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Paragliding World Championships 2015: Seb Ospina

Before the Paragliding World Championships started in Roldanillo we interviewed a few of the less well known pilots in a bid to get to know them better. We’ll be running a few of those interviews here on XCmag.com during the competition.

Seb Ospina at the Paragliding World Championships 2015, Roldanillo, Colombia. Photo: James Pagram

Seb Ospina at the Paragliding World Championships 2015, Roldanillo, Colombia. Photo: James Pagram

We kick off with Juan Sebastian Ospina, 25, better known to all as Seb. A Colombian who flies for Britain, he’s also Cross Country’s sponsored pilot in the competition.

Job: Tandem pilot

Sponsors: Cross Country Magazine (Subcriptions and various free products) Ozone Paragliders (glider) BHPA (Expenses and fees for the team)

Equipment during the comp
Wing: Ozone Enzo 2
Harness: Kortell Kanibal Race 2
Technology: XCTrainer, Naviter

Years flying: 10 years , started in 2004 age 14

Where did you learn? Started in Ansermanuevo (40ks North of Rolda). I was brought to the sport by a cousin.

When did you do your first competition? 2006 Copa Buenavista, Quindio. Came ninth overall with a seven year old beginner glider.

Achievements in the sport

2006
9th Copa Buenavista
3rd Serial Class Copa Ansermanuevo
1st Serial Class Copa Atmoxfera

2007
1st Junior Class Pre World Cup Roldanillo

2010
First participation in a World Cup (Portugal) also youngest pilot in the event
Best Newcomer to the British Championship

2013
Colombian National Champion
22nd World Cup Turkey
24th World Cup Superfinal in Brazil

2014
8th Pre World Championships Roldanillo
British Team Member at the European Championships, Serbia

Personal best XC distance: 128 km at a competition in Rolda back in 2010. At the time it was the record to a declared goal in Colombia

Best moments in paragliding?
The first time I reached goal was very special as most of my friends were flying with me.
Soaring at night with a full moon doing wagga and playing with friends. It was also my birthday.
Sharing the National Champion Title with my best friend and long time rival Julian Carreño after seven days of pure racing with friends.

Any lows?
At the end of 2007 I moved to the UK where I knew no one, lived far from any flying site and had no glider – the worst nine months of my life. Eventually I slowly managed to get flying again and was welcomed by the Brits as one of their own, I learned so much from them.

What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you in paragliding?
I once had a passenger throw up four times during a very rough flight – he nearly passed out. It wasn’t funny then but it certainly is now ☺

Scariest?
Probably flying into one of the fires from the sugar cane plantations in Colombia.

Who is your money on for the Worlds?
Generally most of the top pilots and legends are present, not to mention that the top countries brought their A game. There are about 30 or 40 pilots that could win the comp so is really hard to chose one but I like to think I am one of those pilots. From the women I believe that Seiko Fukuoka and my team mate Kirsty Cameron have what it takes to win.

From the countries my favourites are: UK, Colombia, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Describe yourself in 10 words or less…
Not the best but committed to be the best.

And how would your friends describe you?
Persistent, Passionate, Young.

What makes Roldanillo special?
I have been flying Rolda since 2006. What makes Rolda special is that it is every pilot’s dream come true: warm weather, fluffy thermals, wide valley, good roads, reliable conditions, grassy takeoff and beautiful women.

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Paragliding World Championships 2015: Seb Ospina

Before the Paragliding World Championships started in Roldanillo we interviewed a few of the less well known pilots in a bid to get to know them better. We’ll be running a few of those interviews here on XCmag.com during the competition.

Seb Ospina at the Paragliding World Championships 2015, Roldanillo, Colombia. Photo: James Pagram

Seb Ospina at the Paragliding World Championships 2015, Roldanillo, Colombia. Photo: James Pagram

We kick off with Juan Sebastian Ospina, 25, better known to all as Seb. A Colombian who flies for Britain, he’s also Cross Country’s sponsored pilot in the competition.

