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Below are listed XC Paragliding Competitions and a few other PG events for 2022. Always check the dates directly with the competition website before making any plans, there could be errors or changes. Please email any corrections or additions to mark.luscombeATgmail.com, thanks.

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2022v01 10/Nov/2021 :
Added Monarca Open (Valle de Bravo 09 Jan), added Ozone Colombia Open (Piedechinche 15 Jan), added Colombian Open [P] (Roldanillo 22 Jan), added Manilla XC Camp (Australia 22 Jan), added British Winter Open (Roldanillo 30 Jan), added Bright Open (Australia 05 Feb), added PWC Colombia (Roldanillo 06 Feb), added Flow Corryong Open (Australia 13 Feb), added New Zealand Open (Corryong 20 Feb), added PrePWC Taucho (Tenerife 27 Feb), added Rivas Open (Costa Rica 03 Mar), added Wings out West (tow) (Australia 16 Mar), added PWC Brazil (Baixo Guandu 02 Apr), added Pan-American Championships (Governador Valadares 09 Apr), added Niviuk Open (Ager 01 May), added PrePWC Pegalajar (Spain 11 May), added Spanish Championships (Yelmo 28 May), added Naviter Open (Tolmin 12 Jun), added Spanish League (Gata 16 Jun), added Applegate Open (USA 17 Jun), added Ozone Chelan Open (USA 19 Jun), added PWC Romania (Clopotiva 25 Jun), added Ozone Chabre Open (Laragne 25 Jun), added US Open (Chelan 26 Jun), added X-pyr (Pyrennes 26 Jun), added Spanish Championships of ENBs & Tandems (Piedrahíta 30 Jun), added Supair Open (Annecy 02 Jul), added Gin Wide Open (Ager 02 Jul), added Portugal Championships (Serra do Larouco 03 Jul), added Spanish League (Sierra de Larouco 06 Jul), added PWC North Macedonia (Krushevo 14 Jul), added Spanish XC Championships (Siles 23 Jul), added European Championships (Nis 25 Jul), added Disentis Open (Switzerland 07 Aug), added Belgian Open (Piedrahita 14 Aug), added German Open (Ager 04 Sep), added King Mountain Wide Open (USA 10 Sep), added PWC South Korea (Gochang 01 Oct), added PWC Superfinal (Valle de Bravo 07 Dec), added Spanish League (Tenerife 08 Dec).

2022v02 15/Dec/2021 :
Corrected PWC Brazil (Baixo Guandu 26 Mar), corrected Pan American Paragliding Championship (Governador Valadares 08 Apr), corrected King Mountain Wide Open to Red Rocks Wide Open (Monroe, Utah, USA 10 Sep).
Confirmed Colombian Nationals (Roldanillo 22 Jan).
Added Staufen Cup (Austria 21 Apr), added Flow Mosel Open (Germany 02 May), added Chiquimula Open (Guatemala 21 May), added Freedom Open (Tolmin 05 Jun), added Italian Open (Pedavena 06 Jun), added Alpencup (Kossen 16 Jun), added SkyTribe Romanian Open (Clopotiva 18 Jun), added Hessen Championship (Greifenburg 23 Jun), added British Open (Grand Bornand 26 Jun), added Portuguese Championships 2 (Serra Estrela / Castelo de Vide 11 Jul), added Greifenburg Open (Austria 25 Aug), added Brazil Sports Open (Baixo Guandu 04 Sep).

2022v03 10/Jan/2022 :
Corrected Hessen Championship & DHV NCC (Greifenburg 23 Jun).
Added Brazilian Championships (Governor Valadares 12 Mar), added East Switzerland Open (Wasserauen 17 Mar), added Montegrappa Trophy (Bassano 14 Apr), added BaWu Open (Austria 22 Apr), added North South Cup (UK 12 May), added Adrenalin Cup (Tolmin 19 May), added Dragon Hike and Fly (Wales 21 May), added French Open (Combe de Savoie 21 May), added Alpenrosen Cup (Austria 26 May), added Bayern Open [P] (Germany 26 May), added Buttermere Bash (UK 03 Jun), added Kaiser Trophy (Austria 11 Jun), added X-Lakes Challenge (UK 17 Jun), added Pyhrn Priel Cup (Austria 25 Jun), added Norwegian Open (Krueshevo 25 Jun), added British Sports Trophy (Gemona 09 Jul), added Palz Open (France 28 Jul), added Ikarus Open (Werfenweng 12 Aug), added German Flatlands tow (Altes Lager 14 Aug), added Nordic Open (Werfenweng 15 Aug), added PrePWC France (Gourdon 12 Sep), added DHV NCC [P] (Tolmin 12 Sep).

