2013 Barberton Paragliding Open
Lowveld Slope Soaring Club cordially invites you to South Africa's Premier Paragliding Event:
2013 Barberton Paragliding Open, 16-22 June 2013.
• To declare a 2013 Barberton Paragliding Open Champion for each class (N, I, Sp, Se, Female and Tandem)
• To accumulate points towards the 2013 SA National Paragliding Cup, National and International ranking.
• To have a fun filled and enjoyable event.
Registration will take place on the official XC Comps website (www.xccomps.net). A Valid SAHPA license is compulsory. Entries are limited to 100 pilots and will be dealt with on a first come first served basis.
Pilot Check-in will be held at the MEET CENTRE on Saturday, 15th June, 2013 from
17HOO- 20HOO and on Sunday, 16th June 2013 from 08HOO- 09H15.
A Competition briefing will be held at the MEET CENTRE on Sunday, 16th June
2013 at 09H30 where the task committee will be elected. The pilot briefing will be done on take-off.
The Competition rules as well as Waypoints will be posted on the official website (www.xccomps.net). Pilots are advised to familiarize themselves with the competition rules prior to the pilots briefing.
Recovery to and from take-off will be limited to official recovery vehicles and vehicles with PERMITS ONLY. There are a limited number of permits for private vehicle access to take-off. These permits will be available at registration for a fee for the
whole week. Sufficient official recovery will be present as usual.
Live Tracking devices and station will be provided by the competition organizers for all registered and paid up competitors.
Entry fees are payable as follows;
Daily Fees @ R350 per day (pilots must please pre-book days on www.xccomps.net)
Early Bird payment@ R1500-00 OR Late payment @ R1900-00
LSSC, Standard Bank Account no: 33 806 807 4, Branch code: Nelspruit (052852)
Please make accommodation reservations through:
Tel: (013) 712 2880
Fax: (013) 712 8931
Cell: 071 285 5797
They will find you the best accommodation for your needs!
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2013 Paragliding World Cup South Africa
Paragliding World Cup Porterville 2013
South Africa will be hosting a Paragliding World Cup event, to take place at the world-renowned flying site of Porterville, from 23 February to 2 March 2013.
When? 23 February to 3 March 2013
Where? Cederberg Mountains, Western Cape.
Meet centre in Porterville, Western Cape, and launch sites at Pampoenfontein or Dasklip.
How many pilots? 133 pilots are currently expected (of which 13 are women)
How many SA pilots? 20 pilots (of which 2 are women)
What are our chances of winning?
The caliber of competitors is very high. Andre Rainsford-Alberts, ceded 1 in South Africa and 49 in the world is one of the favourites to win. He has an impressive paragliding track record including being 1st on 8 occasions in Porterville (4 X All Africa, 1 X Nationals, 2 X Winelands & 1 X pre-World Cup)
What is the format of the competition?
Cross country flying competition where competitors are given specific routes to fly, via a set of waypoints that are uploaded to their GPSs. The person who flies the route in the fastest time and who leads the task most of the way wins the day. Tasks can be anywhere between 40km or 120km long.
The event is one of six events in the international Paragliding World Cup tour, which sees the world’s top ranked competition pilots competing at the highest level of this free flying sport. It is also the first event of its kind to be held on the African continent.
The small Western Cape town of Porterville is often referred to as the paragliding and hang gliding mecca of South Africa and has a well-earned reputation worldwide for delivering challenging and exciting competition tasks over the picturesque Cederberg mountains.
Participation in the event is on a qualification basis and pilots from countries including France, Switzerland, USA, Germany, Venezuela, Spain, Portugal and the Nordic countries, to name a few, are expected to attend. The field will also include top ceded South African paragliding pilots, including world distance record holder Nevil Hulett, who flew an incredible 502.9km in December 2008.
Historically cross country paragliding competitions have not really been a spectator sport (apart from at launch and goal), however the spectator value has been revolutionised with the introduction of personal tracking devices. Live tracking has been instrumental in creating ‘armchair-viewing’ of flying a course of turn-points and racing against fellow competitors via the internet. Each competitor carries with him/her a small tracking device that remits the location to a server, and uploads the location of everyone in the field to a website, which can be viewed from anywhere in the world, in close to real time (ten second delays).
Paragliding World Cup
Live Tracking on a daily basis in Google Earth
Please read about the community project on the blog at http://xccomps.blogspot.com/2013/02/paraglider-pilots-porterville-spar-join.html
We will updating the blog on a daily basis and are happy to arrange interviews with pilots, outside of the flying / tasks.
Results - Task 1
2013 All Africa Pilots List