2017-01-28 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 11 [19:50]

Its all over. The results are now available online.

Congratulations to our winners Aaron Durogati (Open), Seiko Fukuoka Naville (Women) and Torsten, Michael, Aaron and Petra - Gin Gliders (Team)

Aaron becomes the first person to win the SuperFinal Open Class twice since the SuperFinal format began.

We have flown 10 tasks across this Superfinal and, in total, the pilots have flown 939km of task line. Adding all the individual totals they have notched up an impressive 96,831km and 800 pilots have made goal. The prizegiving will begin at 21:15 tonight.

We hope you have enjoyed the SuperFinal 2016 - the 2017 season begins on 20th May.

2017-01-28 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 11 [19:00]

The 2016 Paragliding World Cup Superfinal Prizegiving ceremony will take place at 21:45 tonight at the Praca Dos Pioneiros here in GV. There will be some free beers for all the pilots

Commentary - Day 11

17:15 17:15 One last interesting piece of information before the results of this incredible 2016 Super final in Governador Valadares go on line. Did you know that one of the earliest PWCs took place here exactly twenty years ago, in 1997? (The first one here was in 1994 but that was before records were kept).

The organisation was a big bright yellow square box made of plastic beer crates, with a very intermittent electricity supply, that flashed away happily to itself in the corner of the landing field. Today we complain if our trackers don't work. Back in 1997 there were no retrieves and one day everyone had to line up against the fence in the landing field and decide amongst themselves who landed in front of who.

However the real scoop is that 3 pilots here today took part in that competition back in 1997: Xevi Bonet Dalmau, Ulric Jessop and Torsten Siegel and they scored in that order!Tim Bollinger's Dad was also in the competition, well done to Tim who has done much better than his Dad did back then.

What made us laugh the most was the discovery that another 3 competitors who are flying in the competition here today certainly didn't take part back in 1997: one was conceived 2 weeks before the 1997 PWC, one was conceived during the competition and one was born 18 months after the competition! Well done to everyone who competed this year and over the previous years.

17:08 17:08 By finishing so far ahead of everyone else, Maxime will have compressed all their points. This means that there will not be as much change in the overall scores as you might think.

17:08 17:08 Nicole Fedele has just come into goal. Well done to both Seiko Fukuoka Naville and Nicole Fedele.

17:07 17:07 Seiko Fukuoka Naville passed end of speed 13 minutes ahead of current overall leader Nicole Fedele.

17:05 17:05 Aaron Durogati and Stefan Wyss were laughing about a low save they got together today. 2 of paraglidings great sports men.

17:02 17:02 Stefan Wyss and Aaron Durogati are talking to each other in the middle of the goal field.

17:00 17:00 Aaron Durogati passed end of speed 4 minutes after Adrian Hachen.

16:59 16:59 Jean Marc Caron has arrived in goal and almost admitted that today was difficult.

16:57 16:57 Aaron Durogati has just arrived in goal, looks like he's in a good position to take the title.

16:57 16:57 Julian Robinson has just arrived in goal, 10 days in a row well done Julian.

16:55 16:55 The rescue boat is just being lowered into the Sweat River by the local rescue team holding their noses.

16:53 16:53 2 parakeets have just flown across the goal field looking very frightened

16:52 16:52 There are a lot of very sweaty bodies in the goal field, definitely clean t-shirt day tomorrow.

16:50 16:50 Did the new hair cut help? Definitely he replied but unfortunately it only works 50% of the time.

16:48 16:48 Maxime Pinot said that tactically it was the best task he had ever flown

16:45 16:45 Felix Rodriguez Fernandez is downing a well deserved beer. 'I was pushing and pushing, I had to beat them he told me'.

16:43 16:43 Luca Donini, Torsten Siegel and Luc Armant have just landed

16:42 16:42 The sky is absolutely full of gliders, the first 50 past end of speed are all in the sky above goal.

16:40 16:40 Honorin Hamard is coming into goal he was 3rd to get end of speed

16:39 16:39 Felix Rodriguez Fernandez has just landed in goal to very loud applause. I think the crowds thought he was Brazilian

16:38 16:38 The top 40 have passed end of speed

16:37 16:37 Felix Rodriguez Fernandez is doing a full on acro display above the goal, I hope he isn't intending to use the muddy waters of the Sweet River next to goal if it goes wrong

16:34 16:34 Thomas Gury, Clement Latour, Durali Karaca, Torsten Siegel, Russell Ogden and Adrian Hachen have got end of speed

16:33 16:33 Xavier Pujol Barricarte and Stephane Drouin have passed end of speed. The big charge is on for end of speed by the main gaggle led by Jungman Choi

16:31 16:31 Maxime is just being congratulated by Ulric Jessop and camera man Philippe Broers.

16:30 16:30 Maxime Pinot is being cheared into goal by the crowds. Big applause.

16:28 16:28 Luca Donini and Honorin Hamard have passed end of speed, 7km to go to goal.

16:27 16:27 Maxime is doing wing overs in front of goal much to the delight of the crowd.

16:25 16:25 Felix Rodriguez Fernandez and the rest of the gaggle are 7 km from end of speed

16:22 16:22 Maxime has taken the goal line in orbit.

16:20 16:20 Felix Rodriguez Fernandez has been caught up by the main gaggle.

16:20 16:20 Maxime Pinot Is a speck in the distance, little by little coming into view of the waiting crowds in the goal field.

16:18 16:18 He's 12km ahead of Felix Rodriguez Fernandez. What an amazing effort by an ex Super Final winner. This is what the SF is all about

16:17 16:17 Maxime Pinot has got end of speed

16:16 16:16 Maxime Pinot is approaching end of speed

16:05 16:05 Maxime Pinot has 14 km to go to end of speed. He's flying at 75 km/h.

16:04 16:04 Maxime is coming into end of speed cross wind/ down wind. Those who take the cylinder further to the north will have more of a down wind leg to end of speed.

16:03 16:03 Maxime Pinot has crossed the river, taken the turn point and is taking the south of the river line back to GV and end of speed section.

16:02 16:02 Simon Pellissier, one of our youngest competitors is right in front of the lead gaggle behind Maxime too.

16:01 16:01 Maxime Bellemin is one of the front fliers today, trying to make sure that he doesn't have to buy any more microwave ovens for partner, Super Final competitor, Laurie Genovese today.

15:58 15:58 Michael Sigel on his Boomerang 11 is 3 km behind Maxime on his Ozone Zeno, this is nail biting, what a race, what a Super Final.

15:57 15:57 Maxime Pinot's tracker is showing that he doesn't need another climb to get to end of speed section, but as always the conditions will dictate the reality of that.

15:56 15:56 Adrian Hachen is 41st at the moment but they are all so close together. Aaron Durogati is 57th in the gaggle behind Maxime but both Aaron and Adrian's trackers are out of date.

15:52 15:52 The next 50 pilots have about 1 km between them!

15:51 15:51 Hot on Russel and Honorin's heels are Lucas Bernardin, Yoshiki Kuremoto and and Gianbasilio Profiti.

15:47 15:47 European and World champion Honorin Hamard (677 m) and fellow Ozone designer and test pilot Russell Ogden (1010m) are 1km behind also on Zenos.

15:45 15:45 The conditions are really difficult as they battle into the easterly wind to get turn point 3. Maxime is at 1027 m and climbing and Felix is 4km behind him at 1409m, this is going to be really close.

15:40 15:40 A lot of people have asked why we didn't do longer tasks given the longest flight from GV is double what we have been doing most days: 210 km Flying the fastest task ever flown or the longest distance isn't always the object of PWC tasks, as the task setters prefer to concentrate on making tasks difficult which require the pilots to make choices and require patience rather than ones which can be flown fast. Distance records tend not to be broken in a PWC as there is usually an into wind component each day as we are seeing today. As a point of interest: The longest competition paragliding task ever flown was at the US Nationals in Chelan in 2016, a world record of 228km (more than 60 pilots made goal!)

15:35 15:35 Adrian Hachen is currently lying 55th in the task today but his tracker is off line and Aaron Durogati is 28th position and his tracker is ok. Nail biting.

15:33 15:33 As Marc Wensauer told me on launch, turn point 3 which Maxime and Felix are approaching, is going to be the decisive moment, will they go north or south of the river to get end of speed? Which side, north or south will be the fastest? This will be such a fast racing down wind leg to get end of speed.

15:29 15:29 Felix Rodriguez Fernandez has closed the gap whilst Maxime Pinot had to find a climb to avoid the snakes. They are both at about 800m.

15:27 15:27 The top 3 women are also very close overall: Nicole Fedele (6117), Seiko Fukuoka Naville (6090) and Laurie Genovese (5975). Nicole could be beaten by Seiko so first lady is far from sure.

15:25 15:25 As Cody Mittanck told me today a lot of pilots won't be being conservative, either they have a poor day to discard or they aren't doing well and have nothing to lose. Then of course there is one pilot in the comp for whom a snake phobia is the all important factor of how low you are prepared to go.

15:22 15:22 Maxime Pinot is very close to the last turn point, but painfully low.

15:17 15:17 Maxime is getting painfully low, careful Maxime, this is what we have seen so often in this comp, the leaders pushing out and bombing. As we've said before, Hero to Zero, there's nothing easier.

15:15 15:15 Famous acro pilot Felix Rodriguez Fernandez, also on an Ozone Zeno, is next behind Maxime.

15:14 15:14 Maxime Pinot is really on it, he's 5km ahead of the next pilot, the thought of all those snakes waiting for him in the long grass in those lush green fields below his feet is speeding him on his way.

15:11 15:11 There is still a fair bit of wind around and the thermals are a bit broken up.

15:10 15:10 The top 30 have now got the turn point.

15:08 15:08 Closely followed by Aaron Durogati.

15:07 15:07 Adrian Hachen has just got the turn point in 10th place.

15:07 15:07 The lead gaggle are now all getting the second turn point. Eugene Claase, Yael Margelisch, Stephane Drouin, Jonathan Marin, Marco Busetta and Durali Karaca. But no sign of our 2 leaders: Adrian Hachen and Aaron Durogati.

15:04 15:04 For those interested in statistics, I think the world's entire range of paragliding t-shirts has been modelled at this competition. One of the best (and cleanest) was Pierre Muller's with 'Official Air Dealer - Paragliding Instructor' written on it.

15:02 15:02 Eugene Claase is taking the cylinder much further to the east to make the next leg less into wind.

15:00 15:00 Felix is lot further east.

14:59 14:59 Felix Rodriguez Fernandez tracker has just caught up showing him having just made the turn point.

14:58 14:58 As far as the women in the competition are concerned the level is absolutely incredible. All the previous female Super Final winners are here. Out of the 11 women in the comp, 5 have won the women's super final before: Seiko FUKUOKA NAVILLE, Laurie GENOVESE, Keiko HIRAKI, Nicole FEDELE and Petra SLIVOVA. Klaudia Bulgakow was World Champion in 2013.

14:57 14:57 No one (overall) has ever won the Super Final twice. The winners so far have been: Charles CAZAUX 1st in 2009 Super Final in Italy Aaron DUROGATI 1st in 2012 Super Final in Colombia Maxime Pinot 1st in 2014 PWC Super Final in Turkey Stefan WYSS 1st in last years Super Final 2015 in Mexico Could this be the year, could Aaron be the first ever pilot to win the Super Final a second time or will Adrian Hachen pip him to the paragliding goal line. After 9 tasks Aaron DUROGATI is 1st overall with 6569 pts Adrian Hachen 2nd 6526 Stefan WYSS 3rd 6475 Charles CAZAUX 4th 6445 Michael Sigel 5th 6439 Aaron has only a 43 pt lead. Adrian is 2nd , ahead only by 51 pts. Only 36 pts separate 3rd and 5th place. It's definitely still all to play for. The level of pilot in this competition has been phenomenal. 4 Super Final winners are here along with all the World and European champions from the last 6 yrs (except 1)

14:53 14:53 Adrian Hachen has just gone into 2nd place - the race is on for winner of the 2016 Super Final. Aaron Durogati is still down at 33rd place.

14:52 14:52 Gildas Ben from Reunion Island is right up at the front too today, along with Eugene Claase this is also his first Super Final. There are 35 pilots in the competition (out of 123) for whom this is their first Super Final. The best new comers at the moment are Xavier Pujol Barricarte 14th overall, Hernan Pitocco 19th and Peter Nagele 20th overall.

14:49 14:49 Felix Rodriguez Fernandez is out to the west of the gaggle but his tracker has been off line for 20 minutes so he is probably approaching turn point 2 as well.

14:47 14:47 South African new comer to the Super Final, Eugene Claase, is leading the gaggle behind him.

14:45 14:45 Maxime Pinot has just taken the 2nd turn point.

14:45 14:45 As Flying Scotsman Brendan Reid told me on launch, 'tiredness is bound to be having an effect on a lot of pilots by this stage in the comp, this is the first ten task long Super Final so pilots are bound to be tired and more likely to make stupid mistakes.'

14:42 14:42 The drop out rate today has been fairly high, normally an hour and a half into the task virtually all the pilots would be flying, today only 98 out of a possible 120 are still in the air.

14:37 14:37 Taking of long distance endurance races like the XAlps, it's worth noting that the current trend for 'light' gliders and material doesn't really apply to racing gliders, here it's all about performance Torsten Siegel told me.

14:35 14:35 They are now flying a difficult cross wind leg to turn point 2. Brazilian champion Christian Biasi and XAlps contender Russell Ogden are in the lead. Both high and climbing.

14:25 14:25 Even at this stage in the Super Final pilots don't really mark in paragliding races. As Torsten Siegel told me they are more interested in being in a thermal with as many good pilots as possible rather than actually marking. Today top 2 leaders Adrian Hachen and Aaron Durogati have been hanging back but are now moving up and are now 17th and 11th respectively in the gaggle flying to turn point 2.

14:21 14:21 It's also been great to see so many young pilots here too who were brought up by paragliding parents: Idris Birch, Tim Bollinger, Louis GERIN-JEAN and Antoine GERIN-JEAN who started flying when they were 11 years old and Tim Rochas who started flying at 10 yrs old in his Dad's flying school.

14:18 14:18 Maxime Pinot is well ahead now and high at over 1000m.

