Just after Jutrosin Slalom Cup where Alex Mateos celebrated his victory, other two Ozone team pilots – Bartosz Nowicki and Nicolas Aubert participated in next slalom event – Polish Slalom Championships – which took place during last week of August in Przykona, Poland.
This year, except polish national team and local pilots, the event was visited by pilots from Qatar, Greece, Spain and France.
Despite bad weather pilots flew 15 tasks. Nicolas was flying a new version of the Freeride 14, which he was testing only 2 days before the event. Bartek was flying his standard Freeride 14. Both pilots maintained high positions throughout the competition and finished 2nd and 3rd in Category Open. Bartek was the best from all the polish pilots in PF1 and won the title of Polish Slalom Champion 2021.
Szymon Winkler (POL) flying Freeride 15 in PF1 category took 4th place.
We are especially proud of the Ozone Team pilots considering the fact that 90% of wings flow were Dudek but still Ozone Freeride took over 2 out of 3 the highest positions!
Open classification (PF1):
1st Naif Al-Baloshi (QAT)
2nd Nicolas Aubert (FRA)
3rd Bartosz Nowicki (POL)
Polish National Championships classification (PF1):
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”
The slalom competition season has been open by the first event – The French team selection and a training, followed by the French Slalom Open. The event took place in 14 – 18 June in Savine-le-Lac.
20 pilots flew over 20 tasks but only 9 of them were scored as the French Slalom Open during the last days.
Alex flying Freeride 14 won the competition, he was always at least 3 seconds ahead of the rest of the pilots.
Big applause goes to Marie who finished 3rd in overall classification.
Alex says: “This training was very efficient to test a new prototype wing above the water in a secure environment, we work faster on the prototypes in this way. The important thing now is to concentrate for the French Championships (Classic) next week”
Marie says: “At the start of training I was in a very good position, I managed to catch up with Alex! But the next days he progressed a little more than me and therefore started to get ahead. I am very happy to finish 3rd on the podium! The French Championships will undoubtedly be very intense next week!”
French Championships 2020 took place in early October in Blois. Despite pandemic restrictions and very windy weather pilots flew 8 tasks. Marie Mateos flying Tor 200 and Viper 4 16 was the leader during all competition. Her strongest part economy tasks. Alex flying the new Polini Thor 202 and Viper 4 16 won the last bawling landing tasks and overtook Marie by only 0.25 points!
Alex says: “Marie was the first but, on the last task, which was a bowling landing Marie pushed 3 and I pushed 5, which puts me in front of her at 0.25 points, the margin is very small! I am happy to win the French Champion title again but, at the same time, I am a little sad, because I think Marie deserves this first place more than me!”
Marie says: “I definitely need to practice precision landing in strong winds! I hope in the next French Championships 2021 I have a big chance to be the first!”
Czech Open Slalom Championships took place in Hustopece, near Brno, Czech Republic from 9 to 12 September. 17 Czech and foreign pilots were competing in class PF1, including 2 top Ozone top pilots Bartosz Nowicki (POL) and Lorenzo Mallegni (ITA) Pilots flew 20 slalom tasks and Lubos (flying Freeride 14) was a leader from the start, following closely by Bartek. In the finals, Lubos defended his first position winning two tasks but unfortunately, Bartosz lost his 3rd position to his polish teammate Marcin Bernat. All pilots show amazing performance in this very radical and technical competition. Congratulations from all Ozone Team!
Polish Open Paramotor Slalom Championships finished last Saturday after 6 days, 22 tasks flown and finals for best 4 pilots in each competition class.
There were 28 pilots competing in class PF1 (foot launch) and 8 in class PL1 (single trike) The event was the biggest slalom international competition this year with pilots visiting from France, Spain, Belgium, Netherland, Czech Republic, Greece and Hungary.
From the first day it was clear that nearly all best 6 – 7 pilots in the most challenging and prestige class PF1 were flying Ozone Freeride. Alex Mateos flying Freeride 14 took the lead from the day one and won 20 from 22 tasks. He was closely followed by his team mate Nicolas Aubert who was also flying the same wing. During most competition 3rd placed belonged to a Czech pilot Lubos Halama for whom this event was the first international competition flying Ozone Freeride.
Many fellow competition pilots were truly impressed by the performance of Marie Mateos – the best World female pilot and the only girl competing in slalom. She finished on 6th position overall leaving many really good and experience pilots far behind.
Young Italian pilot flying Freeride 15 – Lorenzo Mallegni – showed his high skills and despite some mistakes and one major collapse, he still managed to finished 5th. He is undoubtedly a growing talent with a huge potential to fight for podium in next events.
The best Polish pilot in the National Team and the winner of 2020 Polish Champion title is Bartosz Nowicki flying Freeride 15. Bartosz defended the title from the last year. This young and skillful pilot showed again that he is still unbeatable.
In class PL1 another polish pilot – Szymon Winkler – flying Ozone Freeride won bronze medal. This young brilliant pilot has a bit less experience than his team mates Wojtek and Pawel but he consistently held 3rd position through all competition showing huge potential for future.
He are the results:
Alex Mateos (FRA) – Freeride 14
Nicolas Aubert (FRA) – Freeride 14
Dimitris Kolliakos (GRE) – ITV
Lubos Halama (CZE) – Freeride 15
Lorenzo Mallegni (ITA) – Freeride 15
Marie Mateos (FRA) – Freeride 14
Bartosz Nowicki (POL) – Freeride 15
Milan Clement (CZE) – Dudek Snake
Marcin Bernat (POL) – Dudek Snake
Victor Rodriguez (SPA) – ITV
Big congratulations to all pilots from the Ozone Team. We are truly impressed by the high level of skills of all top slalom pilots and proud that so many of them chose to fly Ozone. Thank you for flying safely.
Big Congratulations to the Ozone Team for taking the podium of Spanish Slalom Open Championships which took place last few days in Bornos, Spain. This was one of the biggest slalom competitions of the season with 49 pilots competing from 9 different countries with 7 tasks flown.
Alex Mateos won flying the Freeride 14 followed by Nicolas Auberts, also flying the Freeride 14 in 2nd place overall. Alex says: “Everything went well, the training of this year paid off. I wish we could have flown more tasks but the results are there, so I’m very happy!” The big surprise came from new Ozone Team pilot Bartek Nowicki who finished 3rd overall. After flying Dudek for many years, polish pilot Bartek decided to change to the Ozone Freeride this season. It is a completely different wing to fly, requiring a different technique and style and despite a minimum of training he managed to win the Polish Slalom Championships earlier this year. Thank you Bartek.
Marie Mateos – the only girl amongst the top level pilots displayed her class once again, leaving behind many pilots who can only dream of getting to her level! Maries says: “This is the first time for me that I am so close to the podium in slalom competition. I am very happy with this result, especially with 7 valid tasks where I finished 4 times in the 3rd position. Nevertheless, I think with more training I can get the podium next time”. Go for it Marie!