Job: Tandem pilot

Sponsors: Cross Country Magazine (Subcriptions and various free products) Ozone Paragliders (glider) BHPA (Expenses and fees for the team)

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Equipment during the comp
Wing: Ozone Enzo 2
Harness: Kortell Kanibal Race 2
Technology: XCTrainer, Naviter

Years flying: 10 years , started in 2004 age 14

Where did you learn? Started in Ansermanuevo (40ks North of Rolda). I was brought to the sport by a cousin.

When did you do your first competition? 2006 Copa Buenavista, Quindio. Came ninth overall with a seven year old beginner glider.

Achievements in the sport

2006
9th Copa Buenavista
3rd Serial Class Copa Ansermanuevo
1st Serial Class Copa Atmoxfera

2007
1st Junior Class Pre World Cup Roldanillo

2010
First participation in a World Cup (Portugal) also youngest pilot in the event
Best Newcomer to the British Championship

2013
Colombian National Champion
22nd World Cup Turkey
24th World Cup Superfinal in Brazil

2014
8th Pre World Championships Roldanillo
British Team Member at the European Championships, Serbia

Personal best XC distance: 128 km at a competition in Rolda back in 2010. At the time it was the record to a declared goal in Colombia

Best moments in paragliding?
The first time I reached goal was very special as most of my friends were flying with me.
Soaring at night with a full moon doing wagga and playing with friends. It was also my birthday.
Sharing the National Champion Title with my best friend and long time rival Julian Carreño after seven days of pure racing with friends.

Any lows?
At the end of 2007 I moved to the UK where I knew no one, lived far from any flying site and had no glider – the worst nine months of my life. Eventually I slowly managed to get flying again and was welcomed by the Brits as one of their own, I learned so much from them.

What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened to you in paragliding?
I once had a passenger throw up four times during a very rough flight – he nearly passed out. It wasn’t funny then but it certainly is now ☺

Scariest?
Probably flying into one of the fires from the sugar cane plantations in Colombia.

Who is your money on for the Worlds?
Generally most of the top pilots and legends are present, not to mention that the top countries brought their A game. There are about 30 or 40 pilots that could win the comp so is really hard to chose one but I like to think I am one of those pilots. From the women I believe that Seiko Fukuoka and my team mate Kirsty Cameron have what it takes to win.

From the countries my favourites are: UK, Colombia, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Describe yourself in 10 words or less…
Not the best but committed to be the best.

And how would your friends describe you?
Persistent, Passionate, Young.

What makes Roldanillo special?
I have been flying Rolda since 2006. What makes Rolda special is that it is every pilot’s dream come true: warm weather, fluffy thermals, wide valley, good roads, reliable conditions, grassy takeoff and beautiful women.

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The Paragliding World Cup Superfinal just got underway and will be running between the 12th – 23rd January 2016 in Valle de Bravo, Mexico. 115 pilots qualifying pilots have been selected by their high scores obtained by participating in any or all of the 5 rounds of the 2015 World Cup Tour. This year’s venues were hosted in Brazil, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain and India.

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Daily Superfinal updates

Stefan Wyss and Seiko Fukuoka-Naville Superfinal winners

Winners of the Superfinal Stefan Wyss and Seiko Fukuoka-Naville, both whom for the most part dominated this week’s competition. During the 8 tasks, Stephan wins 4 of them, and comes second and third in two of the other tasks. As for Seiko, she won 5 tasks overall and finishes 32nd in the general results.