14:17 14:17 Reflecting on the last 20 years of competition flying Bjornar Trondsen told me that he initially avoided competitions as he didn't like the twitchy competition wings. He feels that the Zenos are really changing that perception and that modern competition gliders are much more collapse resistant because they are built with speed in mind. You get a lot more feedback through a comp wing than through an EN B, so they are easier to correct. The increased speed range, especially at low speeds, also makes them safer. Bjornar feels that the situation is much healthier than it was when he flew in his first competition 20 years ago and hopes that the manufacturers will continue to focus on safety. Well done to all the manufacturers with wings in the Super Final.

14:16 14:16 Torsten Siegel told me it has been a real bench mark test to see how Gin's new wing the Boomerang 11 would perform. They have been extremely happy with everything, it's a well balanced wing which is super nice to fly, great all round in strong thermals and also in weak conditions.

14:13 14:13 It's been great to see so much development and new equipment in the sport at the moment and to be able to see it all in action here at the Super Final. What a great competition for the manufacturers to put their new gliders through their paces. There is an impressive group of designers and test pilots flying in the Super Final: Aaron Durogati, Michael Sigel, Moonseob Lim, Adrian Hachen, Torsten Siegel, Tim Bollinger and Idris Birch (Gin R&D team). And from the Ozone R&D team: Luc ARMANT, Honorin HAMARD, Russell OGDEN

14:11 14:11 One thing that has come across very clearly in this Super Final is how much fun the pilots are having. The answer most of them give as to why they do the PWC is because they love flying in different places all over the world from Argentina to America, from South Africa to Slovenia from India to Japan. Flying with all the friends she has come to know through paragliding is the best thing for Czech pilot Petra Slivova.

14:10 14:10 We've notice a lot of acro pilots like Felix coming to the PWCs. I asked top acro pilot Hernan Pitocco why this was, why did he get into XC flying 'because I'm old', he replied grinning.

14:09 14:09 Joachim Oberhauser, Maxime Pinot and Felix Rodriguez Fernandez have crossed the river and are now heading directly north. Joachim is low and deserately needs a climb.

14:07 14:07 Today should once again be petty much a 1000 point day. 8928 points have been available so far, plus 1000 points today, which will make this by far the highest scoring PWC event ever. The pilots who have got to goal every day have flown 848 km, the equivalent of Paris to Barcelona. And if the 3 (Julien Robinson, Aaron Durogati and Emmanuel Nicolas) who have made it to goal every day get to goal today they'll have flown the equivalent of London to Milan.

14:07 14:07 They are now all flying back up towards take off, the leaders are about to cross the river and pass the sprawling town of Governador Valadares. I can almost hear the 23m high statue of Nossa Senhora das Gracas signing 'not them again'. What I should also point out is that she is surrounded by the most tasteless collection of radio antennas and microwave dishes - enough to make any saintly statue put their hands up in the air and start talking to paragliders.

13:59 13:59 Tim Bollinger is taking a completely different route out to the east and on his own. 'It's a difficult place and a difficult competition to beat the gaggle and break away, take and keep the lead,' Super Final Technical Delegate Ulric Jessop told me. So Tim is being pretty brave venturing off.

13:57 13:57 Gaspard Petiot is out infront and nearly back at launch but he's low and not climbing.

13:52 13:52 How do you mentally prepare yourself for the last task when you are in the lead by just 43 points? If you are Aaron Durogati you go to the local park at 6.30 in the morning and do a couple of hours slack line practice before a breakfast of 4 hard boiled eggs and half a water melon.

13:51 13:51 Out 2 top pilots over all in the comp, Adrian Hachen and Aaron Durogati are flying pretty conservatively. Adrian is about 30th and Aaron is way back.

13:47 13:47 Tim Bollinger on his Boomerang 11 is leading a group heading directly into wind east. At the start of todays task, in the top 10 there are 5 Gin Boomerang 11s, 4 Ozone Zenos and 1 Ozone Enzo 2.

13:44 13:44 Gaspard Petiot is very used to big mountain flying as he lives in Haute-Savoie in France He has done really well over the last few years in hike and fly comps and was 5th in the 2015 X-Alps and got to Monaco in 9 days, 5 hours so I'm not sure how he'll be finding the rolling green hills here today.

13:40 13:40 The leaders are taking very different lines north to the second turn point. Gaspard Petiot is leading with a more westerly route and Yassen Savov is out in front of the gaggle to the east.

13:35 13:35 We've had great weather forecasts during the comp which has really helped task setting. A big thank you to Dr Lucas Machado who has provided us with excellent detailed weather forecasts and synoptic charts every morning.

13:33 13:33 The top 50 pilots have all got the first turn point to the south of GV. and are now struggling back north with an easterly cross wind.

13:31 13:31 Yassen Savov has got some good music on today and is currently leading the field.

13:30 13:30 Local legend Moises Sodre who flew down with the Olympic torch, has risen like a Phoenix from the flames and is leading the gaggle.

13:28 13:28 None of the current overall leaders in the comp are at the front. The top 10 pilots overall after 9 tasks are: Aaron Durogati, Adrian Hachen, Stefan Wyss, Charles Cazaux, Michael Sigel, Xevi Bonet Dalmau, Torsten Sigel, Jurij, Vidic, Idris Birch and Jean Marc Caron. Less than 200 points separate the top 10 places. 43 points separate the first 2 places. 94 points separate the top 3 places. Adrian Hachen is the only one who could still beat Aaron Durogati. Adrian needs to be 46 points ahead of Aaron to win. The other podium places are all up for grabs. Stefan, Charles or Xevi could take second place. Anyone down to 18th place could take 3rd place. Unlike last years competition, this years Super Final is still all up for grabs.

13:27 13:27 The leaders have just got the first turn point: Russell Ogden, Gaspard Petiot, Yael Margelisch, Gleb Sukhotskiy and Pierre Remy

13:16 13:16 Task 9 winner was Gin Gliders

13:15 13:15 The team comp is going well too. Task 8 winner was Air'G Products who make mainly acro gliders.

13:12 13:12 As Bjornar Trondsen told me before he launched today it is a bit windy but most of the task is cross wind so they should be OK.

13:01 13:01 The start is now open

12:49 12:49 Latest films on the site are tips on what to wear to win a Super Final from Aaron Durogati

12:48 12:48 Once again there are some great films on World Cup TV.

12:42 12:42 A few are low and struggling a bit in the lee of the hill in front of launch

12:42 12:42 Virtually all the pilots are off and getting into position for the start

12:34 12:34 Wow he got off no problem, what a pro, well done Semih

12:33 12:33 Semih Sayir PWC veteran is laid about to take off across the slope

12:30 12:30 The wind is coming up the nose but once pilots get height it's fine. We've had some level 1 calls so far which means pilots sending them are OK

12:30 12:30 The wind is coming up the nose but once pilots get height it's fine. We've had some level 1 calls so far which means pilots sending them are OK

12:25 12:25 Stefan Wyss is off no problem and climbing well

12:23 12:23 Lucas Bernardin Is looking dubiously at the feisty take off conditions

12:21 12:21 Reigning champion Stefan Wyss is laid out ready to go on the south launch but not looking happy about the conditions

12:19 12:19 Launch is proving less than easy with big woops from the crowds every time a wing folds up

12:16 12:16 Laurie Genovese and Benedicte Saury are trying to decide whether to battle through the crowds to get to the north launch

12:14 12:14 There is a real swing vote on which side to go from.

12:13 12:13 Launch is an amazing site, gliders laid out on every centimetre. The crowd going wild with everything take on off.

12:08 12:08 Pilots are taking off both sides. Anyone trying to change sides has had it, the road between north and south take off is packed full of spectators.

12:01 12:01 The window is open

12:00 12:00 As Cody Mittanck told me the further east at the start you go will give the option of a nice climb over launch between turn pt 1 and 2.

11:53 11:53 10 minutes to go before the window opens for this all important last task with all to play for still.

11:46 11:46 Luc Armant also told me that his other big tactic for today that he's not going to share with the other pilots is to not fly on his own, stay with the gaggle.

11:43 11:43 With an East North East wind pilots like Luc Armant will take the start to the east of GV to make the race to the first turn point as down wind as possible

11:33 11:33 As Julian Robinson told me this is a very challenging task with lots of cross wind parts and choices to be made about where to take the start.

11:31 11:31 Although today's task is around GV it is by no means a wind down end of comp anticlimax.

11:29 11:29 Briefing is underway. Ulric Jessop is just explaining that it is still all to play for today. Aaron Durogati 's first place is by no means a given.

11:18 11:18 Today's task also puts us in the record books as being the first ever 10 tasks flown PWC Super Final.

11:15 11:15 How do you become a Sky God? Answer: Win the Super Final. In about 5 hours time we'll know who are this years new Sky Gods.

2017-01-28 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 11 [11:08]

The task is set - todays race is a 90.98 km Race to Goal.
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Commentary - Day 11

11:05 11:05 The wind is East North East, 12/18km similar to yesterday. 3.5 - 5m/s climbs. Should be a fantastic day.

11:02 11:02 Andreas Malecki has just told me about the weather. Another great day like yesterday which was the best day weather wise so far in the comp.

2017-01-28 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 11 [10:19]

WEATHER FORECAST - from 12h to 17h Conditionally unstable weather, with clear sky to partially cloudy. A convergence zone approaches the region to the southwest. WIND: (km/h) Surface: ENE 5, then weak from E. at 600m asl: ENE 11, then E 7. at 1200m asl: ENE 12, then E 10. at 1800m asl: ENE 18, then E 15. THERMALS: 4.0 m/s. TOP OF LIFT: 1800 msl. CLOUDS: Clear sky, with the formation of scattered convective cumulus of low development. Light shower might occur in isolated spots.

2017-01-28 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 11 [09:18]

Its the last day and we are about to set a new record. Since the SuperFinal format began we have never had a full 10 task event. Today will be task 10 and there is still everything to fly for. The pilots are on the way to launch right now and we will have task news, as usual, at about 11:30 - keep watching.

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2017-01-27 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 10 [20:29]

The results are now available to view online.

2017-01-27 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 10 [20:29]

Thats it for the day - the last pilot has just returned. Its been another good day in goal with 79 pilots reaching the line.

The results are now being compiled and will be online soon.

Commentary - Day 10

18:36 18:36 We thought that today was going to be the day when Mr and Mrs Lambert would get to goal together. Cyril got there first and we so thought that Sandy would join him. Sadly she landed 300m short. Not to be discouraged she reported back to HQ with a big smile - 'at least I was on the goal bus for the first time this comp', she laughed. Top prize for being the best sport today definitely goes to Sandy Lambert.

18:23 18:23 Laurie Genovese was 15 places ahead of partner Maxime Bellemin today. It's a good thing that when Maxime promised, back in 2013, to buy her a microwave oven if she ever beat him in a task that he didn't promise to buy one every time she beat him.

18:17 18:17 Well done to Emmanuel Nicolas, Julian Robinson and Aaron Durogati who once again made goal and are the only 3 pilots left in the competition to have made goal every day.

16:40 16:40 Stephane Drouin crossed the line 8th today ahead of his proteges: Tim Rochas, Yoann Chavanne and Martin Rebord. It's definitely a day for age before youth.

16:32 16:32 27 pilots so far haven't made goal today. Many of those who have landed out over the previous days have told me how friendly they have found the local farmers and people they have met. They have been given lifts and people have phoned to tell the organisers where they are. Apart from all the snakes they've seen parrots and parakeets. To make up for the snakes Maxime Pinot did tell me that he got invited in twice out of the four times he bombed out to eat with local farmers - must be that new hair cut. A big thank you to the people of Governador Valadares and the surrounding area for their kindness to all the pilots.

16:19 16:19 Andreas Malecki's tracker was off line and has now rejoined us showing Pepe having crossed end of speed 2nd. He's one of only 11 pilots here who have flown in all the Super Finals since time began (2009) along with Maxime Bellemin, Jean Marc Caron, Charles Cazaux, Luca Donini, Stephane Drouin, Seiko Fukuoka Naville, Keiko Hiaki, Yassen Savov, Petra Slivova, Julien Wirtz

16:15 16:15 Seiko Fukuoka Naville currently lying 3rd lady overall is in goal and top lady Nicole Fedele and Petra Slivova 2nd lady overall are both nearing end of speed.

16:10 16:10 How will todays scores alter the overall scores on the eve of the last day? Will one of the previous Super Final champions (Stefan, Charles or Aaron) do what no one has done before - win the Super Final twice? Stefan Wyss crossed end of speed 1st, he's currently lying 3rd overall, Adrian Hachen crossed 4th and is currently lying 2nd. Charles Cazaux crossed 5th, he's currently lying 4th. Torsten Siegel went for age before beauty and came in 6th, he's currently lying 10th. Current leader youngster Aaron Durogati crossed 15th.

16:01 16:01 The top 42 pilots have crossed end of speed and the top 32 are in goal.

15:59 15:59 The first to land in goal Stefan Wyss, Jan Sterren and Adrian Hachen

15:55 15:55 The top 26 have all made end of speed.

15:54 15:54 Jan Sterren, Alexandre Jofresa, Stephane Drouin, Jonathan Marin, Gleb Sukhotskiy, and Jacques Fournier have all made end of speed.

15:54 15:54 The next 3 to get end of speed are Charles Cazaux, Torsten Siegel and Stephane Drouin

15:54 15:54 Stefan Wyss has got end of speed, the reigning champion is definitely giving it his all to defend his title.

15:53 15:53 Stefan Wyss and Torsten Siegel should be able to get end of speed now without climbing.

15:53 15:53 Brazilian champion Cristiano Ricci is at the front too.

15:53 15:53 Franz Erlacher is in the lead now, this is absolutely amazing.

15:53 15:53 Marc Wensauer is with the leaders and may win it - nail biting.

15:52 15:52 Stefan Wyss has over taken Adrian Hachen. It's a race between the Ozone Zeno and the Boomerang 11

15:52 15:52 Adrian Hachen is in the lead and is 2.2 km out and gliding for end of speed.

15:52 15:52 It's a bit cross wind but they are all pretty high now above 1000m except for Luc who is at 895 m and not climbing.

15:41 15:41 The saintly statue on take-off is whispering across the beautiful blue sky, don't get too low.

15:40 15:40 Only 10 pilots have got the last turn point and are on their way to end of speed. Today has really spread them all out.

