From 17th to 20th September the 10. Internation Balloonfestival will be held at the Europa-Park, the continent's biggest amusement park in Rust, Germany. More than 30 ballons are coming from all over the Europe and this year the highlights will be 2 times daily paragliding acro demo performed by U-Turn pilot Pál Takáts, starting from the hot-air balloons and a helicopter. The fun and entertainment world receives between 30.000-40.000 visitors during the weekend and this will be the very first attraction which will be possible to observe from all corners of the Europa-Park, at the same time.
On Saturday evening (17. September) at 18:45 pm. the german SWR3 television is going to send a LIVE coverage of the opening acro show of Pál, followed by an interview straight after landing!
The 36th edition of the Coupe Icare Festival, the greatest event ever of the "free flying" community is coming up this week!
The programmes are of course the traditional events : Film Festival, Icare Expo, aerial demos, Costumed Flight Competition, street shows, concerts etc...
Click at the bottom for a list of all the attractions and the programs!
With the cancellations of several competitions the 2009 season of the Aerobatics Paragliding World Cup Tour schrinked to only 2 events, the Paranoia Acrobatixx (solo category only, including the Austrian Championship) and Acroaria, the Pre-World Championship in Italy. In total it gave 6 valid solo runs for the final ranking.
The Paranoia Acrobatixx (17-19th July), hosted by the lovely touristic town of Zell am See was celebrating it's 5th edition! Not less than 40 international pilots started the race, including 12 austrians.
After a very early start at 7.00 am in the morning to complete the qualification for the newcomer pilots, the competition started. The weather forecast was bad, but just before the thunderstorms arrived over Zell am See the first task was completed for all pilots. Due to the lower height difference of the startplace the tasks consist of 3 maneuvers only (meaning that only the first maneuver can be Tumbling, Rythmic SAT or Infinity).
Bernd Hornboeck, the Austrian pilot from the team Against the Grain flew to the first place with his brand new acro glider the Thriller from U-Turn, taking a good 3 points advantage in front of Hernan Pittoco (AR), Cyrille Planton (FR) and Horacio Llorens (SP), all 3 riding Sol Supersonic (1st run results). Soon after the last pilot landed it started to rain heavily which didn't stop till next morning, and left a 10 centimeters of fresh snow up on the mountains during the night. Then on saturday it started to clear up early and the second run could start before midday, however the pilots did not welcomed the freezing temperatures up at launch in the middle of the summer. Cyrille Planton won the second task with more than 91 points, but Bernd performed well again making the 4th position in the run and keeping his overall first postition. His team mate Marcel Schrittwieser - who performed great in the first run already took the second place, ahead of Horacio Llorens as third, impressing everybody with his precise spiral landing - as usual (2nd run results)! With 88.35 points Hernan came "only" as 5th, but this also shows the nowadays more and more common "tight score" competition between the leading pilots. The top 4-6 usually performs their figures practically perfectly, so the landing points - which anyway only weights 10% of the total scoring- take a much bigger part of the game.
In the final 3rd run (3rd run results), after 3 days of precise tricks and full concentration, Bernd messed up his first figure which was enough to boost him down to 6th in the final results. Not like his team mate Marcell who impressed everybody with his clean tricks and great performance during the whole weekend, taking 3rd place and the bronze medal in overall, as well as the gold medal of the first official Austrian Championship! The SAT members Hernan Pittoco (1st) and Horacio Llorens (2nd) shared the highest steps of the solo podium with finishing just like 1 points difference between them, whilst Cyrille Planton came in 4th and Félx Rodriguez 5th flying the Ozone FLX2. There would be another long list of young and talented pilots to mention from Austria, Germany and Switzerland (like Remo Niederer, Yves Berlovitz, Oehl Lino, Bauer Josef, the Kahn brothers, Schweizer Johan and so on, just to name a few...) who all did great, some of them doing their very first or just second competition season.
justACRO - Soooo, first of all BIG congratz for your first position! I love to see your smiling faces on the podium :-)
Bernd - Thank you! This synchro comp was very interesting from my point of view.