2022v04 17/Jan/2022 :
Added Argentinian Championships (Cordoba 20 Feb), added Valadares Cup (Brazil 27 Feb), added Radsberg Open (Austria 30 Apr), added Swiss Cup (Cimetta 30 Apr), added Kopaonik XCup (Serbia 30 Apr), added Swiss Cup (Jungfrau, Tachi, Grindelwald 14 May), added Swiss Cup (Biel 21 May), added Swiss Cup (Engelberg 27 May), added Pre-Worlds (France 28 May), added Vrsac Open (Serbia 02 Jun), added Swiss Cup (Frutigen 04 Jun), added Swiss Cup (Moleson 11 Jun), added Alpen Adria Cup (Austria 09 Jul), added Landing on Drvar (Bosnia and Herzegovina 21 Aug), added PrePWC Turkey & Cameli Open (Turkey 28 Aug).

2022v05 17/Feb/2022 :
Corrected PrePWC Taucho (Tenerife 29 Oct).
Added Castelo Open 1st (Brazil 18 Feb), added Swiss League Cup (Bern 19 Feb), added Catarinense Paragliding Champs 1st (Brazil 19 Feb), added Swiss League Cup (Bern 05 Mar), added Trujillo Open (Venezuela 07 Mar), added Paranaense Paragliding 1st (Brazil 26 Mar), added Dobrca Open (Slovenia 08 Apr), added Rana Cup (Czech Republic 15 Apr), added Swiss League Cup (Bern 16 Apr), added Ivanec Open (Croatia 05 May), added Russian Flatland Cup (Belgorod bordering on Ukraine 07 May), added PrePWC SkyDreamers Open (Romania 13 May), added NK Vlakland finals tow (Netherlands 04 Jun), added Krushevo Open (North Macedonia 18 Jun), added Gryfn Hike and Fly (UK 25 Jun), added Scuol Open (Switzerland 27 Jun), added Dagestan Cup (Russia 03 Jul), added Pre-PWC Flymaster Open (Krusevo 04 Jul), added Kraljevo Open (Serbia 05 Jul), added Kosova Open (Prizren 08 Jul), added Alsace Vosges Open (France 06 Aug), added Swiss League Cup Final (Bern 27 Aug), added Ozone Krushevo Open (North Macedonia 03 Sep), added PrePWC Brazilian Nationals 2nd (Ilha do Ar 10 Sep), added XRedRocks Hike and Fly (Utah 29 Sep), added PrePWC France (Reunion Island 15 Oct).

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Monarca Open, Valle de Bravo, Mexico
09 Jan – 15 Jan, 2022

Ozone Colombia Open, Piedechinche, Colombia
15 Jan – 21 Jan. 2022

Colombian Nationals, Roldanillo, Colombia
22 Jan – 29 Jan. 2022

Manilla XC Camp, Manilla, NSW, Australia
22 Jan – 29 Jan, 2022

British Winter Open. Roldanillo, Colombia
30 Jan – 05 Feb. 2022

Bright Open, Bright, Victoria, Australia
05 Feb – 11 Feb, 2022

PWC Colombia, Roldanillo
06 Feb – 13 Feb, 2022

Flow Corryong PG Open, Corryong, Victoria, Australia
13 Feb – 19 Feb, 2022

Castelo Open 1st, Capixaba, Brazil
18 Feb – 20 Feb, 2022

Swiss League Cup, Bern, Switzerland
19 Feb – 20 Feb, 2022

Catarinense Paragliding Champs 1st, Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil
19 Feb – 20 Feb, 2022

Not the New Zealand Open, Corryong, Victoria, Australia
20 Feb – 26 Feb, 2022

Argentinian Championships, Cordoba, La Cumbre, Argentina
20 Feb – 26 Feb, 2022

Valadares Cup, Governador Valadares, Brazil
27 Feb – 01 Mar, 2022
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Rivas Open, Rivas de Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica
03 Mar – 06 Mar, 2022

Swiss League Cup, Bern, Switzerland
05 Mar – 06 Mar, 2022

Trujillo Open, Torococo, Venezuela
07 Mar – 12 Mar, 2022

PrePWC Brazil & Brazilian Nationals 1st, Governor Valadares, Brazil
12 Mar – 19 Mar, 2022
Website Local Website

Wings out West (tow), Trundle, NSW, Australia
16 Mar – 20 Mar, 2022

East Switzerland Open (OGO), Wasserauen, Switzerland
17 Mar – 20 Mar, 2022

Paranaense Paragliding 1st, Campo Magro, Parana, Brazil
26 Mar – 27 Mar, 2022

PWC Brazil, Baixo Guandu
26 Mar – 02 Apr, 2022

Dobrca Open, Dobrca, Karavanke, Slovenia
08 Apr – 10 Apr, 2022 (alt 22 Apr – 24 Apr)

