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RUSS, HONO, LUC, SWEEP WORLDS!

Russ Ogden, Honorin Hamard, and Luc Armant, all members of the Ozone R&D Team, have won the world championships in first, second, an third overall. They each flew the Enzo 3 with the new Submarine harness. 

Ozone Team pilot, Yael Margelisch, was crowned the queen of the worlds, followed by our own Seiko Fukuoka in second, and Klaudia Bulgakow in third. All flew Enzo 3s. Team Great Britain won the nations podium for the first time ever.  

Seventeen out of the top 20 overall flew the Enzo 3! Thanks to all of the pilots who flew Ozone and congrats to all who participated. 


Ruth Jessop, of PWCA.org, reports from the last task in Argentina:

“Today dawned with blue skies and sunshine. An 80 km task was set with a short leg north then a long leg south, via two turn points.

In the overall rankings it was all down to Russell Ogden and Honorin Hamard. In the ladies’ rankings any of the top ten could win, and the nation rankings were wide open too. So, the atmosphere on launch was nail-biting.

Stephan Morgenthaler pulled away at the beginning of the race and stayed near the ridge when many struggled with the cloudy conditions and landed. The day then improved, and he consolidated his position and dominated the front of the race. He crossed End of Speed first with 100% of the lead out points, making the day his.

Russell and Honorin danced round each other all the way round the course, nearly landing so many times.

It was a day of changing wind directions, often with a head wind. Endless breath-taking low saves on the part of Russell and Honorin brought record crowds to follow the race. In the end, they crossed the End of Speed within 1 minute and 32 seconds of each other, which wasn’t enough for Honorin to take the title.

For the first time since Bruce Goldsmith won the title back in 2007, we have a new Paragliding World Champion from Britain, Russell Ogden.

For the first time ever, Great Britain has won the Paragliding World Championships. Well done to Russell Ogden, Martin Long, Idris Birch, Sebastian Ospina, Theo Warden (Current European Champion) and their team leader, Jocky Sanderson.

Well done to Yael Margelisch who flew a great race today landing in goal as the new Ladies’ Champion and in 18th position overall.

At the start of the race Yael told us: You can surf on the wave, but the wave doesn’t last forever. I want to get a good result here so I can stay on the top of the wave. Mission accomplished, with a very big wave!

Well done to all those who have put so much into organising this competition and making it such a success. Meet Director, Sergio Bujazha and General Organiser, Matias Fortini will go down as legends in the paragliding history books for making a Paragliding World Championship happen, with 150 pilots, in the middle of a pandemic!

Thank you, lovely Loma Bola, with its jungle terrain and challenging skies, see you again soon we hope”

For full results, Click here

Congrats to all the pilots and cheers from all the team at OZONE

OZONE COLOMBIA OPEN 2022

From January 15th to 21st the First Ozone Colombia Open will be held in Pie de Chinche. Continuing the legacy of the Ozone Chabre Open, this is a fun and educational event for pilots looking to hone their XC skills and experience the fun and excitement of competition flying, without the stress and pressure of an overly competitive environment. Legendary XC coach, Jocky Sanderson, will be on location along with a mentor pilot to be confirmed, give pre-task advice, and daily debriefings. With the focus being entirely on fun and learning, this is the perfect event for intermediate pilots who want to level up their flying. 

Entry is limited to EN C wings and below. 

Like the other spectacular events we have helped to create (Ozone Caribbean Open, Ozone Krushevo Open), this will be a professionally run competition organized by local experts. The Airnomads Team has a 12 year history of successful competitions, including 2 PWC, 2 Super Final PWC events, 2 British Opens, One FAI World Championship, and other international opens. 

This is a smaller than average event and slots are limited, so we recommend securing your place ASAP.  Register at:  https://airtribune.com/ozone-open-colombia/

Cheers from all the Team, we’ll see you in the tropics! 

WINTER IN COLOMBIA: A note from Lucho, comp organizer.

