#trends 2019 paragliding, paramotoring
Once again there are numerous trends concerning ‘Light’ and ‘hike&fly’ in 2019. It’s nicely timed as it’s the year of the Red Bull X-Alps, or to put it more precisely, the 9th edition of this completely mad race, which will encourage many pilots to make the most of the mountains before and after flying, on foot and whilst bivouacking...
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10th Paragliding World Cup Super Final
The 10th Paragliding World Cup Super Final is taking place in Baixo Guandu, Brazil, from the 19th to the 30th of March 2019.
Baixo Guandu is a favourite destination for the Paragliding World Cup, with its stunning black granite dome mountains and testing tasks in the land of record-breaking skies.
For the first time in many years we have got a real variety of gliders, with pilots flying wings from five top manufacturers, all CCC certified: Flow, Gin, Niviuk, Ozone and UP.
On the World Cup website (pwca.org), you can now see preview pilot profiles of the high flyers from 2018, who will be taking part in the Super Final.
The pilot quality in this Super Final is going to be amazing. 6 out of the 8 previous overall Super Final winners will be taking part: including Charles Cazaux, the champion in 2009 and only pilot ever to have won both the World Championships and the Super Final.
X-Alps star, Aaron Durogati, the only pilot ever to have won the Super Final twice (2012 + 2016), will be flying high and fast hoping for a third title.
Current Super Final champion Michael Sigel will be hoping to hold onto his title.
Three ladies taking part have each won the ladies Super Final twice. Keiko Hiraki (2009, 2013), Petra Slivova, (2010, 2011) and Laurie Genovese (2014, 2017). Petra Slivova also won the World Cup tour (the predecessor of the Super Final) in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Along with Méryl Delferriere, 10th overall last year, and European Champion, Klaudia Bulgakow (2013), could we see the ladies knocking the men off the Super Final podium this year?
Eight World/European champions will be taking part, six men and two ladies.
29 pilots taking part in this Super Final have already won a World Cup event (20 men and 9 ladies), and 48 competing pilots have already won a World Cup task!
The standard doesn’t get any higher than that!
Keep up with everyone on the PWCA app, read the live Commentary, and follow your favourite pilots on the tracking to see who the high flyers in this amazing competition will be.