15:37 15:37 Cody Mittanck is with the leaders, he's currently lying 35th overall and wants to get into the top 30 to earn his place in the US team, today's score will definitely help him.

15:36 15:36 Stefan Wyss, currently lying 3rd overall and Adrian Hachen, currently lying 2nd overall are battling it out with the top 5 pilots.

15:34 15:34 They are into wind but have a reasonable amount of height - Hernan Pitocco is the lowest with 721m so he can't make it without another climb.

15:32 15:32 Torsten also told me that one of the benefits of being a designer and test pilot is that when you design, test and fly a wing you have lots of information about how it reacts which helps with the new wings especially with CCC ones. He feels that contrary to what you would think, sometimes test pilots have more respect for a wing and don't push it as much because they know what can happen.

15:31 15:31 Luc Armant and Marc Wensauer are with them, Marc is the highest of the leaders.

15:31 15:31 Felix Rodriguez Fernandez is at the front too with Hernan Pitocco, they are 12km from the end of speed and need another climb before end of speed.

15:29 15:29 Torsten Siegel is in 2nd position, I asked Torsten yesterday what he thought of the statement 'the pressure gets easier with age as the older pilots have less to prove 'Very true' he said with a big grin. I wonder how the pressure is going at the moment racing a Gin Boomerang 11 that he designed against Pierre Remy on an Ozone Zeno. They are both at the same height and flying at about the same speed.

15:25 15:25 The first 25 have got the turn point and are now heading to end of speed 17 km away.

15:24 15:24 Felix Rodriguez Fernandez has got the turn point too but very high. As is Miguel Diaz Ruiz, Christian Biasi, Marc Wensauer, Xevi Bonet Dalmau, Seiko Fukuoka Naville and Idris Birch who is absolutely loving his Boomerang 11.

15:21 15:21 Maxime Pinot has just taken the turn point in the middle (turn pt 3). I asked Maxime what his tactics were for getting to goal - he confided in me that he has a phobia about snakes and that was enough motivation to keep him from landing out ever again here. Having said that, he's very low - the snakes below him will be sharpening their teeth.

15:18 15:18 Julien Wirtz is currently in the lead, he's a very relaxed pilot, pretty consistent, always in the top 5. He's already had 2 top ten days (day 2 and day 6) here. Today could be his type of day, stay calm and get there.

15:18 15:18 Yassen has been over taken by the top 30 coming down from the north.

15:14 15:14 Maxime Pinot (55km/h) on the Ozone Zeno and Tim Bollinger (71 km/h) on the Gin Boomerang 11 are racing together back to the turn point, they are nearer the 3rd turn point than Yassen who is pushing into wind.

15:12 15:12 The group going directly north led by Yoshiaki Hirokawa and the ones going directly east led by veteran Russian pilot and sail plane enthusiast, Yury Mishanin, haven't reached the 2nd turn point yet.

15:09 15:09 Maxime Pinot is coming down from the north riding the wind and has over taken Yassen who is pushing into wind.

15:06 15:06 One thing Eugene Claase told me that he has learnt from his first Super Final here in Brazil is that the smallest adjustments to a wing or equipment can make a big difference. He also thinks it's fantastic that he can take part in a PWC on a competitive serial class wing thanks to the recent arrival of the Zeno. Once again well done to all the manufacturers taking part in this competition.

15:04 15:04 Tim Bollinger on the Boomerang 11 is right with Julien - same height same speed, the race is on.

15:03 15:03 The race is on with Yassen on the Ozone Zeno flying at 39 km/h from the south currently at 1614 m and climbing and Julian Robinson on the Gin Boomerang 10 flying back to the centre at 1994 m and speed 53 km/h and climbing.

14:59 14:59 Yoshiaki Hirokawa is leading a strung out group going north. He was 10th in the PWC in Reunion and is always one to watch.

14:57 14:57 A small gaggle led by the PWC's very own James Bond are heading east to take the turn point.

14:56 14:56 The lead gaggle going north have arrived at the cylinder and about 20 have got the turn point including current leader Aaron Durogati.

14:55 14:55 Laurie Genovese has taken the turn point in the north. She started flying in 2006. Her Dad took her tandem flying when she was a kid then she started flying on her own at 14 yrs old. She's a paragliding instructor in the summer and physio in the winter. 'Basically I break them in the summer and mend them in the winter' she told me. She enjoys being supporter to endurance race competitors, useful as she's a physio, she loves sharing the adventure. The 1st PWC she took part in was in Columbia in 2013 with her partner Maxime Bellemin. Maxime hates microwave ovens and jokingly promised to buy Laurie one if she ever beat him. Maxime had to go out and buy Laurie a microwave at the end of day 1.

14:53 14:53 Rafael Saladini has taken the turn point to the north whilst Honorin Hamard has taken it to the south, meanwhile Yassen is half way to the next turn point.

14:51 14:51 Durali Karaca taking the southern route with Yassen has just got the turn point.

14:47 14:47 Brazilian distance record holder Rafael Saladini is leading the charge north and has nearly got the turn point.

14:46 14:46 Yassen Savov is the only one to have past the turn point, he's 7km ahead of the others who have gone north and getting all the lead out points. Definitely got the right music pumping out of those head phones today.

14:44 14:44 Meanwhile in the southern half of the cylinder Yassen has got the turn point and is storming back north

14:43 14:43 Meanwhile going north they have split into 2 groups one big gaggle flying directly back into wind led by Julian Robinson, this will do his bid for a place in the British team a lot of good, there are 2 places left and 4 people chasing them.

14:41 14:41 Yassen Savov's tracker has just come back on line and he is pretty near the cylinder which makes up the second turn point.

14:40 14:40 It's worth bearing in mind that the pilots heading south will get all the lead out points as they are going with the wind and therefore going faster.

14:39 14:39 Hernan Pitocco is in front of the gaggle going north. He started flying when he was 16 yrs old. He saw a car with an advert for a paragliding school and ran after it until it stopped. Although he had to keep it a secret from his parents that he had started paragliding and get his friends to sign the parental consent form for the first 6 mths. This is his first Super Final and his is currently best new comer. Back in 2011 he set a new world distance record of 462 km in Brazil - definitely a force to be reckoned with.

14:32 14:32 Current overall women's leader Nicole Fedele is right with the leaders going north. She fell in love with paragliding as a teenager and has a whole string of World and European distance records to her name. She's an expert XC guide so this task should be suiting her too.

14:29 14:29 Good task setting forces pilots to make the maximum number of decisions. It shouldn't be like a horse race (quote from Semih Sayir) there should be as many different routes to take as possible, that is exactly what this task has achieved. We have a full on race between those going north and those going south led by Yassen Savov.

14:25 14:25 The main gaggle are very close together going back the way they came taking the route north option. Yassen Savov, Durali Karaca and World and European champion Honorin Hamard are going south.

14:19 14:19 As far as the women are concerned Nicole Fedele is currently leading the women's comp by 160 points which is a fairly comfortable lead. 8 points separates Petra and Seiko. So there is still all to play for with 2 days remaining. It's worth noting that Nicole is discarding from a score of 841 and Petra will be discarding from 774, which could help Nicole.

14:19 14:19 No one (overall) has ever won the Super Final twice. The winners so far have been: Charles CAZAUX 1st in 2009 Super Final in Italy Aaron DUROGATI 1st in 2012 Super Final in Colombia Maxime Pinot 1st in 2014 PWC Super Final in Turkey Stefan WYSS 1st in last years Super Final 2015 in Mexico Could this be the year, could Charles, Aaron, Maxime or Stefan win it for a second time? 3 out of the 4 previous winners that are here are in the top 4 overall at the moment. After 8 tasks Aaron DUROGATI is 1st overall 5835 pts Adrian Hachen 2nd 5784 Stefan WYSS 3rd 5706 pts Charles CAZAUX 4th 5704 Michael Sigel 5th 5703 Aaron has only a 50 pt lead. Adrian is 2nd by 80 pts. Only 3 pts separate 3rd and 5th place. It's definitely still all to play for. It's worth noting that Aaron's lead was cut in half yesterday. But Aaron is fairly well protected from now on against having a bad day as if he scores zero he will still score 919 which he is currently discarding. Adrian is in a similar position. Stefan and Charles are much more vulnerable as their highest discarded scores are 751 and 881 respectively.

14:16 14:16 It has been so easy to push out in front of the gaggle and go down in previous days but today seems to be splitting the big gaggle up. The only 3 pilots who haven't bombed so far and got to goal every day are: Julian Robinson, Emmanuel Nicolas and Aaron Durogati.

14:13 14:13 Felix Rodriguez is one who will definitely be trying to get a good task in today. On launch he told me 'this is a very difficult competition for me but I'm still having fun.'

14:12 14:12 Tactics wise the leaders who have had only one poor day will be trying to do well today so that they can discard an entire bad day and replace it with a good one then fly conservatively on the last day.

14:08 14:08 Yassen Savov is in the lead and has decided to go south. This is his sort of task and his sort of conditions today. But he needs to get some height, and isn't finding a climb.

14:06 14:06 Looking up at them all there together at turn point one, we need a speech bubble with the words 'Somebody make a decision' in it.

14:03 14:03 The top 20 have got the turn point.

14:02 14:02 Pierre Remy, Adrian Hachen and Yassen Savov are the next to get the turn point.

14:01 14:01 Don't tell anyone in the little village of Boom Jesus this, but Samuel Nascimento is very low and not finding a climb, right at the first turn point.

13:59 13:59 Patrick Von Kaenel has got the turn point - now what happens?

13:58 13:58 Yassen Savov seems to have been caught up by the gaggle coming from the west.

13:53 13:53 It'll be interesting to see if there is a Brazilian choice and a 'rest of the world choice' of route, so often in this competition we've seen the local Brazilian pilots taking a completely different route. PWC weatherman Richard Pethigal who lives in Brazil is currently leading the group which are taking a more easterly course, with higher terrain.

13:50 13:50 Stefan Wyss, currently lying 3rd overall, was going to hang back a bit at the first turn point and assess the options.

13:49 13:49 Pilots like fashion victim, and current overall leader Aaron Durogati, told me he was going to wait and see what the wind and weather conditions are like when he's in the air before making a decision.

13:47 13:47 The most popular route option when we were all discussing it on launch, as Cody Mittanck summed it up, will so depend on where the gaggle goes. Cody told me he intended to hold back a bit, gain height at the first turn point whilst watching what everyone else does.

13:45 13:45 As we've seen on previous days, the pilots have begun to spread out a bit, time to ask 'Where's Yassen Savov?' The answer right out in front on his own ahead of the lead gaggle. He's got good height - 1216m, he's climbing - what a brilliant pilot.

13:41 13:41 The advantage of taking the second turn point in the northern half of the cylinder is that there will be lots of pilots coming towards them who still have to take the turn pt marking the thermals and showing them where the thermals are in the northern half. This will not be the case in the southern half.

13:38 13:38 Cyril Lambert from Reunion Island is right with Samuel Nascimento, I can hear Cyril's wife Sandy who is also in the comp shouting 'wait for me'.

13:37 13:37 Samuel Nascimento has just taken the lead out in front of the main gaggle, he's got lots of height - 1286 m, he's climbing, the crowds in his home village of Boom Jesus 800km away will be going wild watching this on our live leader board in the village bar.

13:34 13:34 There may be convergence in the southern part of the 2nd turn point cylinder which would make taking the cylinder in the south a lot easier.

13:33 13:33 A lot of the route choice will be based on how the pilots think the wind will affect them today. The wind is from the north east at the moment but due to change to being more from the east later on.

13:31 13:31 Fortunately one group have gone a sepate way and are to the east of the main gaggle and led by Charles Cazaux.

13:30 13:30 Joachim Oberhauser, Tim Bollinger and Thomas Gury have taken the lead. This is going to be another day of constantly changing leaders with nobody wanting to break free of the gaggle.

13:28 13:28 The pilots are flying towards a big cylinder with a very little cylinder inside it (ignore the goal, nobody is anywhere near there yet). What they have to do is go to the little cylinder in the middle at Engenheiro Caldas. Take that turn point, then take the bigger cylinder which has a 20 km radius anywhere they want, then back to the middle again, then north to goal which is on the main road back to GV.

13:24 13:24 Your probably looking at the task and wondering what all the fuss is about, it looks like a very simple out and return - not so. Let me try and explain.

13:19 13:19 With Julien there is Kiyoshi Nariyama, Russell Achterberg, Maxime Pinot and Russell Ogden on a smoked Zeno today after the world's lowest save of all time yesterday next to a pile of burning rubbish.

13:16 13:16 Leading the gaggle 15 mins after the start is Julien Brung, great to see him doing well after several not so great days.

13:08 13:08 The start is open - the race is on

12:38 12:38 Philippe Broers is making some great films of the comp, interviews with top British pilots like Russell Ogden, flying with Felix Rodriguez Fernandez and footage of flute playing Emmanuel Nicolas

12:25 12:25 Looking up into the sky above launch it's such a pretty sight with so many gliders turning above our heads.

12:22 12:22 The PWC drone is buzzing over head capturing all the action.

12:20 12:20 There are about 20 pilots left to launch and the wind has switched to coming up the ridge instead of the grassy north and south facing launches.

12:19 12:19 Francisco Javie Reina Lagos and fellow Spanish pilot Felix Rodriguez Fernandez have just taken off.

12:16 12:16 Fellow Reunion pilot Sandy Lambert has just taken off.

12:16 12:16 The pilots are taking off as thick and fast as they can now, and all going off the north launch.

12:16 12:16 Maxime Bellemin and Yongtae Ahn have just taken off.

12:15 12:15 Flute safely packed away Emmanuel Nicolas, The Pied Piper of Reunion Island, has just taken off.

12:02 12:02 The window is open.

11:55 11:55 The wind dummies are maintaining nicely. Window opens in 5 minutes.

11:49 11:49 Lots of grinning pilot are wandering around launch with big green coconuts drinking the milk through straws bought from the coconut shop on launch.

11:45 11:45 Looking out from launch there is a lot of shade on the rolling green hills dotted with little trees and patches of bare orange soil.

11:43 11:43 Moonseob Lim told me he is concerned about the conditions around the start being weak.

11:40 11:40 The wind dummies are taking off. Window opens in 20 mins at 12h.

