Paragliding World Cup Turkey: Unfortunately, task 1 was stopped 2 minutes short of the time needed for the day to be scored. Let’s see what today brings.
The Paragliding World Cup is currently taking place, for the first time ever, in Aksaray, Turkey from the 8th to 15th of September.
The pilots will be taking off from the slopes of Hasan Dagi, a 3270m dormant volcano. Apart from the mountain the take off is on, the terrain is mainly flat with small hills and some impressive gorges. The flying here is technical, switching gears often being the key to success.
14 Turkish pilots are taking part, including Turkish national champions, Oguzkan SADEER (2017) and current champion, Serdar TUR. So, let’s hope we can see a Turkish pilot on the podium for the first time, however the level in this competition is once again going to be extremely high.
Seven overall world Cup winners are taking part including the only pilot ever to have won both the Super Final and the World championships: Charles Cazaux. 3 lady’s winners are competing including the petite, but formidable, Seiko Fukuoka Naville.
Also taking part are the young and not so young from the World of acro: newbie Jack Pimblett and three times World Cup winner, Felix Rodriguez.
French pilots participating include task winner in the last World Cup in Sopot, Bulgaria, Rémi Bourdelle and just back from the Himalayas, Damien Lacaze.
Six Pre World Cup winners will also be taking to the skies above Hasan Dagi hoping to graduate onto the World Cup podium.
Last, but by no means least, making his World Cup debut is Tanguy Renaud-Goud, winner of the Pre World Cup in Clopotiva, Romania and the 2018 Airtour.
Also of note, Michal Sneiberg will be flying the UP RFC (Ready for Certification) glider, an initiative which has been a great success now for almost a year.
With a Super Final place in mind for many, this promises to be a very exciting competition. It is the last leg of the 2018 season and the final chance to get a top 15 place, or top 3 ladies place, for automatic selection to the ultimate paragliding competition, the World Cup Super Final in Baixo Guandu in 2019.
Don’t forget to keep up with what promises to be another amazing competition via the live Commentary and tracking on the PWCA app and watch some stunning footage and pilot interviews on World Cup TV at www.pwca.org.