On the first day we started with a nice but not perfect run, so we finished at the 3rd place behind SATisfaction (Horacio & Hernan) and the Peritas (Alex Rodriguez & Javier "Malagita" Tejero from Spain). We had launched almost as last from all the teams and couldn't see the runs of the other teams but what surprised me a lot was that Peritas received about 23 points for the synchro. I have never seen more than 20 points for that in any competition (later it turned out that it was just one of the several calculation mistakes on the event).
During the whole competition the average height above the water was quite low. Normally I'm used to have a lot of altitude at this place. Of course depending on the thermal activity some teams/pilots had a very nice altitude in between but the average was not so good. Because of this it was very important to work out a good "tactic" with Xandi and not to be in the situation that we miss one maneuver. For example the Against the Grain youngsters Basti & Ricky Kahn (team Lorit) did a synchro spiral in every of their 3 runs but got ZERO points for the synchro spiral in every single run!!!
justACRO - Ouch that sounds bad! Unfortunately the rules are the rules...but by the way, I think 3 full rotations close to each other to validate a syncho spiral takes enourmous altitude with nowadays acro wings!
Bernd - Yes, absolutely! Stefan Hodek was the head judge and was very precise about minimum rotations and stuff like that, but he was also VERY neutral about the pilots and teams. That means that he didn't care about who he was judging; he was treating everybody the same! And that's exactly the way it should be...
Afterwards our 2nd run was also not perfect but OK, we could stay at the 3rd place. some teams changed places...
We had a quite nice final run with some very-close-to-each-other synchro and a nice flow.
There were some teams that received ZERO points for their mirror spiral (Lorit, SATistfaction, Lucky Clowns, etc.). I haven't been there anymore because we went up to fly again for the expression session, but others told me some pilots were pretty pissed about it...Xandi, Marcell and me went to do the expression session as team "genossen homofürst extremal" and showed some really nice synchro with 3 wings flying close to each other.
After all I'm very happy, we could finish all of our runs (completing all the maneuvers) and could show a quite constant performance. We had very differnt wings this year. Xandi is competing with the Icaro Nikita which has quite short lines, and me on the new U-Turn Thriller with 45cm longer lines than Xandi...So we had to improvise a lot ;-)
justACRO - So work on those lines up for next time! I also have to pick-up 15 kg's to get perfectly synchronized... :-) Bernd, thanks a lot for your impressions, congratz and big hugs buddies!
SATisfaction in synchro spiral
Understandably there was a mess around the scoring, unvalid tricks and numbers of minimum rotations...Many pilots reported failures or calculation mistakes after the daily results were published. Some synchro teams complained as well after it turned out that in the official FAI rules available on the Acroaria website the number of minimum rotations for syncho spiral are only 2 complete turns, whilst the judges requested 3 during the event! The SATisfaction team and even one of the judges announced an official complain to the FAI to sort out the situation, but if it will ever effect the final results in some way, nobody knows.
Top5 Synchro results
1. Against the Grain - Hornboeck Bernd, Meschuh Alexander (232,20 pts.)
2. Satisfaction - Pitocco Hernan, Llorens Horacio (227,48 pts.)
3. Verell Freestyle - Yoan Castagnoli, Cyril Planton (220,12 pts.)
4. Peritas - Rodriguez Alex, Tejeiro Lopez Javier (204,11 pts.)
5. Acrotwins - Green Thimothy, Green Anthony (204,09 pts.)
From the results of the 6 completed World Cup solo runs, spanish Horacio Llorens won, for the second time in a row, but the official World Cup results are not released yet...
Despite the Acro World Cup series had its "poorest" season ever with only 2 solo and 1 synchro event, however all the pilots strongly hope that the tendency will change again and that in the future there will be several new comps organized at new locations!
Hi everybody! I know, I know, the site haven't been updated for a long time, so first of all I apologize for that. My last weeks were quite busy. Starting on 19th July from Salzburg I completed my journey through the biggest mountain chains of Europe, competing in the Red Bull X-Alps '09. More than 10 days passed after the end of the race and my body has recovered, however it still takes some time - especially for my mind - to return and pick up the normal float of life.