2017-01-27 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 10 [11:39]

The task is set - todays race is a 95.32 km Race to Goal.
The window will open at 12:00 Local Time and the Start is at 13:00

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Commentary - Day 10

11:37 11:37 Another very interesting task. Well done to the task committee Andreas Malecki, Michael Sigel, Richard Pethigal and meet director Dio.

11:31 11:31 Today's task is a concentric circle task to give pilots as many choices as possible.

11:31 11:31 Briefing is taking place. Weather guru Richard Pethigal is just explaining to pilots that the forecast for today is the best yet.

11:25 11:25Nicole Fedele 's strategy has been to not take risks, she's top lady in the comp so it's a good strategy, a lot of the others wish they had thought of earlier.

11:24 11:24Few pilots intend to mark today, unusual for this stage in the comp. The reason nobody knows who anyone is because they are on new identical wings.

11:17 11:17As most of the pilots have found to their expense so far it's really easy to bomb out here.

11:15 11:15Everyone's strategy today seems to be to not take risks. Jean Marc Caron told me he is going to really pay a lot of attention at the difficult bits.

10:54 10:54Manu the Flute is entertaining us again, deep base and soft flute, beautiful.

10:53 10:53Here we are on launch for another flyable day of the 2016 Super Final.

2017-01-27 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 10 [09:39]

Here we go again - day 10 is here and the sun is out. We expect task news at about 11:30 so keep watching. WEATHER FORECAST - from 12h to 17h Conditionally stable weather, with clear sky. The region is under the influence of a high-pressure system with a core of 1032 hPa to the southeast, which maintains away a zone of convergence to the southwest. WIND: (km/h) Surface: NE 5, then weak from E. at 600m asl: NE 11, then ENE 9. at 1200m asl: NE 15, then NE 12. at 1800m asl: NE 22, then NE 17. THERMALS: 4.5 m/s in the vicinity of Ibituruna, reaching +5 m/s in the best sectors to the east, then 3.0 m/s on average. *Note: Lack of convective activity in the region south of Tarumirim and east of Dom Cavati. TOP OF LIFT: 1800 msl, then 1500 msl on avarage. CLOUDS: Clear sky, with the formation of scattered convective cumulus of low development. Tendency for tomorrow: The conditions on the last day of the championship are favorable for a task, and should present typical aspects of pre-frontal.

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2017-01-26 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 9 [19:35]

Day 9 - Task 8 and another great task. We had 94 in goal today with another 5 landing just short.

The scoring is done and the results are now available online - we start again at 0900 tomorrow.

Commentary - Day 9

17:43 17:43 A lot of the trackers came on line as pilots got the end of speed section so the initial order we gave for pilots crossing end of speed may not have been 100% accurate. The final order that the top ten pilots crossed end of speed was: Maxime Pinot, Luca Donini, Xavier Pujol Barricarte, Joachim Oberhauser, Hernan Pitocco, Adrian Hachen, Felix Rodriguez Fernandez, Pierre Remy, Tim Bollinger and Yoshiki Kuremoto

17:32 17:32 Yongtae Ahn is the last to reach goal after 4.5 hours in the air and 103.6 km flown.It's worth noting that Andreas Malecki's tracker has just come back on line showing him arriving in goal 23rd.

16:40 16:40 Next in: Arnaud Secher, Yigit Yildirim, Emmanuel Nicolas, Russell Achterberg, Lionel Lang, Joel Loire, Moonseob Lim, Thibaut Lavolé, Marc Wensauer, Miguel Diaz Ruiz, Luc Armant and Meryl Delferriere.

16:34 16:34 80th into goal is the PWCs very own James Bond, Yury Mishanin.

16:33 16:33 Martinho Ribeiro Morais, Petra Slivova, Rafael Saladini, Jurij Vidic, Jungman Choi, Tilen Ceglar, Jacques Fournier and Michele Boschi are next in.

16:30 16:30 Olivier Henry and partner Benedicte Saury really are taking it in turn to get to goal, today it was Olivier's turn.

16:25 16:25 Stanislav Mayer who did the last XAlps and Semih Sayir who did one of the very first XAlps, have just landed in goal.

16:23 16:23 Yoshiaki Hirokawa, Bjornar Trondsen, Jose Luis Sudbrack Guimaraes and Seiko Fukuoka Naville have just made goal. Here's an interesting statistic, the 4 people with the longest surnames in the competition all landed together today.

16:20 16:20 Russell Ogden, after such a brave attempt to push out and the lowest save since PWCA records began, has finally made goal.

16:17 16:17 Mathias Ioualalen and Antonio Golfari have just got to goal.

16:15 16:15 Francisco Javie Reina Lagos, Pablo Rodarte, Nicole Fedele, Yael Margelisch, Jan Richard Hansen, Joerg Nuber and Keiko Hiraki have just made goal.

16:13 16:13 Brazilian champion Cristiano Ricci, Franz Erlacher, Clement Hoelter, Martin Rebord, Lucas Bernardin and Klaudia Bulgakow have just landed in goal.

16:10 16:10 Thomas Gury, Jan Sterren, Alexey Bystritskiy, Erico Oliveira, Jean Marc Caron and Clement Latour have just come in.

16:07 16:07 Unfortunately some of the big names in the comp have landed just short of goal.

16:06 16:06 Christian Biasi, Damien Lacaze, Biagio Alberto Vitale and Eugene Claase have made goal. Good to see Eugene make it today after the disappointment of flying so well yesterday then landing just short.

16:03 16:03 Friends Julian Robinson and Brendan Reid have landed in goal.

16:00 16:00 Peter Nagele and reigning champion Stefan Wyss have just landed in goal.

15:59 15:59 Spanish pilot Xevi Bonet Dalmau who's been in the top 10 three times so far in this Super Final, has just landed in goal.

15:57 15:57 Next to land in goal Marco Busetta, Francisco Mantaras and Samuel Nascimento - we can almost hear the cheering crowds in Boom Jesus 800 km away.

15:55 15:55 Deonir Spancerski, Jonathan Marin, Gianbasilio Profiti, Tim Rochas, Simon Pellissier, and Teo Bouvard have arrived in goal just before Teo's mentor, maestro Julien Wirtz.

15:52 15:52 Antoine Gerin-jean has just got into goal - we can hear the cheers from Mum and Dad Francois and Valu at Aerogliss in St Andre les Alpes - base for our 2016 PWC.

15:50 15:50 A lot of those who have just got end of speed are quite low but they are going over a little ridge so it should be down hill to goal, so lets keep brake lines crossed that they make it.

15:48 15:48 Cody Mittanck has just passed end of speed, he's currently lying 38th so this should help him gain a few places and get into the top 30 to get a place in the US team - his objective for this comp.

15:45 15:45 Gin test pilot Torsten Siegel and Richard Pethigal (Super Final weather guru when he's not being kidnapped by the Shinning Path), have just got end of speed and should get into goal any minute now.

15:44 15:44 Aaron Durogati 3rd on day 1, 5th on day 3, 2nd = on day 4 and 1st on day 5 and currently lying 1st over all has just come into goal 8 minutes behind the leaders.

15:42 15:42 Next into goal Gildas Ben and Michael Sigel.

15:41 15:41 Next in goal: Durali Karaca, Kiyoshi Nariyama and first lady today Laurie Genovese.

15:40 15:40 Next in goal are Luca Donini, Xavier Pujol Barricarte, Joachim Oberhauser, Felix Rodriguez Fernandez, Pierre Remy, Tim Bollinger and Idris Birch

15:35 15:35 Well done Maxime. Adrian and Idris have just landed beside him.

15:34 15:34 Gooooooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal!

15:34 15:34 Next are Adrian Hachen, Hernan Pitocco, Yoshiki Kuremoto are next.

15:33 15:33 Maxime Pinot has taken end of speed first.

15:32 15:32 Hernan Pitocco and Felix Rodriguez Fernandez are with them

15:31 15:31 Maxime Pinot on the Zeno is 1.8 from end of speed his glide ratio looks like he should make it. Adrian Hachen is 1.9 km away on the Boom 11. Height wise they are identical at 920m.What a nail biting finish.

15:29 15:29 Maxime Pinot's tracker has just come back on line and he's in the lead - what a practice day!!!! He's 2.3 km from end of speed, he's really nailed it today.

15:28 15:28 They tend to wait until the final glide to go at max speed as that is the point in the race where your position really counts.

15:27 15:27 Pierre Remy is with them. They are all at the same height and have set off together for the race to end of speed.

15:26 15:26 Kiyoshi Nariyama on the Ozone Enzo 2 is right behind them at 1605 m on final glide too.

15:25 15:25 Felix Rodriguez Fernandez on the Ozone Zeno is high at 1556m he's on his final glide to end of speed. Tim Bollinger is 1 km behind on the Gin Boomerang 11 at 1572m is on his final glide too.

15:23 15:23 It's worth noting that quite a few of the trackers are off line.

15:23 15:23 They are all really spread out, goal is beckoning but the top 40 won't be arriving within 15 seconds of each other in goal today like they did yesterday.

15:21 15:21 It's neck and neck between the Zenos, Enzo 2s and Boomerang 11s to get the 4th turn point. Felix Rodriguez Fernandez has got it first.

15:15 15:15 Felix Rodriguez Fernandez, Joachim Oberhauser and Laurie Genovese on Ozone Zenos are at the front with Tim Bollinger, Torsten Siegel and Idris Birch on Boomerang 11s. Idris is higher than everyone else at 1664m and climbing.

15:12 15:12 They are 5 km out from the turn point and are all taking pretty much the same line but very stretched out.

15:10 15:10 As the pilots approach the half way point to the last turn point Laurie Genovese is in the lead. The pilot quality of especially the women here, is incredible. 5 out of the 11 women Seiko Fukuoka Naville, Laurie Genovese, Keiko Hiraki, Nicole Fedele and Petra Slivova have all won the women's Super Final in the past. Petra Slivova, Klaudia Bulgakow and Seiko Fukuoka Naville have all been women's world champion. You don't get a more impressive field than that.

15:03 15:03 There isn't that much wind behind them. The fastest speed that any of the pilots are doing is Cody Mittanck doing 66 km/h.

15:00 15:00 Maxime Pinot is out in front on the Ozone Zeno at 1157m above the ground flying at 59km/h. Adrian Hachen is just behind him on the Boomerang 11 at 1247m above the ground flying at 55 km/h.

14:57 14:57 Maxime Pinot is right out in front, as he said on launch, he's got nothing to lose, what a great competition to use as training.

14:55 14:55 Andreas Malecki (Pepe) has taken the turn point and going the same route as Samuel Nascimento. Pepe is a very experienced pilot, he's flown in all the Super Finals since time began (2009). If they can work together they could get to the next turn point further along the course route than the lead gaggle further north. That would earn Pepe honorary citizenship of Boom Jesus.

14:50 14:50 Samuel Nascimento has taken the turn point further south which has put him back into second place. The crowds in Boom Jesus (with a population of 10) will be going wild.

14:49 14:49 The top ten pilots have all now got the turn point and are breathing a collective sigh of relief as they start the down wind leg south west to turn point 4.

14:48 14:48 The order that pilots take the turn point doesn't necessarily reflect their position along the course. Pilots like Samuel Nascimento haven't taken it yet but is further south and therefore further along the course line than those who have already taken it. The atmosphere in his village of Boom Jesus must be amazing watching this.

14:45 14:45 Gildas Ben is round the turn point.

14:45 14:45 Maxime Pinot got it next - the new hair cut is working after all.

14:44 14:44 The leaders are approaching turn point 3 and should get it any second now. Adrian Hachen has just got it.

14:43 14:43 Gildas Ben is in front. This is his first Super Final, he's an ex rugby player and has done some pretty hard core paragliding in Reunion island flying off Piton des Neiges.

14:40 14:40 Maxime Pinot who was 2nd on day 1 and 1st on day 4, is at the front too. Unfortunately he didn't do too well in some of the other tasks so he's going to use the rest of the competition for training he told me. Will he be one to push out with all to gain and nought to lose? I blame the poor days on his new hair cut, he's such a talented pilot, incredible. He did his 1st tandem flight at age 10 and his first solo flight at age 13.

14:33 14:33 Top Italian pilot Luca Donini is right at the front too now. It's worth pointing out that we have the top pilots from so many nations competing in this Super Final.From Italy: Luca DONINI (1st in 2016 Italian nationals) and Aaron DUROGATI (3rd)Three veterans from the German national team who have competed together for many years are here: Marc WENSAUER, Andreas MALECKI and Torsten SIEGELTop 2 Argentineans: Hernan PITOCCO, and Francisco Mantaras, respectively 1st and 3rd in the last stop of the Argentine Paragliding Cup in Mendoza in 2016 are both here. Hot on each other's wing tips, they took all the podium places in the Argentinean comps last year.4 out of the top 10 Swiss pilots are here: Stefan WYSS, Michael SIGEL, Patrick Von Kaenel and Adrian HACHEN (in order of ranking in the 2016 Swiss championships).The top 5 French pilots are here: Jonathan MARIN, Clement LATOUR, Honorin HAMARD, Antoine GERIN-JEAN and Thomas GURY (in order of ranking in the French 2016 championships).9 out of the top 10 French pilots are competing in the Super Final (15 out the top 20)

14:28 14:28 Idris Birch is now in the lead on his Boomerang 11, he's high at 1122m and climbing. He's Britain's hottest new pilot. He has pulled some real blinders in competitions and is more than capable of making his own decisions and choosing his own route as we saw at the PWC in St Andre in 2016.

14:24 14:24 Samuel Nascimento is in front, he's at 661m and climbing, he's taking a route a lot further south than the lead gaggle. He holds the world distance record and even has 564 km tattooed on his arm and the date 15/10/2016 beside it. He's the 1st Brazilian to have ever won a Super Final task (day 6). He lives near Pocos De Caldas in a little village called Corrego Do Bom Jesus. I can't imagine the excitement around our live leaderboard in the bar in Boom Jesus right now.

14:16 14:16 Murat Tuzer is the furthest round the course but very low as is Clement Hoelter just behind him.

14:15 14:15 They are all now in a cross wind leg flying south east to the next turn point. As was the concern on launch they are lower, did enough of them stop to get a height top up before they started this cross wind leg? Height evaporates very quickly in a cross wind leg.