Pan-American Championships, Governador Valadares, Brazil
08 Apr – 16 Apr, 2022

Montegrappa Trophy, Bassano, Italy
14 Apr – 18 Apr, 2022
Website Local Website

Rana Cup, Rana, Ustecky Kraj, Czech Republic
15 Apr – 18 Apr, 2022

Swiss League Cup, Bern, Switzerland
16 Apr – 17 Apr, 2022

Staufen Cup, Andelsbuch, Austria
21 Apr – 24 Apr, 2022

BaWu Open, Bezau, Austria
22 Apr – 24 Apr, 2022

Radsberg Open, Ebenthal, Austria
30 Apr – 01 May, 2022

Swiss Cup, Cimetta, Switzerland
30 Apr – 01 May, 2022

Kopaonik XCup & Serbian league 1st round, Kopaonik, Serbia
30 Apr – 03 May, 2022

Niviuk Open, Ager, Spain
01 May – 07 May, 2022

Flow Mosel Open, Zeltingen Rachtig, Germany
02 May – 06 May, 2022

Ivanec Open – Croatian & Slovenian Nationals, Ivanec, Croatia
05 May – 09 May, 2022

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Russian Flatland Cup, Stary Oskol, Belgorod, Russian border with Ukraine
07 May – 11 May, 2022

PrePWC Pegalajar, Spain
11 May – 15 May, 2022

North South Cup, UK
12 May – 15 May, 2022

PrePWC SkyDreamers Open, Sacele, Brasov, Romania
13 May – 19 May, 2022

Swiss Cup, Jungfrau, Tachi, Grindelwald, Switzerland
14 May – 15 May, 2022

Adrenalin Cup, Tolmin, Slovenia
19 May – 22 May, 2022 (alt 02 Jun – 05 Jun)

Swiss Cup, Biel, Switzerland
21 May – 22 May, 2022

Dragon Hike and Fly, Wales, UK
21 May – 22 May, 2022 (alt 11 Jun – 12 Jun)
Website Local Website

French Open, Combe de Savoie, France
21 May – 27 May, 2022

Chiquimula Open, Chiquimula, Guatemala
21 May – 28 May, 2022

Alpenrosen Cup, Westendorf, Austria
26 May – 29 May, 2022

Bayern Open [P]
26 May – 30 May, 2022

Swiss Cup, Engelberg, Switzerland
27 May – 29 May, 2022

Pre-Worlds, Chamoux-sur-Gelon, France
28 May – 04 Jun, 2022

Spanish Championships, Yelmo, Spain
28 May – 04 Jun, 2022

Vrsac Open, Vrsac, Serbia
02 Jun – 05 Jun, 2022

Buttermere Bash, Lake Buttermere, Lake District, England, UK
03 Jun – 04 Jun, 2022

Swiss Cup, Frutigen, Switzerland
04 Jun – 06 Jun, 2022

NK Vlakland finals, Markelo, Netherlands,
04 Jun – 06 Jun, 2022

Freedom Open, Tolmin, Slovenia
05 Jun – 11 Jun, 2022

Italian Open, Pedavena, Italy
06 Jun – 11 Jun, 2022

Kaiser Trophy, Ellmau, Austria
11 Jun – 12 Jun, 2022

Swiss Cup, Moleson, Switzerland
11 Jun – 12 Jun, 2022

Naviter Open, Tolmin, Slovenia
12 Jun – 18 Jun, 2022

Spanish League & Portuguese League, Gata, Spain
16 Jun – 19 Jun, 2022
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Alpencup, Kossen, Austria
16 Jun – 19 Jun, 2022

X-Lakes Challenge, Lake District, England, UK
17 Jun – 18 Jun, 2022

Applegate Open, Woodrat Mountain, Ruch, Oregon, USA
17 Jun – 23 Jun, 2022

SkyTribe Romanian Open, Clopotiva, Romania
18 Jun – 24 Jun, 2022

Krushevo Open, Krushevo, North Macedonia
18 Jun – 24 Jun, 2022

Ozone Chelan Open, Chelan Butte, Chelan, Washington, USA
19 Jun – 24 Jun, 2022

Hessen Championship & DHV NCC, Greifenburg, Austria
23 Jun – 26 Jun, 2022

Pyhrn Priel Cup, Hinterstoder, Austria
25 Jun – 26 Jun, 2022

Gryfn Hike and Fly, South East Wales, UK
25 Jun – 26 Jun, 2022 (alt 02 Jul – 03 Jul)

