Krushevo PG Open - an NZ overseas league

The Krushevo Open and Slovak National Paragliding Championship has been declared a NZ Overseas League - the results of which will count towards our National Ladder.

So far, five Kiwi pilots are confirmed and two are on the waiting list. Assuming that we have at least six pilots confirmed then this will be an overseas league, so sign up if you want to come.

National Paragliding Ladder Updated, since Rotorua PG Open 2017

The National Paragliding Ladder has been updated to reflect the results of the recent PG Open in Rotorua.

Congratulations to Louis Tapper who is now in top place.

National Champion, Grant Middendorf, has risen to second place, and Women's National Champion, Kinga Masztalerz has climbed to 27th.

Several overseas pilots have made it onto our ladder, some of them quite high up. If they do not renew their licenses then they will be removed, three months after their licenses expire.

The PCC thinks that there is much that can be done to improve the ladder calculations, as they currently put a lot of weighting on the most recent result (e.g. doing very well in the last task of the PGOpen will have a very dramatic result). We are considering many options for change in this area, including FTV, and including scoring the ladder based on comp position rather than individual tasks. Constructive and thought-out argumentation on this matter is welcome for consideration.

Meanwhile - good on ya, Louis. Unless there is a very short-notice regional comp then this is the final ladder state of the 2016/17 season.

You can download the whole ladder here


After Tuesday afternoon’s thundershowers, we woke to drizzle on Wednesday morning. I started making alternative plans, but the Task Committee committed. We were heading to the Paeroas for an expected late start.

It was an obvious late start, by the time we arrived & sat on launch three clouds deep. But as the old saying goes, the Paeroas is ALWAYS on. The cloud lifted, and the task was set with a bit of a ridge run, then popping over down to Broadlands and back up to the SH5 / Settlers Rd intersection.

There were some disappointing bombouts, but the day got better & better. Those who got away were rewarded with long smooth flights in a blue sky with plenty of fluffy clouds. Russell Read was first in goal by a massive 14 minutes. Well done, boy, that’s some speed!

The following day we were lucky with a perfect Kaimais forecast. Actually it looked like it might be on the strong side, but hey, strong is normal for the Kaimais.

In any case, it turned into a perfect Kaimais day. The task was an out & return up to W06 Tangitu Ridge, then back down to the SH29 / Tauranga Rd intersection for End of Speed and (1km further) Goal.

Pilots were choosing between following the ridge or pushing out to the flats – both working well, but a fair bit windier up the back, making it tough to push at times. There were a couple of landings in the forestry blocks along the range, which made for awkward & uncomfortable walkouts.

Louis Tapper was first in goal, and made a killing on lead-out points. He was (not-so) closely followed by another 50 pilots(!) into goal.

The farmer was more than a little surprised to see so many wings dropping out of the sky into his paddock. So were we, to be fair. Goal Cherries were popping all over the place.

Sadly some arrived too low or forgot that Goal was another 1km past the End of Speed section. Only a rookie would make a mistake like that, right? …Right?

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