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…”
Congratulations! Guinness World Records has just honoured Ozone Team pilot Benjamin Jordan with the title for the “Longest Journey by Unpowered Paraglider.” Across 2835 km, Jordan traveled by paraglider, and foot when necessary, between Mexico and Canada, completing the first ever crossing of the United States by non-motorized flight.
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.
After winning the British Open in Roldanillo, Ozone R&D pilot Honorin Hamard continued his momentum with a PWC win, flying the new Zeno 2. This World Cup win is a rather solid confirmation of the Zeno 2’s performance.
Meryl Delferriere (Enzo 3) finished just 6 points behind Honorin in the overall rankings! Congrats Meryl for an amazing result! Her finish is the first time that a woman has stood on the podium of a fully valid World Cup event.
Baptiste Lambert (Enzo 3) took 3rd overall. He won task three and flew incredibly well throughout the event.
The winning Team, naturally, was the Ozone Team. Eight out of the top 10 overall flew Ozone.
The World Cup first ventured to Roldanillo in 2011, with pilots from 28 countries competing. It was such a great success that two Super Finals were then held there, in 2013 and 2018. We’re returning in 2022 with pilots from 33 different countries, and the highest pilot quality we’ve ever seen.
Since those early days Roldanillo has become one of the best competition venues in the World thanks to its reliability, easy logistics, thermal quality, textbook flying conditions and most importantly the people.
The people of Colombia have been welcoming pilots with open arms for over a decade and it’s not uncommon to see pilots flooding into Roldanillo on the back of motorcycles, tractors or even a donkey from time to time!!
The Paragliding World Cup starts in a weeks’ time and many top pilots are already landing here to train for this event.
Roldanillo is a traditional Colombian town sitting in the valley of Valle Del Cauca at 925 m. The launch, Augua Panela, is 869 metres above the town with beautiful views and trees for shade. Pilots can expect to find thermals as strong as 5-6 metres a second, with cloud base reaching 3000 plus metres. All of Valle Del Cauca works wonderfully giving very interesting tasks with lots of different routes for pilots to choose from, taking the valley, which side of the valley, or flying the mountains. The landing zones are huge and everywhere, which makes it possible for pilots to get lower than ever imagined low saves.
Roldanillo has become home from home for many of the top pilots on the World Cup circuit, basing themselves here to run courses, adding glitter to our star-studded selection list. All that needs to be said about the pilot quality: ‘CF’ wasn’t enough to get a place!
Honorin Hamard will definitely be one to watch, stretching his wings flying the first production model of the Ozone Zeno 2! Keep up with all the fun and frolics on the World Cup website, pwca.org and on the PWCA Live App at https://live.pwca.org
Text courtesy of Ruth Jessop Photos by Ulric Jessop