Les performances de Stefan Wyss et de Seiko Fukuoka

Le gagnant de la Super Finale Stefan Wyss a largement dominé pendant cette compétition. Sur 8 manches, il termine premier sur 4 manches, second et troisième sur 2 autres. Quant à Seiko Fukuoka; elle termine 5 fois première et 32è au classement général sur 115 pilotes. Le pilote français Julien Wirtz était aussi souvent bien placé surtout sur les 4 dernières manches (2è, 3è ou 4è).

crédit photo : PWC

crédit photo : PWC

crédit photo : PWC

crédit photo : PWC

Classement général – Overall Results

1- Stefan WYSS (CHE)
2- Julien WIRTZ (FRA)
3- Luca DONINI (ITA)
4- Alexandre JOFRESA (FRA)
5- Xevi BONET DALMAU (ESP)
6- Aaron DUROGATI (ITA)
7- Ulrich PRINZ (DEU)
8- Guy ANDERSON (GBR)
9- Jean Marc CARON (FRA)
10- Christian BIASI (ITA)

Classements nations – Nation Results
1- Suisse – Switzerland
2- France
3- Italie – Italy
4- Allemagne – Germany

crédit photo : PWC

Classement général femmes – Overall Women’s Results

1- Seiko FUKUOKA NAVILLE (FRA)
2- Laurie GENOVESE (FRA)
3- Emanuelle ZUFFEREY (CHE)
4- Keiko HIRAKI (JPN)
5- Petra SLIVOVA (CZE)
6- Silvia BUZZI FERRARIS (ITA)
7- Klaudia BULGAKOW (POL)
8- Nao TAKADA (JPN)
9- Atsuko YAMASHITA (JPN)
10- Yael MARGELISCH (CHE)

Teams* – Team Results*

1- OZONE : Honorin HAMARD (FRA) , Russell OGDEN (GBR), Luc ARMANT (FRA), Seiko FUKUOKA NAVILLE (FRA)
2- Woody Valley : Marco LITTAME (ITA), Biagio Alberto VITALE (ITA), Christian BIASI (ITA), Silvia BUZZI FERRARIS (ITA)
3- Parapente Mag : Stephan MORGENTHALER (CHE), Andreas MALECKI (DEU), Stefan WYSS (CHE), Keiko HIRAKI (JPN)

* tous les pilotes des 3 premiers teams volent avec de ailes OZONE Enzo 2

* All pilots in the Top 3 fly with Ozone Enzo 2 paragliders

Aujourd’hui, une longue manche de 127 km avec cinq balises. Certains pilotes vont commencer à ressentir de la fatigue, pas Stephan Wyss (Suisse) qui a la première place aujourd’hui (3h40), suivi de quelques minutes d’avance par l’italien Luca Donini.

Les Suisses sont en pleine forme et s’affirment comme la nation dominante dans la compétition suivi de très près par la France (seulement 10 points=. La France, avec plus du double du nombre de pilotes, a théoriquement une plus grande chance de gagner le trophée de la Nation dans cette Superfinale. La France visera donc la victoire pour la manche de demain.

La première femme était Seiko Fukuoka-Naville est arrivée confortablement devant la pilote suisse, Emanuelle Zufferey.

Results

1- Stefan (WYSSCHE)
2- Luca DONINI (ITA)
2- Julien WIRTZ (FRA)
4- Marko HRGETIC (CZE)
5- Alexandre JOFRESA (FRA)
6- Ulrich PRINZ (DEU)
6- Luc ARMANT (FRA)
6- Marco LITTAME (ITA)
9- Joachim OBERHAUSER (ITA)
10- Clement LATOUR (FRA)

General
1 0714 Stefan WYSS (SUI)
2 0003 Julien WIRTZ (FRA)
3 0016 Guy ANDERSON (GBR)
4 0029 Luca DONINI (ITA)
5 0332 Alexandre JOFRESA (FRA)
6 0715 Xevi BONET DALMAU (ESP)
7 0352 Aaron DUROGATI (ITA)
8 0377 Christian BIASI (ITA)
8 1129 Ulrich PRINZ (DEU)
10 0232 Luc ARMANT (FRA)

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On day 7 and again another long task today of 127km with five turnpoints, some pilots will start to feel fatigue set in. Not however for Switzerland’s Stephan Wyss who steamed across the goal line in first place today in 3hrs40, just minutes ahead of Italy’s Luca Donini.

The Swiss are on top form and showing themselves to be the dominant nation in the competition so far currently lying just ahead of France by only 10 points. France, with more than double the number of participating pilots should theoretically stand a greater chance of winning the Nation’s trophy in this Superfinal, but with only the top three pilots able to score each day, France will be looking for a win in tomorrow’s task.

