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
The 15th Ozone Chabre Openhas 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.
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!
Ozone Team Pilot, Rafa Saladini has just won his second consecutive Panamerican PG championship celebrated in Governador Valladares, Brazil.
“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:
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…”
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.
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.