Ozone team pilot, Rafael Saladini, took gold at the Panamerican Championship in Baixo Guandu, Brazil. In his own words: “Last Saturday I had the privilege of winning the Gold Medal in the 4th FAI... 자세한 사항
Ozone team pilot, Baptiste Lambert, shares the first video of his new flying series. In this episode, Baptiste explains the McCready theory and how to apply it to your XC flying to increase overall speed and efficiency on your route @baptiste_lambert_parapente
Talk about a glass ceiling. There’s an inversion at the level of the high plateau (3500m) and we keep bobbing in the turbulence below it, hitting our heads at the lid while trying different escape routes up, and it takes some time but finally three of us pierce through and suddenly we are at four thousand meters, then five, and then some more, while the air magically turns to butter and the sky opens to our wishes. Niki, my partner guide, switches to exploration mode and disappears into the distance on a technical line over new terrain. Me - I go in mother goose mode, taking under my green wing Alex; Alex by now has become my friend, plus he is good in flying, so when I see the fat convergence line bloom into existence to our north just as we are topping off that first high climb, I know this work day will be one that I’ll remember, both in good times and in times of quarantine. Next thing, we’re in sixth gear driving on that white highway and it becomes an exercise in reading clouds and go-go-going (save your turning for a lesser day), all we need is precise placement left to right and some gear shifting front to back - a hundred meters to the left, then only fifty to the right, just watch the texture of the clouds ahead; slow down in lifty air, speed up in sink - just no turning, please - this day is too good to waste on turning - just watch the clues above, the clouds are all that matters now - those mountains below are only a distraction, a pasted picture of a finely textured landscape that wants to lure you like a siren on a rocky shore, but don’t lose your focus, Odysseus, you’re on an XC mission, and up at 5000 meters all that matters is the clouds, so watch them - the ground below is beautiful but not useful to your goal, which on this day is to stay high, go far, and then come back to base - Lalibela.
And you made it, Alex! What a day and what a place to score your first hundred k’s! Mother goose is proud of you, and mother Africa is saying, always with a smile: “You’re welcome, white boy. Come back another time for more.” Stay tuned for more on Yassen and Africa.
Ozone team member, @jockysanderson, is now offering two of his best educational free-flight films, free of charge. This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best. Thanks Jocky!
In his own words: "In these trying times I would like to share my films Security in Flight II and Performance Flying with you, free of charge. This way you can watch and learn from them in the safety of your home. We plan to make and share more tutorial clips as techniques and filming technologies evolve, so stay safe and I look forward to sharing flights with you all when we are through this"
Expand your knowledge, visit: https://www.jockysanderson.com/escape/js2/index.php/tutorials.html?fbclid=IwAR1U2VbRjrC5sJ5U-AiZ7BTu42dF1a1on6UUFobPafPv_hvKEJvEjQ-MVBw
Looking back on one of the best days of the year, our friend Wayne Seeley @the_flyingphotographer recounts his last epic flight before the world, for many of us, ground to a halt…
“After what seemed like the longest winter for years with storm after storm battering the uk , Monday 16th gave the first promising forecast of the year. A few of us headed to Frocester Hill on the edge of the Cotswolds, not the best hill choice but the best option for the day.
The wind was light and not quite on the hill but a bonfire out front and some circling birds tempted us off the hill into a slow climb. Graham Steel and myself slowly climbed out to a low cloudbase of around 3000ft asl. We pointed our Zenos downwind and set off not expecting much but were soon climbing again, a few hours later we had covered 50km and the sky improved and base had risen to 4000ft+. The next 50k went well , nice climbs, nice clouds but super cold. We passed 100km approaching Northampton and with it being soooo cold we decided to land at the train station (117k) . During the train ride home the uk government announced plans to limit /avoid public transport if possible which could result in March 16th being the only logged flights we may score for a while ! The following day the UK XC league was suspended as not to encourage pilots to use public transport to get home .
Fingers crossed this will be a short term measure , if not then this flight will have to keep me satisfied until things calm down for everyone”
"A couple of weeks ago we went out to fly and Gemma got to practice her new favourite manoeuvre: Top Landing!
So, in this video, Gemma talks us through the process of learning with a few top tips from her perspective. And. of course, some playfulness by Andre"
For more on Andre @andre_bandarra and Gemma's flying videos visit:
Ozone team pilot, Rafael Saladini @rafsalad, took gold at the Panamerican Championship in Baixo Guandu, Brazil.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In his own words:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“Last Saturday I had the privilege of winning the Gold Medal in the 4th FAI Panamerican Championship. It was a magical “comeback” for the whole Brazilian team.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My new brazilian colors Enzo 3 is a state of the art glider truly made to be a winner. I felt so safe and comfortable - after all, it really helped me to focus only on the game. Thank you Ozone Paragliders.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
After such a long and intensive rainy season in Baixo Guandú and a bad forecast throughout the comp, we were really lucky to have 5 tasks and fly almost everyday. Instead of typical early march nuclear atmosphere, we had only tricky and weak conditions that tested our patience to its limits. A big challenge for me, as weak condition was never my specialty, and as I’ve been working hard on my flaws recently to become more competitive.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Big congrats to russian Gleb Sukhotskiy for his win in the overall event flying also a Enzo 3, to argentine Shauin Kao for the female title, and to Team Brazil 🇧🇷 for its impressive victory, even with inexperienced new members. Brazilians dominated the event, with seven pilots among top 10, including 22 year-old Lucas Ribas, a brazilian new talent flying also Enzo 3. Im really proud of our evolution in important comps. We are clearly in the right path”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Pan-American PG Championship’s winning Nations:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
For full results visit: http://hipoxia.com.br/panamericano2020/results/⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Congrats and cheers from all the OZONE team.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photo by @marcellauchoa
ITEN by @yassen_savov
“The wind at the waterfall bowl is not so strong today, so it would be possible to safely get in there without a strong venturi - something that we haven’t done before and which looks worthy of a shortening of our XC and of making Isaac wait. .
When we get in there and see the cliffs and falling water from up close - not from a kilometer anymore but from a hundred meters, and then from ten - we’re so stunned that we’re no longer thinking about our XC, we’re mesmerized by the colors of these ancient paintings on the cliffs and just keep soaking up their browns and reds and yellows, the blacks left over from the water, the textured whites that look like lichens and the flat whites too, the greens of bushes (or are they grasses?) for a splash of life, and all that crowned by jungle at the top, from which, on some branches sticking out and over the abyss, a flock of monkeys come out to check us out, while four hundred meters further, at the mouth of the biggest waterfall, some kids from the village just behind now take position, greeting us with joyous screams and waves. And scream I also do, more times than I can remember.
We soar this face from left to right to left and back, while always climbing in the breeze, but instead of looking forward, we are looking in, towards the cliffs, that’s why we’re in here - to look - and then when fifty meters over them we fly out and do some wingovers or big ears to come back down low and back into the bottom of it all; we do this many times; we’re in the Iten gallery, and what a gallery it is! I hope you like the photos Niki took of me on it, before we kept on going to the flatlands, fully ballasted with images of nature’s art (which made us way too heavy - a good excuse to then bomb out)."
Photos by Niki Yotov @skynomad.club
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