Over the past eleven years Colombia has become more and more popular with foreign pilots as a winter destination. The first reason is of course that during the northern hemisphere’s winter, Colombia experiences the best of our two summer seasons that we have here in the tropics. As the paragliding scene has developed here, a more important factor has emerged: The citizens of the Cauca Valley have come to embrace paragliding and its importance to the local economy. The influx of free flight visitors has greatly improved the economy. Cooperation between civil authorities and private enterprise has strengthened infrastructure and improved things for both the locals and visitors. Today Colombia and the Cauca Valley region is a destination not only because of excellent flying conditions, but also because it is recognized as a safe and culturally interesting place to visit. Brilliant natural landscapes, welcoming local people, and a thriving multi-ethnic society make this a wonderful place to visit. exploring natural marvels and exchanging the happiness of the multi-ethnic society. 

Colombia is more than a paragliding trip, is an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and discover the real comfort of being welcome anywhere you go — it is a place to enjoy the air but, more importantly, a place to learn the meaning of simple life while you are on the ground.

Colombia will welcome you with wide open arms, come alone, with your family, or with your friends! If you are interested in different activities contact Airnomads Colombia:

http://www.airnomadscolombia.com

17TH FAI WORLD PARAGLIDING CHAMPIONSHIP, TUCUMÁN, ARGENTINA, 2ND – 12TH NOVEMBER, 2021

In 1991 Robbie Whittal was crowned the first ever Paragliding World Champion. 

We are therefore delighted to be able to celebrate thirty years of World Championships here in Argentina. This competition is particularly special as, even just a few weeks ago, nobody thought it would happen. Meet Director Sergio Bujazha and General Organiser, Matias Fortini, have earnt their places in the paragliding history books for undertaking to organise what, at times, felt like Mission Impossible. 

The competition will start on Tuesday the 2nd of November. There will be a maximum of 10 competition flying days with the prize giving on the 13th of November.

The competition is being held close to the town of San Miguel de Tucumán in northern Argentina, 1,250km northwest of Buenos Aires. The pilots will be taking off from the 1350m high jungle ridge of Loma Bola, which is where the flats meet the foothills of the Andes. The pilots will be flying tasks over flat farmland out in front, creeper covered slopes and arid flat lands to the north. 

The FAI Paragliding World Championship is held every two years. It gives a nations and individual championship title. 

Each national team consists of a maximum of 5 pilots (including 1 woman), with the 2 best scoring. Pilots who haven’t been selected for their national team can still compete as long as they too meet the FAI selection criteria. 

This World Championship is going to be a chance for a lot of the up-and-coming newer pilots to prove their place in their national team. 150 pilots and 37 countries will be competing. 

Three South American teams stand out as being contenders for the podium. Argentina is a clear favourite with a very thermic team and a lot of local knowledge. Brazil and Colombia are also fielding full teams with a lot of very current pilots. 

From Europe, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Switzerland are all fielding full teams of four male and one female pilot. They have taken part in a lot of the World Cups which have restarted recently in Europe. 

There are a lot of smaller, but perfectly formed teams, which will also be well worth watching, North Macedonia and Serbia to mention but two.

From Asia, team Japan is here and hungry for more medals. South Korea have so far won all the medals for spending the most time in the air to get here: 120 hours each. Hopefully after a change of aircraft, their next stop will be the team podium.

The pilots from the United States hold the record for the most cancelled flights. Wing tips crossed, their flights over the next two weeks will all take off on schedule.

The French team are a favourite, but Loma Bola is very different to the Alpine conditions many of their team players are used to. Team Germany have an essential ingredient; some of the most experienced pilots and veterans of this competition. A team competition often relies on tactics and knowledge of how to work as team players, rather than just individuals.

On an individual basis, some of the favourites taking part: 2018 European Champion, Theo Warden; 2017 World Champion, Pierre Remy; 2016 European and 2015 World Champion Honorin Hamard; 2014 European Champion Torsten Siegel; 2012 European Champion Yassen Savov. 

Keen to get a good overall ranking and a place on the ladies’ podium will be Seiko Fukuoka-Neville, former ladies’ European and World Champion; former ladies’ World Champion, Klaudia Bulgakow; and former ladies’ European and World Champion, Petra Slivova.

The 2020 Pan-American Champion, Rafael Saladini, from Brazil, and Shauin Kao from Argentina, are also favourites along with Keiko Hiraki, the 2012 Asian Champion.