First woman today was Seiko Fukuoka-Naville comfortably ahead of Swiss pilot, Emanuelle Zufferey. Women’s full results are here.

Today’s task results can be seen here and the Overall’s so far, here

Photo : Maxime Bellemin

Photo : Maxime Bellemin

Photo : Tim Rochas

Photo : Tim Rochas

Aujourd’hui, une manche de 121 km

Photo Laura Sepet

Photo Laura Sepet

Results Task 6

1- Michael SIGEL (CHE))
2- Julien WIRTZ (FRA)
3- Stefan WYSS (CHE)
3- Francisco Javie REINA LAGOS (ESP)
5- Xevi BONET DALMAU (ESP)
6- Luca DONINI (ITA)
6- Ulrich PRINZ (DEU)
6- Joachim OBERHAUSER (ITA)
9- Yassen SAVOV (BGR)
9- Jean Marc CARON (FRA)
11- Tim ROCHAS (FRA)
11- Ernesto HINESTROZA (VEN)

General
1- Stefan WYSS (CHE)
2- Guy ANDERSON (GBR)
3- Julien WIRTZ (FRA)
4- Luca DONINI (ITA)
5- Xevi BONET DALMAU (ESP)
6- Alexandre JOFRESA (FRA)
7- Christian BIASI (ITA)
8- Aaron DUROGATI (ITA)
9- Andreas MALECKI (DEU)
10- Luc ARMANT (FRA)

Today a task of 121km was set around 5 turnpoints.

Task winner Michael Sigel from Switzerland in just under 4 hours. Full results of today’s task can be seen here.

Photo Tim Rochas

Photo Tim Rochas

Aujourd’hui, c’était la cinquième manche avec un parcours de 63 km. Certains pilotes ont choisi de décoller tardivement à cause du ciel obscurci mais les conditions se sont améliorées dans la journée et les pilotes ont été en mesure de faire pleinement usage de la vitesse sur certaines parties du parcours.

Les Suisses sont définitivement sur la forme dans cette compétition, avec Stephan Wyss qui a franchi de nouveau la ligne d’arrivée en première position aujourd’hui en 1h48mn. La première femme était Seiko Fukuoka-Naville de la France avec 1h57mn.

Les résultats de la tâche d’aujourd’hui sont tous ici .

Après cinq tâches les scores globaux peuvent être vus ici

1- Stefan WYSS (CHE)
2- Aaron DUROGATI (ITA)
3- Zoran LABOVIC (NOR)
3- Julien WIRTZ (FRA)
5- Ulrich PRINZ (DEU)
6- Luc ARMANT (FRA)
7- Felix RODRIGUEZ FERNANDEZ (ESP)
8- Xevi BONET DALMAU (ESP)
9- Urs SCHOENAUER (CHE)
10- Guy ANDERSON (GBR)

General
1- Stefan WYSS (CHE)
2- Guy ANDERSON (GBR)
3- Zoran LABOVIC (NOR)
3- Alexandre JOFRESA (FRA)
5- Andreas MALECKI (DEU)
6- Julien WIRTZ (FRA)
7- Luc ARMANT (FRA)
8- Luca DONINI (ITA)
8- Xevi BONET DALMAU (ESP)
10- Russell OGDEN (GBR)
see all results

Today is the fifth day of the PWC Superfinal in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, and saw a 63 km. Some pilots chose to take off late because of the overcast skies although conditions improved later on in the day, when pilots were able to make full use of the speed systems on certain parts of the route.

The Swiss are definitely on form in this competition, with Stephan Wyss crossing the goal line in first position again today in 1hr48mins. First Woman was France’s Seiko Fukuoka-Naville in 1hr57mins.

Today’s task results are all here.

