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2018 SUPERFINAL: BAIXO GUANDU, BRAZIL

April 1, 2019

The 2018 SuperFinal held in the jurassic landscape of Baixo Guandu, Brazil has come to an end.

The last day of competition was another day of sunshine and strong thermals. A 99km task took the pilots on a triangle through the region.

A mere seven points separated the first two pilots after 8 tasks, and there were 172 points between the top ten. It was a day for staying in the gaggle. It was a fast race at full speed between thermals, all the way round.

In the end was French Pilot and current World Champion Pierre REMY who took the win followed by his compatriot Julien Wirtz. In third place was our own R&D team member, Russell Ogden, who added another podium to his impressive career in XC Competition.

In the women’s category, it was OZONE team pilot Meryl Delferriere, from France, who took the win and finished seventh overall. In second place was Yael Margelisch(CHE) followed by Kari Ellis (AUS) in third. All winners flew Enzo 3s, with 8 out of the top 10 overall on OZONE.

Thanks to OZONE team pilot, Cody Mittanck, for the daily reports we have been sharing on our social media. Here is his final insight from the capstone of the 2018 comp season:

“We couldn’t have asked for a better day to cap an incredible week. Conditions were on from the starting gun and never let up. The pilot quality in the Superfinal is so similar that on these strong and fast days the majority of pilots arrive within only a few minutes of each other at ESS. Even though the point gap is very tight every point matters for those fighting for the podium and finishing well in this field of talent is no easy feat. At the last climb pilots cranked up the intensity, trying to get into the best position to maximize the lift. While simultaneously watching other pilots in their periphery. One extra turn and you can go from 1st to 60th in this game. From the last climb it was a pulley to pulley drag race. The crowds at goal saw a pack of wings slowly coming into view. From the ground it may look slow and peaceful but from the air holding full speed on a competition paraglider through turbulence is like dropping in on class 5 rapids in a kayak with no paddle and your hands overhead flying a kite.

We had 9 days of racing here in Baixo. The competition started with difficult and light days that caused even the local vultures to stay in their roosts and yet even on these days pilots managed to make goal. By the end of the week conditions were so strong it was a mistake to stop in anything less than 5mps. The top pilots managed to navigate the technical conditions while still being able to out maneuver the entire gaggle on the fast pace days. Well earned!”

For full results click here.

Congrats to all the pilots and cheers from the OZONE team