

I tried to talk to Noam so many times

But his silence is Cruel

His moves are his savage way of teaching

The only way of communication is to play

He dominates the game with no chance for his opponent

I never beated Noam. I played probably more than 400 games against him. Every loss, a lesson. Every “almost”, a hope that I have the potential to beat him. After so many silent tries and bitter “almost victories”, this last wednesday‘s morning, after winning the previous task, I could scream out loud: 

Check Mate!! 

I beated Noam for the first time. If it is coincidence or not, my paragliding level is raising as my chess level raises, and Im really happy about it…”

Congrats Rafa and cheers from all the Ozone team!

For full Results visit: https://civlcomps.org/event/5th-fai-pan-american-paragliding-championship/results

Photos courtesy of Rafa Saladini and Nick Greece.