After five tasks the overall scores can be seen here

Une manche ambitieuse de 106 km dans les hautes montagnes a été lancée vers le volcan, le Nevado de Toluca (4680 m). Une manche difficile car un épais voile de cirrus assez épais cache le soleil. De nombreux pilotes qui n’ont pas fait le meilleur choix sont à terre au tiers du parcours, à la 2è balise. Personne n’a rejoint le goal (105 pilotes ont fait 71 km). Mais nombreux sont les pilotes à avoir apprécié cette journée de vol avec une vue impressionnante.

1- Guy ANDERSON (GBR)
1- Luc ARMANT (FRA)
3- Andreas MALECKI (DEU)
4- Julien WIRTZ (FRA)
4- Michael SIGEL (CHE)
6- Urs SCHOENAUER (CHE)
6- Alexandre JOFRESA (FRA)
6- Honorin HAMARD (FRA)
9- Xevi BONET DALMAU (ESP)
10- Jean Marc CARON (FRA)
10- Adrian HACHEN (CHE

A technical and ambitious task due to Cirrus clouds, set over the higher ground in the direction of the mountains and Toluca, Mexico’s 4680m volcano. A number of pilots unfortunate in choosing an unlucky line, left the remainder of the field flying towards the 2 nd Turnpoint. None of the pilots reached goal (105 pilots flew 71km), but many appreciated the task for its impressive scenery.

Britain’s Guy Anderson, was today’s winner.

Laurie Genovese avec le volcan en arrière plan

Laurie Genovese avec le volcan en arrière plan

Joost Van Damne s’est rendu à Valle de Bravo pour rendre visite aux compétiteurs

Task 2

Aujourd’hui, manche de 85 km. Des conditions plutôt stables avec un plafond limité à 2750 m. Aux dires des pilotes, les conditions étaient très difficiles et stables en basse couche.
Les conditions semblent mieux pour les prochains jours !

Photo : Tim Rochas

Photo : Tim Rochas

Task 2

Today an 85km task. Pilots reported that conditions were fairly stable and climbs weak with a base at only 2750m.

The weather looks to improve for the days to come.

RESULTATS

Les 10 premiers
1- Stefan WYSS (CHE)
2- Luca DONINI (ITA)
3- Andreas MALECKI (DEU)
4- Guy ANDERSON (GBR)
5- Julien BRUNG (FRA)
5- Pal TAKATS (HUN)
7- Joachim OBERHAUSER (ITA)
7- Honorin HAMARD (FRA)
7- Marco LITTAME (ITA)
10-Russell OGDEN (GBR)
10- Richard GALLON (FRA)
voir tous les résultats

Pas de manche aujourd’hui parce que le ciel est couvert et que le plafond est en dessous du décollage.

No task today because the sky is overcast. The meteo shows that the useable lift is below the takeoff.

Valle De Bravo,Mexico – Day 4

Aujourd’hui, ciel bleu. Une manche race to goal de 79,13 km avec 4 balises a été programmée avec un départ à 13h00. Une manche compliquée à cause des conditions pas très généreuses. 80 pilotes sont arrivés au goal.

Comme c’est souvent le cas à Valle de Bravo, les pilotes ont mené une course serrée. Ils ont à peine réussi à monter à plus de 3000m d’altitude. Plusieurs groupes se sont formés dès le premier turnpoint. Tous, sauf un petit groupe de 15 pilotes, se sont regroupés près du relief pour la balise suivante, alors que le petit groupe de 15 a tracé une ligne directe qui leur a permis au final de gagner 12 minutes d’avance sur le “peloton”.

Le pilote suisse Michael Kuffer remporte la manche. La première femme,Emmanuelle Zufferey, est aussi suisse.

Faute de trackers bloqués à la douane, il n’y a malheureusement pas eu de suivi aujourd’hui.

Photo : Jonathan Marin

Photo : Jonathan Marin

Photo : Laurie Genovese

The Paragliding World Cup Superfinal is underway.

A 75km in the Valle de Bravo area with 4 turnpoints, two of them large enough to spread the field at the start, only to regroup after the first turnpoint.

