Paragliding News

Seiko Sets Women's Paragliding Record

New Women’s Paragliding Record

It has been just a little over three years since Kamira Pereira flew 324.7km (about 201 miles) and set a women's world record for paragliding. On November 20, Seiko Fukuoka slaughtered that record as she flew 345.6km (nearly 215...
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...
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...
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...
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...
2011 Paragliding Nationals

2011 Paragliding Nationals – Hearn

The second half of the US Paragliding Nationals was held between August 14 and August 21, 2008. After the first half of the national competition at Red Rock, Dean Stratton had a narrow lead of 44 points over Eric Reed...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
GoPro Survives Free Fall

GoPro Survives 12,500 Foot Fall

Skydiver Lucas Damn’s helmet-cam made skydiving news when it was knocked out of its casing as he jumped out of the plane in a recent dive. The camera survived the 12,500 foot fall and laid resting in the field...
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...
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...
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...
2009 World Paragliding Championship

2009 World Paragliding Championship

The 2009 World Paragliding Championship was held in Valle de Bravo in Mexico with 148 pilots. Their competition consisted of 10 tasks flown between January 25th and February 6th, 2009.   Top individual honors was awarded to Andy Aebi of Switzerland...
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...
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...