14:12 14:12 How many of the others will be drawn by the Pied Piper and go directly south?

14:11 14:11 Multi talented Emmanuel Nicolas has pulled away from the gaggle and gone more directly south.

14:10 14:10 Russell Ogden is currently on his own south of the gaggle climbing steadily, he got up from 40m above the ground! He's back up at 900m. This is the story we've seen so often in this competition, as soon as somebody pushes out in front they go down. However it looks like Guy power was there to help Russel today.

14:08 14:08 Klaudia Bulgakow is at the front again, what an amazing pilot, she was women's World Champion in 2013 in Bulgaria but has never won the Super Final - could this be hers?

14:06 14:06 Russell's tracker is off line at the moment. For those of you worried about how we manage to find everyone at the end of the day when they've landed out and their trackers don't have a signal, we have our meet director Dio on launch with a very powerful radio able to contact everyone.

14:04 14:04 This is nail biting watching Russel. He's at 60m above the ground and still not finding a climb - where is a bit of Guy power when you need it?

14:03 14:03 Russell Ogden is right out in front but he's really low and not finding a climb. For those of you watching this sat in front of computers at home who know nothing about paragliding, can I just say that blowing at the screen won't help to get your preferred pilot to goal any quicker or up from very low.

13:57 13:57 Yassen Savov having taken a route further south has now met up with the leaders but still has to take the turn point, which he will do a lot further south of the others.

13:54 13:54 The top 30 have got the turn point, once again what a close lead gaggle.

13:53 13:53 The leaders have just got the turn point: Miguel Diaz Ruiz, Russell Ogden, Luc Armant, Tilen Ceglar, Jonathan Marin, Yoann Chavanne

13:52 13:52 Idris Birch having stopped for a climb is now back up at the top and higher than the leaders at 1400m.

13:50 13:50 The sky seems to be getting bluer as the afternoon goes on - possibly from those who are low and desperately trying to get up. Having said, that the first 60 pilots all seem to be well above 1000m

13:47 13:47 The leaders are currently getting very close to the second turn point. The top 10 are at about roughly the same height of 1100 m and most seem to be climbing. Russel Ogden on the Zeno is currently flying the fastest at 53 km/h.

13:45 13:45 A lot of the pilots with new wings here are from the northern hemisphere and didn't have much time to train and get used to their new equipment before they got here. However, with 7 long tasks under their waist belts, pilots and wings all know each other a lot better now.

13:44 13:44 None of the pilots seemed too stressed by the idea that the world of paragliding are watching their every climb, 10,000 people from Chile to China have been willing them to get to goal over the 7 days of racing we've had so far.

13:40 13:40 Nearly an hour into the race and nobody has landed yet.

13:38 13:38 As we thought on launch today, the weather seems a bit more stable today. Thermals seem a bit more broken. It is a lot less humid and cloud base is about 1800m.

13:36 13:36 Samuel Nascimento has taken the lead but so needs a climb and isn't finding one.

13:35 13:35 What is great about this competition is that a whole spread of levels of experience of pilots are able to fly on exactly the same wing making the playing field very level. However neither of the two leaders at the moment can call themselves in any way inexperienced. Russel has won more British competitions than he has hair on his head and Yassen won the Europeans in St Andre in 2012.

13:32 13:32 Height wise Yassen needs a climb, he's 330 m lower than Russel and not climbing, Russel is in zeros, they're both on Zenos so there's not much in it.

13:30 13:30 Yassen Savov is right out on his own and has taken the lead. This is so what Yassen does best, he'll have his head phones on with some good music and just be going for it.

13:28 13:28 At this point we always ask where's Yassen Savov? Right out on his own at the front taking a completely different line.

13:27 13:27 The gaggle behind them are split, half are going directly west behind Russel, the others are going more south west.

13:26 13:26 Russell Ogden has gone to join Martin Rebord along with Marc Wensauer. They will no doubt all be looking for a bit of Guy power. Russel is the highest of the 3 at 1027m

13:23 13:23 Martin is out to the west of the gaggle on his own - brave.

13:23 13:23 Martin Rebord is at the front. He's been flying comps for 5 years. He likes it here but finds it very different to what he is used to - a commercial tandem pilot and ski instructor at home - here he's on a Boomerang 10 and there is definitely no snow.

13:15 13:15 Yesteday's winner Russell Ogden briefly took the lead for a moment. He won on lead out points yesterday from amongst a very close field. No doubt all that XAlps training is helping him.

13:14 13:14 Maxime Pinot also told me that it's very difficult not to jump at every opportunity to attack out in front but to really be patient and wait for the very best moment before going for it. Again this is why we have seen a lot of the leaders bombing out early and why their scores are not very consistent as Maxime's show.

13:13 13:13 Maxime Pinot told me that one thing which makes flying here very difficult is that the thermals are very mobile which makes working in a group a lot more efficient because you can see more easily where the thermals are. We've seen so many of the top pilots push out and bomb in this competition. Hero to Zero, nothing's easier.

13:12 13:12 Louis Gerin-jean is low at about 300m and doesn't seem to be able to find a climb.

13:11 13:11 Louis Gerin-jean and Emmanuel Nicolas are in front.

13:09 13:09 The first 70 pilots have got the first turn point and are now on a fast down wind leg south west to the second turn point.

12:53 12:53 Team GB came 1st yesterday and Russell Ogden was 1st overall. Flying in honour of Guy Anderson's broken ankle worked. Will they have some Guy power today?

12:49 12:49 But how beautiful will todays thermals be for flying? That's the big question on everyone's leading edge at the moment.

12:44 12:44 12.45 the window is open and they're off, lots of colourful little specs in a beautiful blue sky with white puffy clouds.

12:24 12:24 Once again there is some great footage on World Cup TV.

12:23 12:23 In the team competition Gin Gliders and Ozone were joint equal yesterday.

12:15 12:15 The last few pilots are now launching

12:08 12:08 Laurie Genovese has just taken off. She was 6th in goal overall on task 6, the highest overall place of any woman in the comp so far. Well done Laurie.

12:04 12:04 You can almost hear a collective 'ooouf' of relief when they get to cloud base where it's nice and cool away from the searing heat of the launch.

12:01 12:01 Those who have launched are climbing up easily and are already in a good position to get the start just east of take-off.

11:59 11:59 Up and coming French pilot Meryl Delferriere is trying to take off the north launch which is not providing easy. And she's off.

11:56 11:56 Charles Cazaux currently lying 4th overall is off on his way to the start

11:54 11:54 R union pilot Gildas Ben is about to launch

11:53 11:53 Yael Margelisch has just launched

11:52 11:52 Take off chief marshall Bill Lock explains the difficulty of take off on both sides, it means double the marshals and launching with the wind on the nose

11:46 11:46 Window is open

11:45 11:45 Window opens in 1 min but at the moment the big question is which side of the mountain to take off, north or south.

11:43 11:43 Tim Rochas told me today will be difficult to attack as it's so blue He's been in goal every day except 1 so will try to continue being consistent.

11:36 11:36 Window opens at 11.45 in ten minutes.

11:34 11:34 The wind is north east today.

11:23 11:23 Brendan Reid told me he's not sure if today will be the fun racing task that yesterday was. The key will be to be high at the start of the cross wind legs.

2017-01-26 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 9 [11:18]

The task is set - todays race is a 103.57 km Race to Goal.
The window will open at 11:45 Local Time and the Start is at 12:45

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Commentary - Day 9

11:15 11:15 Today's task is going to be a traditional zig zag down wind task.

11:13 11:13 Looking around briefing it's like flicking through the pages of a magazine for paragliding celebrities there are so many top level pilots here.

11:08 11:08 Most pilots have tasks they want to discard and need to make these last 3 days really count.

11:07 11:07 Briefing is taking place. There are a lot serious looking faces this morning, we're into the end game.

11:02 11:02 I asked competition leader Aaron Durogati what his tactics would be for the remaining 3 days - to have fun he replied.

11:00 11:00 Today the weather is drier and slightly windier than yesterday. It's bluer with less cloud and no cirrus. Base is higher at 1300 than on previous days.

2017-01-26 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 9 [08:41]

Here we go again. Blue skies, sunshine and light winds. All looking good for a task so the pilots are on the road to takeoff.

Task news, as usual, at about 11:30.

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2017-01-25 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 8 [20:21]

The results are now available online

2017-01-25 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 8 [20:05]

Its been another great task, the weather seems to be holding for us. Today saw 84 pilots in goal.

The last pilots are now back and the results are being prepared. They will be available in a few minutes.

Commentary - Day 8

17:32 17:32 Please note that it is not normally PWCA policy to encourage any (or indeed 84) paraglider pilots to land on the main runway of an airport.

16:30 16:30 An ammendment to an earlier post, well done to both first ladies today, Petra Slivova and Klaudia Bulgakow.

16:28 16:28 Pierre Muller, Heinrich Bretz and Michele Boschi have just come into goal. For all three, it's their first Super Final and they are certainly showing that they can hold their own against the more internationally experienced pilots here.

16:21 16:21 So far 80 pilots have made goal. 11 pilots are still flying out of a field of 120.

16:19 16:19 It's worth noting that some of those who led the initial race for the end of speed section didn't make goal and are now shown on our leader board with a line through their time points, indicating that they will get distance points for today but not time points.

16:15 16:15 Well done to brothers Leo and Honorin Hamard also both getting to goal again today - this time it was Leo's turn to get there first - well done Leo.

16:14 16:14 Well done to Benedicte Saury and partner Olivier Henry who both got to goal today - up until now they have been taking it in turns. Just for the record, Benedicte got there first a whole 2 minutes before Olivier.

15:59 15:59 First woman across end of speed, Petra Slivova, got to goal 45 seconds after Idris. Petra has had some good tasks so far, 2nd lady (13th overall) on day 3, 3rd lady on days 4 and 5. Well done Petra.

15:59 15:59 I did ask Idris Birch this morning whether he thought much about friends and family watching his live tracker, he said he thought about it a little bit, I bet his paraglider pilot Dad Dave will have been watching his talented son's every thermal today.

15:58 15:58 7 minutes separated the first 60 pilots - incredible for a 112 km task (from take-off to goal). This illustrates the importance of having an end of speed section then space for pilots to take their time and land in goal with no pressure on when they are ready, and prevents 60 pilots racing into the ground together.

15:58 15:58 The first 40 pilots all came in within a minute of each other! Leadout points are going to be very important today.

15:58 15:58 It looks as if time wise, without lead out points, the winners are: Idris Birch, Adrian Hachen, Michael Sigel, Jonathan Marin, Luc Armant, Pierre Remy, Jurij Vidic, Charles Cazaux, Aaron Durogati and Torsten Siegel who all came in within 15 seconds of each other.

15:58 15:58 Christian Biasi has just landed in goal

15:57 15:57 In the blink of an eye 50 pilots have all passed end of speed together!

15:57 15:57 On the other hand veteran Luca Donini who has flown in all the Super Finals since time began (2009) is right at the front too.

15:57 15:57 It's good to see new comers to the Super Final out in front, this is Oguzkan Sadeer's first.

15:57 15:57 Yigit Yildirim, Oguzkan Sadeer and Francisco Javie Reina Lagos are 4km out from end of speed and should get there on a glide. It looks like Julien Wirtz has had to stop to get a bit more height.

15:56 15:56 They are 7km from the end of speed. Once again this is going to be very close. Julien Wirtz is out in front but lower than the rest, this is going to be a tight glide for him.

15:56 15:56 The leaders are on their final glide to end of speed: Francisco Javie Reina Lagos, Yoann Chavanne, Eugene Claase, Julien Wirtz, Antoine Gerin-jean and Klaudia Bulgakow. They are high and should all make it.

15:56 15:56 South African Eugene Claase is at the front at the moment, this is only his second ever PWC - his first was the 2016 PWC in Reunion in October where he flew a 2 liner wing for the first time. Well done to Eugene - wow - what a steep learning curve!

15:56 15:56 French pilot Yoann Chavanne is out in front too. He's no stranger to winning tasks in comps with a very high level of pilot. He won a task in the PWC in Montalegre in 2015. He did very well in the first 3 days of that comp which were similar to the conditions in GV. He won the 1st task in the 2015 PWC in Switzerland. He's very versatile and consistent.

15:55 15:55 Francisco Javie Reina Lagos who has a proven track record here is one of 2 front runners at the moment. He's had some good days here this comp, 6th on day 1, 3rd on day 5.

15:55 15:55 Height wise there isn't much in it, the leaders are all about 1000 m above the ground at altitudes of around 1600m.

15:55 15:55 3 out of the 11 women here have flown in all the Super Finals since time began (2009). This shows the phenomenally high level of experience of the women in this competition. The men in the competition can't boast the same staying power - only 8 out of 110 have competed in all the Super Finals.

15:54 15:54 Klaudia Bulgakow is right at the front. She's doing so well in this competition - 1st lady on days 2, 4 and 5. She's done a lot to promote women's paragliding so it's great to see her doing so well.

15:54 15:54 Avid adventure athlete Stanislav Mayer is currently at the front. He has done very well over the last few years in endurance competitions like the X-Pyr and the X-Alps which could stand him in good stead for a long haul competition like the Super Final spread over 11 days (1 mandatory rest day) with long tasks like today's one - 106 km.

15:54 15:54 Flying Scotsman Brendan Reid is right with the leaders too. In March last year Brendan did an amazing ice climb and fly off the North Buttress of Buachaille Etive Mòr in Scotland. Rather different to the sweltering hot conditions in Brazil this afternoon.

15:54 15:54 The serial class Zeno, which is a less demanding version of the Enzo 2, seems to have really proved that an easier, safer wing can still have its place in top level races.The results in this race of the Gin Boomerang 11 seem to prove the legitimacy of Gin's promise to make big improvement in performance, especially in sinking air, whilst keeping the speed of the Boomerang 10. Well done to both manufacturers.

14:46 14:46 Michael Sigel on the Gin Boomerang 11 is right up there with Russel Ogden on the Ozone Zeno. They are both at the same height 1300m, flying at the same speed 45 km/h and both in 1m/s buoyant air. Wow what a race.

14:42 14:42 Russell Ogden is currently in the lead - I can almost hear his wife and 2 daughters cheering him on from the South of France.

