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Cross Country

Cross Country December 2015 - January 2016

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.

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10 Issues

in this issue

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Like many of us I’m sure, when I was a child I had flying dreams. One of my regular ones went like this. I would wake up in my bed and everything would be quiet, a glow coming through the curtains from the street outside. Lying perfectly flat on my back I would rise up and float. I realised I was floating and would try to ignore it, scared that if I noticed it then I’d drop back down to the bed. Slowly I would feel my way higher, floating on a rising cushion of air. Then suddenly I’d be in the air, and able to turn around, look down on myself sleeping in the bed. I was flying! Like Peter Pan. Hovering at the window I would look out at…

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Pat Dower has been flying since 1990. His last article for Cross Country saw him flying with Chrigel Maurer in the Swiss Alps. This time he stays closer to home, blasting around the hills of northern England on the new Cayenne 5. His review of the glider starts on p118 Nicolas Cochet has been around the block and the world with his paraglider. A young gun back in the early 1990s, work, family and life saw him leave the sport. He’s now back, flying and photographing whenever he can. He is one of our posse of Gallery photographers this issue. See p14 Andy Pag’ last assignment was to tour the sweet hills of Italy on an all-in week away. That wasn’t tough enough for our award-winning correspondent so we sent him to…

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everyone’s a winner

Alexander Robé won the overall 2015 XContest, which ended at the end of September. The Austrian pilot clocked up six FAI triangles of between 250km and 268km to win the international online contest. He started out on 19 April with a 259km FAI triangle from Antholtz in Italy, did another 257km on 5 June from Stoderzinken in Austria, followed by two 250km triangles from Stoderzinken in the first week of July, and finished his season with two 268km flights from Antholz in quick succession on 11 and 12 August. He won the Open (7,891 pilots) and the Serial (7,746 pilots) classes in XContest. Alex is one of Austria’s best XC pilots and took part in the Red Bull X-Alps way back in 2003. He was flying an Ozone Mantra 6…

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elemental force

It was a Red Bull X-Alps mini-adventure in Annecy, France when Aaron Durogati and Chrigel Maurer battled it out for top spot in the Red Bull Elements adventure race in late Septemer. Aaron won his section of this unique relay race, completing his leg in 34 minutes 48 seconds, ahead of Chrigel’s 37min46sec. There were 59 pilots in the race and the last one in took 2h21m. One of the world’s most competitive and unique adventure relay races, the event is based around the three natural elements of air, water and earth and includes paragliding, running, rowing and biking. Some 252 athletes took part, across 63 teams. First off is the rower, who must cover 12.7km on the lake before carrying and running with their skiff for 1,000m. Passing the baton on, the…

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in brief

Skywalk jacket Skywalk / Salewa present the Ortler hybrid jacket – a water/windproof jacket, made with Duostretch materials and Primaloft insulation. Skywalk.info UP XC Fever UP are running their XC Fever competition again. The UP pilots with the most points on XContest for the 2015/16 season win a brand new Up wing (two classes). UP-paragliders.com GIN Yeti Cross The Yeti Cross is a lightweight, square parachute, offering a stable descent with excellent sink rate and opening characteristics, GIN say. gingliders.com Monaco launch Weekday flying from Monaco’s Roquebrune take-off is to be restricted to afternoons only while roadworks on the A8 motorway are underway during the 2015-16 season. See their website for details: roquebrunailes.com HG Pre-Europeans Italian Elio Cataldi won the Pre-European hang gliding championships which took place in Krushevo, Macedonia between 16 and 23 August 2015, flying a Moyes RX 4. airtribune.com WOK success The Wings…

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ozone forza

Ozone say the Forza cross-country harness is both light and comfortable, designed for long flights. It is a seatboardless design, and the neoprene pod is removable. The sleek outer is unspoilt by buckles and attachments, but it has plenty of features including an integrated cockpit that doubles as an anti-G. The Forza has 17cm mousse protection and an LTF-certified rescue system, compatible with steerable reserves. There are lots of pockets, a drinks bladder housing and a ballast pouch. The Forza weighs 5.6kg including pod and karabiners, and is available in three colours and five sizes. flyozone.com…