This past summer Matt Gerdes and Mike Steen met up with Wolfgang Pilch of Team Silver to shoot some scenes for his upcoming airsports film, ‘Airstripped’.
Airstripped is the sequel to ‘Streamlined 08’ which won several awards and was featured at film festivals everywhere (see it here, in the Ozone Gallery). Wolfgang has completed shooting for his next film and is now in the long editing process. We hope to see the full release later this year, and judging by the trailers and the quality of his first film, we have great expectations.
To learn more about the Airstripped film project, check out their website: http://www.airstripped.com/
Check out the trailer below!
Cheers from all the Team.
This is, in the words of Cross Country Magazine, ‘The most action packed paramotor film, ever’ and we have to agree. Kimchi Session takes you on an almost unimaginable ride through a completely urban environment, seen from the point of view of one of the world’s best PPG pilots, Mathieu Rouanet.
Even non-paramotor pilots and non-flyers will be amazed by this DVD, and we urge you to check it out – it’s a must see! The downtown rally sessions are completely surreal, almost science fiction in nature. With on board footage of the pilots slaloming between high rise apartment buildings, under bridges, and dragging feet on rooftops, the images conjure up the kind of flight dreams inspired by Star Wars films and video games.
Filmed and edited by Sophie Guibal of InDaSky Productions, Kimchi Session is loaded with extra features as well and is guaranteed to satisfy your thirst for PPG action, or your curiosity for what this truly amazing sport is capable of.
Check out the trailer here: http://www.flyozone.com/paragliders/en/downloads/videos/_39056/
It is in stock and shipping now, so buy your copy from XC Shop, at: http://www.xcshop.com/shop/product.php?xProd=286¤cy=2
Cheers from all the Team, and one more thing – don’t try this at home, it will probably result in you being sent to jail, or worse. Mathieu Rouanet & Co were given special flight permission from the Korean Government for the making of this film.
Cade Palmer just sent us this clip of him soaring the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, at Makapu’u Point. This is a historic free flight site, with a Hang Glider Launch that dates back to the 1970’s, and paraglider pilots have been soaring here since nearly the beginning of our sport as well.
However, we’re pretty sure that this is probably the first time that anyone has soared a sub-10m speed wing here, and we think this is probably the highest that anyone has climbed out in ridge lift using a sub-10m wing. Furthermore, Cade is a full-sized fellow at around 90kg flying weight, so it’s not a little kid flying this little wing. In this video, Cade is flying in very strong NE trade winds that usually render the island of Oahu unflyable.
The Bullet 009, Bullet GT, and of course the XT16 are all very stable wings, but we don’t highly recommend ridge soaring in such strong conditions. This is video of a highly experienced pilot with literally years of high wind practice.
Check out the video here: http://www.vimeo.com/7889835
Douggs’s continuous world tour is currently in the USA, where he cruised the wildlands of the southwestern desert and then made a stop at the Point of the Mountain for some classic foot launched speed flying action. Check out his video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIDx5KgPegg (and if you haven’t seen it yet, check out his website and buy his awesome new book here: http://www.basedreams.com/)
And here’s another clip from last spring, with the Bullet GT 7.7 at Les Arcs, France. The high mountains are already white in many places in the northern hemisphere and the forecast for next week is in full support of speed flyers everywhere in the Alps, where we’ll be sliding on snow in the very near future. http://www.vimeo.com/7249816
Cheers from all the team, and safe flights to all.
Dario Frigerio of Aire Cornizzolo, Italy, sent us this speed riding video from the winter of 2008/09. Dario and his friends are flying the Bullet GT in the 7.7m size, which, as you can see in these clips, goes pretty fast.
Thanks to Dario for a cool edit and we look forward to seeing you all out there speeding around on your Bullets this winter. There are more and more places opening up for speed flying all over the world, and the possibilities are almost endless.
Check out the Video here. (http://www.vimeo.com/6522175)
Have fun and fly safe!
Cheers from all the Team.