14:40 14:40 The race is now on for the end of speed section at the airport by the main road south of Governador Valadares. Don't worry we did check this morning that the aeroplanes were having an afternoon off today.

14:38 14:38 The top 50 have now all got the turn point.

14:36 14:36 It's a real battle as to who is going to get the 3rd turn point first. It looks like Russell Ogden, Aaron Durogati, Damien Lacaze, Bjornar Trondsen, Michael Sigel, Joachim Oberhauser, Patrick Von Kaenel and Adrian Hachen have all got it pretty much together.

14:31 14:31 Luca Donini is higher flying at 57 km/h and about to get the third turn point.

14:30 14:30 Mathias Ioualalen is in the lead but very low flying at 33 km/h

14:10 14:10 Great task setting today has spread the pilots out so much. Felix Rodriguez Fernandez is in the middle right out on his own.

14:08 14:08 This was one of the tactical moves being discussed at launch - how to reduce the length of the in to wind leg between turn points 2 and 3 where pilots have to fly into wind but can make it more down wind the further north they take the cylinder.

14:06 14:06 It's interesting to see that the lead gaggle are flying directly south rather than the shortest route east to the next turn point.

14:04 14:04 Yury Mishanin is right behind them. He's Russia's version of Britain's James Bond. We're all hoping that he will be 7th overall so that next year his number will be 007.

14:02 14:02 Yoshiaki Hirokawa and Francisco Mantaras have got the turn point.

14:02 14:02 Rafael Saladini and Francisco Javie Reina Lagos have got the 2nd turn point.

14:00 14:00 Jungman Choi has taken the lead, this is his 1st Super Final, 10th on day 5 - definitely yet another South Korean to watch.

13:58 13:58 Francisco Javie Reina Lagos is about to get the 2nd turn point.

13:56 13:56 Klaudia Bulgakow is currently in second place - she's just back from filming a car advert in Patagonia and Chile, a Polish film company are currently following her competition progress so we're looking forward to seeing that when it's finished.

13:54 13:54 There are once again some new faces at the front of the lead gaggle. Jan Sterren, Jonathan Marin and Patrick Von Kaenel have just taken the lead. This is such a close competition; it feels as if a completely different group of pilots are in the top 10 each day. 6 pilots who are consistently in the top 10 in goal having all been there at least 3 times so far in this SF are: Aaron Durogati (4 times) Adrian Hachen (3) Charles Cazaux (3) Stefan Wyss (3) Xavier Pujol Barricarte (3) Luca Donini (3)

13:49 13:49 On a day where it's good for pushing out on your own you always have to keep an eye on Yassen Savov's whereabouts. He's in the middle of the stragglers to the east and the main gaggle pushing forwards to the west. A question we frequently ask in PWC's: 'What has Yassen got up his speed arms? What is his idea of where to go?'

13:46 13:46 Francisco Javie Reina Lagos is currently out in front but a few hundred metres lower than the rest. We are seeing a lot of this today, they push out then have to stop to top up on height at which point those behind them go past, proving how difficult it is to push out in this level of competition and with so many experienced pilots right behind you.

13:43 13:43 All eyes in the 4 remaining tasks will be on pilots like Rafael Saladini who are capable of pulling away from the lead gaggle. Pilots who are consistently breaking away and getting lead-out points are: Tim Bollinger, Stefan Wyss, Honorin Hamard, Maxime Pinot, Samuel Nascimento, Russel Ogden, Manuel Quintanilla, Rafael Saladini, Michael Sigel and Adrian Hachen.

13:40 13:40 Rafael Saladini is absolutely on it today. He's certainly no stranger to being out in front in a PWC. He was 8th in the PWC in Portugal last year where he was 2nd in 2 tasks and won the final task.

13:38 13:38 The group to the west led by Rafael Saladini seem to be doing best at the moment.

13:37 13:37 Acro and Super Final pilot, Adrian Hachen told me that what he prefers in a PWC compared to acro comps are the tactics required to do well in a PWC task. He likes flying in a little group and seeing how that works better than flying on your own. That's the most interesting thing about a competition; you can compare your route to a parallel one, taken by other pilots. So todays conditions should be suiting Adrian.

13:34 13:34 Jose Luis Sudbrack Guimaraes is between the 2 groups (one big gaggle to the west and a smaller group to the east). Today seems to have given a lot more opportunity to fly out on your own.

13:32 13:32 As one of our previous days winners has just discovered, it's very easy to get stuck low on the rolling hills here and watch the entire race fly over your head.

13:31 13:31 The main gaggle led by Rafael Saladini are taking a much more easterly route. Rafael is flying at 58 km/h and currently maintaining rather than climbing.

13:28 13:28 Denis Chouraqui, Felix Rodriguez Fernandez and Cristiano Ricci seem to have gone right into the cylinder and are taking a more easterly route.

13:24 13:24 Today they seem to be a lot higher although Felix Rodriguez Fernandez is having to stop and look for a climb at the moment.

13:22 13:22 Over the last few tasks there hasn't been much height to fly in here because base has been fairly low making the glides shorter due to the lack of height. Therefore pilots were getting stuck and left with not many choices. Only the bravest have been happy to leave the safety of the gaggle hence the bunched up nature of some of the gaggles we've seen.

13:19 13:19 Most of the pilots are very close together bunched around the cylinder.

13:17 13:17 The current leaders are Cristiano Ricci, Felix Rodriguez Fernandez and Tilen Ceglar.

13:16 13:16 They are now going to have a strong wind behind them as they fly south west to the second turn point which is an exit cylinder.

13:11 13:11 The top 30 have all now got the first turn point, this is very fast.

13:09 13:09 Next is Manuel Quintanilla, Cristiano Ricci and Jose Luis Sudbrack Guimaraes

13:07 13:07 The leaders are now approaching the first turn point which is an entry cylinder, acro champ Felix Rodriguez Fernandez is in the lead.

13:05 13:05 After 3 tasks in the top 5 followed by 3 not so good days, how will reigning champion Stefan Wyss get on today? On the last task he didn't have much luck with his retrieve either as the friendly farmer giving him a lift ran out of petrol after 1km. 'At least there were no power lines where I landed, only cows,' said Stefan, who always looks on the bright side of life.

12:53 12:53 There are a lot of still photos on the website too now.

12:52 12:52 Don't forget to keep up with the comp on World Cup TV. The amazing footage was filmed by Philippe Broers who not only flys the task but films it all too.

12:50 12:50 Well done to all our partners' teams.

12:46 12:46 8 The team competition is also proving interesting. On day 5 Gin Gliders won with Aaron Durogati, Torsten Siegel, Michael Sigel and Petra Slivova. Day 6 Ozone won with Honorin Hamard, Luc Armant, Russell Ogden and Seiko Fukuoka Naville.

12:32 12:32 The window is open. Now they go south to turn pt 1.

12:27 12:27 The field has already divided into 2 groups those above launch with a more cross wind route and those further east with the NE wind more behind them.

12:18 12:18 Russell Ogden said that he and his fellow Brits are flying in honour of Guy Anderson who has sadly had to withdraw from the comp with a broken ankle. He was in 2nd place.

12:13 12:13 A third of the pilots have already climbed out and are high, a third are low to the east of launch and a third are just launching

12:10 12:10 The steady stream of pilots landing in the bushes just below take-off is keeping the Brazilian press busy and fit running up and down the grassy bank.

12:08 12:08 Launch is not proving to be easy as the shade and thermals come and go.

12:05 12:05 After Samuel Nascimento winning the last task the Brazilian media are out on launch in force this morning, cables are strewn everywhere.

11:56 11:56 I've just asked top woman pilot Petra Slivova about her tactics for today - get high and stay high she replied grinning

11:53 11:53 Nose cones are on, pee tubes are attached and they're off.

11:51 11:51 Russell Ogden told me from a tactical route pt of view he will start the task with an open mind, try to get the start as high as possible then see how it goes.

11:49 11:49 Window is open there seems no rush to take off but the thermals are beginning to start.

2017-01-25 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 8 [11:43]

The task is set - todays race is a 127.26 km Race to Goal.
The window will open at 11:45 Local Time and the Start is at 12:30

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Commentary - Day 8

11:41 11:41 Window opens in 5 mins at 11h45

11:40 11:40 This task is great tactically. The shortest route doesn't have good thermals so pilots going that way could end up having a very short flight.

11:37 11:37 Bjornar Trondsen tells me this is a very tactical course. Pilots will need to look for the terrain with the sun on it, look for birds climbing and work the clouds.

11:32 11:32 The task has just 1 turn pt which involves enter exit enter of the same turn point south of GV.

11:28 11:28 The Brazilians have all sat back down and briefing has resumed.

11:27 11:27 It has just been announced that Brazilian pilot Samuel Nascimento won the last task. The crowd have gone wild and are all dancing in front of briefing, to loud music.

11:24 11:24 Briefing is taking place. Ulric Jessop is giving a reminder about turning direction and cloud flying being strictly forbidden.

11:15 11:15 There isn't as much shade today so pilots shouldn't have the same problems of getting stuck as we have seen on some of the previous days.

11:09 11:09 The wind is a little bit stronger today and from the NE. Base is higher about 1800m. Good thermals 3/4 m/s.

11:05 11:05 Here we all are again on launch at Pico Da Ibituruna after a well deserved rest day yesterday.

2017-01-25 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 8 [09:21]

The rest day has been popular and everyone is now ready to continue with the competition. The pilots are on the way to takeoff right now.

The sky is basically blue with a few wind blown clouds - its looking good for a task. More news at about 11:30

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2017-01-23 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 6 [20:17]

The results are now ready to view online - have a nice day off.

2017-01-23 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 6 [20:16]

Its been a slightly easier day for the pilots and it showed in the Goal field. 92 made goal today. The last pilots are now back and the results are being prepared. We have now had 6 tasks in a row and the rules say that tomorrow has to be a rest day so there will be no task.

We will start again at 0900 on Wednesday morning.

Commentary - Day 6

17:09 17:09 Francisco Mantaras summed today up in one word 'Perfect'.

16:51 16:51 What a colourful sight in goal. There is hardly a hand without a beer can in it, everyone chatting, telling stories, looking up at the sky.

16:49 16:49 Laurie Genovese has just landed in goal, first lady and 8th over all.

16:47 16:47 Torsten hasn't stopped grinning since he got to goal.

16:46 16:46 Julien Wirtz was so so pleased to get here before the youngsters today.

16:45 16:45 Honorin really liked the stronger conditions today.

16:44 16:44 Even after half an hour in goal Brazilian Samuel Nascimento still hasn't stopped saying 'yeah'

16:42 16:42 For Semih Sayer goal was paradise to land in compared to where he landed yesterday.

16:21 16:21 Tropical tunes are pumping out of the party tent competing with the tracker sirens.

16:20 16:20 There is what can only be described as a cloud of paragliders descending on the goal field.

16:18 16:18 There are gliders landing on every square centimetre of the very worn out grass in the goal field at the moment.

16:11 16:11 Semih Sayer and Miguel Diaz Ruiz have just landed in goal.

16:09 16:09 Julien Wirtz has just landed well ahead of his 3 protege in the comp.

16:07 16:07 World and European Champ Honorin has just landed in goal.

16:06 16:06 Brazilian task winner Samuel Nascimento has just landed in goal. The crowd have gone absolutely wild, cheers whistles, car horns.

16:04 16:04 There is a massive gaggle of gliders coming back over goal in GV

16:02 16:02 Next past end of speed Xavier Barricarte, Jose Sudbrack, Patrick Von Kaenel, Francisco Mantaras

15:58 15:58 The big white statue of Saint Nossa has the words No Tracker No Caipirinha on her lips this time as they all fly past.

15:55 15:55 Top 3 so far Nasciemento, Honorin and Julien Wirtz.

15:49 15:49 The first two pilots Samuel Nascimento and Honorin Hamard have made the End of Speed section absolutely neck and neck and the rest of the field are approaching the goal - its going to be busy in the goal field today

15:25 15:25 They are now going back north and will face the tricky end of speed section which caused Tim Bollinger problems a few days ago.

15:24 15:24 In the few seconds that it took me to write that last post 50 pilots who are right behind Louis also got the turn point.

15:22 15:22 Louis Gerin-jean has just got the turn point first. I can hear his Mum and Dad Francois and Valu cheering him on in freezing cold St Andre on the other side of the planet.

15:19 15:19 It looks as if Louis Gerin-jean and Samuel Nascimento's route and strategy has worked best and that they are going to get the turn point first.

15:14 15:14 The gaggle seem to be doing better than the two out on their own. It is much more efficient flying in a gaggle than on your own which is what makes it so difficult to break away and go faster than the lead gaggle, to win a task.

15:10 15:10 This part of the course is covered in thick cirrus which is bound to slow them down.

15:06 15:06 Tim Bollinger is leading a group to the west.

15:05 15:05 The race south has divided into 2 groups Samuel Nascimento and Louis Gerin-jean off to the east and about 1.5 km ahead.

15:00 15:00 It's good to see Louis Gerin-jean at the front today, one of the 2 Son's of Aerogliss (the famous paragliding school in the South of France, host to one of our PWC's last year).

14:58 14:58 Laurie Genovese is leading lady at the moment. As Benedicte Saury agreed with me on launch today, the women in this competition are all very close, the genuine friendship between them is obvious and that they have a big respect for each other. Well done ladies.

14:56 14:56 European champion Honorin Hamard is right at the front today, after a long walk out yesterday he deserves to get to goal.

14:55 14:55 They are now flying south to the last turn point over green rolling hills with trees and very tall grass. Lets hope petite Nao Takada doesn't land out - we would never find her in all that 2m high grass.

14:50 14:50 I'm sure I can see the 24m high white statue at the end of take-off waving to them, but then maybe that's just my eye sight. The statue is of the Brazilian saint Nossa Senhora das Gracas. Not many paragliding sites around the world can boast a statue of their very own paragliding saint.

14:47 14:47 They are all going past the east end of take-off just now. With Tim Bollinger, Maxime Pinot and Martin Rebord in the lead.

14:45 14:45 The gliders can be clearly seen in the sky to the east of GV. The sky is blue patched with white clouds and a whole line of colourful little paragliders, one after another after another. The sight is absolutely wonderful, spectacular.