As often the case in Valle pilots race close to the terrain, today they barely gained more than 3000m altitude under a blue sky. Heading to the first turnpoint the main field split into several gaggles, each choosing a slightly different option over the flats. All but a small group of 15 pilots regrouped on the return leg to hug the relief on to way to the next turnpoints, whilst the smaller gaggle of 15 pilots flew the direct course line and were able to gain a 12 minute lead on the main field.

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Switzerland’s Michael Kuffer wins the task.

First Woman was also Swiss, Emmanuelle Zufferey.

The trackers are on their way from the airport and the PWCA hope to deliver live tracking for tomorrow.

Résultats

Top Ten
1- Michael KÜFFER (CHE)
2- Alexandre JOFRESA (FRA)
3- Russell OGDEN (GBR)
4- Marc WENSAUER (DEU)716/954 716
5- Marco LITTAME (ITA)
5- Torsten SIEGEL (DEU)
7- Zoran LABOVIC (NOR)
8- Charles CAZAUX (FRA)
8- Christian BIASI (ITA)
10- Biagio Alberto VITALE (ITA)
voir tous les résultats

Une météo toujours aussi mauvaise

Le ciel est couvert et il a plu ce matin. Les vents sont assez forts. Mais le soleil revient dès demain. Les conditions plus classiques de Valle de Bravo devraient apparaître après samedi.

Weather still not playing ball

Skies are overcast with rain this morning and strong winds. Tomorrow, sun is forecast and Saturday sees a return to the classical flying conditions known in Valle.

Visite touristique du site archéologique de Teotenango

La manche étant annulée, l’organisation PWC a organisé une sortie touristique. Teotenango était une ville pré-hispanique importante située au sud de la vallée de Toluca. Elle a été fondée au cours des dernières périodes de la civilisation de Teotihuacan par un groupe connu sous le nom de teotenancas. Plus tard, le Matlatzincas a conquis la ville qui s’est élargi. La ville a existé pendant plus de mille ans puis a été abandonné après la conquête de l’empire aztèque.

Photo : Tim Rochas

Visit the archaeological site Teotenango

The task canceled, PWC organised a tourism day. Teotenango was in important pre-Hispanic fortified city located in the southern part of the Valley of Toluca. It was initially founded during the last stages of the Teotihuacan civilization by a group generally referred to as the “Teotenancas.” Later, the Matlatzincas conquered the city and expanded it. [1] [2] The city existed for about 1,000 years, being abandoned only after the Spanish Conquest of the Aztec Empire. [1]

De la pluie toute la journée

Pas de manche aujourd’hui à cause des mauvaises conditions météo. Il a neigé pas loin de Valle de Bravo sur le volcan Nevado à Toluca (4600 m)à une quarantaine de kilomètres.

Cérémonie d’ouverture – OPENING CEREMONY

Rain all day today

Overdevelopment and laden skies promise more rain to come, so today’s opening task has been cancelled. It actually snowed some 40kms away near the Nevado volcano (4600m) at Toluca!

Aujourd’hui, c’était la journée d’entraînement qui n’a rien eu d’exceptionnel à caue des conditions un peu faibles. Au programme 78 km à parcourir entre 4 balises. Une grosse partie de la course s’est faite entre 2900 et 3700m.

Vidéo de Philippe Broers (vidéaste officielle de la PWCA)

Today is practice day which produced some unusually weak flying conditions. A dummy task of 78km was set around 4 turnpoints. The vast majority of the course was flown between 2900m and 3700m.

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14 janvier 2016 – manche annulée

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La sélection des pilotes – PILOT SELECTION

Cette année, la Superfinale accueillera 115 pilotes représentant 25 nations. Deux pilotes arboreront les couleurs du Mexique : Manuel Quintanilla et Manuel Guadarrama.