As far as the scoring is concerned, each pilot’s score is comprised of three parts: Distance points, Time points and Lead outpoints. Each day is scored out of a maximum of 1000 points. 

For more, You can visit: https://airtribune.com/17th-world-paragliding-championship-tucuman-argent/blog

Stay tuned!

Text Courtesy of Ruth Jessop

Photo Courtesy of Veso Ovcharov

PWC LA RIOJA, ARGENTINA

The PWC in La Rioja, Argentina has come to an end after  four grueling tasks.

 French Pilot François Cormier (Enzo 3) was crowned a very worthy winner of the competition. He flew consistently well, always up with the leaders. He was in the top ten in all four tasks and fastest round the course in task 4.

Well done to the first lady, US pilot Violeta Jimenez (Zeno), flying in only her second ever World Cup. She was first lady in two tasks and 43rd overall.

Eight out of the top 10 overall flew the Enzo 3. 

For Full results go to: https://live.pwca.org/scores.php?comp=29

Congrats to all the pilots and cheers from the Ozone Team.

Images courtesy of Veso Ovcharov / PWCA.org

PWC AKSARAY, TURKEY, 4TH -11TH SEPTEMBER

We got off to a flying start in Gemona, Italy in June, with an exciting 7-task competition. Followed by four tasks in Serbia, where some of the younger pilots proved that they are the new paragliding force to be reckoned with. The Super Final in Disentis exceeded all expectations, adding a further seven tasks to the tally so far.

Next stop Turkey. With strong thermals, Aksaray promises to be a very exciting competition and a great place to launch the 2022 season.

Aksaray is a truly stunning venue with take-off on the flanks of the spectacular Hasan Dagi, a 3270m high, dormant volcano. Apart from the rugged, conical mountain the take-off is on, the flying is mainly over hot, dry, arid flat plains, with small hills and some impressive gorges. Racing is technical, switching gears often being the key to success.

Keep up with all the highlights and low saves at https://pwca.org and on the Live App at https://live.pwca.org

Text and photos courtesy of PWCA.org

LUC AND SEIKO WIN 2021 PWC SUPERFINAL

The most important race of the year, and of the last several years due to Covid cancellations, has just wrapped up in Disentis, Switzerland, with Ozone designer, Luc Armant, winning overall gold.  Seiko Fukuoka Naville took the women’s gold medal (her 16th PWC gold and her third Superfinal champion title! #GOAT).

103 of the world’s top competition pilots were reunited in the heart of the Alps to fly seven tasks over the rocky peaks and glaciers of the Alpine main ridge. More than 500kms of task distances were set. 

Flying his new Submarine prototype harness, Luc Armant, won three tasks and the overall Superfinal Champion title. Despite a very competitive glider field, pilots reported that Luc’s innovative Submarine harness design delivered a significant edge to him and the other two pilots flying it. 

The top 10 overall:

1st  Luc ARMANT (Enzo 3, Submarine)

2nd Aaron DUROGATI

3rd Adrian HACHEN

4th Stephan MORGENTHALER (Enzo 3)

5th Baptiste LAMBERT (Enzo 3)

6th Christian MAURER 

7th Honorin HAMARD (Enzo 3, Submarine)

8th Joachim OBERHAUSER (Enzo 3, Exoceat)

9th Julien WIRTZ (Enzo 3, Submarine)

10th Ferdinand VOGEL (Enzo 3)

Out of the top 10 overall pilots, seven were flying Enzo 3s and all three Submarine protos in the event made the top 10. 

Top 5 ladies, all in Enzo 3:

1st  Seiko FUKUOKA NAVILLE

2nd Meryl DELFERRIERE

3rd Nanda WALLISER

4th Yael MARGELISCH

5th Constance METTETAL

Top 3 Teams

1st Ozone

2nd Gin Gliders  

3rd Niviuk 

For Full results visit: live.pwca.org/scores.php.

Congrats to all the pilots and to the PWC for such an amazing event.

Cheers from all the Ozone team.

Photos courtesy of Andy Busslinger / PWCA.org

PWC SUPERFINAL, Switzerland

The long-awaited Paragliding World Cup Super Final will be held in Disentis, Switzerland, from the 7th to 18th of August, 2021.

