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First Female Afghan Paraglider

Say Hello to Afghanistan's First Female Paraglider It's not every day that a mother and resident of Afghanistan, a country not historically known for its female athletes, is hopeful to attend international paragliding events. But that's precisely the case for...
Red Bull X-Alps 2017

Red Bull X-Alps 2017

WINNERS OF THE 2017 RED BULL X-Alps RACE 1st - Christian Maurer (10 days 23 hours) 2nd - Benoit Outters (11 days 1 hour) 3rd - Paul Guschlbauer (5km from goal) Red Bull X-Alps is a biannual race in the Alps that brings...
The United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association meet goal of becoming self insured

USHPA Insurance

As of March 1, 2016, the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (USHPA) is losing its standard insurance coverage due to unaffordable premiums. According to experts from USHPA, there are several factors that are driving premiums up to an unmanageable level. Serious...
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...
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...
Seiko Fukuoka's Record-Breaking 406km Paragliding Flight

Seiko Fukuoka’s Record-Breaking 406km Paragliding Flight

Seiko Fukuoka-Naville has been working toward holding the world record for women's straight distance paragliding. She has been trying to achieve her ultimate goal of holding all of the long distance paragliding world records. It looks like she reached...
Paragliding World Record Set In Brazil

Paragliding World Record Set In Brazil

Brazil is having a good year for world records. Just a little less than a month after Marcelo Prieto, Donizete Lemos, and Frank Brown set a new paragliding world record for their 513km flight in Brazil, Italian Nicole Fedele set...
FAI Conference Honors Americans

109th FAI Conference Honors Americans

In recent skydiving news, the 109th FAI Conference held last month in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, honored two American sportsmen for their accomplishments. You just can't keep a good man down. Jarrett Martin received the Breitling Youngster Award for "his active participation in national...
Icarus Trophy 2015

Icarus Trophy 2015

In recent paramotor news, the first ever long-distance paramotor adventure race has come to an end. Paramotor pilots from the around the world had a chance to compete in the first Icarus Trophy. The Icarus Trophy is the world’s longest...
2015 Paragliding Nationals

U.S. Paragliding Nationals 2015

Owens Valley showed its teeth last week at the OVXCC US Paragliding Nationals. Winds knocked out four of the seven days.  Mitchell Riley won the men's competition with 1048 points. Josh Cohn came in second with 1031 points. In the women's...
U.S. Women's Paragliding Team

Meet the Women in US Paragliding Nationals

Paragliding isn't just a man's sport, although according to paragliding statistics, men outnumber the women 85/15. Most instructors agree that paragliding is really more about technique than strength, so the ladies could easily do as well as many men....
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...
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...
2014 US Paragliding Nationals

2014 US Paragliding Nationals

US Paragliding Nationals are on the horizon for 2014. White Owl Paragliding will be hosting the US Paragliding Nationals in Chelan, WA. The official dates have been posted, kicking it off with pilot registration opening March 1st. There will...
USA Paragliding Distance Record

USA Paragliding Distance Record

The summer months bring warm weather and thermals that are conducive to record-setting events in air sports.  This summer is no different with a new record being set in the US for the longest paragliding flight.  The previous paragliding record was...
2013 World Paragliding Championships

2013 World Paragliding Championships

Paragliders from all over the world gathered in Sopot, Bulgaria between July 13-26 for the 2013 World Paragliding Championship.  This beautiful yet challenging sport has drawn competitors from all over the world. This year, Jeremie Lager of France took away the...
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...
The Science of Acro Paragliding

The Science of Aerobatic Paragliding

Calin Popa has taken the sport of aerobatic paragliding into levels of precision that it's never seen before. For years, Calin Popa practiced the difficult moves required to pull off a Rhythmic SAT. He failed time and time again. He realized...
Monarca Nextel Paragliding Open

Monarca Nextel Paragliding Open

For the latest in paragliding competitions, we head south of the border. It was good news for American Josh Cohn, as he brought home victory at the Monarca Nextel Paragliding Open last month, January 6th-12th, in Valle de Bravo...
Foundation for Free Flight

Foundation For Free Flight

The Foundation for Free Flight is an organization that helps promote and conserve the free flight sporting industry in America. The organization was originally founded in 1987 to help support teams competing in hang gliding and paragliding competitions. In...