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Paragliding news from New Zealand’s South Island

Learn to Paraglide with Paraventures!

For a long time, people have been asking when i’ll open a school. For just as long, i’ve avoided the answer!

Learn to Paraglide Now!

From the 6th August Paraventures will be offering learn to paraglide courses; Intro Days, PG1 and PG2 courses. Our primary training site will be Cardrona Ski Field amd we will operate year round. If you know someone thinking of learning to paraglide, send them our way. Please pass on our contact details.

For those of you keen on our XC and SIV courses, don’t worry. They’re still on offer and we have a schedule of courses throughout the summer.

If you’re thinking of free flying at Cardrona, that’s great. Cardrona and the local farmers have a few requests so please don’t be afraid to check in with us to find out the rules. Our contact details are here.

I’ll be updating the website over the next few weeks to reflect the new courses being offered.

 

Skyman… in New Zealand

Paraventures are proud to announce they’re now the distributors for Skyman. Many pilots will know of the Ultra Cross reserve, weighing in at 975g! …but maybe not so many know they have gliders and harnesses to match! We’re proud to distribute Skyman and feel it will complement the supply of our other favourites, UP, very nicely. It’s looking like an exciting summer… Hike and fly anyone???

UP Trango XC3

The new benchmark in the EN C class

Building the replacement for a very popular wing is, in some respects, a thankless endeavour. On the one hand you can be fairly certain that it will be a success, on the other hand there’s a good chance that finding things to actually improve is going to be really hard. This was very much the case during the development process of the Trango XC3.

The outcome couldn’t have been better. Already its performance is being compared with popular EN D class gliders!

And it’s light too… 4.7kg for the SM size!

Time for an upgrade???

UP Trango XC3

UP Trango XC3

NZ Female Champion – Melanie Heather, UP Kantega XC2!!!

Everyone knows that Reuben has flown like a legend this season, but there’s another hero (or heroine) out there!

Having finished as the second placed woman in Nelson, and top NZ woman, she was in prime position for the title. In an attempt to avoid the spotlight, she wasn’t going to go to Rotorua. Fortunately she caved in to the peer pressure and took away quite an array of titles!

  • NZ Female Champion
  • Leo Geary Memorial Trophy (an award for the most up and coming new pilot)
  • 1st Place Female in the Rotorua round of the PG Open
  • 3rd Place in the Fun Class (combined scores from both rounds)

Well done Mel. You’ve done yourself proud. And of course shown what your Kantega XC2 is capable of 🙂

Melanie Heather with her collection of trophies!

Melanie Heather with her collection of trophies!

Summit XC3

Here’s some words from UP… I can’t wait to find out more!

“When we first introduced the Trango XC2, after having certified it to EN C standards, we frankly thought the life of the Summit series wings was over. Boy were we wrong! Although the Trango XC2 is a very accessible wing it has turned out to be very much too much of a thoroughbred for the majority of intermediate XC pilots; precisely the pilot profile that the Summit always catered to. For this reason, and with a certain pride and bravado, here cometh that all-new XC pilot’s dream machine: The Summit XC3!”

XC Seminar and Weekend Workshop – Ireland

We’ll be in Ireland late May/early June. What better an opportunity to share some knowledge on the other side of the globe. Get in touch if you’re interested in participating and i’ll keep you informed as the plan develops.

3 More XC Courses announced…

Two courses are already planned: 9th/10th/16th/17th November in Wanaka and 26th-30th December in Nelson.

To keep the ball rolling, I’m finalising dates for the following courses:

  • Wanaka, early January.
  • Nelson, mid January.
  • Central North Island, mid February.

Check out our XC course details page for more information.