Ozone Chabre Open, Laragne, France
25 Jun – 01 Jul, 2022

PWC Romania, Clopotiva
25 Jun – 02 Jul, 2022

Norwegian Open, Krueshevo, North Macedonia
25 Jun – 02 Jul, 2022

US Open, Chelan Butte, Chelan, Washington, USA
26 Jun – 02 Jul, 2022

British Open, Grand Bornand, France
25 Jun – 02 Jul, 2022

X-pyr, Pyrennes, France / Spain
26 Jun – , 2022

Scuol Open, Scuol, Grisons, Switzerland
27 Jun – 02 Jul, 2022

Spanish Championships of ENBs & Tandems, Piedrahíta, Spain
30 Jun – 03 Jul, 2022

Supair Open, Annecy, France
02 Jul – 08 Jul, 2022

Gin Wide Open, Ager, Spain
02 Jul – 09 Jul, 2022

Portugal Championships, Montalegre, Serra do Larouco, Portugal
03 Jul – 09 Jul, 2022
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Dagestan Cup, Buynaksk, Russia
03 Jul – 10 Jul, 2022

Pre-PWC Flymaster Open, Krusevo, North Macedonia
04 Jul – 10 Jul, 2022

Kraljevo Open – National Championship & Serbian League 3rd, Kraljevo, Serbia
05 Jul – 10 Jul, 2022

Spanish League, Sierra de Larouco, Spain
06 Jul – 09 Jul, 2022

Kosova Open, Prizren, Kosovo
08 Jul – 10 Jul, 2022

Alpen Adria Cup, Seeboden, Austria
09 Jul – 10 Jul, 2022

British Sports Trophy, Gemona, Italy
09 Jul – 16 Jul, 2022

Portuguese Championships 2, Manteigas, Portugal
11 Jul – 17 Jul, 2022

PWC North Macedonia, Krushevo
14 Jul – 21 Jul, 2022

Spanish XC Championships, Siles, Spain
23 Jul – 28 Jul, 2022

European Championships, Nis, Serbia
25 Jul – 06 Aug, 2022

Palz Open, Fellering, France
28 Jul – 31 Jul, 2022

Alsace Vosges Open, Oderen, France
06 Aug – 12 Aug, 2022

Disentis Open, Disentis, Switzerland
07 Aug – 13 Aug, 2022

Ikarus Open, Werfenweng, Austria
12 Aug – 15 Aug, 2022

Belgian Open, Piedrahíta, Spain
14 Aug – 20 Aug, 2022

German Flatlands tow, Altes Lager, Germany
14 Aug – 20 Aug, 2022

Nordic Open, Werfenweng, Austria
15 Aug – 21 Aug, 2022

Landing on Drvar, Drvar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
21 Aug – 27 Aug, 2022

Greifenburg Open, Greifenburg, Austria
25 Aug – 28 Aug, 2022

Swiss League Cup Final, Bern, Switzerland
27 Aug – 28 Aug, 2022

PrePWC Turkey & Cameli Open, Cameli, Turkey
28 Aug – 03 Sep, 2022

Ozone Krushevo Open, Krushevo, North Macedonia
03 Sep – 10 Sep, 2022

German Open, Ager, Spain
04 Sep – 10 Sep, 2022
Website Local Website

Brazil Sports Open, Baixo Guandu, Brazil
04 Sep – 11 Sep, 2022

PrePWC Red Rocks Wide Open, Monroe, Utah, USA
10 Sep – 17 Sep, 2022

PrePWC Brazilian Nationals 2nd, Ilha do Ar, Santo Antonio da Alegria, Brazil
10 Sep – 17 Sep, 2022

PrePWC France, Gourdon, France
12 Sep – 16 Sep, 2022

DHV NCC, Tolmin, Slovenia [P]
12 Sep – 17 Sep, 2022

XRedRocks Hike and Fly, Monroe, Utah, USA
29 Sep – 01 Oct, 2022

PWC South Korea, Gochang
01 Oct – 08 Oct, 2022

PrePWC France, Saint Leu, Reunion Island
15 Oct – 19 Oct 2022

PrePWC Taucho, Tenerife, Canaries, Spain
29 Oct – 31 Oct, 2022

PWC Superfinal, Valle de Bravo, Mexico
07 Dec – 17 Dec, 2022

Spanish League, Taucho, Tenerife, Canaries, Spain
08 Dec – 12 Dec, 2022

The 25 paragliding competitions you should follow

Today, at Overfly Tenerife’s blog, we are going to talk about the 25 paragliding competitions you should follow if you are a paragliding lover. Although paragliding is not as famous as football is, we also have the means to follow the competition in a passionate way!

We want to tell you everything you need to know about paragliding competitions and which are the next events scheduled for this 2019. Keep reading!

What are paragliding competitions?