14:43 14:43 The lead gaggle have now all got the third turn point.

14:29 14:29 They are now all coming in a straight line back over Governador Valadares. Turn point 3 is just to keep them out of the city's air space then they continue south to turn point 4.

14:27 14:27 Three of the competition's top pilots have unfortunately already landed.

14:26 14:26 The top 60 have made the second turn point, they are so close together.

14:25 14:25 Manuel Quintanilla, Maxime Pinot, Clement Latour, Oguzkan Sadeer and Torsten Siegel have made the second turn point.

14:21 14:21 Leaders Tim Bollinger, Manuel Quintanilla and Maxime Pinot are about to get the second turn point.

14:10 14:10 Well, if they were all on line it would make the live tracking easier to read.

14:09 14:09 The top 90 pilots have all got the first turn point and are now heading west which should make the live tracking a bit easier to read.

14:05 14:05 Today's task is very difficult to follow as the leaders cross those in the gaggles behind as they fly west to get the second turn point.

13:55 13:55 At the moment the sky still has a lot of blue in it, but south of GV there is quite a bit of cirrus and quite a lot of black smoke - Monday is obviously the day you burn your old tyres here.

13:48 13:48 The leaders Maxime Pinot, Marc Wensauer and Tim Bollinger are passing the rest of the field as they fly back west to turn point 2 at Governador Valadares. This is a very fast race today.

13:39 13:39 Leaders Maxime Pinot, Manuel Quintanilla, Felix Rodriguez Fernandez, Marc Wensauer, Bjornar Trondsen have got the first turn point.

13:35 13:35 Today is once again very fast. Maxime Pinot, Xevi Bonet Dalmau and acro champion Felix Rodriguez Fernandez are about to get the first turn point.

13:19 13:19 The leaders have got a very fast start and are halfway to turn point 1 already. Honorin Hamard is out on his own having taken a route further north.

13:08 13:08 The other half are eating as little as possible so that they won't be too heavy on their wings.

13:07 13:07 Diet wise half the pilots seem to be eating as much as possible at breakfast so they won't get hungry in the air.

13:05 13:05 It's important to be in good shape physically for such a long endurance race like the Super Final.

13:01 13:01 The start is now open.

12:57 12:57 The gliders are a colourful swarm of little dots high up in the sky about to take the start.

12:46 12:46 Let's see how they both get on today

12:44 12:44 In closely packed gaggles the Zeno was good because pilots like Luc Armant found it was very manoeuvrable.

12:40 12:40 Yesterday with shady difficult conditions the Boomerang 11 floated nicely

12:34 12:34 Virtually all the pilots are now high and well established in a thermal near the start

12:24 12:24 Most pilots are off. The last to go are pretty low over the hill to the east of launch but there is a nice thermal full of gliders right in front of them

12:20 12:20 Moonseob Lim is getting ready to take off and keen to see how his Boomerang 11 will get on in today's weak conditions.

12:15 12:15 Marc Wensauer is about to take off and looking a lot happier than yesterday. This task should be do-able he told me.

12:08 12:08 Guy Anderson is looking forward to flying a fun task with less cloud to complicate things. Today will be a question of who is the boldest.

12:06 12:06 Julien Wirtz and Petra Slivova told me they are worried about end of speed and getting stuck around the quarry like Tim Bollinger on day 4.

12:03 12:03 The window is open. No rush to take off. There is zero wind. Gliders are once again laid out on both sides of launch.

12:00 12:00 Start opens in 2 mins. All you can hear on launch is the rustle of new gliders and a loud beat of somber music in the background.

11:58 11:58 Today's task is 93 kms around GV. The start is a big cylinder to the east of take-off then pilots must continue east then west then south then back north to GV.

2017-01-23 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 6 [11:42]

The task has been updated - todays race is now a 92.87 km Race to Goal.
The window will open at 12:00 Local Time and the Start is at 13:00

Flymaster Live Tracking (1 second tracking) Is HERE

** BRAND NEW ** Flymaster 3D View Is HERE

Paragliding World Cup LIVE 3D Google Earth View => HERE

.Paragliding World Cup Live App => Get it here

LiveTrack24 Tracking can be found HERE
***NEW*** 3D In Browser (also works on Tablets) - 30fps Refresh

The Taskboard, the Live Leaderboard and all the other info for the task are HERE

For those with iPads etc - the pure Live Leader Board is HERE

.Split Screen View (Map + Commentary) - also works on mobiles => HERE

2017-01-23 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 6 [11:32]

The task is set - todays race is a 92.87 km Race to Goal.
The window will open at 12:00 Local Time and the Start is at 13:00

Flymaster Live Tracking (1 second tracking) Is HERE

** BRAND NEW ** Flymaster 3D View Is HERE

Paragliding World Cup LIVE 3D Google Earth View => HERE

.Paragliding World Cup Live App => Get it here

LiveTrack24 Tracking can be found HERE
***NEW*** 3D In Browser (also works on Tablets) - 30fps Refresh

The Taskboard, the Live Leaderboard and all the other info for the task are HERE

For those with iPads etc - the pure Live Leader Board is HERE

.Split Screen View (Map + Commentary) - also works on mobiles => HERE

Commentary - Day 6

11:27 11:27 Let's hope EVERYONE has a good day today.

11:25 11:25 However the 10 pilots who landed in the boonies at turn pt 1 and had a long walk out probably don't agree with them.

11:24 11:24 Bjornar Trondsen thought the last 2 tasks were the best he has ever flown in terms of quality, scenery and conditions.

11:20 11:20 Even JM Caron thought yesterday was long and complicated enough and well adapted to the days conditions and potential. He summed it up as TOP!

11:17 11:17 6 days of innovative task setting has left a lot of pilots pleading for mercy and begging for an easier task today!

11:15 11:15 Briefing is underway

11:15 11:15 Difficult to predict weather properly here. Base looks a lot higher today, no thick cirrus and not much wind. So looks like another great flying day.

11:11 11:11 After the usual 40 min bone, teeth and glider shaking drive up through the Brazilian jungle here we are on launch again for day 6 of the Super Final.

2017-01-23 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 6 [09:25]

Day 6 is here and the weather is holding. We should get a task today which means that tomorrow will be a rest day (we cannot have more than 6 consecutive tasks). The transports are already on the way to takeoff and we will have task news, as usual, at about 11:30.

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2017-01-22 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 4 [01:18]

Its been a long day. We had some 'interesting' landing places which have made the retrieve quite tricky but our last pilot is now back in town.

In the end we had 94 in goal and 4 pilots who made the end of speed section but did not make it as far as the goal line

The results are now online and we will do it all again tomorrow - see you then...

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2017-01-22 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 5 [22:31]

22:32 Due to the nature of the roads under the course line it has been a very difficult retrieve for some of the pilots. The final pilot has just been picked up (by trail bikes) and everyone is now on the way back - they will be a while, however, because the roads are bad and the vehicles have to travel quite slowly.

Commentary - Day 5

17:14 17:14 Competition leader Stefan Wyss and yesterday's task winner Maxime Pinot both got to goal today but quite late.

17:09 17:09 A lot of the trackers have now caught up putting Gin test pilot Idris Birch and Ozone test pilot Russell Ogden into the lead group.

17:06 17:06 Quite a few of the big names in today's race have sadly landed short: Julien Wirtz and Xavier Pujol Barricarte. Some got the end of speed but not goal: Luca Donini, Eugene Claase, Cristiano Ricci and Michele Boschi.

16:54 16:54 Petite Nao Takada has just got the end of speed and should have no problems getting goal.

16:52 16:52 Julien Wirtz is approaching the end of speed section. His two protegés Teo Bouvard and Hugo Laronze have already got to goal. In an ideal world coaches should dream of being beaten by their protegés, I'm not sure that this is true of paragliding super finals.

16:43 16:43 Only 4 minutes separates the top 35 pilots, and 7 minutes separates the top 50! What a close race. In the comp so far, only 100 points separates the top 5 pilots.

16:37 16:37 Aaron Durogati, Xevi Bonet Dalmau, Tilen Ceglar and Bjornar Trondsen haven't had tracking for the last part of the race but have now all landed in goal ranked in the top 10.

16:35 16:35 Stephane Drouin has crossed the end of speed section and will soon make goal where his prodigy, Tim Rochas, is hopefully waiting with a beer for him. Never mind Stephane, maybe tomorrow you'll get there before the youngsters.

16:33 16:33 First lady today, Klaudia Bulgakow, has crossed end of speed and made goal.

16:32 16:32 The top 35 pilots have now crossed the end of speed section. 92 km and about 4 hours flying - another amazing day.

16:29 16:29 The first eight pilots have all just landed in goal - desperate for a very well earned beer.

16:29 16:29 Next to cross the end of speed section were Tim Bollinger, Charles Cazaux, Cristiano Ricci, Patrick Von Kaenel and Antoine Gerin-jean.

16:27 16:27 Manuel Quintanilla, Torsten Siegel, Primoz Susa, Jungman Choi and Maxime Bellemin have just crossed the end of speed section within seconds of each other.

16:25 16:25 They can probably just abouts smell the beer in the goal field they are so close.

16:24 16:24 Torsten Siegel is with them on his Gin Boomerang 11 and Manuel Quintanilla is leading the charge on his Ozone Enzo 2

16:22 16:22 They are about 3 km from end of speed. Jacques Fournier and Tim Bollinger are higher than the others, about 700m above the ground, the others are about 200m lower.

16:20 16:20 It's a neck and neck race now for the end of speed between Manuel Quintanilla, Tim Bollinger, Xavier Pujol Barricarte, Jacques Fournier, Jungman Choi and Murat Tuzer.

16:17 16:17 The top 20 pilots have all got the 2nd turn point.

16:17 16:17 Closely followed by Cody Mittanck, Miguel Diaz Ruiz, Peter Nagele, Tim Bollinger, Jacques Fournier and Julian Robinson.

16:13 16:13 The first pilots have just taken the 2nd turn point Manuel Quintanilla, Xavier Pujol Barricarte, Yongtae Ahn, Murat Tuzer and Stephane Drouin.

16:10 16:10 Local legend Moises Sodre is the only one not following the course line, he is quite a bit further south which is unusual given the end of speed section is to the north.

16:03 16:03 Cody Mittanck is right up with the leaders which will help him to get a place in the US team. He was 5th in the US nationals last year and needs a top 30 place here to get into the US team.

16:00 16:00 The wind is easterly at the moment so they are going pretty much down wind, they are all fairly high, about 1000m above the ground and getting close to the second turn point.

15:56 15:56 Top British pilot and geologist, Julian Robinson, is with the leaders. He was 9th on day 3, another one to keep an eye on.

15:53 15:53 Veteran French pilot Stephane Drouin has just taken the lead. The threat of being beaten by the young up and coming French pilots Tim Rochas, Yoann Chavanne and Martin Rebord for whom is is coach, is definitely putting the thermals under Stephane's wing today.

15:49 15:49 Norwegian pilot Bjornar Trondsen on a Boomerang 10 is right there with Tim Bollinger on his Boomerang 11. Bjornar was 10th in the PWC in Castelo in Brazil last year, in fairly similar conditions to here, he also flew really well in the Norwegian nationals last year. Another one to watch.

15:40 15:40 There is a lot of cirrus at the moment but the climbs are nice, the thermals are plentiful, base is at approaching 2000m.

15:38 15:38 It's great to see Japanese pilot Nao Takada who was 1st lady on day 3 doing so well, she's in the top 10 at the moment, she's half the size of anyone else in the comp and flying a serial class Mantra 6. Go Nao Go!

15:27 15:27 Thanks to a lot of praying in all the churches in Governador Valadares this morning, local legend Moises Sodre is currently lying in second place flying the new Dudek Coden Pro.

15:21 15:21 Paragliding races combine the best aspects of a lot of other sports - the full on racing conditions of adventure races like the Paris Dakar - outdoors crossing the boonies, with the tactics of a cycle race where they work together as a peloton but are always looking for that moment to brake away, with the skills required to navigate round turn points and interpret the weather seen in sailing races like the Vendée Globe.

15:18 15:18 Tim Bollinger is about 2 km in front but we do have a lot of trackers off line.

15:14 15:14 It looks as if Tim Bollinger has done it again, he's right out in front. Manuel Quintanilla is leading the gaggle behind him. This should be quite a fast leg with the wind behind them all the way to turn point two.

15:10 15:10 Over two hours into the race and nobody has landed yet, that shows the pilot/Sky God and Goddess quality in this competition - in the words of PWC President Goran Dimiskovski 'Unbelievable'.

15:06 15:06 Well done to Benedicte Saury, first woman round the turn point - perhaps being a year older is helping afterall!

15:04 15:04 Cody Mittanck has got the first turn point. Cody is a very good pilot. Definitely one to watch. He flew from Utah to Colorado in June last year. He flew an amazing route above the South West desert of the US. He took off from near Yuba Lake in Utah and landed, after 318 km, in the South West of Colorado. This daring route took him right over the heart of Utah canyon country, flying over deep sandstone trenches cut from torrents of flash floods and monolithic spires towering over a harsh and unforgiving desert. Admittedly not quite the same as the Brazilian jungle they are flying over today.

14:59 14:59 Tim Bollinger's route further west looks as if it has paid off, he's got the turn point and is now in the top 5 and on his way west to turn point 2.

14:57 14:57 Andreas Malecki and Xevi Bonet Dalmau have also just taken the turn point.

14:54 14:54 It looks as if Manuel Quintanilla, Patrick Von Kaenel, Jungman Choi, Pablo Rodarte, Yigit Yildirim, Heinrich Bretz and Antonio Golfari have all just taken the first turn point.

14:51 14:51 French champion Jonathan Marin has also got the turn point.

14:50 14:50 It looks as if Adrian Hachen is the first to get the first turn point, however the GSM coverage in this remote area isn't that great so quite a few of the pilot's instruments have gone off line.

14:47 14:47 Tim Bollinger currently lying 3rd overall, is taking a completely different route to the others, much further south. Paragliding has been Tim's passion for as long as he can remember, he grew up ground handling. Winning not just one, but two tasks here, is like a dream come true for him.

14:43 14:43 Yassen Savov is with the leaders today and as we have seen over the last few days and in the PWC in France last year he gives us a diet of agony and ecstasy, he could pull away from the gaggle at any time and win by doing his own thing.

