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The best Ozone pilots dominated slalom championships in Poland

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:

  1. Alex Mateos (FRA) – Freeride 14
  2. Nicolas Aubert (FRA) – Freeride 14
  3. Dimitris Kolliakos (GRE) – ITV
  4. Lubos Halama (CZE) – Freeride 15
  5. Lorenzo Mallegni (ITA) – Freeride 15
  6. Marie Mateos (FRA) – Freeride 14
  7. Bartosz Nowicki (POL) – Freeride 15
  8. Milan Clement (CZE) – Dudek Snake
  9. Marcin Bernat (POL) – Dudek Snake
  10. 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.

photos and video by Matias Nombarasco

Ozone Team wins Slalom Championships

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!  

photo by Piotr Geło; Adam Pupek

Coupe Icare 2019

Once again, the Coupe Icare has come and gone, with all of the madness and excitement that one would expect from the world’s largest paragliding festival.

As every year Alixa/Ozone stand was not a traditional display of Ozone branding. Our friend, Mathieu de Quillacq, always manages to set us up with something original and non-commercial.
This year Ozone Power revealed the latest new products: Kona 2 based on the Buzz Z6 and EN B universal paragliding and paramotor wing.

Ozone Team pilots, Alex Mateos and Nicolas Aubert participated in the Parabatix Sky Race (slalom / precision competition), which took place on plateau of St Hilaire and the landing of Lumbin during three days of the event. Both of them flew Freeride 14 and ended up on the podium winning the overall final run. Congrats to all of the pilots and thank you for a great show!

Also, on Saturday afternoon the crowds enjoyed a PPG show put on by Alex and Marie while Raffaele Benetti were presenting his new project – electric paramotor for paragliders.

Thank you to everyone who took time to visit our stand. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones.

Coupe Icare 2018

For the 19th year in a row Ozone Team attended Coupe Icare of St Hilaire meeting you at Alixa stand. Once again Mathieu De Quillacq surprised everyone with his original idea of the most non-commercial display.

OZONE Team pilots, Alex Mateos and Nicolas Aubert participated in the Parabatix Sky Race (slalom / precision competition), which took place on plateau of St Hilaire and the landing of Lumbin during three days of the event. There were 10 top pilots competing from the international scene. Nicolas flew his new Viper 4 14 finished 2nd Congrats to all of the pilots and thank you for a great show!

Also, on Saturday afternoon the crowds enjoyed a PPG show put on by Alex, Nico, Marie and Raffaele Benetti.

Thank you to everyone who took time to visit our stand. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones.

ICELAND IN PARAMOTOR

Iceland is known from its amazing landscapes and tough island weather. It is one of these very special destinations, where most of the paramotor pilots dream about.

In August last summer a group of pilots, mostly from USA spent two weeks on a road trip in Iceland flying in several locations. Seems like they have been very lucky with the weather conditions as all their pictures and videos are looking simply amazing. Among others, tree pilots were flying Ozone wings: Miroslav Svec (Viper 3), Matej Roder (Roadster 2) and Tucker Gott (Viper 4)

Tucker Gott reports:

“Iceland is easily the most beautiful place I have ever flown a paramotor. From the very first flight above glaciers and high mountain peaks, I knew this place was special. We lucked out with near perfect weather and the golden light was amazing the entire week. My favorite flight was a cross country adventure to the Maelifell volcano. It was nearly a two hour flight which began in green and black mountains. As we neared the volcano, the landscape opened up to flat black plains where the bright green volcano rose from the ground. My second favorite flight started in Skogafoss and continued down a cliff face with multiple waterfalls. At the end of the flight, I climbed to the peak of a mountain and dove my 16m Viper 4 down the mountain in perfectly calm air”

Nick Radford‘s photo gallery from Iceland >> here
The Iceland trip was organized by Miroslav Svec, owner of the Scout Paramotor and took place on August 13th to August 24th.

Tucker Gott was flying Viper 4 16 supplied by Aviator PPG
Tucker’s You Tube videos from Iceland >> here
Photos by: Nick Radford

Mark Morgan with Viper 4 wins Icarus X Race, UK

Mark sent this report:

On the weekend of July 22nd, the Adventurist team held the UK’s first ever Icarus X Race. The Event was held in Buckland Newton, Dorset, and was billed to be the toughest paramotor race ever held in the UK over two days. This was the third X race in the series after the USA and Australia races.