Like any other sport, paragliding celebrates competitions in order to prove who the best paragliders of the world are. However, paragliding competitions are quite useful in terms of learning too. This paragliding experience is a different way to improve paraglider pilots’ skills, regardless of they are beginners or advanced paragliders.

Paragliding Competitions — Next Competitive Events (2019)

Take a look at the calendar competition! We have created this list with the following paragliding competitions, together with some hang gliding competitions (just in case you are interested too). Are you ready? Off we go!

Austrian Open 2019 — International Austrian Championship

24 – 26 May 2019 Aflenz, Austria

The flying site of this paragliding competition is located in the north-eastern part of Austria. The elevation of the main take-off area is 1490 metres above sea level. The wind direction is mainly south, but there is also an alternative starting place for north-west wind.

2019 Finnish Open XC League, Round 1

24 – 26 May 2019 Kiikala, Finland

The airfield of Kiikala (ICAO EFIK) is located in the south-western part of Finland, about 100 kilometres west from the capital city of Helsinki. The nearest large town is Salo, which is about 40 kilometres west of this flying site. Kiikala airfield is the home base of the Southern Finland Paragliding Club.

Puchar Północnej Polski

24 – 26 May, 2019Piła, Poland

The starting point is the old military airport of Piła. Its surface is made of asphalt, concrete, and grass. The surroundings are coniferous forests, allotments and the reservoir of the Gwda River.

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Canadian Open National Championships

25 May – 01 June 2019 Kamloops, Canada

This paragliding competition takes place in a beautiful open airfield in Kamloops, in south-central British Columbia, Canada.

2019 Korean ACC 2nd Boryeong

25 – 26 May 2019 Boryeong, South Korea

Boryeong, Okmasan take-off is a peak about 530 metres above the sea level. It is situated in the middle-west part of South Korea. The floor of the flat is between 30 and 60 meters above sea level. Although the flying season lasts the whole year, the best season for flying is during the spring (from March to May).

Spring International Cup Krusevo 2019

26 May – 01 June, 2019Krusevo, Macedonia (FYR)

Krushevo is the highest town in the Balkans, situated at an altitude of 1350 metres. It is 159 kilometres from the capital Skopje, 55 kilometres from Bitola, 32 kilometres from Prilep, and just 68 kilometres from the crossing border between Macedonian – Greek “Medzitlia – Niki”.

PrePWC SkyTribe XC 2019

26 May – 01 June 2019 Clopotiva, Romania

Clopotiva is part of the Retezat National Park, one of the most beautiful and highest mountain ranges in Romania. Its highest peak is Peleaga, with an altitude of 2509 meters. This peak can be reached fairly easy if you cross from Pelegii meadow.

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V Open El Yelmo XC 2019

29 May – 01 June 2019 El Robledo – Segura de la Sierra, Spain

IV Open XC El Yelmo takes place in El Robledo, Segura de la Sierra (Spain). It is a paragliding distance event where pilots look for the development of XC flight and improving their personal marks.

El Yelmo is located in the heart of Sierra de Segura, framed within the Natural Park including Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas, in the northeastern part of Jaen. This is a mountainous part of Andalusia province — it is very famous for its olives!

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31 May – 02 June 2019 Tirol, Austria

This paragliding competition is organized according to the “Code Sportive” and the Austrian Competition Regulations. In terms of requirements to be elected, we have to mention that only pilots with a valid pilot license, as well as a sport license, are allowed to participate.

These licenses will be checked, but they are not the only requirement. If you want to participate, you better make sure that the glider is licensed and insured against third-party risks. The paragliding helmet and reserve parachute glider are required. Moreover, bear in mind that the anti-doping regulations must be observed!

In terms of accountability, you should know that the organizer and the landowner of the launch and landing paragliding sites are not liable to the pilot or others. This paragliding competition, its transfer, retrieval and Framework Program are at your own risk.

XXXII Valerio Albrizio Trophy

31 May – 02 June 2019 Laveno (VA), Italy

Laveno is located at the north-west part of Italy, on Lake Maggiore. The take-off can be comfortably reached thanks to a modern cableway and it is also the perfect launch site for Hang Gliding competitions. This launch site is used when the wind comes from the south.

Kauno taurė 2019 (LLL varžybos, FAI 2)

01 – 02 June 2019 Čekiškė, Lithuania

Kaunas CUP 2019 FAI2 is an open XC paragliding competition, taking place from 1st to 2nd of June in Šateniai village, Lithuania. Competitors will be towed up with payout winches. Towing will take place on roads around Kaunas District and the headquarter basecamp in Šateniai village.

