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Cross Country

Cross Country December 2016 - January 2017

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

2 min
the possible impossible

“It’s impossible, it can’t be done.” Don’t ever say those words to Gavin McClurg, who crossed the Alaska Range by foot and paraglider along with Dave Turner earlier this year. And definitely don’t say them to Samuel Nascimento, Rafael Saladini and Donizete Lemos, who set a new paragliding world record in October. André Wolf and Glauco Pinto aren’t listening either, after their 600km hang gliding flight on the same day. Don’t bring it up with Dawn Westrum. She not only competed in the last Red Bull X-Alps, but she has now written a book about it. And I wouldn’t try it with any of the new X-Alpers, just announced. And of course Antoine Girard and Benoit Outters, well they would just laugh at you – and point at their double-traverse of…

1 min

Elisa Eisenlohr is a journalist, translator and paraglider pilot who has been flying for a decade. She lives near the ramp in Rio de Janeiro, which made her perfectly placed to interview the pilots who set the new paragliding world record in October. See p54 Lu Marini is a regular in these pages, writing about his paramotoring adventures in Brazil. His longterm project is following the rivers of Brazil, and this issue he shares the story of his latest trip – a 20-day journey down the Rio Doce, devastated by a dam-burst one year ago. Sweet River starts on p86 Matt George is a surfing journalist who has written for the surfing press since the early 1980s. A trained US Navy Seal he also works in aid. He lives in Bali and…

1 min
in the core

Dave Wainwright Dave Wainwright won the Icarus Trophy in October. This 2,000km paramotor race took place in the USA and saw pilots racing from Montana to Mesquite, Nevada. In the process they flew through and past some of the most iconic scenery in the USA, including Monument Valley. icarustrophy.com Christian Ciech The Iquique Hang Gliding Open has been held for several years, but 2016 was the first time it went official and got FAI Cat 2 status. Thirty pilots headed to Chile to compete – and Christian Ciech (IT) proved exactly why he is world and European hang gliding champion by winning five tasks. Pilots flew six tasks, from 85km to 163km and Ciech scored a maximum 1,000 points in three of the six tasks. airtribune.com 400k club in Quixadá Quixadá in Brazil has been…

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‘b’ is for ‘breaking world records’

Talk about putting your money where your mouth is. In the October issue of this magazine AirCross boss Konrad Görg said he was going to take his new EN B glider, the U Cruise, to Brazil and fly some “big, big flights” on it. On 1 November he did just that, flying 446km to bag a new world record for declared goal at 425km. His flight is the longest we know of flown on an EN B, too. “We are having a good time!” he laughed, talking from his hotel room by phone the day after his big flight. “I am here with some Portuguese guys and it’s been good. My best flight this week before the record flight was 340km. I did the same last year, 2,000km in two weeks.” Konrad was…

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goose mk3

The Goose Mk3 is Little Cloud’s latest ‘XC Fun glider. They say it’s playful with precise handling and a low flat aspect-ratio of 5.5 – a deliberate safety choice, like its long brake travel (60-65cm) and the fact that it pitches very little. It’s made for cross-country and vol-bivouac flying, and aimed at EN-C pilots. The sweeping wingtips are longer and more pointed than the Mk2’s. It’s made from purple 35g Dokdo 20D, and available in 20.5, 22, 23.5 and 25m sizes for 55-120kg weights. LC say the 20m² version has been trimmed slightly faster, to optimise the speed for pilots under 60kg. littlecloud.fr…

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ad vita 2 sl

The Vita 2 SL is a super-light version of AirDesign’s low-B Vita 2. The smallest size weighs just 2.8kg and it packs down very small. AD say the Vita 2 SL has excellent launch behaviour and is suitable for pilots just out of school. They say it is pleasantly agile with no nervous pitching or yawing. It’s made from durable double-coated Porcher Skytex 27 with 12mm compact risers and fully unsheathed lines. Split-As facilitate big ears. All four sizes, XXS to M for 55-105kg, are certified. The standard Lite colour scheme is pictured, or you can order custom colours. ad-gliders.com…