Paragliding News

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...
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...
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...
Thermal Finder

Thermal Finder

Anyone who has ever gone paragliding has very likely, sometime later had a very vivid dream. In that dream, they were out flying and everything was effortless. They rode on never ending thermals that seemed to go on and...
Paracommuting - Powered Paragliding to Work

Paracommuting – Powered Paragliding to Work

All across the globe, whenever the sun comes up, you will find workers dreading the arduous trek that awaits them - the morning commute. But one paragliding enthusiast has made powered paragliding news by finding a unique solution to...
Canyon Pilot Plight

Canyon Pilot Plight

While Lionel De Antoni was landing his powered paraglider he noticed that his motor home was missing and police officers were waiting for his arrival. Dazed and confused, the pilot was arrested, his motor home impounded, his powered paraglider with...
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...
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...
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...
Helmet Camera Review

HD Video Helmet Camera Review

Be it hang gliding, paragliding, skydiving or ultralighting we all wish we had a video camera to shoot those memorable flying moments. With the spring flying season well underway, we are offering some assistance in chosing the right camera...
Gear Report WingmanCam

WingmanCam – A Different Perspective

Nothing enhances the thrill of a flight outing quite like recording yourself on video camera. What better way to share your adventures with the rest of the world? Filming one's own self is difficult for paragliding and skydiving enthusiast unless you have...
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...
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...
Regulating Parasailing

Florida Bill Intends to Strengthen Parasailing Safety

During the summer months the beaches in Florida are lined with adventure seeking tourist looking for a bird's eye view from a parasail. Little do they know that their adventure is widely unregulated in Florida with minimal government oversight to ensure...
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...
Top World Records Countdown of 2012

Top World Records Countdown of 2012

The summer of 2012 was marked by any number of hang gliding, paragliding and skydiving world record records; in fact, some records that have held their ground for decades were shattered. Let's take a moment to reflect back on...
Police Soar to Catch a Thief

Police S.O.A.R. to Catch a Thief

Palm Bay Police in central Florida are using a new technology to catch a thief. The Search Operation Aerial Response team (S.O.A.R) will use powered paragliders in their day to day operations to conduct aerial surveillance. Besides looking for...
Nick Greece Paragliding Record

Paragliding World Record, Meet Nick Greece

A few weeks ago, Nate Scales was still receiving handshakes and congratulations from fans for his paragliding world record-breaking flight of 319km over the northern Rockies when that record was broken by another paragliding pro. Nick Greece, who edits...
Nate Scales Paragliding Record

New USA Paragliding Record

On June 30, 2012, in Sun Valley, Idaho, Matt Beechinor set a new paragliding record for the United States. Little did he know, Nate Scales would be coming on the scene, to the same area of the country, just...