Our sport has grown and developed in ways that no one could have imagined just a few years ago. Everything that we love about free flight has evolved from the same roots, yet now we have the opportunity to engage in it through so many different avenues. ‘Inspired’ brings us into the lives of a few pilots – some you know, some you don’t – who have immersed themselves in the various forms of flight, personally and professionally. We visit each pilot in their home environment where they share with us their local playground, and the source of their inspiration. We vol-biv into the wild and roadless California Sierra under a 5000m cloudbase. We discover the origins of a world record holder’s life altering decision to make paragliding her sole focus. Speeding through the southern Alps provides a meditative release for one professional flier and another is intentionally homeless, circling the globe year after year. In the end we see that ‘paragliding’ is now so multi-faceted that one lifetime is barely enough to absorb all of the experiences it has to offer.
Though the ways in which these pilots express their dedication is different, their underlying passion is similar, and it is unifying. As pilots, we share something that brings us together on a deeper level. We like to think that we are all equally inspired by nature, and driven by the elements.
CREATED BY – Jorge Atramiz & Karl Steslicke
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:
@hpitocco on instagram
Pick your feet up ladies and gents, lest you scrape them on the Alps. Our friend Jamie Lee unpacked his Rapido, found an incredible line to carve on his last day of the season, and thankfully grabbed this thrill ride point-of-view video to share with us all. Cheers from all the team!
Chris ‘Douggs’ McDougall has sent us some excellent shots of soaring and swooping the coastal cliffs of Scotland. A nomadic Australian by birth and by nature, Douggs is posted in Scotland for offshore work and is trying to take advantage of his temporary location away from his favorite alpine cliffs (Douggs is a world-renowned BASE jumper and Skydiver). Douggs says that the Bullet series and the XT16 are getting him his airplay fix, and keeping him well satisfied even though there isn’t much BASE jumping to be had at his current location 😉
Check out the photos at right, all by Douggs & Co (Jackie Dodd et al). For more great entertaining photos and video on a slightly unrelated topic, check out Douggs’ excellent site at http://www.basedreams.com/
Austrian Philipp Benda recently climbed and then rode the famous Grossglockner peak, the highest mountain in the Austrian Alps. Philipp and his team climbed the entire summit without any assistance from helicopters – just with the power of their legs and minds, in the spirit of true adventure.
Philipp & Co are planning to head to the central Swiss Alps soon, where they plan to make more adventure ascents of the highest peaks in the Berner Oberland, and then speed fly from the summits. If they succeed then they will achieve several first speed flying ascent / descents.
Phil reports on his climb / fly:
After an alpine ascent of 12 hours we slept at about 3200 meters and flew off the next evening after the wind dropped a little. We landed on the Pasterze glacier which was covered in little stones – not an easy landing at all as we were all skiing in climbing softboots.
- The tech info:
- total descent of 1500 m
- groundspeed approx 80 km/h
- vertical speed of 4 m/sek.
- duration 6.5 minutes
Congratulations boys, nice work. The flight down is always more rewarding when you earn it with a nice long climb!
Cheers from all the Team.
The beauty of new sports is that they are constantly evolving, and constantly becoming more fun. Technology advances with time, but usually the most exciting developments come from the riders and pilots that push new sports in new directions.
Speed Flying is definitely a new sport, even if its roots were planted over 20 years ago in the alps when early paraglider pilots ski-launched their parachute-like wings.
The Ozone Bullet was designed to be ski-launched, but some of our team pilots haven’t been able to give up speed flying even though they were forced to say farewell to the snow. It’s an addictive sport, for sure, and some pilots say it’s even more fun without skis… and more fun than normal paragliding… we’re still not sure, all we know is that we love it too.
Be careful out there guys (and girls), and enjoy!