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X-ALPS: 2019

June 17, 2019

The 9th edition of the Red Bull X-Alps is once again the world's toughest adventure race.  Starting in Salzburg, the course will cross the borders of 6 countries via 13 Turnpoints before arriving... 続きを読む

1,200 km by Paraglider: The Endless Chain

April 8, 2019

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April 2, 2019

While the PWC crew was gearing up in Brazil, Wayne Seeley & friends were chasing the first XC window of the year in the UK. Wayne reports: “The UK season finally kicked off. On March 24th, the... 続きを読む


January 22, 2019

サポートなし。荒られていない。手付かずの。2017年、1000kmに及ぶビバークフライトでカナダのロッキー山脈を縦断したベンジャミン・ジョーダンは彼の情熱を彼の故郷の前人未到の山脈を探索するという次なるレベルへと押し上げました。 この夏ベンジャミンはロッキー山脈の全長に渡って前例のない1200kmをアメリカ合衆国から北ブリティッシュコロンビアまで飛んだ最初の人になることに挑戦しました。この信じられない冒険を味合うために今週我々に付き合ってください。 ストーリーはオゾンのインスタグラムおよびフェースブックで。 驚くべき冒険の詳細はエンドレスチェーンのHPで。... 続きを読む

Ozone team pilot, Antoine Girard @antoinegirardfly reports from the X-Alps:
“The past two days have been hard on us.
First, we came across a lot of thunderstorms. Therefore it became more complicated to move forward and cover long distance in the mountains by flying. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On Wednesday evening, an acute knee pain started to bother me. Since then, it became very very difficult to walk.
At Davos (turnpoint 6), we decided to take some rest and see a doctor as it is almost impossible to walk. We are still in the race and will try to go as far as possible but only by the air. This means we will be slower”
"After reaching Turnpoint 7 Titlis at 11.30am Maxime Pinot @max_pinot and his team spent two hours on top, waiting for the weather to clear.
First cloud and then snow meant they were stuck on the mountain, unable to fly. When a gap in the clouds did finally appear, Pinot took his chance.
Struggling in the wind and with snow still blowing in the wind he inflated his glider (OZONE Zeolite) and launched. Flying through rough air he pushed out into the valley, where he spiralled down to lose height before pushing down the valley.
As Pinot took off, Pinot’s supporter Jeremy Lager punched the air and shouted ‘The Eiger!’ He said: ‘We want to get down the valley as soon as possible. Keep pushing! The launch was very steep and even steeper further down. It was not a place to make a mistake. But with the wind it was ok. Without the wind it would not have been possible. It’s good he was able to take off. It’s much better to fly down.’ He added: ‘The weather, the wind, the snow, hiking, many things together make it very difficult. But that’s what’s make the Red Bull X-Alps. That’s cool.’ Pinot didn’t just have the weather to contend with this afternoon – airspace to his west is active until 6.15pm, so he must avoid that too.

Ahead of Pinot by some 50km, Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) was hiking through the valleys in poor weather, only managing a few short flights.
Whether Pinot can close the gap and reel in Maurer remains to be seen

If both Maurer and Pinot get in the air it could be an epic race. While Maurer will have the home advantage in Switzerland, as soon as they get into France Pinot will be pushing even harder.

A paraglider pilot since aged 13, Pinot is extremely experienced in both hike-and-fly events and classic paragliding competition. Although he is the Rookie among the French he is certainly one of the strongest pilots. He is also phenomenally tough on the ground.
The fact he has pulled his Night Pass is a clear sign that he intends to chase Maurer as hard as he can"

The race is thrilling! You can follow it live at www.redbullxalps.com

Photo and report courtesy of Red Bull X-Alps @redbullxalps
Ozone team pilot, Antoine Girard @antoinegirardfly reports from the X-Alps:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
"The X-alps 2019 started on Sunday! We left from Salzburg, running up to the first turnpoint at the Gaisberg. A first day of flying with a lot of walking... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
On the second day, we hit turnpoint 2 and then turnpoint 3 later in the afternoon. The pilots are flying really fast, and the race is on!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Yesterday we covered quite a bit of distance flying but we had to land because of the storms. We are quite close from the first leading athletes"⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Follow the race at https://www.redbullxalps.com/
The second stop of the 2019 PWC in Linzhou, China, has come to an end. After six valid tasks, the overall win went to the young Baptiste Lambert from France. Baptiste was flying his Enzo 3 @baptiste_lambert_parapente ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In the women’s category, OZONE team pilot, Méryl Delferriere took the win again, also flying her Enzo 3 @meryldelferriere ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Congrats and cheers from all the Ozone Team.

Photos courtesy of PWCA.org
The 9th edition of the Red Bull X-Alps is once again the world's toughest adventure race.
Starting in Salzburg, the course will cross the borders of 6 countries via 13 Turnpoints before arriving at the finish line in Monaco.

