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Sea Thermals

Published on February 25th, 2017 | by Mark A Smith

Yesterday Rich Osbourne did this 90k flight, starting with a sea thermal at Woolacombe beach. He’s done coast to coasts from Woollacombe before. It’s certainly possible to connect with inland thermals from sea thermals and do big... Read More


Pendeen-St Ives Coastal Out and Return

Published on February 8th, 2017 | by Mark A Smith

This is a real challenge that is motivating me and others in the club: Pendeen Lighthouse to St Ives and back. On XContest and Kernow rules this gives you 35.8 points – decent score! I managed... Read More


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Paraglider Skills: Active Flying

Published on December 28th, 2016 | by Mark Ashton Smith

Collecting some of the wisdom of the sky gods, instructors and other top pilots this article looks at some tips for building our active flying paragliding skills. Active flying is needed for all of these –... Read More



Published on October 9th, 2016 | by Mark Ashton Smith

Touch & Go Ridge soaring then touch down and take off again – repeat. No particular landing accuracy. Segment from 30 seconds   Practice at top of ridge and slope. Precision Top Landing Top land within... Read More


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Hooking In To The Paraglider

Published on September 16th, 2016 | by Mark Ashton Smith

1. Front Facing Connection Method Glider with span. (Up to 3:16). Minimal test 10 clean, 2 days consecutive 2. Front Facing Connection Method – Bunched May be good for strong wind conditions. Segment: 5:47 Minimal test 10... Read More


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Killing The Wing in Strong Winds

Published on September 16th, 2016 | by Mark A Smith

1. C/D Riser Collapse Note the strong pull-down, up briefly with turn, then down again. Minimal test 10 clean On a 2-liner wing, the rear (B) risers are the closest. On my Niviuk Peak 3, the pressure... Read More


paragliding strong wind launch


Published on September 16th, 2016 | by Mark Ashton Smith

Launching Body position Get weight ahead of pivot point with head through the risers – for better safety, penetration and entry into harness. Minimal Test 10 clean Getting into pod harness Minimal Test Consistent Cross wind launch... Read More

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