The race start was delayed by heavy fog until midday and I was the second pilot to depart the Icarus X race base camp some 45 minutes behind Jamie Goodridge. My Plan was to fly slow and steady for the 255km course, even though I was flying on a slow trim setting, only trimming out when heavy sink hit in the increasingly thermic conditions, flying into a westerly headwind, I managed to pass Jamie on his Dudek Snake before the first turn point.

Just before the first turn point I could now see a sea breeze convergence setting up on the south coast around Exeter and from a phone call I knew other pilots were closing in FAST. TP 1 to TP2 was really a non-event, flying easily through some very nice thermals. Every time I hit a good thermal I had to stop myself from turning and coring as the glide and agility of the Viper 4 makes this an awesome PPG wing to thermal.

By now all the other pilots had landed as they needed to refuel but thanks the unbelievable glide performance of the Viper 4 I was still going strong. A very long and slow climb to 7000ft gained me a strong tailwind and Victory to the First Icarus X Race UK.

Thanks Mark for the report and congratulations on the win!

Cloudbase Foundation in Nepal

After the disastrous earthquake in Nepal last year, Karma Flights and The Cloudbase Foundation jumped to action and raised truly impactful amounts of support in both supplies and monetary donations. OZONE provided a donation of $10,000.00 to support the recovery efforts of the foundation. But, they are still on the ground and continue their efforts to help those that need assistance and to rebuild the communities that were devastated.

For the next 5 weeks, GoPro Inc. will be matching all donations to The Cloudbase Foundation. You can double your impact by donating at that link and help us give back to those that live in the places we love to fly. Watch the first video below to see how far the efforts have gone and what’s left to do.

In the second short film, a traveling artist brings some color and peace to the locals in the aftermath of the disastrous earthquake. The benefit of public art is tangible, but incalculable, and the work of Jeremy Collins in Nepal was well timed.

Again, GoPro Inc. will be matching all donations to the Cloudbase Foundation for the next five weeks – please consider supporting their mission, as we at OZONE have.

Cheers, from all the Team.

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Hernan Pitocco joins the Ozone Team

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Hernan Pitocco. We have long admired Hernan’s imaginative projects around the world; his sense of adventure and his eye for airborne beauty have created some of the most impressive images seen in our sport. He has been an overall world cup champion, an XC distance world record holder, and has pioneered vol-biv routes in the Himalaya and Andes, making him a veteran of all disciplines. We look forward to supporting Hernan on his future adventures, and sharing the results with you. Cheers, from all the Team.

Follow Hernan’s adventures:
facebook.com/hernan.pitocco
@hpitocco on instagram

Coupe Icare 2015

This year at the 42nd Coupe Icare Ozone Power revealed the latest new products: The Spyder is a fully reflexed lightweight wing for powered flight based on the successful Roadster 2. The Mojo PWR is based on the Mojo 5 and is a new EN A universal paragliding and paramotor wing. Also announced was the Roadster 2 22 a new smaller size of the successful Roadster 2.

Ozone Team pilot, Alex Mateos, participated in the Parabatix Sky Race (slalom / precision competition), which took place on plateau of St Hilaire and the landing of Lumbin during three days of the event. There were 8 top pilots competing from the international scene, including past winners and 2015 Slalom World Champion Jeremy Penon. Alex flew his Slalom 16 and repeated his victory from previous years, winning the overall final run. Congrats to all of the pilots and thank you for a great show! Also, on Saturday afternoon the crowds enjoyed a PPG show put on by Alex and Raffaele Benetti.

Thank you to everyone who took time to visit our stand. It was great to see old friends and meet new ones.

Dean Eldridge, 1965-2015

Ozone friend and legendary PPG pilot, Dean Eldridge, passed away after suffering injuries in a tragic paramotoring accident on July 7th. Dean was a skilled veteran and a dedicated educator in the PPG scene. Dean’s efforts to improve safety and education in the PPG world will be felt for a long time to come, and the flying community will suffer for his loss. We are deeply saddened by his passing, and our thoughts are with his family.

Dean’s accident occurred during figure-8 slalom flying. Sadly, there were no witnesses and there is no way to accurately determine the precise cause of the accident. The inherent dangers of slalom flying should give everyone pause for thought, but for now our deepest thoughts are for the passing of a legendary pilot and the loss to his family.