Šeteniai is a village in Kėdainiai district municipality, located at Lithuania. It is situated 13 kilometres at the north of Kėdainiai, on the left bank of the river Nevėžis. The location is about 143 kilometres north-west of Vilnius. The country is beautiful flatlands covered with woods and forests everywhere.

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Ayacucho XC 2019 – Peruvian Championship and Paragliding Open

04 – 09 June 2019 Ayacucho, Peru

Pilots from Peru and from all over the world are invited to participate in the Peruvian Championship and Paragliding Open Competition “AYACUCHO XC 2019” taking place in and around the city of Ayacucho (Peru), located on the eastern slope of the Andes.

Ayacucho is almost a new site for paragliding. The city is located 560 kilometres by road southeast of the city of Lima, the capital of Peru, and it has a height of 2756 metres. It has 150,000 inhabitants.

Danish open 2019

10 – 16 June 2019 Fasterholt, Herning, Denmark

Danish Open 2019 competition is organised with the purpose to determine the Danish Hang gliding Champion this 2019. It takes place in the Fasterholt Hanggliding & Paragliding Centre.

The Fasterholt Hang Gliding & Paragliding Centre is located just outside the small village of Fasterholt, not so far from Herning in central Demark. It is a traditional hang gliding and paragliding club run by and for its members.

Naviter Open 2019

15 – 22 June 2019 Tolmin, Slovenia

The Naviter Open is a CAT 2 competition open to all Sports Class pilots (paragliding pilots flying from EN-A to EN-C wings). This paragliding competition takes place in Tolmin, Slovenia. The event is being supported by Naviter and it is being organised on their behalf by FlyEvent.

Kobala is a famous flying site in Soca river valley, located at Slovenia. With the landing site in Tolmin, it is intended for flying paragliders and hang gliders, for sport flying, XC and FAI competitions, events, and training for paraglider and hang glider pilots.

Polish Paragliding Open Championship 2019

16 – 22 June 2019 Levico Terme, Italy

Polish Paragliding Open Competition 2019 is the Polish national paragliding championship, which means it counts towards the next World Cup selection. Once there, you can count on the hospitality of the local paragliding club.

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Levico Terme is located at the southern part of the Alps, right between Trento and Feltre. If you are lucky and you count on good weather conditions, it is quite easy to make flights to Mt. Dolada and back.

Iceland PG Open 2019

19 – 23 June 2019 Arnes, Iceland

Iceland Paragliding Open XC 2019 is a competition for all levels of competitors. The competition is FAI Category 2 Competition. Its main flying site is Burfell, but there are other take-off sites that can be used depending on the weather conditions.

BaWü Open 2019

19 – 23 June 2019 Pfronten, Germany

BaWü Open 2019 is International FAI Category 2 Competition. It is located at Breitenberg, in the Bavarian Alps near Pfronten.

Croatian national XC “ZAGORJE OPEN 2019”

20 – 23 June 2019 Ivanec, Croatia

Official FAI-2 paragliding competition Zagorje Open 2019 is Croatian National competition in cross country paragliding flying. It takes place in Ivanec (Croatia), during the month of June.

British Championship Pedro Bernardo 2019

22 – 28 June 2019 Spain

This paragliding competition takes place at Pedro Bernardo. It is a flying site located in the province of Avila, in Castile and Leon, at central Spain. This flying site offers great thermal conditions during the greatest part of the year. It is known as the Balcony of Tietar for its beautiful panoramic view of the valley and the Montes de Toledo.

It has three different takeoffs facing the south, the east, and the west. The prevailing wind in the valley is southwest direction, and you can fly very well with winds of this component. Several flights of more than 200 kilometres in different directions have made Pedro Bernardo a very popular flying site.

Ozone Chabre Open

29 June – 05 July 2019 Laragne, France

Ozone Chabre Open is a week-long international, stress-free paragliding competition for pilots flying EN-A, B or C wings. Providing a learning environment for experienced XC pilots new to paragliding competitions, the week includes task briefings, as well as a great number of social events.

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Laragne is the best known of the local flying sites. A great number of paragliders and many other hang glider pilots have probably heard of Laragne Chabre, but it has been recently that paraglider pilots have discovered how good it is actually.

42º Nacional Ala Delta Zujar Jabalcon

30 June – 06 July 2019 Zujar, Granada, Spain

The 42 nd Spanish Hang Gliding National championship will be held this year in Zujar (Granada). It is a place well known by all Spanish Hang Gliders with great conditions for the practice of this sport. It has several launches to all wind directions, high ceilings, no air restrictions, and large landing fields. These conditions make Jabalcon (the mountain in Zujar) one of the best flying sites to practice this sport in Spain.

We are also running the 1 st International Hang Gliding Open Zujar-Jabalcon, in which all pilots with FAI license with the necessary coverage in Spain participate regardless of their nationality. You will find all the details of this competition in the local regulations.

