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HORACIO LLORENS AND FELIX RODRIGUEZ SET A NEW DISTANCE RECORD IN THE PYRENEES.

Cousins Horacio Llorens and Felix Rodriguez Fernandez have just landed from a week long bivy mission in Spain.

On Saturday, June 27th, after spending a full day on the ground due to strong winds, they launched from Alanos and flew 227 km to set a new Pyrenees distance record.

In their words:

“Our goal was simply to enjoy the beautiful Pyrenees, and fly as a team. During the first three days we flew 180 km to the west, where the crest of the Pyrenees ends.

On the fourth day, we were forced to take the day off due to strong wind. The big surprise came on day five when, with decent conditions (nothing special), we were able to fly 227 km for a new distance record in the Pyrenees… we flew back to the east following the predominant wind flow and in a single day we surpassed the full route of the first three days. It was UNREAL!!!!

After that incredible flight, conditions deteriorated. So we decided to stop for now and put our energy into our next vol-bivouac mission. Stay tuned to find out where and when this will be!”

Horacio was flying his Zeolite and Felix his Z-Alps. Both of them flew with the Ozium 2.

For flight track Click HERE

Congrats guys for such a great adventure and a new record for the family!

Cheers from the all the Ozone team.

THE X-ALPS 2019 HAS COME TO AN END

The world’s toughest adventure race has come to an end.

From the 9000m of vertical ascent athletes completed in Switzerland, to the long-distance flights across the main spine of the Alps, the 2019 edition was, once again, a level up. 

Maxime Pinot (France-2nd), Manuel Nübel (Germany-5th) and Gaspard Petiot (France-7th) made it to the raft in Monaco on the Ozone Zeolite. Impressively, Chrigel Maurer took the overall win again. 

Congrats to all the athletes that participated in this amazing race. 

For more on the X-Alps click here

Photos Courtesy of Red Bull X-Alps

X-ALPS: 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 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.

UK SEASON BEGINS!

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 forecast was good with a 1500m base predicted and a nice NW wind . A few of us launched our Zenos from Selsley common in the Cotswolds, Tom Cole and Ollie Clothier both made 100+km flights and me and Graham Steel made our declared goal of 155km finally landing at 162k after 5 hrs. A great start to the year!!!”

For Wayne’s flight click here

Congrats guys for such a good start. Cheers from all the Ozone Team.

エンドレスチェーン

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。

壮大な週末

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。

ネヴァダでのコディ・ミッタンクとZアルプス

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。」

ANTOINE GIRARD’S MASSIVE VOL-BIV

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 initial objective was to achieve 2700 km of bivouac flight including 1700 km of exploration.
We realized 1600km of which 700km completely new. We tried to fly and walk the rest of the 900km, but it was not possible to do it only in bivouac flight… We used the bus a lot. It’s the game of exploration, we don’t know in advance what we are going to find. In the south, a consistently stable atmosphere due to the luxuriant vegetation hindered us. Walking was almost impossible, for example we took 3 days to advance only 50km. To the north is a permanent coastal breeze between the ocean and the Altiplano which is too strong… but we managed to climb on foot and fly volcanoes like the 5672m Ubinas, near Arequipa, Peru.
On the other hand all the central part of the Cordillera flew perfectly! A wild environment in a mountainous desert. No paraglider had everdared to venture there because of the lack of civilization. The main difficulty was finding water. We had to fly with 10 liters of reserve water each, and 10 days of food.
In any case, we are proud to have opened the first 600 km flight route in the heart of the Andes”

Cheers and congrats from all the Ozone Team”

Raul Penso summits “El Pico Bolivar”.

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 mountain. Since the beginning he had dreamed of reaching the summit of El Bolivar by air, and after more than two decades of flying in his beautiful hometown, Merida, he has made his dream come true.

In his words:

“It took me almost two hours to reach the summit of “El Bolivar” after taking off from Loma de Los Angeles. The flight wasn’t easy in the beginning, the thermals were quite weak. Once I reached “El Paramo”, I was able to fly through out the inversion finding strong cores that allowed me to climb up and reach the sunny face of El Bolivar. From there I jumped to its south face where I ran into the meteorological wind from the flatlands which helped me to reach an altitude of 5.143 AMSL and fly comfortably above the highest summit of Venezuela.

It was a special moment, after 23 years waiting for this opportunity… the only thing I was able to yell to the air was: INCREDIBLE !!!!!!!!

How beautiful is my Merida and my Venezuela”

Raul is the first pilot to reach, and fly above, the highest summit in Venezuela, El Pico Bolivar (4978 m). He was flying his Enzo 3.

Congrats and cheers from all the Ozone Team!