This year our pilots will be flying the new Zeolite in the race. Legendary adventurer and Ozone team pilot, Antoine Girard, says: “This is the ideal sail for vol-biv, without compromise! Easy, agile, powerful, fast and especially ultralight. The takeoff and landings have never been easier. It is a real Swiss army knife for vol-biv. It's a pleasure to carry, and a pleasure to fly. The performance and overall ease of use makes it very difficult to give back after having tested it!” Gavin McClurg, Gaspard Petiot, Nick Neynans, Cody Mittanck, Rodolphe Akl, Thomas Juel Christiensen, Manuel Nübel, Dominika Kasieczko, and Maxime Pinot, are all competing under the ZEOLITE in this year’s race.
Follow the pilots at https://www.redbullxalps.com/

Stay tuned for more.
Ozone Team Pilots Mitch Riley and Nick Greece, and climbing legend Cedar Wright scored a fantastic day of flying in Northern California. @mitch.riley.84 @nicgreece @cedarwright ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Mitch reports on their recent volcanic mission:
"Nick Greece, Cedar Wright and I met up with a pretty simple goal: fly together, have fun and explore a new place. After 5 hours in the air, and over 100km flown the iconic Mount Shasta started to show a leeside convergence and beckon us nearer. Soon we were hooting and hollering with a huge snowy mountain below us and views of Northern California all around. Flying the snowy, glaciated faces of one of the largest potentially active volcanoes in the US will always be a highlight of my flying."
In the image: Nick Greece approaching Mount Shasta.
Photo courtesy of Mitch Riley
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After opening the season with an impressive 162 km declared goal flight, our friends Wayne Seely and Graham Steel have scored another epic day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Wayne reports:
“We had another great weekend In the Cotswolds. Light wind and a good cloud base prediction saw us towing from the Cotswolds, an early start at 11am for myself and Graham Steel ( both flying our trusty Zeno’s ) we started with a 1000m base heading to tp1 that quickly went to blue conditions for 40km but as we approached tp2 we were connected with clouds which gave amazing 5ms climbs to 2000m giving us an easy run back to goal, 105k declared FAI Triangle in just under 5 hrs. Not epic by alpine standards but a good day for the UK”
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Photos Courtesy of Wayne Seely @seeleyfly
"I was waiting for that day since a long time! the day with good snow conditions and a very High Cloud base to reach the very top of Belledonne! Taking off from St Hilaire at 1000m I could climb in pretty rough conditions above Dent de Crolles and then glide straight to Belledonne fighting strong headwind that made it pretty tricky!
After a very low save I manage to climb in a great thermal really high at 3700m over the snowy peaks! Then my dream came true ; I landed on the Grande Lance de Domène at 2790m for a 800 m ski run!
Afterward I took off again and made it back home, flying right over the Grand pic of Belledonne! It was so epic!!"
Enjoy the latest combo mission from Ozone family member, @antoineboisselier ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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May 29, 2018

この春はイギリスにかなり良いコンディションをもたらしたようです。我々の友人であるウエイン・シーリーが母国における壮大な週末について語っています: 「5月19日、土曜日は快晴で弱い風の予報で明け、エクセレントチームは105kmの宣言三角コースを試みることにしました。11時に我々のトーイングサイトから離陸し、すぐに上昇しターンポイント1に向かって進みました。最初の20kmは良い積雲があり順調に進みましたが、次には雲のない40kmを横切らなければなりませんでした。がこれもとても順調にいき、ターンポイント2に近づくとまたしても積雲に到達し、十分な強いリフトでコッツオルドエッジ沿いに6000フィートまで上昇し4人がゴールすることができました。ウエイン・シーリー(ゼノ)、グラハム・スティール(ゼノ)、ギー・アンダーソン(エンツオ3)そしてリチャード・オズボーン(ゼノ)で、最初の2人は5時間で三角コースを締めくくりました。翌日も風は強めでしたが似たようなコンディションで、我々の何人かはゼノの向かい風での絶大なる性能のおかげで85kmの三角コースを達成することができました。」 トラックログはここで:ウエイン、グラハムそしてリチャード。 オゾンチーム全員から祝福します。... 続きを読む


May 21, 2018

オゾンチームパイロットのコディ・ミッタンクがZアルプスとオジウム2をテストする機会となった最近のネヴァダへの旅のレポートを送ってきたところです。 コディ曰く: 「ネヴァダスタン。この名前は乾燥した、荒涼とした砂漠で道もなく携帯の電波もない、かろうじて生き残った小さな埃っぽい鉱山の町で地元の人が外国語をしゃべっているといったイメージをほうふつさせる。しかしそんなことはなかった。地元の人は不可解な英語を話したが、干上がった湖の真ん中で私のソルトレイクシティーの家よりも4Gの電波状況は良かった。しかしいずれにせよ、それは冒険であり、飛行機に乗らずに経験できるものでした。春の砂漠でのフライトでバリオが14m/sと普通の2倍の値を示すような減率で、雲底から1000m下でリフトから離れたにもかかわらず雲に吸い込まれ、雪が降りだし、雄大積雲を避けて90度進路変更を余儀なくされた。おしっこチューブが凍ったと聞いたことはありませんでしたが、実際に凍ります。私の指先はいまだに感覚がありません。このようなコンディションであったにもかかわらずZアルプスに乗っていてそれが如何に快適であったかは信じられないほどです。翼端がわずかでも潰れることさえ一度もなく2ライナーのフィードバック(と性能)を持っていました。戦っていくうえで最新のものに乗っていることが重要だと感じているので、これまで4年間、大会やXCでエンツオに乗ってきました。長いXCフライトでエンツオを飛ばすことは少々操作が必要であることは言うまでもありませんし、Zアルプスだけに乗っていてはエンツオに要求される集中力を失ってしまうのではないかと心配しましたが…正直に言うと、ネヴァダでZアルプスを飛んだことほど春の活発なコンディションでこれほど楽しいフライトを経験したことはありませんでした。」... 続きを読む


May 14, 2018

ANTOINE GIRARD’S MASSIVE VOL-BIV Antoine Girard and Martin Beaujouan-Berger have concluded their epic journey in South America. Their 1600km adventure took some unexpected turns through the Andes. In Antoine’s words: “The... 続きを読む

Raul Penso summits “El Pico Bolivar”.

March 23, 2018

Ozone team pilot, Raúl Penso, soared beyond the summit of the highest mountain in Venezuela, El Pico Bolivar. Raul grew up in a small town in the Venezuelan Andes, at the base of this massive... 続きを読む