World Cup Castelo, Brazil 18th – 25th March 2023
News of the PWCA Headquarters:
"Castelo’s truly stunning landscape with huge granite domes surrounded by mountains and waterfalls, makes it one of the most beautiful places to fly in the world. It’s complex aerology, thanks to the sea breeze, gives added interest, giving a technically challenging arial playground.
The World Cup’s return to Castelo and the Ubá valley is long overdue. Four very successful competitions have already been held here: 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Yann Martail and Emanuelle Zufferey won in 2012. Will it be all change at the top, or more of the same from two of the World’s most consistent and long serving pilots?
Hot off the top spot from the recent Super Final in Mexico in December, Honorin Hamard, will also be competing. Baptiste Lambert, third in the Super Final, with three World Cup wins already could put up a real challenge to Honorin’s bid to win his seventh World Cup. However, for once, this is probably not going to be all about the French. Top Brazilian pilots Rafael Barros, Rafael Saladini, Luciano Horn, Erico Oliveira and Gilmar Couto are also in with a real chance of landing on the top spot in a place, and with conditions, that they all know very well. Not to mention young Brazilian prodigy, 21-year-old Caio Buzzarello.
The race for the ladies’ podium could well be a French/Brazilian duel too with Meryl Delferriere and Marcella Uchoa obvious favourites. But there are a lot of other very experienced ladies taking part. Violeta Jimenez, third overall in this years’ Monarca Open, will, like Meryl and Marcella be setting her sights on a good overall ranking too! Boys beware!
The name Timo Leonetti is probably ringing bells for some, and alarm bells for others. This will be Timo’s debut World Cup. Although he will be the youngest pilot in the competition, he is by no means a novice. Invited by Gin Gliders, he won XContest 2022 and already has 569km as his longest flight. He set a new long-distance World and European speed record last year for a 300km triangle (29.5km/h) and he’s only 20 years old!
A lot of respect also has to go to the legendary Pepe Malecki who will be taking part in his 99th World Cup, here in Castelo.
With 18 AA pilots taking part, the only thing that is certain is that it will be a very challenging competition.
On the team leaderboard, the Paragliding World Cup Association is delighted to welcome aboard two new partners: Cameli Municipality and Northwest Paragliding. With 19 partner teams taking part, the team competition will, once again, be very exciting to watch, culminating in a Partners' Trophy which will be awarded at the Super Final.
Tune into our website https://pwca.org and our live app https://live.pwca.org.
Our split screen facility allows you to watch the tracking, commentary (in eight different languages) and live leader-boards at the same time: https://live.pwca.org/app/live.html. As always, in the commentary, we will be including live photographs, giving a bird’s eye view of the task from the air as it unfolds.
Visit our pilot photo gallery, with links to their social media: https://live.pwca.org/photos.php
All the results will be available at: https://live.pwca.org/scores
Follow us on Instagram:officialparaglidingworldcup"
Credit photo: Ulric Jessop
Paragliding World Cup Super Final, Valle de Bravo, Mexico, 6-17 December
From the 6th to the 17th of December the World’s best pilots will be taking to the skies above Valle de Bravo, 150km west of Mexico City, for the last event in this 30th anniversary year of the Paragliding World Cup.
El Peñón, Temascaltepec is a well-known competition venue having already hosted two Super Finals (2011 and 2015) and a World Cup (2014). It is famous for its consistent and reliable flying conditions. The best time to fly is November to May with the XC season kicking off properly in December, when the conditions allow 100 km triangles with 4,000m cloud bases.
The launch was expanded in 2008 in preparation for the World Championships. The ramp has space for at least four paragliders at the same time and allows 150 pilots to take off in less than 40 minutes.
There are many favourites to win this year’s title, from local pilot Manuel Quintanilla, to any of the staggering 21 pilots taking part who have already won a World Cup. They have won an incredible 39 World Cups between them!
5 pilots competing have already won the Super Final: Luc Armant (defending champion), Charles Cazaux, Pierre Remy, Aaron Durogati (twice!) and Maxime Pinot.
Not to mention the 5 World Champions and 4 European Champions who will be there trying to win this ultimate title.
Even more impressive still, out of the 15 ladies competing, 9 have already won the ladies’ ranking. They have won an incredible 46 World Cups between them!
3 have already won the Super Final: Meryl Delferriere, Seiko Fukuoka Naville (defending champion and three times winner) and Keiko Hiraki.
The ladies hold 9 World and European titles between them.
Whoever wins, will be crowned with the most prestigious title in paragliding history, in a sky where half the pilots have a letter A, the highest possible qualification letter. Or, put another way, almost half of those taking part have either been in the top five in a World Cup or won a task!
Read the profiles of the top pilots on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/officialparaglidingworldcup/
Keep up with the live commentary (now available in 8 different languages), the scores and the tracking on https://live.pwca.org
Follow the Flymaster tracking: https://lt.flymaster.net/bs.php?grp=4824
Philippe Broers’ videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/paraglidingworldcup
Photo gallery of pilots competing: https://live.pwca.org/photos.php
Websites: https://www.alas.com.mx and https://pwcamexico.com/flyingsite.php
Promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxLLEbHWLGc
Text: Ruth Jessop Photo: Ulric Jessop/Alas del Hombre
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#flight gear 2022 1_2
The new developments in 2022, notably those on display or launched since the Stubai Cup in the spring, have been numerous. But a large number of wings which have already been certified have still not been able to be delivered due to the saturation in production.
