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Acro Jack

Acro Jack - Jack PimblettHome-grown British star and BAPA team pilot Jack Pimblett recently finished 11th against the world's best acro pilots at Italy's King of Brenta event at Molvino - Round 2 of the FAI Acro World Tour. This is a huge achievement for British paragliding as we have traditionally only competed on the world stage in XC and accuracy.

Jack's result is the first instance of a British pilot competing in an FAI acro comp. At Molvino it was France's Théo de Blic who impressed the judges the most, beating Chile's Victor Carrera and fellow Frenchman François Ragolski.

At 19 Jack is the UK's foremost acro pilot. He began to fly with his father at the age of 3, flew solo at 15, and in the last 30 months has made progress that would take most pilots five years. His achievements result from a near-obsessive passion for flying and training at every opportunity.

Posted: 4 September 2018
By: Joe Schofield


Alex and the 6 Peaks

Alex and the 6 PeaksMore details on Alex Colbeck's terrific self-imposed 6 Peak Challenge in June. Alex achieved the 'impossible' in 22 hours and 45 minutes. He was supported by his dad, Andy Colbeck, and then by his friend Richard Pullan - that's both driving andcooking!

Alex - pictured here at the summit of Ben Nevis, his final climb - raised over £2000 for for the British Tinnitus Association and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. For more info, Alex's tracklog and a fascinating local radio interview, and to donate, please visit the Six Peaks website.

The 6 Peak Challenge represents 15,000ft and 17 miles of climbing that has never been done before. It has now. Further adventurers - form an orderly queue!

Posted: 4 September 2018
By: Joe Schofield


Alard Hufner wins Icarus Trophy

Alard Hufner wins 2018 Icarus TrophyIn late July top South African climber Alard Hufner won the Icarus Trophy - world's longest distance paramotor race - beating 26 other contestants over a 1,000-mile route.

The race started just north of Johannesburg on the 25th, finishing three days later near Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Pilots battled mountain ranges and fierce weather systems to complete the course; to celebrate all contestants reaching the finish in one piece pilots were able to make a historic fly-by of the spectacular Falls.

The organisers also run a series of shorter two-day races, known as the X-series, in the US, Australia, the UK and South Africa, this last also having been won by Alard back in March.

Next year the Icarus Trophy will head to Brazil; to get involved contact the organisers on the Icarus Trophy website. Awe-inspiring footage of the 2018 Trophy is available at https://youtu.be/v5T1wB22D8c.

Posted: 21 August 2018
By: Joe Schofield


Theo Warden wins European Championships!

Theo Warden wins European ChampionshipsA close-fought European Paragliding Championships at Montalegre in Portugal in July saw British star Theo Warden steal the title by just two points over eight tasks.

Theo was up against some serious opposition but saw off the likes of Germany's Torsten Siegel (2nd), Slovenia's Juri Vidic (7th) and Spain's Xevi Bonet (9th) to confirm his arrival on the world stage just five years after starting flying at the age of 14.

Overall the Brits could only manage 12th place despite strong support from Idris Birch (16th). Julian Robinson finished in 56th place, Martin Long 78th, Malin Lobb 83rd, newcomer Jess Cox 121st and Andrew Williams 139th. France's Seiko Fukuoka won the women's championship.

Posted: 9 August 2018
By: Paul Dancey


300km for Carter!

Richard Carter cracks 300km barrierOn July 15th Richard Carter finally cracked the 300km barrier.

Launching on his Ozone Zeno from the Elan Valley at 11am, Richard threaded his way around Manchester airspace, routing via Sheffield, Pontefract, Selby and York to reach the coast at Cloughton, just north of Scarborough, well after 7pm.

301.71km secures the UK's first 300km flight and the UK record set by Alex Coltman last year at 281km. Richard has now held the UK open distance record a total of nine times!

Posted: 9 August 2018
By: Paul Dancey


Record day at Sutton Meadows

An exceptional day at Sutton Meadows on Sunday July 15th. After many consecutive days of pure blue, an excellent RASP prediction proved remarkably accurate. With cumulus at a good height from about 10:30am onwards, most pilots were able to release at well below 2000ft.

Kosaka Takatoshi broke his recently established (152km on June 24th) UK defined-triangle record with a six-hour, 171km flight, landing back at the field just after 18:00. Andy Keyte made a 116km triangle; Richard Hunt flew a 90km triangle; Jeremy Maddox did a good out-and-return and a duration PB at four hours; and Rob Hawkins flew upwind to the field next to his house having taken off after 15:30.

Charlie Richardson: 'I think over eight hours of flying was possible. The lift was usable from before 11:00 until after 19:00, and some climbs went to over 7000ft. If we get a repeat of such a day there's an even bigger triangle available!'

Hats off to the Cambridgeshire Aerotow Group, who currently lie second in the National Club XC League. Taka's flight accrues to the Southern club who are lying third!

Posted: 9 August 2018
By: Paul Dancey


Alex completes the 6 Peak Challenge

Alex completes 6 Peak ChallengeOn June 26th - 27th of June Alex Colbeck completed his self-imposed 6 Peak Challenge - to climb and fly from the well-known 'three peaks' of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon and the three Yorkshire peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-Y-Ghent inside of 24 hours!

Starting with Snowdon, Alex pushed on to Pen-Y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, then Scafell Pike in the Lakes before a long drive to Ben Nevis to complete his epic trip.

The 15,000ft and 17 miles of climbing has never been done before. Alex was raising money for the British Tinnitus Association and Yorkshire Air Ambulance; for more info and to donate please visit the  Three Peaks website.

Posted: 9 August 2018
By: Paul Dancey


Russ 4th in PWC

Ozone's Russell Ogden finished fourth at the Italian PWC at Gemona in June.

Russ, flying an Enzo 3, was only 19 points short of winner Juri Vidic's score after four tasks. the only other British pilot at the Gemona comp was Seb Ospina who finished 39th.

Posted: 9 August 2018
By: Paul Dancey


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