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Paragliding from Aconcagua, 7000m: “Our objective was to have fun in the descent!”

On the 15th of February 2019, two paragliders were soaring above the Horcones Valley that leads to Aconcagua. The Czech Gabriel Mazur and his French buddy Jean-Baptiste Chandesris completed the ascent of the highest summit of Americas and paraglided down from it. This expedition for them was a preparation for higher objectives in the Himalayas. I was lucky to meet with Gabriel in Mendoza, Argentina, where he told me about his flight from one of the seven summits

“The Eagle” did it again with a 6th consecutive X-Alps win!

In 9 days and 3 hours Chrigel “the Eagle” Maurer conquered what´s known as the toughest hike&fly competition on earth for 6th time in a row. 10 pilots of the initial pack of 32 competitors completed this year’s X-Alps massive 1138 km race across the Alps.

Liga Norte Parapente in Spain, 21st edition about to start

On the weekend of the 13th and 14th of April the 2019 edition of the regional League of Northern Spain will start, attracting all kinds of pilots with rounds designed to be enjoyed, in many different areas.
Super final 2018. Photo: Yassen Savov

Pierre Remy and Meryl Delferriere are the PWC champions 2018

Pierre Remy did not hesitate to qualify this championship, held on March 20 to 30 of March 2019 and where 9 tasks were flown in conditions that went from poor to amazing, as "the most intense of...

FIA El Yelmo celebrates its 20th birthday: 31st May to 2nd June

FIA El Yelmo gives women more visibility and consolidates itself as a reference event in Europe, promising fun for all the lovers of free flying. It includes the V Open el Yelmo and the International Air Cinema Festival - El Yelmo 2019.
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The World Cup Superfinal kicks off in Baixo Guandu, BR

The top paraglider pilots in the world gathered at the Brazilian site, in the region of Espirito Santo (about 600km to the north-east of Rio de Janeiro), to start a 10-day competition of tough racing to determine the World Cup Champion...

2019 X-Alps, the toughest edition of the race to date

In a clear effort to raise the bar of difficulty of the competition, the new Turnpoints in western Italy and the South of France will lead the participants to race along Europe’s largest mountain range, hiking or...

Marcella Uchoa, 411 km: “There is no greater connection to nature than flying the...

Interview to Brazilian pilot Marcella Uchoa, who beat 3 paragliding world records of distance on a 411 km flight in the north-east of his country, last October. Made by the FAI team, in this interview Marcella reveals details of his preparation and the difficulties and rewards of flying long distances.

Ojovolador’s Daniel Crespo is Spanish Paragliding Champion 2018!

The Championships held in Pegalajar (province of Jaen, Andalusia) last week enjoyed good -if somewhat strong- conditions on the first 3 days, that allowed the 140 competitors to fly races of 60, 88 and 108 km. After the 2nd...

New Latvian National Record: 224 km Out-and-Return from Saint André Les Alpes

I have been chasing the 200 km mark for the second season now. Last year I settled for a 193km FAI Triangle, it was a massive feat for me as a pilot at the time. I competed in the 15th...

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