Matt Hecker, of Colorado, USA, has created the world’s first device that allows for consistent short take off cliff launches with a ram air canopy. The implications of this invention could be far reaching.
While Ozone does not condone or recommend the modification of any wing, we do fully support innovation and imagination, of which Matt obviously has plenty.
The video below was shot from various cliff launches in Switzerland using the Fly Frame and a Bullet 12m. The Fly Frame allows the wing to be held overhead, already expanded span-wise and ready to launch. With just one step and the aid of gravity, Matt is flying. The concept of eliminating the need for a running launch is highly interesting, as anyone who has foot launched speed flying wings can attest.
Matt’s Fly Frame is Patent Pending. For more information Matt can be contacted via Facebook (search Calvin Hecker).
Check out the video here: http://www.vimeo.com/6340155
Cheers from all the Team.
Mal Haskins is getting ready for the coming NZ winter this year with some foot launched flight on his Bullet 12m. Mal is a big boy and as you can see his trim speed on the 12m is pretty high, it’d be like a lighter person foot launching a 10m.
This year pilots are taking foot launched speed flight to new levels, we’re excited to see the range of possibilities being explored, from simple descent flights with the XT16 to high wind soaring with all sizes of wings, and even some foot launched Bullet GT flights have gone down recently… stay tuned for a film by Wolfgang Pilch showing the Ozone Team foot launching the 7.7m GT in the Alps.
Mal’s vid has great angles and gives a good view of the pilot’s perspective and the pilot’s input, check it out here.
We haven’t been able to keep the XT16 in stock since March! As more and more pilots discover the pleasure of speed flying, word spreads and so does the XT16’s popularity.
Gary Begley recently got his XT16 in California and immediately set out on a road trip around the western US, finding cliffs to soar and mountains to descend with his new toy. There are a few videos showing the versatility (and stability) of the XT16 at http://www.vimeo.com/5225080
Please note that we don’t recommend flying the XT16 in strong thermal conditions, although the XT16 is clearly an extremely stable wing.
Cheers to everyone from all the Team, and if you haven’t managed to try an XT16 yet, get one from your local Ozone dealer and get in the air! And if you are loving your Ozone wing, we want to hear about it – send us your photos and video from your adventures.
The XT16 has now been deployed to all corners of the globe, and pilots everywhere are loving its comparatively easy handling and simple take off and landing. It is flyable in an amazing range of conditions, from no wind to strong wind and everything in between, and even beginner pilots can enjoy using it at safe flying sites.
In New Zealand, Dave Edwards has been enjoying his Bullet 14m for over a year, so Alan Hills handed him a new XT16 to check out and this video is the result. Watch Dave fly the XT16 in a nice coastal breeze, taking full advantage of the progressive handling and solid passive safety.
This video represents the upper limits of what pilots will be doing with the XT16, which is an equally ideal wing for simple sled rides and any type of casual ridge soaring.
To check out the youtube video, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qM1l0DQumDw And please remember that Speed Flying and Speed Riding are dangerous. Please don’t try all of this at home, and read this warning.
Cheers from all the Team, and fly safe.
Recently a few of the Ozone Team ventured into the American Desert in search of an environment that would be ideal for a paragliding adventure. Europe in November can be tough place to fly in the sun, so we chose the badlands of Southern Utah and Northern Arizona in the USA. With a truck full of gliders and a simple plan: ‘Fly new sites in the desert’, we all piled into a truck and headed south with only a map and a vague idea of what we might find.
You’ll be seeing some of the images pop up in magazines during 2009, and to see a short film edited by Cade Palmer and Loren Cox and filmed by John James (mostly), Matt Gerdes, Cade Palmer, and Carson Klein, check out this link to the Ozone Vimeo Page: http://vimeo.com/2516083
A special thanks goes out to John James for all of the logistics and support (driving, filming, etc), and to Cade for the edit. Enjoy!Cheers from all the Team.
And don’t forget to check out the Ozone Team Blogs for news and stories and photos: http://teamblog.flyozone.com/