Polish Sport Class Cup 2019

30 June – 07 July 2019 Pieve d Alpago, Italy

This will be the second edition of polish sport class paragliders only competition. This event is meant to be a training competition for young polish pilots, but open to other nations too. Pieve d’Alpago is a small town in the province of Belluno, located in the Italian region of Veneto.

This town and its paragliding site are about 80 kilometres from the north of Venice and about 11 kilometres from the north-east of Belluno. It has hosted many international events in the past, including Italian Championship, Polish Championships, Regional Leagues and so on.

BGD Weightless

07 – 13 July 2019 St Jean Montclar, France

The BGD Weightless is a new concept for a paragliding competition. Up to now, flying heavy has always been an advantage. This has resulted in heavy paragliding equipment and ballast for paragliding competitions.

Montclar is the well-known flying site in the Southern Alps, famous due to its generous aerology. Many important competitions, such as the World Championship, French open, or British Opens have taken place here for the last twenty years.

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14 – 19 July 2019 Piedrahita (Avila), Spain

Piedrahita is a beautiful village located at Avila (Castile and Leon, Spain), about 150 kilometers west of Madrid. It is situated in the northwest tableland, at the base of the north face of the Central Dividing Range and on the northern slope of Sierra de Gredos.

Piedrahita is one of the most reliable paragliding competition venues in the world thanks to its consistent soaring conditions, with high cloud bases and its famous convergence. The main launch is on the Peña Negra Pass, with extraordinary views towards the entire northern tableland, rising to 1909 metres above the sea level and 900 metres above the valley floor.

The central dividing range runs through the central tablelands from southwest to northeast. The dominant winds, which normally come from west to northeast, also allow good ridge and thermodynamic lift when flying the northern side. The flat tablelands in front of the mountains are excellent thermal producers and provide for easy landings and good road systems for quick retrieves.

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Also, the southern face of the spectacular high plateau favors flights towards the southern slopes of the Sierra de Gredos. Moreover, if you fly further to the north, you can easily avoid the airspace beyond Avila.

VII Open Internacional Vila d’Ager i Campionat de Catalunya

19 – 24 August 2019 Ager, Spain

It is the 7 th edition of the Open Internacional Vila d’Ager. This paragliding competition will take place in Ager, and there will be two main categories in this competition — open (class 1 and class 5) and sport. Ager is a town located in the valley between Sierra de Monsec Mountains and Aiguabarreig Segre-Noguera Pallaresa National Park in Lleida, a province of Spain.

The main take off is Coll D’Ares, which is 1560 metres above sea level. It has a few streamers to show the wind. It is facing the south, nevertheless, it allows taking off with west winds. If there is wind coming from the east, it is slightly in the rotor.

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We hope that you have enjoyed this post about the best paragliding competitions! Please, share your opinion — we would love to read your commentaries! Remember that if you want to practice paragliding, there is no other place like Tenerife to enjoy the tandem paragliding experience here with us. If you have any doubt or if you need further information, don’t hesitate to contact us — we will be pleased to help you!

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FAI Paragliding World Championships 2021: Need to know

The FAI Paragliding World Championships 2021 kicks off in Argentina this weekend. It will see 150 pilots from 35 countries compete for prestigious FAI World Championship medals in both individual and nations. Paragliding competitions can be complicated to follow – so here’s everything you need to know about Argentina 2021. By Ed Ewing

What is it?
It’s the FAI Paragliding World Championships! These are held every two years, and are a chance for nations to put forward their very best paraglider pilots to compete over two weeks in one location. At the end of the competition we have our champions and gold, silver and bronze medals are given out to Overall, Women and Nations winners.

Is it the same as the Paragliding World Cup and the Superfinal?
No, they are different things. The Paragliding World Cup is an annual circuit of five top-level, week-long competitions which culminate in a big competition called the Superfinal. Pilots compete as individuals and trophies are awarded to the Overall and Women’s winners, but not Nations. The FAI Paragliding World Championships is a chance for pilots to genuinely fly for their country as part of a team, and also for spectators to get behind their national team.

Why is it the ‘FAI’ Paragliding World Championships?
The FAI is the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, or the World Air Sports Federation. It’s the international governing body for air sports worldwide. It sanctions the World Championships and makes sure they are run according to the rules.

Up for grabs . FAI medals. Photo: Marcus King

Up for grabs … FAI medals. Photo: Marcus King

Where is it being held?

Close to the town of San Miguel de Tucumán in northern Argentina, 1,250km northwest of capital city Buenos Aires. The site is called Loma Bola, about an hour’s drive west.

