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Longest Journey by Unpowered Paraglider Guinness World Record set by Ben Jordan

Congratulations! Guinness World Records has just honoured Ozone Team pilot Benjamin Jordan with the title for the “Longest Journey by Unpowered Paraglider.” Across 2835 km, Jordan traveled by paraglider, and foot when necessary, between Mexico and Canada, completing the first ever crossing of the United States by non-motorized flight.

You can watch his film about the journey at flymonarca.com and check out his detailed expedition track-logs over at monarcaexpedition.com.

PARAGLIDING WORLD CUP, BAIXO GUANDU, BRAZIL, 26TH OF MARCH TO THE 2ND OF APRIL.

Baixo Guandu conjures up many images, flying over gigantic black, granite domes followed by evenings enjoying all-you-can eat BBQs.

Baixo Guandu is one of the best places for a competition in a country full of amazing places to fly. It has been a favourite World Cup destination since we first headed there back in 2013. Subsequent competitions were held there in 2015, 2018 and a very successful nine task Super Final in 2019.

It has a wide variety of terrain, which provides lots of options for interesting and challenging tasks. The area is mainly flatland with hills, but there are some low mountains as well. The main flying area is separated by the sweet and rather muddy, meandering Rio Doce. The thermals are relatively big and not too strong, usually 2-3 m/s, and often marked by clouds. All of this adds up to lots of options for the pilot to choose for transitions. Do you go to the right side of the river and take the mountains, or the left side in the flats? For many, the mythical area to the north, near Pancas, is what paragliding fairy tales are made of. Pilots fly over an amazingly scenic area full of huge granite spires and boulders. Words have never been enough to describe the legendary Pontões Capixabas Natural Monument. Many refer to it as “Jurassic Park”, others just shake their heads and laugh at such an amazing flying experience.

We hope we will take you there again, and bring back photos and memories, along with a podium full of winners.

For more visit: www.pwca.org

Text courtesy of Ruth Jessop

Photos courtesy of PWCA

LOUIS TAPPER STELLT IN NEUSEELAND EINEN NEUEN REKORD AUF

Lois Tapper hat einen neuen neuseeländischen Ziel-Rück Rekord aufgestellt, und ist von Long Gully bis an die Spitze des Hunter Ridge geflogen, womit er 183 km zurückgelegt hat.

Er berichtet uns dazu Folgendes:

“The day was slow start, but really turned on as flying progressed into some classically stunning backcountry. Flying deep in NZ doesn’t come without risk and does requires commitment. 

Landing out at the top of the Hunter Valley would have involved a 2 day walk out with a dodgy calf, minimal food and a 26kg backpack.  

I am pleased the Skysight forecast was also spot on, marking obvious convergence on the day. 

Highlight of the day was flying next to my glider friend Milan Sawyer from Kahu Soaring (thanks for the pictures)  https://kahusoaring.nz/

Still loving the Enzo3 even in the demanding NZ backcountry”

Glückwunsch, Louis und ein Cheers vom gesamten Ozone Team!

Den Track zum Flug findest du HIER

HONORIN, MERYL, BAPTISTE UND DER ZENO 2 GEWINNEN IN KOLUMBIEN

Nachdem unser Ozone R&D Pilot Honorin Hamard die British Open in Roldanillo gewonnen hatte, hat er mit dem Zeno 2 gleich einen weiteren Sieg beim PWC erflogen. Und dieser Sieg ist eine ziemlich solide Bestätigung für die Leistung des Zeno 2.

Sehr gefreut haben wir uns auch über die weiteren Podestplätze:

Meryl Delferriere (Enzo 3) ist in der Gesamtwertung gerade einmal 6 Punkte hinter Honorin gelandet! Glückwunsch Meryl zu diesem super Resultat! Mit ihrem zweiten Rang ist es das erste Mal, dass eine Frau auf dem Siegerpodest eines vollständig gültigen World Cup Events steht.

Baptiste Lambert (Enzo 3) holte sich den dritten Platz in der Gesamtwertung. Er hat den dritten Durchgang gewonnen, und ist das gesamte Event hindurch unglaublich gut geflogen.

Das Siegerteam war also das Ozone Team. Acht der besten zehn Piloten sind einen Ozone Schirm geflogen.

Hier gibt es alle Ergebnisse:https://live.pwca.org/scores.php?comp=29

Glückwünsche und ein Cheers vom gesamten Ozone Team.

HONORIN UND DER ZENO 2 GEWINNEN IN KOLUMBIEN

“First competition flying the Zeno 2 and first win, this machine is amazing!”

Zitat von Honorin Hamard, Gewinner der Gesamtwertung und Serienklasse der British Open in Roldanillo, Kolumbien.

Glückwunsch, Hono!!!

Alle Ergebnisse findest du hier: https://airtribune.com/bwo2022/blog

Honorin and the Zeno 2 after crossing the SS during the final task. Photo courtesy of Ernesto Hinestrosa

Der PWC in Roldanillo, Kolumbien, 6.-13.2.2022

Zum ersten mal fand der Welt Cup in Roldanillo 2011 statt. Damals hatten sich dort Piloten aus 28 Ländern getroffen, um gegeneinander anzutreten. Das war so ein großer Erfolg, dass dann 2013 und 2018 dort zwei Super Finals stattfanden. Nun haben sich dort Spitzenpiloten aus 33 unterschiedlichen Ländern getroffen.

Dank der Verlässlichkeit, der einfachen Logistik, der Qualität der Thermik, Flugbedingungen wie aus dem Bilderbuch und allem voran der wunderbaren Menschen dort ist Roldanillo von Anfang an eine der besten Wettkampfstätten.

Seit mehr als 10 Jahren heißen die Kolumbianer die Piloten mit offenen Armen willkommen, und es ist nicht unüblich, dass Piloten auf einem Mofa, Traktor oder sogar einem Esel mit nach Rodanillo genommen werden!

Schon vor dem Wettbewerb finden sich hier zahlreiche Piloten ein, um für dieses Event zu trainieren.

Roldanillo ist eine traditionelle kolumbianische Stadt in der Provinz Valle Del Cauca auf 925 m. Der Startplatz Augua Panela befindet sich 869 Meter über der Stadt, und bietet mit schattenspendenden Bäumen einen wunderschönen Ausblick. Die Piloten können sich auf Thermik mit einer Stärke von 5-6 Metern/Sekunde freuen, und die Wolkenbasis befindet sich auf 3000 Metern oder darüber. Alle in Valle Del Cauca arbeiten nicht nur perfekt zusammen, sondern auch interessante Durchgänge mit unterschiedlichen Routen aus. Die Piloten können dann wählen, ob sie über das Tal fliegen, über welche Seite des Tals oder doch lieber über die Berge. Die Landebereiche sind riesig und überall, was es den Piloten ermöglicht, tiefer als je gedacht noch einmal einen kleinen Aufwind zu erwischen.

Roldanillo ist für viele Spitzenpiloten des Weltcupzirkus zur zweiten Heimat geworden, sie lassen dort Kurse stattfinden, und verleihen unserer auserwählten Starbesetzung weiteren Glamour. Über die hohen Qualifikationsvoraussetzungen der Piloten kann man nur sagen: ‘CF’ war nicht genug, um sich dort einen Platz zu ergattern!

Auf jeden Fall werden wir Honorin Hamard im Auge behalten, der seine Flügel ausbreiten und den ersten Ozone Zeno 2 fliegen wird! Du kannst den ganzen Spaß auf der Website von pwc.org oder der PWCA Live App verfolgen: https://live.pwca.org


Fotos: Ulric Jessop

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.