Competition and Events

2016 Monarca Paragliding Open

2016 Monarca Paragliding Open

The new year of paragliding competitions opened January 4 with a cross-country event for the Monarca Paragliding Open in Valle de Bravo, Mexico. Openings for 150 pilots filled fast at this popular site. Thirty-nine men and four women, from...
Les Nessman Memorial Turkey Drop 2012

Les Nessman Memorial Turkey Drop

Hot air balloonists will gather in east central Illinois this holiday weekend for one of the really unique events in the sport. The 15th annual Les Nessman Memorial Turkey Drop, sponsored by the Danville (Ill.) Balloon Club will be held...
National Collegiate Speed Record

Black Knights Speed Record

On January 1st, 2016 the "Army West Point Break-Up Six" set a new national collegiate record for speed and won the gold medal in the six-way speed formation at the United States Parachute Association's 2015 National Collegiate Parachuting Championships. The...
World Record for Paragliding Accuracy

World Record for Paragliding Accuracy

There is a new world record for paragliding accuracy! Romania’s George Cotet won the gold at the FAI World Air Games and set the new world record. He logged 11 consecutive flights less than 5cm. The first FAI World Paragliding...
Powered Paragliding Beach Blast Panama City Florida

Beach Blast Cancelled Due to Government Restrictions

April brings disappointing powered paragliding news: Beach Blast, an annual powered paragliding (PPG) event at the Edgewater Resort in Panama City, FL, has been cancelled. Beach Blast was the largest PPG event in the U.S. in 2012, hosting 225...
2015 Santa Cruz Flats Race

The 2015 Santa Cruz Flats Race

The 2015 Santa Cruz Flats Race/ Mark Knight Memorial Competition was one of those hang gliding competitions where the unexpected became reality. Overcast skies, dust storms, and unpredictable wind gusts postponed launching and threatened to cancel several flights during the competition,...
USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships

USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships

The USPA National Collegiate Parachuting Championships, an event that's famous for attracting and retaining new members to the sport, is quickly approaching with registration at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, Arizona to take place on Friday, December 28, 2012 and...
Paragliding Off Everest

Paragliding off Everest

When Babu Sunuwar climbed Mt Everest on May 21st, 2011, he did not do it for the view, although when he reached the summit he probably did enjoy the view that less than 2500 climbers have, but instead his...
Las Vegas Balloon Fest

1st Annual Las Vegas Balloon Fest

Early November is a wonderful time to take flight over the Nevada desert. It’s also a great place to attend a ballooning event. Las Vegas organizers are hoping to make hot air balloon news and are saying bring the...
Monument Valley Balloon Event

Monument Valley Balloon Event

Hot air balloonists will kick off the New Year in style with the Monument Valley Balloon Event. The 3rd annual festival is being promoted by the Navajo Parks and Recreation organization. Festival activities begin on Jan. 11 and conclude on...
Air Wars

Air Wars

Here's a trivia question for you. What air sport's beginnings involved a sheep, a duck, and a rooster? That may sound like the setup for a bad joke, but it's a real scenario - one that lay the foundation for...
Golden Knights Take World Cup

Golden Knights Take World Cup

The US Army Parachute Team, The Golden Knights, took first place in the 8-way formation skydiving competition at the 2011 World Cup of Skydiving.   The competition was held at Saarlouis-Deuren, Germany between August 1-7, 2011. The venue was staged for...
Skydive Ultra Marathon

Skydive Ultra

There are Marathons - There are Skydiving Competitions - And then there is Skydive Ultra Extreme is a word that is thrown around loosely, and is often applied to activities as simple as dropping into a half-pipe on a skateboard....

USA Hang Gliding National Championship Dinosaur Results

Predictions for seven days of good flying at the Dinosaur National hang gliding competition (USA) in Colorado proved untrue. Gale force winds, rain, thunderstorms and potential hail forced cancellation of four of the seven days of competition. Pilots were...
World Team Skydiving World Record

World Record Jump Attempt in Arizona

The World Team's most astonishing achievement to date is their 400-way jump in Thailand. With 400 skydivers all joining into one free-fall formation, the World Team broke the world record for the largest free-fall formation. Currently, they are in...

World Hang Gliding Championship

On January 17th the 2013 World Hang Gliding Championship held in Forbes, Australia, saw Manfred Ruhmer take first place for men's hang gliding with a total of 9010 points, winning his fourth world crown. Alessandro Ploner and Fillippo Oppici, both...
US Paragliding Nationals 2015

Two Competitors for the US Paragliding Nationals

Josh Cohn and Eric Reed continue to battle it out as the leaders in US Paragliding Nationals.  Reed recently claimed first place in the annual Rat Race PG competition at Woodrat Mountain held from  June 14 to June 20. Cohn...
Red Bull X-Alps 2015

Red Bull X-Alps 2015

The Red Bull X-Alps title has been decided, and in the end, it didn't have to go far. For the fourth straight year, Christian "Chrigel" Maurer won this prestigious event - although this time he really had to work for...
2012 World Parachuting Championships - The Results

World Parachuting Championships – 2012

The conclusion of the 2012 FAI World Parachuting Championships Mondial in Dubai dominated skydiving news this week. The US Team finished second in the competition behind France, with the US taking six gold medals in the competition. Curt Bartholomew, 26,...
Red Bull X-Alps

Red Bull X-Alps 2013

The Red Bull X-Alps race is one of the most thrilling and challenging competitions yet devised by man. Most athletes around the globe regard it as THE top adventure out of all of the world's extreme sports. The event...