This year, the Superfinal welcomes 115 pilots from 25 nations. Two pilots are from the hosting country of Mexico: Manuel Quintanilla and Manuel Guadarrama.

pilotsglidebrandcountry
Francisco MantarasOzoneEnZo 2Argentina
Simon ARNOLDGinBoomerang 10Austria
Rafael SALADINIGinBoomerang 10Brazil
Yassen SAVOVOzoneEnZo 2Bulgaria
Henry Alexander Alcazar RinconOzoneEnZoColombia
Marko HRGETICGinBoomerang 10Czech Republic
Petra SLIVOVAGinBoomerang 10Czech Republic
Pal TAKATSOzoneEnZo 2Hungary
Soheil barikaniOzoneEnZo 2Iran
Goran DIMISKOVSKIGinBoomerang 10Macedonia
Manuel QUINTANILLAOzoneEnZo 2Mexico
Matt SeniorOzoneEnZo 2New Zealand
Alexey BystritskiyOzoneEnZo 2Russia
Tilen CeglarOzoneEnZo 2Slovenia
Marko NOVAKOzoneEnZo 2Slovenia
Jurij VIDICOzoneEnZoSlovenia
Chikyong HAGinBoomerang 10South Korea
Moonseob LIMGinBoomerang 10South Korea
Murat TUZEROzoneEnZo 2Turkey
Michal HammelOzoneEnZo 2United States of America
Klaudia BULGAKOWOzoneEnZo 2Poland

Valle de Bravo et le parapente en quelques mots

Valle de Bravo and paragliding in few words

Valle de Bravo is a commune in the State of Mexico located 156km to the South West of the city of Mexico. Situated at more than 1800m altitude, the town is best known for its colonial architecture and thriving tourism thanks to the large artifical lake offering sporting activities and boating excursions; very similar to Annecy and lake in the French Alps.

Photo : Manuel Quintanilla

Valle de Bravo est une commune de l’État de Mexico située à 156 kilomètres au sud-ouest de la ville de Mexico. Située à plus de 1800 m d’altitude, la ville est connue pour son architecture coloniale. Cette ville n’est pas sans rappeler Annecy avec son lac. L’activité touristique se concentre principalement sur les activités sportives et nautiques liées à son lac artificiel.

L’activité parapente à Valle de Bravo

L’État de Mexico est un des endroits les plus populaires au Mexique et peut-être d’Amérique du Nord pour pratiquer le vol libre grâce à ses paysages et ses conditions atmosphériques. Tous les ans, de nombreuses manifestations s’y déroulent, notamment des championnats nationaux et internationaux ( Monte Alto, el Peñon del Diablo, Cerro Pelón…).

Le décollage le plus proche, El Torre, se situe au-dessus de la ville sur la montagne Monte Alto. Il permet des vols soaring ou des vols du soir (situé plein ouest). Le vol permet de survoler la ville. L’atterrissage se fait à Santa Maria au bord du lac. L’autre décollage, El Peñón, considéré comme le site du Mexique, se situe à 15 km de Valle de Bravo (2300 m avec un dénivelé de 1600m). Celui-ci est est très technique et est plutôt réservé aux bons pilotes.

Paragliding activity in Valle de Bravo

The state of Mexico is probably one of the most popular in Mexico itself and North America for paragliding because of its topography and atmospheric conditions. Each year a large number of events take place, notably national and international championships, from the many launch areas of Monte Alto, El Penon del Diablo, Cerro Pelon…

The nearest of them being El Torre which is just above the town on the Monte Alto mountain. It enables pilots to enjoy soaring and evening conditions due to its West facing orientation. You can fly above the town of Valle and land lakeside at Santa Maria. The other popular launch more adapted to corss-country and competition flying, is at El Penon. Considered as the best flying site in Mexico, it is a short journey of about 15km from Valle de Bravo and lies at 2300m altitude. This flying site is strong and technical, and reserved for proficient pilots only.

Source https://xcmag.com/news/comps-and-events/paragliding-world-championships-2015-seb-ospina-team-gb/

Source https://xcmag.com/news/comps-and-events/paragliding-world-championships-2015-seb-ospina-team-gb/

Source https://paragliding.rocktheoutdoor.com/en/paragliding-world-cup-superfinal-mexico-2016/

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