The reservoir of Bornos (Cadiz, Spain) hosts the European Paramotor Slalom competition since last Friday 10 to Sunday June 19, with all tasks to be held over water for the first time in a FAI event. Thirty-five pilots from 7 countries compete for the medals granted in this continental competition of precision flight.
The permanent Slalom circuit set up at the Bornos reservoir is the arena where some of the best pilots in the world are meeting, all equipped with powerful engines (mostly of 250cc) and small paragliders to reach speeds of up to 70 – 80 Km/h, as the tasks are courses around inflatable pylons and against time. The fact that all tasks are flown over water substantially reduces the risk for the pilot in case of an accidental crash, allowing for maximum speed and spectacular turns.
In the first tasks done yesterday (Sunday) the French Alex Mateos (Macfly Thor 250 – Ozone) has dominated, with Poland’s Bartosl Nowicki (Technofly Thor 250 – Dudek Snake 13) second and Piotr Ficek (Technofly Ultra 250 – Dudek Snake) third.
In the paratrike class, with only 7 contenders, Wojciech Bogdal (POL/Extreme WB Proto 250 – Dudek Snake) was leading, ahead of Alex Mateos, who is competing in the two categories as well as Spain’s Ramon Morillas.