The Red Bull X-Alps was a completely new adventure for me, kind of a life changing experience, wherein risk also takes a big part of the game, so several times I was quite happy to have all the skills of an acro pilot and keep my wing open next to tremendously huge cliffs, flying completely in the rotor...In 12 days I walked and flew 500-500 km's through 5 countries and hiked more than 30.000 altimeters. I can be very happy, first because my injured ankle held through the whole race and because I reached my own declared goal, to finish in the TOP10! You can find out more about my journey at the Red Bull X-Alps website, under the Athletes/Diaries section.
I would like to thank all your messages you wrote into my guestbook, you are awesome! However I couldn't read them during the competition, but some friends and family were telling me about all the comments and best wishes and you can't imagine how much it helped me to motivate me to keep going in the hardest moments! So once again, thank you very very much!
Last but not least thanks a lot to my supporter Mauritz and my sponsors, who made it all possible for me:
Pál Takáts seeks new adventures! Together with 30 international pilots from all around the world, he is participating in the thoughest paragliding adventure race, the Red Bull X-Alps. The competition is going to start on 19th of July from the center of Salzburg and the athletes have to face more than 800 km's (straight line only!), and probably the most difficult and tactical route till Monaco in the history of the competition. This time, the pilots have to cross several big mountain ranges on their way, including a couple of high alpine passes. Pál is going to represent Hungary for the first time in this event together with his austrian supporter Mauritz Volkmer. His flying equipment will consist of a light U-Turn prototype, reversible backpack-harness from Sup'air (specially designed for the competition), a front container rescue parachute with cocpit, Aircotec XC-Trainer as flying instrument and a very light helmet.
However, the team is still looking for financial support and sponsors, since the the total budget of about 5000 euros is not yet covered and on the paraglider and the equipment there are still big surfaces available for sponsor logos. If you are interested to advertise on the sport's most attractive contest with the biggest, worldwide media coverage, please don't hesitate to CONTACT US!
Any euros can be very helpful, so if you are a justACRO.com fan please feel free to donate any amount by paypal to email@example.com.
Thank you very much in advance for any support!
Follow the race with news, athlete's diaries and LIVE tracking at the offical site at www.redbullxalps.com
The biggest spanish paragliding meeting and exhibition was celebrating its 10th aniversary this weekend! The small village of Segura de la Sierra, on the foothills of Yelmo mountain hosted more than 300 pilots and every evening, once the the strong conditions calmed down the sky completely filled up with paragliders, which looked like a cloud of mosquitos from the landing place. During the day invited international and spanish pilots were entertaining the crowd, like Alejandro and Raúl Rodriguez, Horacio Llorens from the SAT Team, the Green Twins, the justACRO Team with Pál and Gábor, and with paramotor Ramón Morillas, Mathieu Rouanet and Thomas Dordolot pulled some crazy tricks.
On saturday evening the first ever paramotor freestyle competition was held with judges composed of justACRO Team and other paramotor pilots. The participants had 5 minutes to perform their free program, which always started a couple of hundred meters high with some acro tricks and ended up in close-ground playing. The french Mathieu Rounaet showed the public why is he the world champion of the discipline. After some impressive acro tricks like a super speedy Asymmetric SAT and a HUGE looping, he continued with hardcore "waga" session, just a few meters from the spectators who were absolutely stucked in their seats of what they've witnessed. Finally the top 3 finishers were Mathieu, Raúl and Ramón.
In the exhibition tent Raúl had also his own stand of his new company, the RR Acro Wings, the first one in the history of paragliding, only specialized in designing acro gliders. The competition model the Radix is already finished and the freestyle glider, called the Matrix is about to get to the market as well. Despite that the Matrix is being promoted as as an "intermadiate" glider, with its low aspect ratio, long lines and compact profile Raúl is showing some extremely radical tricks with his 16m2 prototype, such as getting up from SAT to Infinity in not more than only 4-5 rotations, which has never seen before.
He said: "Right now I am super busy with the business and just cannot wait to get some free time to go to fly and train with my new toys. I am full of motivation and have some ideas of new maneuvers, I just need the airtime to work it, but the Matrix is definitely the tool to discover something new!".