Paragliding News

2009 West Coast Paragliding Championship

2009 West Coast Paragliding Championship

The West Coast Paragliding Championship took place between May 31 - June 6th, 2009 at Woodrat Mountain in Ruch, Oregon. With 3 of the 7 tasks cancelled for bad weather, there was almost as much para-waiting as there was...
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...
Paragliding Championship Cancelled

2011 Paragliding World Championship Cancelled

The 2011 Paragliding World Championship was cancelled after safety concerns. Two competition pilots crashed and died on the first day of the competition in separate incidents. On that same day there were three other reserve deployments. The competition was scheduled to...
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...
Good Samaritan Attacked

Good Samaritan Pilot Attacked

When a paraglider pilot decided to be a Good Samaritan and talk to a group of troubled youths, he had no idea that his good deed would end up in a trip to the hospital.
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...
2009 U.S. Paragliding Nationals

2009 United States Paragliding Nationals

The 2009 United States Paragliding Nationals begins on Monday in Dunlap, California. Dunlap is a small community located about 40 miles east of Fresno and 20 miles west of the Sequoia National Park The U.S. Paragaliding Nationals begins on Monday...
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...
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...
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...
2010 Paragliding Nationals at Sun Valley

Paragliding National Championship Sun Valley

Jack Brown out of Anchorage Alaska has taken the 2010 US Paragliding National Championship. With bad weather including wind, hail, rotor, and locust, only two tasks were flown at Sun Valley, Idaho. Sun Valley was the second part of the national...
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...
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...
Parahawking

Parahawking

When Scott Mason took up falconry at the age of 12 in East London he often dreamed of being able to fly like the birds of prey he trained. It wasn't until his around-the-world tour that lead him 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...
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...
Wings of Kilimanjaro

Wings of Kilimanjaro

It is a spiritual journey for some, a personal challenge for all. Created by the violence of volcanic eruption it dominates the landscape of East Africa. It beckons to those adventurous souls who would test their endurance and perseverance....
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...
2011 World Hang Gliding Championship

2011 World Championships HG/PG

The host cities of World  Championships of Hand Gliding, Paragliding, and Paragliding accuracy has been announced from the CIVL Plenary board. The 2011 World Hang Gliding Championship host cities will be Sigillo and Montecucco in Italy, edging out Forbes, Australia....
Coupe Icare 2012

Coupe Icare 2012

If you happen to be in France right now, you're in for a treat. The Coupe Icare has been the most anticipated air sports event since 1974. Held against the backdrop of the breath-taking Alps, it has proven to...