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MONARCA EXPEDITION: World Record Vol-Bivouac Flight

Ben Jordan crosses USA with massive 2,835 km vol-bivouac expedition.

Inspired by the incredible migration of the Monarch butterfly, over the spring and summer of 2020, Ozone Team Pilot Benjamin Jordan became the first person to paraglide from Mexico to Canada, setting a new Vol-Biv World Distance Record (2835 KM) and completing the first ever un-powered paraglider journey across the United States.

From the scorched earth of southern Arizona, across the red rocks of Utah, above the towering peaks of Idaho and along the endless rockies of Montana, Jordan dedicated 150 unforgettable days to the completion of this extraordinary vision.

Monarchs are the world’s furthest migrating butterfly. Over four generations, they fly all the way from Mexico to Canada and back, completing the 7000 km round-trip each year. Exactly how they manage to find the exact same overwintering site that their ancestors overwintered on the previous year, remains a mystery to scientists to this very day.

Just like the Monarch, Benjamin’s remarkable journey was completed without using fuel or power of any kind, but by simply relying on his glider and understanding of the natural world.

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For track logs visit: www.monarcaexpedition.com

Congrats Ben and Cheers from all the OZONE team!

Neuer Rekord: Rafa hat es wieder geschafft!!

Unser Ozone Teampilot Rafael Saladini (Enzo 3) hat einen neuen Streckenrekord (angemeldeter Zielflug) zu Hause in Brasilien aufgestellt. Er berichtet uns dazu Folgendes:

“Oct 15th – We’ve been here for 20 days declaring everyday the same point and had only two waves with reasonable wind and enough humidity. Tacima is always a mental challenge. At 6:40am, I was towed to 400m AGL from our “aeropasto” near Tacima – just enough altitude to reach the ridge 2km behind where the old foot launch is located.

As the forecast was not so good, I launched with two main goals: I had a chase cam attached to get some shots and we decided to check a runaway in Lagoa Nova. I did a bit of soaring and at around 7am I began my unexpected +11 hour journey through the atmosphere.

Before reaching Lagoa Nova, I had to make a pendulum and grab the chase cam to make sure I would not have surprises in case of a hard landing. I cut the line and left the mount inside my harness. When I arrived over the runaway, I was 250m AGL and was searching for a safe place to land. But life sometimes delivers unexpected surprises. A strong cycle just took me straight to cloudbase, and after that my mindset changed completely. I decided to fly as far as I could and finally try to break the declared goal.

Since 2007, after my South American record of 397km, I never flew alone anymore. Team flying is my favorite way to explore Brazilian Sertão. Share the sky and world records with my friends are among the best experiences I ever had. But this time I decided to do it otherwise. Fly by myself again the whole day. Meditate in deep silence for more than 11h. A pure connection with the pulse of the atmosphere, when nothing else matters, only the present moment and the next thermal.

Conditions were far from great, with only moderate wind and many blue holes. The only way to try to compensate was full bar the whole time and an agressive attitude, exposing myself for an early landing much more than we usually do when team flying. It worked until 3:30pm. After that the sky turned blue and was very difficult to navigate fast and precise.

Late afternoon, when I was already tired, that’s when team flying makes a difference, especially when we have blue sky. I committed some mistakes in the last two hours that cost me some precious kilometers. But I managed to break the straight distance to a declared goal world record, declaring and flying 530km and reaching a final distance of 555km, landing in a dirty road in the heart of Ceará. The current record is from Guy Anderson and Harry Bloxham, 510.8km in 2019. Lets see if FAI will ratify.

Certainly it was the best paragliding experience I ever had alone in my life. I’m really stoked!! 555km is the third longest flight in Paragliding History. The current straight distance world record is 582km (tow), and the previous one was 564km (foot launch). Both from our team, and I am really really really grateful and honored to be a part of all of them”

For track log click here

Glückwunsch Rafa, und ein Cheers vom gesamten Ozone Team.

500 km durch Norgwegen mit Antoine Girard

Unser Ozone Teampilot Antoine Girard ist von seinem jüngsten Abenteuer in Norwegen zurück: 500 km Fliegen und Biwakieren in bezaubernder Landschaft:

“Covid has wiped out all the bivouac flight plans for the year, but should we give up? There are a lot of great things to do close to home. We headed for the crossing of Norway. Around 500km in a straight line but a course of more than 650km. With Julien Dusserre, we waited for the opening of the border to jump on the first plane. Certainly a little late for the season (August 1) but we had no choice.

