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Cross Country Travel Guide

Cross Country Travel Guide


Cross Country Magazine’s annual international travel guide to some of the best paragliding and hang gliding sites around the globe. Packed full of information and stunning photographs the 100-page guide is full of up-to-date information about where to fly, when to go and who to talk to when you get there or before you go. Whether you want inspiration for your next trip or reliable, fact-checked information about flying sites around the world, you’ll find it here. A must-read for any pilot who wants to hit the road.

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2 min
towing in australia

Ping off the towline late in the morning and land as the golden sun sets into the red dust. This is Australia; dry, flat and absolutely huge. When the north shivers, Australia bakes under a relentless sun. An average towing season runs from October to March with French hotshots breaking records in December and January whilst the months either side are less full-on. “The Outback” conjures up a certain image in the visitor’s mind (think Big Red Rock) and some tow safaris do make it out towards the centre, but most of the action takes place in the expansive farmland of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. This landscape is remarkably varied with huge paddocks interspersed with national parks and wild places untouched by modern colonisation. Wildlife is plentiful. Wedge-tailed eagles fly…

1 min
fai acro worlds

The FAI Acro Paragliding World Championships will be in Udine, Italy, 6-14 August 2020. It’s the same location as AcroMax: Lago de Cavazzo, with take-off on Mt San Simeone. Acro guru Théo de Blic rates the location: “It is a really good place, The altitude is good and the wind and weather are usually nice. I have always had an awesome time there.” He added: “The organisation team is incredibly welcoming and passionate. They also put great effort into having other activities around for families and non-pilots, so it is always a nice place to be.” The competition will see around 60 of the world’s best acro pilots compete for the prestigious title of FAI Acro World Champion. The championship has a slightly stop-start history – the first Acro World Championships was held…

5 min
10 days in the cauca valley

Colombian distance record holder and paragliding guide, Sebastian Ospina works as a professional tandem pilot in Europe during the summer, but when winter comes he heads back home to the Cauca Valley, famous for the site at Roldanillo, but also home to a few lesser-known flying gems. He gives us the lowdown on this unique flying destination. Roll over Roldanillo Everyone knows Roldanillo, but I don’t think it’s a place for low airtime pilots with 50-100 hours. The Cauca Valley has valley thermals that start early, but the Pacifico, a wind from the north, sweeps in later in the day. It cuts the day short but an inexperienced pilot can misread the nice breeze coming up take-off and launch into some very uncomfortable air. For beginner pilots there are better sites in…

3 min
world cup diary

The Paragliding World Cup has another packed calendar this year – and has expanded too. The new PWC Asia circuit takes in three locations. Here’s the rundown of PWC comps in 2020. PWC Superfinal 2019, Castelo, Brazil 23 March to 4 April The crème de la crème of PWC pilots will be in Castelo in March, battling for the coveted title of 2019 PWC Champion. The landscape is rolling hills with granite outcrops and open valleys, the thermals strong. Who will be crowned Superfinal Champion? PWC 2020, Passy, France, 30 May to 6 June The first leg of the PWC 2020 circuit is in Plaine-Joux, in the heart of the French Alps with Mont Blanc views. The site is outside the main Chamonix valley, and is protected to some extent from the northerlies that…

1 min
valle de bravo

Valle de Bravo in Mexico is a mecca for North Americans and visiting Europeans over winter. An upper class pueblo full of art galleries and gastronomy, some of the most consistent free-flight conditions in the world are just a 30-minute taxi ride away. The flying is a mix of big climbs, thermic ridge running, and convergence, which is to say it is an ideal training area for intermediate pilots and above. There are two sites: “La Torre” is a soaring site just above town; “El Peñon” is for XC. XC season is Nov-Feb, but you can fly El Peñon all year long, although it gets rougher as the dry season (Nov-May) extends. Due to increasing numbers, the local club has introduced new rules for lower-airtime pilots, who must hire a local guide from…

5 min
how to… maximise airtime

““Where can you go to get guaranteed flying?” If it rains or blows hard for a week, then your flying trip can be a write-off – and we all know the pain of that. There are only so many YouTube videos you can watch while wishing away the weather before your flying paradise fades to grey. But it’s still a question that pilots ask, especially those keen to build hours after qualifying. They may have been lured in to parting with their hard-earned cash by promises of endless days, a sky dotted with cumulus clouds and six-hour flights every day. When the reality turns out to be four hours a day in a minibus chasing the wind, it can be disheartening. The simplest way to avoid that type of situation is to stay…