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OZONE TEAM SWEEP FRENCH OPEN 2019

July 18, 2019

French Open 2019: Ozone R&D team member, Luc Armant, reports: “The French Open was an incredible event with four nice tasks in the beautiful mountains of the Aravis (north of Annecy) in good... Read More

CHELAN US OPEN 2019

July 17, 2019

The final event of the US Paragliding Nationals, celebrated in Chelan, has come to a close. Ozone Team pilot, Nick Greece reports: “Chelan, Washington is one of the top flatland paragliding competition arenas... Read More

2019 Chabre: Five Valid Tasks!

July 9, 2019

The 14th Ozone Chabre Open has come to a close, with a great week of “warm weather” flying. Five tasks were scored, although a few were stopped early because of storms. Like every year, there were... Read More

OZONE CHABRE OPEN 2019

July 2, 2019

The 14th Ozone Chabre Open has begun!  Task setting, briefings and de-briefings are being led by the inimitable Jocky Sanderson. Jocky’s skill and experience in cross country flying, SIV, safety and... Read More

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"The US Open in Chelan, WA, USA opened with a 93km task. It was downwind with a short dog leg at Banks Lake and goal in the town of Wilbur. With organized climbs and long interrupted cloud streets the lead gaggle was on course and fast using the tail wind to hit speeds close to 90km/h.
Coming up on the turnpoint at Banks lake I saw a move to make and pushed hard. Coming in relatively low for the day at around 4500’ to be rewarded with a 7+ m/s climb back up to base. The cloud was dark and extended well over the lake downwind. As I left the climb on full bar I realized nobody decided to join me so I flew the last 40km by myself wondering if it was a moment of brilliance or a horrible mistake.
Only 3 or 4 climbs later I made it into goal and watched the rest of the lead gaggle come in about 8 minutes behind. My first 1000 point day and I thoroughly enjoyed the flight.
We finished the task with an average speed of 44km/h and task time of 2h04m.
Task 2 was equally exciting. With a cancelled task the day prior we had some high clouds to contend with and strong south winds ranging from 15-30km/h. With the wind direction consistently from the south, the task was set at 132km with goal only a few kilometers short of the border. The start wasn’t obvious with either Chelan Butte or the flats both viable. Challenging conditions and not much time to get established made the flats fairly risky with a few pilots landing early.
It was another day with great clouds and good climbs. With some cirrus doing some regional shading, climbs maxed out around 5m/s but the winds helped out reaching speeds over 100km/h. The course had pilots flying all different lines. Some in the mountains to the east and west and some zigzagging down the valley. Halfway down courseline a small gaggle including Donizete Lemos, Josh Cohn, Nick Greece and myself had pulled out in front flanked by some pilots further to the west off the optimized line.
Nearing goal and dealing with an increasing amount of shade, climbs became less abundant...” Photo and Text by the leader of the Chelan US Open, Owen Shoemaker @skyadventuresnorthwest
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PWC PORTUGAL 2019

June 28, 2019

The Paragliding World Cup in Manteigas, Portugal will take place from the 29th of June to the 6th of July 2019. Serra da Estrela is one of the Paragliding World Cup’s favourite mountain ranges... Read More

THE X-ALPS 2019 HAS COME TO AN END

June 28, 2019

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... Read More

PWC-LINZHOU, CHINA

June 18, 2019

The second stop of the 2019 PWC in Linzhou, China, has come to an end. After six valid tasks, the overall win went to the young Baptiste Lambert from France. Baptiste was flying his Enzo 3. In the... Read More

X-ALPS: 2019

June 17, 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... Read More