Canungra Cup - Kiwi Results and updated ladder

The competition season has officially begun, with 26 kiwi pilots flying in the Canungra Cup, which was designated as an overseas league. This gets re-scored for Kiwi pilots only, and the results are shown here. Congratulations to reigning champion, Reuben, who won out of the Kiwis.

The ladder has been updated to reflect this, and you can find it here.

Evan and Roy have both moved up within the top ten. Robbo, Eva and Leighton are climbing back towards it. Bruce Vickerman has re-entered the ladder, earning a fat 37 points in Canungra.

Reuben reinforced his position in the number one slot.


Team New Zealand
Friday was another blowout, but an obvious one, so people made alternative plans early – kitesurfing, surfing, whale-watching, tramping, site-seeing – whatever. Just no flying.

As pilots do, we were starting to get depressed, being stuck at alt=0m.

Saturday, the last day of the comp, promised to be EPIC. We had something to cling on to.

At 8am Saturday morning, the call came through on the radio – buses leaving at 8:30am.

We raced up to Beechmont, and saw there were already 2 hang gliders and a few paragliders about to hit cloudbase. Yeehaa – it’s on!!

The task was set with a Beechmont start cylinder of 8km, heading 95km to the west at Maryvale. It was an early kickoff of 9:50am open launch, and start gate at 11:20. All pilots had launched well before the start opened.

It definitely was the epic day we were promised – what a way to end the comp! Almost half the field made it in to goal, including Reuben as the first of several Kiwis. Wayne fell for the old trick of hitting the End of Speed section, but not quite hitting the Goal Cylinder. This was due to instrument failure, and he was only 150m short, dammit.

No competition is ever without its dramas, and today saw a few – tree landings, wedgie attacks, helicopter rescues and DOMS (google it) from early morning bootcamp, preventing Joe from flying.
Saturday was the prize giving ceremony and competition dinner.

In the end, Reuben was the top Kiwi, coming 16th overall. We had a couple of Kiwis on the podium, with Andy Maloney winning third in the Fun class, and Eva taking home third in the Women’s class. Congratulations, and nice flying!

This comp was also an overseas league, so Johnny will be re-scoring for team NZ based on NZHGPA rules, and sharing the results soon.

St Arnaud Regional Paragliding Comp in February

St Arnaud Paragliding League and XC Camp 2017
(Incorporating a Tasman Regional Competition)

XC Camp Dates: 
Sat, February 11 – Sun, February 19, 2017.

Fly XC without a set task and see how far you can get. Optional flight logging to find who flies the most kilometres over their best four flights.

Regional Comp. Dates: Feb 11 – 13, 2017 (Sat-Mon). Reserve dates: Feb 17 – 19, 2017 (Fri-Sun).

Contact: Tim Percival 03 548 7397 or 022 646 3864

Competition Task Format: Standard competition tasks.

First Briefing: To be advised on the forum of the NZHGPA website.

Sites: Inwoods Lookout, Mt Murchison, Mt Robert (walking access, depending on attendees), others to be advised.

Cost: $5 suggested donation per day, maximum $15.

Required for Safety: PG2 + 20 hours, reserve, back protection, GPS, UHF Radio, maps.

Transport Notes: Mt. Murchison requires 4WD vehicles so if you have one, it would be good to bring it. Vehicles used on forestry access roads must be equipped with fire extinguishers (be sure to contact Tim beforehand if you’re in need of one for your vehicle).

Additional Information
St. Arnaud is an excellent place for a long weekend with a variety of accommodation available including good tenting in the DoC campground, backpackers, and holiday baches for easy rental if you are a little organised. It has a shop and an all important bar. I am hiring a bach to serve as a base, which will be able to accommodate several other comp attendees at an economical rate.

The sites we will be using are high sites (up to 1450m ASL), so they make for some very scenic and exhilarating flying around the St. Arnaud area, which is the northern-most end of the Southern Alps.
(The site records for Inwoods Lookout, Mt Murchison and Mt Robert are 116km, 95km and 91km respectively).

Come along just for the XC Camp if you’d prefer to just fly XC without a set task and designated flying time. Please contact me for further information on accommodation etc. if you are thinking of coming;

Tim Percival
47A Brook Street, Nelson
ph. 03 548 7397 or 022 646 3864


Not inspired to launch
Tuesday we had another go at Hinchcliffe’s, with a task set to Laravale, then down to Hillview and back up to Bromelton for goal.

Conditions were a bit wonky, with a strong and steady breeze coming up the hill, and the low clouds above blasting over the back. As soon as the launch window was open, it was immediately suspended.

After a short wait, there was a re-brief called, and the day was canned.

Heaps of pilots had taken their wings out though, and it looked somewhat flyable, so a few launched. It wasn’t convincing enough for everyone, so most pilots packed up for the drive down. No one flying got very far, and it wasn’t long before rain came in so all had to get on the deck.

Wednesday was the day we had been watching for, with epic looking conditions. We headed to Beechmont early, where it was switching on and off. Not quite epic, but certainly taskable.

The task was set over Locked Gate Valley (guess why it’s called that?) to Coulson, then down to Croftby for goal – a distance of 75km. The conditions were not easy, and saw busloads of strong pilots hit the bombout. Thankfully re-flights were allowed, so most got a second chance.
Kiwis in the launch slots
Wally from Bright won the task (again!), just a few km short of goal. Wayne was the top Kiwi (again!), at 30.29km. That puts him 5th overall!! He definitely brought his A-game, but he’s not sharing his secrets.

Actually he is – get high and fly far. I think we’ll try that tomorrow, thanks Wayne.

Andy Maloney from Wellington won the Fun class for the day.

