South Africa wins bid to host Paragliding Cross Country Open World Series
30 October 2008
It was recently announced in Piedrahita, Spain that the Northern Cape town De Aar will be hosting a Pre-XC Open World Series Event in 2008 as well as one of the four legs of the Paragliding Cross Country Open World Series in 2009.
South Africa is already firmly on the international radar as having some of the most memorable flying in the world and in December 2006 two world records were broken in De Aar, including the declared distance record, previously set in Brasil!
'The Cross Country Open World Series format is about flying long distances, down wind, with pilots flying as long and as far as their skills allow,' says Des Pansi, from Fly de Aar, the successful bidder. 'And, it is entirely possible that a few more world records will be set during the two legs of the series, as De Aar conditions are certainly conducive to this end.'
The sleepy Karoo town is probably best known for being the second biggest railway junction in South Africa as well as having one of the biggest ammunition depots in the world. It also hosts the agricultural Central Karoo show, as well as the annual cultural Karoo Fees. It hosts paragliding competitions on a regular basis as well as hosting many international pilots, particularly during the summer months, who come to break personal as well as world distance records.
'De Aar, with its world distance records, is already firmly on the international map,' says Des. 'However, the open distance competition format will certainly attract a whole new range of pilots, giving both de Aar and in turn South Africa as a paragliding destination added credibility.'
The Paragliding Cross Country Open World Series will be taking place in De Aar, Northern Cape Province from 14 – 22 November 2008.
For further information on this event kindly visit: http://www.flydeaar.co.za