We are in northern Europe, the sun is weak as are the thermals and the distance of the flights, quite the opposite of the rain in the country!We left from Evje in the north of Kristiansand to reach Trondeim in the north. We had 15 days which represents 33km of travel on the line per day to get to the end. It doesn’t seem like much but with the flight conditions, bad weather etc. it’s a challenge ! We know it and we decide right away not to do it in a pure ethical way, that is to say that we are not going to walk too much on the road and if it does not fly! We will advance by bus, hitchhiking or other to finish the 33km daily unless we are ahead of the timing. On the other hand we will try to remain in complete autonomy food and overnight which imposes on us bags of 30kg.

We did a large part of the crossing with Johannes Helleland, a native Norwegian and helicopter pilot, he knows his country inside out! In the end, he is like our guide for the 10 days spent together. A very precious help.We flown 250km and 50km walk which represents almost 70% progress on the line without motorized means. Above all, transport enabled us to be at the best place for the next day.On flyable days, we flew between 5 and 65km. Each 30km flight is a success. You have to be very patient in a small thermal and the flight slots have never exceeded 3 hours! We walked for hours in search of takeoffs, in a land filled with water and sometimes mosquitoes. The days that end around 11 p.m. allowed us to make good progress and optimize our walk.

Take-off areas are rare because of the endless forests and the slopes that are often too gentle. The take-offs are often on a granite slab which prevents any vegetation. Wild take-offs are far from easy in Norway!

On the other hand the landscapes are magnificent with lakes everywhere and the fish proliferate! We have not forgotten our mini fishing rods. Self-sufficiency is not difficult with fish and wild fruits to complement our meals!”

Glückwunsch, Antoine! Und vielen Dank für den Bericht.

Die Fotos haben uns freundlicherweise Antoine Girard und Julien Dusserre zur Verfügung gestellt.

Unser Freund KIWI

James Kiwi Johnston ist ein langjähriger Freund und Bruder der Familie Ozone. Wir spüren den Verlust dieser großen Persönlichkeit in unserem Leben und in diesem Sport. Seit dem Beginn von Ozone war Kiwi bei uns.

Ein enger Freund von Ozone-Mitbegründer Rob Whittall, seit sie sich Mitte der 90er Jahre bei einem Gleitschirm Wettbewerb in den USA getroffen hatten. Sie teilten sich ein Haus und einige verrückte Zeiten, wie beim Snowboarden während eines Winters in Driggs Idaho, und unzählige andere Abenteuer. In den letzten Jahren hat sich Kiwi wirklich vorgenommen, seine XC-Flug- und Wettkampffähigkeiten zu verbessern. Dieses Bemühen führte ihn um die ganze Welt, und er tat, was er liebte zu tun, Abenteuer erleben, Gleitschirm Fliegen, und dabei neue Kulturen entdecken. Und das alles, während er seine Fliegerei verbesserte und sich in der Weltrangliste nach oben bewegte, mit dem Ziel, eines Tages bei den Weltmeisterschaften für sein Heimatland Neuseeland zu starten.

Er war ein versierter Schriftsteller und Fotograf, der drei Bücher unter dem Pseudonym James Oroc
veröffentlichte. In unserer Freiflieger-Community sind seine unzähligen Artikel und Geschichten im Cross Country und Kite World Magazin der Stoff für Legenden – unser Lieblingsautor aller Zeiten.

Wir werden ihn wirklich vermissen, er war ein skurriles Talent, ein großer Freund und ein hingebungsvoller Teil dieses Sports, der uns alle zusammengebracht
hat! Wir senden Kraft, Licht und Liebe an seine ganze Familie und Freunde. Wir werden ihn nie vergessen. 
Viel Liebe vom Ozone Team.

Delta 4 Bericht vom XC Magazin

„Die Tatsache, dass ich in den wenigen Tagen, die ich den Flügel hatte, fast 300 km fliegen konnte, zeugt von seiner Leistungsfähigkeit und Einsatzfreude. Und obwohl diese nutzbare Leistung die Schlagzeile sein mag, ist es das sorgfältig gestaltete Handling und die Kontrolle über die hinteren Tragegurte, die den Delta 4 so angenehmen fliegen lassen.“

Marcus King vom Cross Country Magazine nimmt den Delta 4 mit auf eine Tour durch die Südalpen. Lese die vollständige Bewertung, und klicke auf das Bild unten:

JOACHIM OBERHAUSER ist Italienischer Meister 2020

Joachim Oberhauser hat sich bei den Italienischen Meisterschaften in Cuorgné den Gesamtsieg geholt. Hier wurden unter stark wetteifernden Konkurrenten sechs Durchgänge geflogen. Joachim ging mit seinem Enzo 3 an den Start, und nahm dann Christian Biasi mit auf das Siegerpodest, der – ebenfalls mit einem Enzo 3 – auf dem dritten Platz landete.

Die Damenwertung gewann Silvia Buzzi Ferraris mit ihrem Enzo 3, und in der Serienklasse siegte der italienische Teamleiter Alberto Castagna, der seinen Zeno flog.

