During the first week of August Ozone Team pilots participated in the largest international slalom competition in 2021 – Jutrosin Cup. 40 pilots from 12 countries attended the event including best pilots in general ranking. During 5 days pilots flew 15 tasks.
Alex Mateos (Freeride 14) was a strong leader throughout the competition, winning all tasks! He obviously finished 1st defending his Slalom Champion title from Jutrosin 2020 (and all the others slalom competition in the past).
Bartek Nowicki (Freeride 14) and another 4 pilots competed strongly with each other and swapped places several times until the last day when final runs decided about 2nd, 3rd and 4th position. Bartek finished 4rd.
The only female pilot Marie Mateos finished on the 10th position flying her Freeride 14.
Szymon Winkler finished 3rd in PL1 (single trike) category flying the Freeride 15.
Bartek Nowicki reports: “It was very long, tiring but fantastic competition! I am very happy to be at the top of the World ranking but definitely a little bit disappointed that I missed the podium! Obviously, I made too many mistakes during the competition so I have something to improve in next competition! I would like to thank the competition organizer for the beautiful event and my fans for their support!”
Alex Mateos says: “I am very happy to win all the tasks! But I can see that competitors are getting closer! The level of the pilot improved as well as the organization of the slalom events”
Famous paramotor couple and Ozone Team pilots, Alex and Marie Mateos won 2021 French (Classic) Championships 2021. Alex Mateos finished 1st in overall classification and this is his 10th World Champion Title in a row. Marie was 2nd and this is her 4th year on a podium.
Another member of the French National team – Boris Tysebaert – won the 1st place and the French Champion title in single trikes class (PL1). Nicolas Aubert was 6th in general classification. All pilots were flying the new Viper 5.
Alex and Marie report: « Receiving new wings only two weeks before the competition was a real challenge! But Viper 5 proves to be a perfect competition weapon! It’s features such as high efficiency, wide range of speed, great stability and precise handling are exactly what we need to win classic competition »
Alex says: « The Viper 5 is great fun in precision landing thanks to its amazing long flair! High top speed and stability really helped in all navigation tasks »
Weather conditions were difficult so the competition director had to run many shorts tasks during very few flyable days to get the Championships valid! Total 10 tasks were scored. This year event was visited by top pilots from Spain and Italy.
Slalom World Championships 2021 has been cancelled but in 2021 season there are a few events where top pilot from many countries have a chance to meet and compete. Bornos is one of the top locations where back in June took place The Spanish Open Championships. The event gathered over 20 pilots from Spain, Qatar, Poland, Holland, France and Greece.
Bartek repots: Bornos event gave us an opportunity to train and test new equipment. Unfortunately, top French pilots were absent, except Nicolas Aubert. The big surprised were pilots from Qatar who train a lot every year in Bornos to be able to fly at really high level. During one week of competition we had strong winds, which allowed to score only 5 tasks. I was very happy to finished on the 2nd position flying a completely new gear and beat my team mate Nicolas Aubert and Greek pilot Dimitris Koliakos who was 3rd.
I am looking forward to the next round in Jutrosin in Poland!
2021 British Open Paramotor Championships took place in Winglands Airfield, Lincolnshire on 8th – 10th July
13 Pilots competed in the championship class with a further 7 more competing in the discovery class designed as a stepping stone into competition.
Ric Womersley won the 2021 Champion title flying the Speedster 3
Ric reports: « The British Open Paramotor Championships follows an endurance format where tasks are briefed at the start of the competition and then we have flying windows throughout to complete as many of these tasks as possible.
We had a total of 14 hours of flying windows plus a limited fuel FAI triangle task, 4 spot landings and 4 skittle landings.
With 16 hours of competition flying over 3 days, this was definitely the most flying I have done in any one competition. Flying throughout the day in some very active skies the Speedster 3 performed impeccably. Its speed and stability allowed me to focus on completing as many tasks as possible, covering over 600 km during the competition. The Speedster’s precise handling and incredible glide meant I hit every spot and scored on all of the skittle landing tasks which also won me the precision trophy »
Aviator PPG the biggest Ozone importer in USA has published a video review of the new Sirocco 3. In the video AJ Going one of the paramotor instructors reports his first impression about the new and describes its main features.
The Sirocco 3 is the light version of the Speedster 3 but offering improved levels of performance, agility and speed in a lightweight, compact package. Designed predominantly for long distance PPG XC flights for intermediate to advanced level pilots, it is a fun, dynamic and versatile wing that is also perfect for low level carving, slalom flying and as a lightweight travel companion
You may have heard of dancing fountains, but now it’s about dancing “with” fountains! Paragliding pros Horacio Llorens and Rafael Goberna had to push their own limits to perform this spectacular flight in Dubai.
Horacio Llorens and RafaelGoberna teamed up to take part in an exclusive shoot to showcase the beautiful Palm Fountain at the Pointe, Palm Jumeirah in Dubai.
And as expected, the final outcome was a whole lot of fun, not to mention the capture of some spectacular content. Llorens and Goberna donned special paramotors to take to the sky; gliding between the fountain’s jets of water that were so close they could feel them!
“All the projects have different approaches. Sometimes you get inspired by something spectacular; other times you get contacted about an amazing location where the potential is huge,” explains Llorens. “This was the case with The Pointe and Atlantis The Palm. When we went last December for the location check, and they showed us the area and the fountains, I said: ‘We have to make it happen, this is the best ever place for a night shoot project!’”
The project was managed and sponsored by Red Bull UAE.
Famous YouTuber and big Ozone fan – Tucker Gott – shares his first impression while flying Mojo Power 2 24.
In the video he says: “There is something about flying a Mojo, it is just so easy, so stable, so slow and relaxed… What makes the Mojo so special, a lot of it has to do with it’s just passive safety, collapse-wise it just wants to fly, it wants to re-inflate and fly and send you on your marry way…
The Mojo is not the wing, which is going to win an Icarus Trophy X-Country Race or slalom competition, but it is likely the wing that you will take your first steps into the sky under. When you take off for the first time and you are scared, your brain is pegged out, you don’t know your lefts from your rights, and your ups from your downs, this is a wing you want to be under to keep you safe. And, even if you are not a beginner, it is a fun glider for an advanced pilot to get on and throw around”