Cross Country April 2019

Cross Country is the world’s leading voice for hang gliding, paragliding and paramotoring pilots. Ten times a year, our magazine content reflects our obsession with flying, and we express it by packing each issue with the most imaginative, inspirational photography and writing we can lay our hands on.

United Kingdom
XC Media
10 Issues

in this issue

2 min
the dream of flight

Our sports never stop evolving – that is part of what makes them so engaging. This issue shows that clearly. Talking to Aaron Durogati about his climbing and flying on the highest, steepest peaks of Patagonia was inspiring. The way that ultralight flying equipment can now, seriously, be packed in as part of a climber’s kit on a 15-hour big-wall climbing day just blows my mind. “How much did your flying gear weigh?” I asked. “About 2.2kg,” Aaron said. Our wings really can go with us anywhere and take us anywhere. Equally inspiring was hearing from Jeff Goin about his experience with the latest in electric-powered paramotoring. The dream of paramotoring for many pilots who are not “naturally mechanically sympathetic” as my paramotor instructor called it, has always been a plug-and-play paramotor. Switch it…

1 min

Rick and Leanne Brezina were on a flying holiday in Australia when Rick got sucked up and spun around by a social media vortex that saw a clip of him in a dust devil viewed millions of times. After the dust had settled he agreed to tell us his story. See page 48 Aaron Durogati needs little introduction but here goes: 3 x Red Bull X-Alps; twice winner of the PWC Superfinal; 500km Brazilian XC; extreme skier; big wall climber; speedrider; XC pilot; dad. At home in the Dolomites it was only natural that his next step took him south, to Patagonia. Go explore, p84 Ben Jordan has contributed regularly to these pages and whether it’s his most recent adventure trip, a new film, a project to create jobs from recycling paragliders…

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in the core

Manilla XC Camp Tudor Dorobantu from Romania had “an amazing finish to the Manilla XC Camp” on 2 February when he set a new site record for Manilla at 406km (436km with three turnpoints). “I wished for 300, but it turned out 400,” he said. His flight took him out west, through the Boggabri Gap, north west to Wee Waa, then west into the outback. He landed on a red dirt road northwest of Dubbo after 10 hours in the air. He was flying a UP Meru. Airie Merlin (AU, Flow XCRacer) also flew more than 400km on the same day. Tudor’s big flight gave him the best score for the eight-day Manilla XC Camp, which ran 26 Jan to 2 Feb. He came away with a total of 1,232 straight-line kilometres.…

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world cup live!

The Paragliding World Cup Superfinal for the 2018 season takes place in Baixo Guandu, Brazil in the last two weeks of March, and promises to be even more accessible to spectators than ever. The PWCA mobile app has been updated and features profiles of some of the top pilots, photos and a new ‘like’ button as well as the essential live tracking. Follow your favourite pilot in real-time and like them all the way to the goal line. After that the 2019 Paragliding World Cup season starts in the final week of May. Coeur de Savoie, France, is hosting a PWC leg for the third time after successful comps in 2014 and 2017, and this year they are hoping to bring paragliding racing to the masses with live streaming from the…

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inside hollywood

The Upside, a big budget Hollywood film with paragliding scenes in it, was released in January. US pilot Nick Greece explains how they got the free-flight footage… US pilot and instructor Rob Sporrer was first contacted by a movie production company several years ago, who said they were interested in remaking the amazing 2012 French film, The Intouchables. I remember when the now-infamous Weinstein Company bought the script to this film as Rob and I had just signed off the first two adaptive students of the WheelsUp program in Southern California, and we were excited at the possibilities of seeing adaptive flying on the big screen. Fast forward three years and I found myself doing an interview with Neil Burger, the director, and G. Mac Brown, the producer. We were talking filming of…

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terje hansen wins

Terje Hansen from Norway was the lucky winner of a brand new paraglider in the January Cross Country Magazine Prize Draw. He won a new EN A, B or C paraglider of his choice from either Advance, Apco, Gin, Nova, Ozone, Skywalk, Supair or Triple Seven. Terje, 47, who has been a subscriber for 12 years and is a “dedicated Advance pilot and weekend warrior” was very happy when he heard the news. He chose an Advance Sigma 10 for his new wing. “I have flown the Sigma 8 and Sigma 9, so the choice must be an Advance Sigma 10.” He added: “I’m looking forward to flying the wing when the season starts here at my local mountain Kvitegga on the west coast of Norway.” All subscribers of Cross Country Magazine are automatically…