The 2016 SuperFinal in the green hills of Valadares, Brazil has come to an end.
Governador Valadares delivered consistent conditions that allowed the pilots to race ten out of ten days of competition.
The Zeno, our EN D glider, featured strongly in this competition winning six out of ten tasks. Team pilot and former Superfinal winner, Charles Cazaux, took third place overall flying his Zeno.
Our resident ninja, Seiko Fukuoka, didn’t have a good start but during the last day of competition she came back strong taking the female title, ahead of Nicole Fedele (2nd) and Laurie Genovese (3rd). All flying Zenos.
Congrats to all the pilots and to the main winner, Aaron Durogati.
To close this event Ozone team pilot, Cody Mittanck, shares his last report from Brazil (thanks Cody!):
“What a crazy finale, complete with strong wind, rain, massive shade, and huge cloud suck. From the start we had 25 kph winds at launch running parallel to the ridge. Intermittent thermals were coming up both sides, but no matter what side you launched from you immediately felt like you were in the lee. The weekend spectators were riveted by all the sketchy launches and wings thrashing about in the air. Somehow we worked our way up wind to the start cylinder. After tagging the first turnpoint and heading into the wind across the river we could see that the 2nd and 3rd turnpoints were completely shaded with rain falling out in spots along course. The gaggle stalled. We fought in light lift for 45 minutes going nowhere. Just as I was thinking let’s be real men and women about this, accept our fate and go on a death glide into the shade, patches of sun began to show through the clouds. As the clouds cleared the race ramped up to a level we hadn’t seen all week. After tagging the last turnpoint, pilots were getting hoovered into gigantic clouds rebuilding. It was full bar all the way to ESS!
When I remember this comp I’m sure I will gloss over the long hot bus rides from goal and that feeling of complete dejection that you can only get from landing out and watching the gaggle fly over head. It’s so easy to forget these things when the highlights are so indelibly burned into memory. What an honor it was to share the skies with the world’s best pilots. There are not many such fiercely competitive sports where such strong bonds of friendship are formed across so many cultural and language barriers. When there is no money involved, in the end it purely about the passion and personal achievement”
For full results: www.pwca.org
Cheers from all the team!
In the video: Samba in the gaggle with Ozone team pilot Yassen Savov