Hier ist der Bericht von Joachim:

“We have been really lucky to be able to compete in these difficult times, out of the covid-19, also the meteo isn’t so friendly this year, but in Cuorgnè it has been OK. We run six tasks structured over the mountains and the flatlands, but cloud bases aren’t so high in August, therefore the competition has been very technical.  I really enjoy the competitions structured on more days, as I can get the right mood to be more competitive. I have to say that I’m really happy of my Enzo 3. In my opinion, currently it is still the best glider on the scene, it is safe, therefore it can be flown by a wide number of pilots, it glides perfectly, but you feel the big difference when you enter or exit from a thermal, as it manage the turbulence and makes these transitions easy and safe.”

Wir schicken Glückwünsche und ein Cheers vom gesamten Ozone Team.

Ozone heißt BENOÎT OUTTERS im Team willkommen

Benoît ist ein dynamischer, junger Pilot aus Frankreich, der sich Hals über Kopf in die anspruchsvollsten Biwak Abenteuer, Ultra-Trail Rennen und den Alpinismus im allgemeinen gestürzt hat. Er hat 2013 mit dem Fliegen begonnen, und bereits zwei Mal an den Red Bull X-Alps teilgenommen. Dort wurde er 2017 Zweiter, und 2019 Dritter.

2015 hat er gemeinsam mit Antoine Girard die Neuseeländischen Alpen überquert, und seither viele weitere Biwak Abenteuer unternommen. Benoît wird 2021 zum dritten Mal an den X-Alps teilnehmen. Wir sind gespannt auf seine weiteren Abenteuer.

Charles Cazaux stellt einen neuen Geschwindigkeitsrekord auf

Unser Ozone Team Pilot Charles Cazaux (FRA) hat am 24.  August 2020 einen neuen Speed-Weltrekord mit dem Geleitschirm aufgestellt, und sich dabei selbst überboten. Bei einem 25 km FAI Dreieck hat er eine Durchschnittsgeschwindigkeit von 46,9 km/h aus seinem Enzo 3 rausgeholt.

Charles schreibt dazu:

“I woke up this morning, just back from a week in Disentis for the World Cup, had breakfast with the kids, walked few steps in the garden and eye on the sky: fresh air, dry grass, bird already thermalling, east/north east tendancy up there, little cloud on the east side of ridges. Hmm… Sound like a good day… A pretty good day. So what’s the plan of the whole family? Kids want to take a rest at home from yesterday hike, really? So I might have a short window to test this airmass., take off is just 10’ from there.

Few minute to check more carefully the forecast, it seems a bit windy for the plan in my mind… But let’s try it! What is a the plan? A speed run training over a 25 km FAI triangle! What? Yes, that’s it!

Years ago I started training on it as a specific exercise to improve myself, my skills using the speedbar, push the limits of my mind, learn to be focus, relax and efficient in this special moment. In competition the final glide with full speed is just few minute of the flight, and I realized I was not so good for it. I spent more and more time to practice in order to be able to fight with the best pilot. It seems it works! 25 km is quite short, every second matters for the average speed. The main thing to deal with is the difference of altitude between the start and the arrival point which must be less than 500m according to the FAI record rules. It means to go fast, you will push and loose altitude but on the other hand you need to deal with this minimum altitude difference. I found that my home place is not so bad regarding the terrain and aerology.

In 2006, I did my first world record on a « speed over a 25 km FAI triangle », I continue the story in 2010 with an Ozone R10, then prototype disappeared from the competition scene, reducing the top speed, so it was pretty complicate to find the right aerology to push the limit faster than the last years.

Back to the present, I am on fire and ready! Sent the Paperwork to the FAI, setting task in the GPS, my Bullet barr is on, my ballast is full, Enzo 3 and Exoceat ready to rock! After several record attempt in Australia, Texas, Brazil, I have been used to this record routine so it was quite easy from home! Take-off, first thermal nearby the cliff and I understood it might be a bit strong for my plan „10-15 km/h nor-east, 3-4 m/s lift, never mind let’s see what’s possible with such a stadium ! » It has been a quite demanding day playing a lot with the B risers and my speedbar especially over the ridge hitting thermal and headwind even I flew 300-400m over the ground. I was ready to face such a challenge with a right mindset for this daily task! Such a good feeling to cross the line and check the result! A new Speed record…

Thanks to Seiko Fukuoka Naville, my Team partner at Airlinks Academy, as she always push me to improve my skills with safety training, full speed training, detailed debriefing . Thanks to One Day coaching for the advice to keep my mind in the task.

I am looking forward for a D-day with the right aerology or a better place to make it even faster!”

Glückwunsch, Charles, zu so viel Highspeed, und ein Cheers vom gesamten Ozone Team.

Alle Details zum Rekord sind hier zu finden.

Das FAI.org Interview mit Charles findest du hier.