Thursday’s forecast suggested a blowout later in the day, so we got off for an early start. At the turnoff for Beechmont the buses stopped for a decision on whether to head to Beechmont or to Hinchcliffe’s. After a thirty minute wait, the call was made for neither – it was already blown out.

Ivan the Russian Australian offered to give his famous safety brief, entitled Kill the Bastard. The main takeaway for me was his good news that ‘some of uz not gonna die today’. Also that if you put a fridge on a good wing, it will glide better than a fridge on a crap wing. Guess we won’t dispute that.

Now it’s bush walks, beer drinking, comp barbie and hope for good weather for the last two days of the comp. And try not to be too envious of the crew in the Indian Himalayas, who seem to be getting a whole lot more airtime than we are.

Results are here: Canungra Cup 2016 Results


Sunday's weather forecast was for a lot of South, so we headed to Hinchcliff’s for the best chance of a fly. It was howling when we arrived, and a few optimistic souls were heard to talk about it ‘just being a wee gust’. The wee gust was pretty d*mn persistent.

A task was set, giving us all good practice remembering how to use our instruments. That’s all it was though, because after half an hour of waiting, we decided that the wee gust was not finished with us, so the task was canned.

The forecast for Monday was not looking promising, so we were mostly surprised when the call was made to head to Tamborine on Monday morning. It was the keenest we’ve been, with lots of pilots pulling their wings out to get ready.

The task was set down to Kyogle NSW, with a waypoint at Lions Road, a distance of 78.2km. To borrow Evan’s words, it was a day of low saves, with no one getting very high and only two pilots in goal.

Wayne was the top Kiwi, in seventh place with 60.2km. Roy also made it into the top ten at 49.1km. So tell us guys, how do you like your new wings?!

In non-flying news, we have a Kiwi bootcamp running at 05:30 every morning. Leighton has been giving us drills (military push ups – no cheating!) and we are starting to suspect he’s trying to break us. It’s working, but we’re addicted. Brucie’s been spotted all over town on his unicycle, and Johnny’s juggling anything he can find. 

Fingers crossed for more good flying on Tuesday.

Results are here: Canungra Cup 2016 Results

(Photos all ripped off from Dominique's Facebook page)


Twenty four Kiwis descended on Queensland for the 2016 Canungra Cup, which started today. In the biggest comp here yet, with 95 pilots, this may also be the largest Kiwi contingent for an Ozzie comp.

There was no mad rush at the first briefing on Saturday morning (more on that later). A couple of interesting points of discussion:

  • Rather than EN-ratings, the comp is using aspect ratio to determine the class you are in. Fun class is up to 5.8, Sport class is up to 6.7 and Serial up to 7.1.
  • KLO (km lead-out) was voted on, and decided to drop from 250 to 200 points. Don't worry if this doesn't make sense to you, I get the feeling most of the rest of the field doesn't completely understand it either. Myself included.
  • In addition to the wing classes, there is a Reynolds class as well, which is for pilots with flying weight of up to 90kg.
  • Since the Ozzies have put so much effort into their Paragliding Squad and developing their pilots, they have moved up the CIVL country ranking from 31 to 17. Awesome that they are seeing such results, and I wonder if NZ pilots would be interested in trying to do the same. Perhaps discussion for another time.
Now back to the flying or rather, not-flying. Saturday morning winds were looking strong, and the locals weren't optimistic. However we thought it was worth a look at Tamborine. It felt perfectly launchable, but after hearing Phil Hystek's annual site briefing, another look at the distance to a landing field, and the 20m gum trees in between, it all seemed to make sense when the day was canned.

A few of us hung around at the Polish Club, just down the road from launch. There we had a good view of the ridge, the 2 hang gliders that launched shortly after all the paragliders left (who didn't do much more than a bit of ridge soaring, phew), and the spectacular bird life. And goannas!

Another group headed over to the coast to hit the beach, and ended up watching a pod of humpback whales put on a show out at sea.

Welcome to Australia!

Results (once we get a task) will be here: Canungra Cup 2016 Results

Craigieburn - Regional Paragliding Competition

The Christchurch Club is hosting the first Regional Paragliding Competition of the 2016/17 season.

All qualified NZHGPA member paraglider pilots are welcome.

This will run over Labour Day weekend, 22-24th October 2016, inclusive. Postponed to the 5th - 7th November 2016.

The comp will be held at the Craigieburn site, and is organised by Michal Talavasek and Mark Hardman.

There will be a training day on Friday 21st of October, designed to help newcomers and low airtime pilots to familiarise themselves with comp talk, strategies, instruments and geography.
Also, if enough people confirm will stay overnight for one or more nights, we can arrange to rent a house at Castle Hill village and also use it as headquarters for the weekend (to book contact Michal).

A BBQ will be available for everyone to use. Bring your camp chair and guitar.

There is no on-line registration system - please use the contact details below for further information and to express interest. Results from this comp can contribute towards your national ladder position.

Comp Organiser: Michal Talavasek - or 022 340 4511
Scoring and Support: Mark Hardman -

Here is a link to the waypoints file for the comp:  Craigieburn Competition waypoints 2013.wpt

A DOC campground nearby is also a good option for a place to stay: craigieburn-shelter

Well, that sounds fine and dandy but what if the weather isn’t always on for paragliding? Should I still go? What is there to do??

Castle Hill area is spectacular on its own and offers cool sights and activities for all. The rock climbing/bouldering is great and there is even a cool cave to explore nearby.

The mountain biking is also great and well organised, offering kilometres of established trails. You should get your fix one way or another…

Links are here:
Castlehill Basin
Craigieburn Trails
Craigieburn Forest Park mountain biking tracks
Cave Stream Scenic Reserve

Cheeseman to round hill

Cheeseman ski field to lewis Pass