An interesting trend this summer, for which Swing have created the term ‘Social flying,’ has also appeared: Flying for pleasure, without any performance ambitions, with friends, often on foot and safely.
This is why paragliding is still booming at a time dominated by COVID and the war. In France alone, the number of licences passed has very noticeably increased. 1000 more licences were granted at the end of July 2022 compared to the previous year. Numerous new ‘tolerant’ models have targeted this market segment for safe wings for ‘Social Flying.’ While two years ago, the word we heard the most on each stand was ‘performance,’ this year it is ‘safety’ - a very welcome evolution…
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Paragliding World Cup Roldanillo, Colombia, 6th-13th February 2022
The World Cup first ventured to Roldanillo in 2011, with pilots from 28 countries competing. It was such a great success that two Super Finals were then held there, in 2013 and 2018. PWC is returning in 2022 with pilots from 33 different countries, and the highest pilot quality we’ve ever seen.
Since those early days Roldanillo has become one of the best competition venues in the World thanks to its reliability, easy logistics, thermal quality, textbook flying conditions and most importantly the people.
The people of Colombia have been welcoming pilots with open arms for over a decade and it’s not uncommon to see pilots flooding into Roldanillo on the back of motorcycles, tractors or even a donkey from time to time!!
The Paragliding World Cup starts in a weeks’ time and many top pilots are already landing here to train for this event.
Roldanillo is a traditional Colombian town sitting in the valley of Valle Del Cauca at 925 m. The launch, Augua Panela, is 869 metres above the town with beautiful views and trees for shade. Pilots can expect to find thermals as strong as 5-6 metres a second, with cloud base reaching 3000 plus metres. All of Valle Del Cauca works wonderfully giving very interesting tasks with lots of different routes for pilots to choose from, taking the valley, which side of the valley, or flying the mountains. The landing zones are huge and everywhere, which makes it possible for pilots to get lower than ever imagined low saves.
Roldanillo has become home from home for many of the top pilots on the World Cup circuit, basing themselves here to run courses, adding glitter to our star-studded selection list. All that needs to be said about the pilot quality: ‘CF’ wasn’t enough to get a place!
In addition, Roldanillo 2022 is going to be a great chance to see what Gin's R&D department have been up to. An updated 2022 version of the Boomerang 12 will be put through its paces during the competition by Torsten Siegel before it goes on sale. Honorin Hamard from Ozone will also be stretching his wings flying the first production model of the Zeno 2. The Niviuk X-One is very much on the up too, with more pilots than ever before flying it.
Keep up with all the fun and frolics on the World Cup website, pwca.org and on the PWCA Live App at https://live.pwca.org (which is now a web app). It includes the live Commentary, the tracking and all the scores. For those who can’t work out one end of a paragliding competition from another, the Commentary gives a thermal-by-thermal explanation.
(Photo by Ulric Jessop)
All the results will be available here: https://live.pwca.org/scores?comp=29
Review Gin Vantage 3
Flashback to our review 2020: According to GIN, the Vantage 3 is a new concept of paramotor wing: light but durable, easy but nice to fly, aimed at beginner to intermediate paramotor pilots and free flying pilots. Marc Coffinet tested this universal wing for free.aero magazine.
PWCA’s 2021/2022 competition season
The PWCA Committee and Dimiskovski Goran, PWCA President, are excited to finally present the calendar for PWCA’s 2021/2022 competition season.
All the venues and dates are confirmed.
It goes as follows:
Gemona, Italy: 19th to 26th June
Kopaonik: Serbia: 10th to 17th July
Disentis Switzerland: 8th to 18th August - 11th PWCA Superfinal
Aksaray, Turkey, 4th to 11th September
Gochang, Korea: 26th September - 3rd October
Traslasierra, Argentina: 20th to 27th November
The selective events for the 11th World Cup Superfinal, that will be held in Disentis (Switzerland) from 8th to 18th of August 2021 are the following:
10th Superfinal held in 2019.
5 World Cups held in 2019.
1 World Cup that we had in 2020 - Disentis (because of Covid-travel-restrictions only 3+1 pilots are directly selected)
2021 season’s events that we will be able to run (Gemona and Kopaonik, direct selection will be defined according to Covid-travel-restrictions)
The 2022 season will start in September 2021 and comprise Aksaray - Turkey, Gochang - Korea, and Traslasierra - Argentina.
The season 2022 will continue in the first half of 2022 with 2 or 3 additional events to be ended with a European Superfinal, most likely in late European summer.
PWCA President Dimiskovski Goran says:
"We finally have a workable and very well-balanced calendar. Further information about selection rules, non - devaluation of letters, entry fees, rules changes, and detailed media presentation will follow shortly.
With hope for a successful 2021 competition season"