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THE OZONE KRUSHEVO OPEN 2022

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!

Registration is open now at: https://airtribune.com/ozone-krusevo-open-2022/info

Photos courtesy of Jocky Sanderson

RAFA WINS AT HOME

Ozone Team Pilot, Rafa Saladini  has just won his second consecutive  Panamerican PG championship celebrated in Governador Valladares, Brazil.

He reports:

“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: 

Check Mate!! 

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…”

Congrats Rafa and cheers from all the Ozone team!

For full Results visit: https://civlcomps.org/event/5th-fai-pan-american-paragliding-championship/results

Photos courtesy of Rafa Saladini and Nick Greece.

PARAGLIDING WORLD CUP, BAIXO GUANDU, BRAZIL, 26TH OF MARCH TO THE 2ND OF APRIL.

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.

For more visit: www.pwca.org

Text courtesy of Ruth Jessop

Photos courtesy of PWCA

HONORIN, MERYL, BAPTISTE AND THE ZENO 2 WIN IN COLOMBIA.

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.

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

Congrats and cheers from all of us here at Ozone.

Photos courtesy of PWCA.org

Paragliding World Cup Roldanillo, Colombia, 6th-13th February 2022

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

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