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Cross Country

Cross Country February - March 2015

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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United Kingdom
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10 Issues

in this issue

1 min
swift 4

The Swift 4 is a lightweight development of the Rush 4 constructed with a hybrid mix of light and ultra-light materials and Shark Nose solidity. Lightweight, agile, with top of class performance and a lively but balanced feel in the air, the latest edition of the Swift series has benefitted from the performance breakthroughs that have made our sport-performance class wings, such as the Delta series, so popular. With a Delta 2 type arc, mini-ribs, plastic nose reinforcements, 57 cells for a super clean leading edge, and a 25% reduction in total line drag compared to it’s predecessor, the Swift 4 is the most efficient wing we have ever produced in the category. Moab, Utah USA - photo: Loren Cox pilot: Cade Palmer…

2 min
happy new year

And welcome to the bigger, bolder, more frequent Cross Country magazine. From now on we’ll be publishing 10 times a year and reaching many more pilots. At the end of last year we decided to expand Cross Country and merge our sister magazine, Paramotor Magazine, into its pages. The result is what you now have in your hands: 132 pages dedicated to the very best of what our sports are all about. I know there are sometimes divisions in our sports – like snowboarders and skiers, paramotorists and free-flight pilots have not always seen eye-to-eye; and hang glider pilots and paraglider pilots still love to pretend what we do is somehow unique to ourselves (“It is!”). But this feels right to us: to open our door to everyone who loves to…

1 min

Mitch Riley likes nothing better than wrestling grizzly bears in Alaska and fighting off yetis in Nepal, his two favourite places to fly. His amazing photos in Will Brown’s Into the Wild article, p78, will have you salivating. Check out his Alaska flying film online: www.vimeo.com/98547571 Jeff Hamann is an American PPG pilot who is loving the task he has set himself of flying the Pacific coastline from Tijuana to Patagonia – over multiple trips, of course. Doctors recently pulled out a 10lb tumour from Jeff’s stomach and he’s now back at full power. Stick around Jeff, we need you! See p86. Richard Sheppard has been hang gliding for 36 years and documenting the sport for just about as long. Life back then was in black and white, you know? He pulled…

1 min
cayle royce and team

There is in the core, and then there is hardcore. Cayle Royce and his seven teammates fit into both categories. Together they successfully completed a 1,000km journey through the Kenyan Rift Valley late last year as part of the project Flying for Heroes. They were flying three specially built tandem trikes and followed on the ground by a support crew. Set up by paramotor and paragliding instructor Alex Ledger as a flying adventure for wounded service men and women, and led by army medic Rory Mackenzie, Flying for Heroes is a charity that helps ex-forces personnel get back into life after life-changing incidents. Cayle, for example, was blown up in Afghanistan in May 2012 and lost both his legs above the knee, as well as suffering a broken neck, losing fingers, and…

1 min
feels like summer the parajet flying suit

MORE WARMTH, LESS BULK The Parajet Flying Suit’s insulation and waterrepellency takes warmth beyond anything you’ve felt before, keeping you in the air for longer in cold conditions. The premium low-profile and powerful insulation maximises core comfort and heating efficiency that lets you fly all year round. ARTICULATED, PERFORMANCE FIT The Parajet Flying Suit starts with the pilot – its most important component. Its performance oriented, articulated fit enhances the body’s natural flex while paramotoring. The stretch panel on the rear has been optimised for maximum comfort and performance, guaranteeing that you will get in and out of the seat every time, with no pull felt under the crotch when arms are raised ensuring you are able to sit back, relax and enjoy your flight for longer. FUNCTION-FIRST DESIGN The design of our flying suit…

10 min
couchsurfing x-alps style

The Italians do it with style – and in this case it’s Aaron Durogati who is head of the pack. While others sent in their best iPhoto selfies to announce the new field of athletes for the Red Bull X-Alps 2015, Durogati was modelling for a photoshoot in Milan. Thirty-one pilots have been chosen to represent their country in what is often billed as the toughest adventure race in the world. It starts on 29 June and Chrigel Maurer is back again, of course. After a couple of years away he has returned to the fold at Advance this year – can he make it four wins in a row? There are two women included as well: Germany’s Yvonne Dathe and Dawn Westrum from the USA. Nineteen of the pilots are…