The first ever, Alpine Super Final will launch from the meadows above Disentis with stunning views of dramatic snowy peaks.

From X-Alps super stars, to all the current World and Super Final champions, this event will bring together the crème de la crème from every competition held since the last Super Final, in Baixo Guandu, Brazil, in 2019.

The winners of six out of the eight subsequent World Cups, will also be in Disentis, flying high and fast, to win the ultimate title.

But, what is perhaps the most impressive of all, is that this competition brings together all the Super Final champions since 2014!

All three World Cups in Disentis (2015, 2017, 2020) have been won by Swiss pilots, will it be Emmental, Comte or perhaps Parmesan this time, or all change to Kimchi?

As for the flying, Disentis conjures up images of glaciers, jaggy mountains and great paragliding. The flying is extremely varied, giving very tactically interesting tasks. The house thermal ridge behind takeoff is the starting point for 120-km triangles and any number of panoramic flights, leaving all who fly there, with dreams that will last a lifetime.

There will be no time to daydream in the team competition, with twenty-three World Cup partners. Keep up with the four pilots flying for Ozone in the most challenging team competition ever:  https://pwca.org/events/2021-11th-world-cup-superfinal-switzerland-disentis/results?#content

For those who can’t work out one end of a paragliding competition from another, the live Commentary gives a thermal-by-thermal explanation. As well as the Commentary, you can also see the tracking on the PWCA Live App at https://live.pwca.org (which is now a web app).

Text and photos courtesy of PWCA.org

The Ozone Chelan Open

The 2021 Ozone Chelan Open is wrapped after 4 amazing tasks.

This was an EN-C and below event with mentoring from some of the top comp pilots in the USA. Each day Nick Greece, Josh Cohn, Mitch Riley and Matthew Henzi, shared their knowledge, experience, and advice on how to fly the tasks better.

The overall winner was Mitch Riley, flying his Alpina 4, followed by Josh Cohn (Alpina 4), and Nick Greece (Delta 4) in third.

In the ladies category the winner was Galen Kirkpatrick followed by Alexia Fischer (Delta 3) and Anneka Herndon (Alpina 4).

Ozone Team Pilot and overall winner, Mitch Riley, reports:

“Racing the Alpina 4 around the skies of Eastern Washington for the last week was a blast!! Thanks to OZONE Paragliders and meet director Matt Senior and all the volunteers for putting on this mentoring comp. Many people have asked me how it felt to race on an EN C wing. The racing, the decisions, and the excitement felt just like racing any paraglider. I’ll be back next year! The performance of the Alpina 4/Delta 4 speaks for itself; winning every task and filling the podium, the glider goes well!!”

For Full Results visit: https://airtribune.com/ozone-chelan-open-2021/results

Congrats to all the pilots and cheers from all the team at OZONE.

See you next year!

Aerial images courtesy of Donizete Lemos

2021 AEROBATIC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 3rd FAI Paragliding Aerobatic World Championships, in Trasaghis, Italy: Ozone team pilot, Horacio Llorens, and his cousin, Raul Rodriguez, won the gold medal in the synchronized category, and Horacio took silver in the solo category.

Raul, the first ever World Champion in 2006, finished the event in a cast covering a broken fibula after a hard landing in the raft.

Six time World Tour Champion, Horacio Llorens, reports:
“These medals are really meaningful to me. Gold in Synchro with my cousin and master Raul Rodriguez who taught me everything in this sport. Silver in Solo, two years after my accident, I can’t be happier with this result. My country took bronze in the Nations ranking thanks to great team work with @pabloandreu89 , @alvacromr and @raul_rodriguez_acro. Congratulations to the Solo World Champion Bicho Carrera who gave his best and proved he has a bright future. A massive congrats to Luke De Weert, the best newcomer to join the most important podium, well done bro!

Thanks to all the pilots and the organizers for such a great event. I can’t forget my love @mariaduelo who supported me in such a difficult and long competition. And of course special thanks to Ozone Paragliders who prepared a new proto Session15m for me in a record time to be ready for this competition!
Now it’s time to go back to Organya, for what? To keep training of course!
-Va por ti Alejandro- 🥇🥈🥉

Congrats Horacio and cheers from all the Ozone Team!

Video by Allen Candela