What’s Loma Bola like to fly?
It’s a beautiful grassy take-off, looking east over the town. Launch is at 1,300m AMSL. Top-to-bottom is 800m. Cloudbase is typically 2,500m. It’s on the very east of the Andes mountain range, which runs north/south. The flying can take you out into the flats, but also along the hills. The narrow band of subtropical forest on the eastern slopes of the Andes here runs all the way north through Bolivia and into Peru and is called the Yungas. The climate is warm with a dry season. Pilots can expect temperatures of 30C or more. The whole place is a natural reserve. They’ve been flying here for at least 20 years, and the local club has hosted plenty of big competitions.


The take-off at Loma Bola. Photo: Julian Cisterna

There’s a pandemic. How have they pulled off holding a World Championships?
With a lot of hard work, and a bit of luck. The original FAI Paragliding World Championships this year was to have been held in France in May, but that got cancelled early in the year. When that happened, organisers in Loma Bola made a quick bid to host the competition in November, gambling on the fact that international travel restrictions would have started to ease. After a bit of discussion everyone in CIVL and the FAI (CIVL is the FAI’s hang gliding and paragliding commission) got onboard with the idea, and now 150 pilots are heading their way.

Nice. What happens next?
The official practice days are 28, 29 and 30 October. They are for pilots who want to turn up early and get to know the area. Then it looks like this:
31 October: Registration and opening ceremony
1 Nov: Official training day (this is as much for the organisation as it is for the pilots)
2-12 Nov: Competition flying days
13 Nov: Prize giving, medals, honour and much celebration.

Briefing in progress. Loma Bola, Argentina. Photo: Julian Cisterna

Briefing in progress… Loma Bola, Argentina. Photo: Julian Cisterna

So who’s going?
According to the official pilot list there are 147 pilots confirmed from 36 countries. In 2019 48 countries took part. Under the normal rules countries can enter a team of five pilots including one woman. This usually means it’s a team of four men and one woman. But because travel is still difficult and fewer nations are coming, organisers changed this rule to accommodate slightly bigger teams. Switzerland, for example, is sending a team of eight: five men and three women. Australia meanwhile, has just one pilot entered, because travel restrictions are so difficult right now. There’s no New Zealand team for the same reason.

Who’s going to win?
Well, the money has to be on France. Their team includes former world champions Seiko Fukuoka, Honorin Hamard and Pierre Remy plus current PWC Superfinal champion and Ozone designer Luc Armant – of recent blue submarine harness fame. The team is book-ended by legend Julien Wirtz and relative youngsters Simon Mettetal and Baptiste Lambert, fifth in this year’s PWC Superfinal. As a team France has everything, including loads of experience, youthful ambition and a professional team coach.

Notably however, France’s Meryl Delferriere will not be there to defend her current Women’s World Champion title that she won in Macedonia two years ago. She is out following a kite-surfing injury. Also not present is current Paragliding World Champion Joachim Oberhauser from Italy – because of the pandemic Italy, which won equal team gold with France in 2019, has not fielded a team.

What no Italy? Team Italia at the last Paragliding World Championships. Photo: Marcus King

What no Italy? Team Italia at the last Paragliding World Championships. Photo: Marcus King

How do competitions like this actually work?
In cross-country competitions pilots fly a different task every day, from 50-150km. They are ranked according to how fast they fly the course and get to goal and also how much they ‘lead out’ – that is take the initiative and push forwards, rather than hanging back and waiting to see what everyone else does. Once everyone is in and racing is over for the day, a magic [complicated] formula only understood by high-level paragliding wizards [the official scorers] determines who won the day.

Pilots do that for 10 days or so and at the end, the winners emerge.

Because there is a team element to the World Championships, you might see that pilots “Fly for the team” rather than simply race for themselves. For example, in the past team leaders have been know to instruct one pilot to push ahead knowing they are too low to make the next thermal, but that they will draw the gaggle out – with the result that lots of other pilots also go down. Then the other team pilots who have stayed behind push forwards, have a clear run to goal and score points for the team. It can all get very tactical.

On glide at Loma Bola. Photo: Julian Cisterna

On glide at Loma Bola. Photo: Julian Cisterna

How can I follow it?
All going well we should be able to follow the races in real-time via the Live Tracking. To access that and to keep up-to-date with the latest news:

Pilots and teams will also all have their own social media running throughout the competition.

Fans on landing in Loma Bola. Photo: Julian Cisterna

Fans on landing in Loma Bola. Photo: Julian Cisterna

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Source http://www.pgcp.co.uk/

Source https://overflytenerife.com/the-25-paragliding-competitions-you-should-follow/

Source https://xcmag.com/magazine-articles/guide-to-the-2021-fai-paragliding-world-championships/

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