14:36 14:36 There is a lot of cloud about but there are some quite big blue holes. Out of the 121 pilots flying today, everyone is still in the air.

14:29 14:29 Julien Wirtz is also one of the front runners today. Julien soared to fame in the paragliding scene in 2006 after making one of the most incredible vol bivouac flights in the history of the sport with Philippe Nodet, redefining adventure paragliding over ten incredible days, flying 430 km vol biv in the heart of the Karakoram in Northern Pakistan, circumnavigating Nanga Parbat, flying over the Trango Towers, and crossing the Hispar Glacier (the world's largest), completely unsupported. Even more than ten years on, it is still widely considered to be the most extreme vol-biv flight in the history of paragliding.

14:25 14:25 Brazilian pilot Erico Oliveira has also joined the front runners. Local knowledge seems to be what counts today more than anything else.

14:22 14:22 It's a Swiss vs Brazil race at the front of the lead gaggle with Adrian Hachen, Tim Bollinger and Patrick Von Kaenel from Switzerland and Rafael Saladini, Martinho Ribeiro Morais and Samuel Nascimento from Brazil. This is a truly international competition with pilots with such an immense variety of flying experience from all over the world.

14:15 14:15 There are lots of pilots here who have done big endurance races which has probably helped them over the last 5 days. Aaron Durogati, Clement Latour, Richard Pethigal, Stanislav Mayer, Primoz Susa and Gaspard Petiot have done World famous races like the XAlps and the X-Pyr across the Pyrenees.

14:09 14:09 They are now two thirds of the way to the first turn point and it looks pretty tough going on this cross wind leg.

14:06 14:06 Luc Armant and Charles Cazaux are both at the front too on their new Zenos. Charles is just back from trips to Australia where the conditions were very different to here, towing, totally flat land flying (the only relief was a tree apparently) and Patagonia filming for a Toyota car advert where unfortunately due to the strong winds most days he didn't get to fly.

14:01 14:01 Samuel Nascimento, Rafael Saladini and Moises Sodre, 3 of Brazil's top pilots, stayed further north today and seem to be overtaking the lead gaggle which followed the course line more closely.

13:57 13:57 Adrian Hachen, also on a Boomerang 11 and currently lying 4th overall, is at the front of the lead gaggle too. Adrian has a lot of experience of all types of flying from acro to XC to world class racing to speedflying.

13:48 13:48 French champion Jonathan Marin is in front, he's flying very well at the moment and came 8th in the recent Reunion Island PWC.

13:46 13:46 Tim Bollinger seems to be right out on his own. Stefan Wyss told me before the comp that one thing that would be difficult in this comp would be recognising the other pilots as so many are on new wings with different sponsors and logos on them. However I think Tim Bollinger on his new Boomerang 11 will be one that they all recognise - if he isn't too far ahead!

13:46 13:46 Most pilots seem to have taken the same route today. Tim Bollinger is half a km out in front only half an hour into the race.

13:19 13:19 Team winners so far: Day 1 Parapente Magazine. Day 2 Woody Valley Harnesses. Day 3 Alas Del Hombre. Day 4 Gin Gliders.

13:46 13:46 Although the SF is an individual comp each PWC partner can enter a team of up to 3 pilots and 1 female pilot. They are scored by giving points based on the position of the 2nd person in the team each day.

13:11 13:11 We've got some great footage of the comp so far including interviews with young sky gods Tim Bollinger (1st on day 1 and 2) and Aaron Durogati (cuurrently 2nd overall) on World Cup TV

13:06 13:06 It's 13 h and they're off.

12:57 12:57 If you are having problems working the live tracking it's worth looking in the Media box under Latest Article. There is a nice explanation Using The Live Tracking System.

12:57 12:57 There is a big gaggle together near the start and a smaller group behind. It's difficult to know if they are going to take the start in a different place.

12:41 12:41 Phew he's off and already about 100m above launch only 94.1 km to go to goal.

12:41 12:41 This is nerve wracking Stefan can't take off.

12:34 12:34 Stefan said he thought he would probably take the start cylinder near take-off. He's setting up on the south take off so won't have far to fly.

12:31 12:31 Reigning champion and current leader Stefan Wyss hasn't taken off yet. He told me he had watched everyone struggling and decided to wait. Now the conditions are improving, the sun is coming out, its getting near start deadline, time to go.

12:24 12:24 There is a gaggle of about 20 going north but how far will they go?

12:19 12:19 Once again pilots are launching from both sides of take-off north and south.

2017-01-22 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 5 [12:18]

The task is set - todays race is a 94.16 km Race to Goal.
The window will open at 12:00 Local Time and the Start is at 13:00

Flymaster Live Tracking (1 second tracking) Is HERE

** BRAND NEW ** Flymaster 3D View Is HERE

Paragliding World Cup LIVE 3D Google Earth View => HERE

.Paragliding World Cup Live App => Get it here

LiveTrack24 Tracking can be found HERE
***NEW*** 3D In Browser (also works on Tablets) - 30fps Refresh

The Taskboard, the Live Leaderboard and all the other info for the task are HERE

For those with iPads etc - the pure Live Leader Board is HERE

.Split Screen View (Map + Commentary) - also works on mobiles => HERE

Commentary - Day 5

12:17 12:17 PWC committee member Antonio Golfari was unsure of which start option he would take. If you go further north the wind will be less cross getting to turn pt 1 but you'll have to fly further.

12:13 12:13 Marc Wensauer told me he was concerned about the cirrus putting pilots on the ground early today.

12:11 12:11 Pilots are launching in a steady stream and a gaggle is forming above the not so sweet waters of the Rio Doce in front of launch.

12:08 12:08 It feels as if the whole town of Governador Valadares is on launch today , including Andre Merlo the Mayor

12:05 12:05 The window is open but there isn't a rush to take off although the wind dummies are starting to stay up now.

12:05 12:05 Today's task is a 63 km radius start cylinder north, south and east of take-off. Followed by a cross wind leg south east of launch, then west via turn pt 2 to the end of speed at Engenheiro Caldas.

12:01 12:01 Window opens in 2 minutes

11:56 11:56 Conditions today are a bit more wind than yesterday, similar base with stronger thermals. There is a bit of cirrus coming in.

11:50 11:50 The Flymaster trackers are being given out. Normally the PWC moto is No Tracker No Score. Here in Brazil it's No Tracker No Caipirinha (in the goal field).

11:41 11:41 Lots of pilots with very sunburnt noses from a fantastic long task yesterday are feverishly entering today's task into their GPSs.

11:30 11:30 A task has been set and briefing is underway.

11:00 11:00There is a real sense of anticipation on launch with gliders laid out on either side of the road which goes up the middle of the grassy slopes of takeoff

2017-01-22 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 5 [10:01]

Day 5 is upon us and the weather is not changing. Today looks good for a great task and everything is on the way up the hill.

As usual we expect task news at about 11:30 so keep watching

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2017-01-21 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 4 [19:56]

19:54 Its been a great task and the last pilots are now back. The scores are ready.

In the end we had an amazing 94 in the goal. So far we have had 4 days and 4 tasks - lets hope the weather continues to favour us

The results are now available to view online - we start again tomorrow morning.

Commentary - Day 4

17:42 17:42 Leo Hamard has just landed in goal - great to see both brothers Leo and Honorin in goal today.

17:21 17:21 Big commiserations to Benedicte Saury who landed just short of goal - very not fair on your birthday. Her partner Olivier Henry got to goal so he'll definitely be cooking dinner tonight!

16:54 16:54 The next 2 ladies have just made end of speed: Keiko Hiraki and Meryl Delferriere.

16:46 16:46 Maxime Pinot has just made it to goal after a long task and a bold attack on the end of speed section. One of the most difficult decisions to make is when to go for it at the end, Maxime got it right today.

16:42 16:42 The first 50 pilots have just landed in goal - that's a lot of paragliders!

16:37 16:37 The first 10 pilots have now landed in goal.

16:36 16:36 Maxime Pinot is now at 823 m so he should have no problems getting to goal from there.

16:36 16:36 Adrian Hachen has just landed in goal after 101 km. Well done.

16:34 16:34 Nicole Fedele and Petra Slivova have just made end of speed and will be the second and third women into goal.

16:33 16:33 54 have got past end of speed, most of whom look as if they will get to goal comfortably.

16:32 16:32 Maxime Pinot is in a nice climb now and looks as if he is out of danger.

16:32 16:32 Felix Rodriguez Fernandez and Adrian Hachen are comfortably high and should make goal.

16:31 16:31 Maxime is turning in a very week climb, 1.1 m/s desperately trying to get round through the lee of the hill.

16:30 16:30 Maxime Pinot was first past the end of speed section but now urgently needs a climb. The others are climbing.

16:29 16:29 The top 40 have all got the end of speed section. It's quite sinky around goal in the lee of take-off.

16:27 16:27 They are now coming into end of speed thick and fast. Maxime Pinot is very low and is going to have to look for a climb to convert his distance points, which currently have a bar through them, into time points when he reaches goal.

16:26 16:26 Felix Rodriguez Fernandez, Aaron Durogati, Andreas Malecki, Luc Armant, Klaudia Bulgakow and Adrian Hachen have got end of speed.

16:24 16:24 Maxime Pinot and Luca Donini have just taken the end of speed, with Maxime slightly ahead.

16:24 16:24 Tim Bollinger has got a climb in the quarry but it is probably a bit late to catch the lead gaggle.

16:23 16:23 Klaudia Bulgakow is right up there with the leaders too - go Klaudia.

16:22 16:22 It looks as if Tim Bollinger has got low and a bit stuck.

16:22 16:22 They're off on final glide led by Luca Donini and Maxime Pinot.

16:20 16:20 The leaders are currently trying to climb before going for the final glide, Adrian Hachen is high and in a commanding position.

16:19 16:19 Julien Wirtz is also a coach, like Stephane Drouin, he will be trying to catch his prodigy Teo Bouvard, who is just ahead of him before they get to end of speed.

16:15 16:15 Veteran French pilot Stephane Drouin who is a coach for some of the up and coming young French pilots will be really trying to give it his all in the last 10 kms to end of speed - one of his students, Martin Rebord, is just ahead of him.

16:12 16:12 Good to see World and European Champion Honorin Hamard back in the top 3 after a few not so successful days.

16:05 16:05 Manuel Quintanilla is out in front but very low.

16:03 16:03 Primoz Susa is currently in 2nd place. He did a big vol biv across the Balcans with Aaron Durogati last summer, flying 170 km one day. He was also 5th in the 2016 PWC in Italy - one to watch.

15:59 15:59 They've got a bit of a head wind as they fly back to GV, the leaders are constantly changing as they are all so close together combined with the slight time delay on the live tracking.

15:48 15:48 Russell Ogden is leading a group more to the east - all that XAlps training obviously paid off.

15:46 15:46 Maxime Pinot and Manuel Quintanilla are battling it out behind Samuel Nascimento but taking a more westerly route.

15:43 15:43 Samuel Nascimento's tracker is back on line and he is right out in front taking the middle line back to GV, end of speed and goal.

15:41 15:41 The sky has really opened out this afternoon with sunshine but light cirrus, lots of thermals so it should be nice conditions for the pilots on their last leg back towards end of speed and goal.

15:37 15:37 Maxime Pinot and Michael Sigel appear to have taken the lead but we aren't sure where Samuel Nascimento is as his tracker has gone off line.

15:26 15:26 The top 30 have got the turn point virtually all together.

15:25 15:25 Luc Armant has also just taken the turn point, along with Charles Cazaux, Julien Wirtz, Tilen Ceglar, Michael Sigel, Thomas Gury, Clement Latour, Yoshiki Kuremoto, Aaron Durogati and Tim Rochas

15:14 15:14 Samuel Nascimento has got the turn point, he's a km ahead of the the others, and still pushing forward on his own.

15:10 15:10 It looks as if world distance record holder Samuel Nascimento is going to get the 2nd turn point 1st.

15:04 15:04 A bigger gaggle have decided to stay further south: Aaron Durogati, Maxime Pinot, Joachim Oberhauser, Russell Ogden, Bjornar Trondsen, Thomas Gury, Clement Latour and Marc Wensauer.

15:01 15:01 Samuel Nascimento and Rafael Saladini are flying the course line towards turn point 2.

14:55 14:55 Paragliding isn't just about how well you can fly your paraglider it's about how well you can concentrate and keep concentrating for every second that you are in the air. Over a ten day comp it isn't that easy. It's only day 4 but a lot of the pilots have already flown a lot of kilometres.

14:51 14:51 It would appear that Maxime Pinot has bought himself a jet engine for today's task.

14:45 14:45 The top 80 pilots have all got the 1st turn point, once again today is going to be a very close competition.

14:43 14:43 Hot on the trailing edge of Russel's Zeno's trailing edge is day 1 and 2 winner Tim Bollinger on his Boomerang 11.

14:41 14:41 As the paraglider flies, along the course line, Russell Ogden is currently winning. We didn't see much of Russel in the comps last year - rumour had it that he was training for a place in the XAlps.

14:38 14:38 Yassen Savov's route down a chain of relief proved slower but maybe suited him better. He's never been afraid to chose his own route and fly on his own and he certainly proved that today. This is what makes him more than capable of winning tasks and comps.

14:33 14:33 The order that pilots take the turn point doesn't reflect their place along the course line, those who took it further to the west now have further to fly to get to turn point 2 which is to the east.

14:32 14:32 Tilen Ceglar, Russell Ogden, Jungman Choi, Bjornar Trondsen and Torsten Siegel have all taken the first turn point.

14:30 14:30 Luc Armant has just taken the turn point, I bet the vultures are very impressed by his Zeno today.

14:29 14:29 It looks as if Gin test pilot Michael Sigel, Klaudia Bulgakow, Semih Sayir who had a bit of a bouncy take off and Jonathan Marin are going to be the next to take the turn point.

14:25 14:25 Samuel Nascimento has got the turn point and is now going to head east to turn point 2

14:23 14:23 It looks as if Samuel Nascimento's route to the west has paid off and he's going to get the turn point first.

14:19 14:19 Michael Sigel and Andreas Malecki are following a line of hills to the east of the course line. They are all approaching the first turn point, who will get there first?

14:17 14:17 Maxime Pinot and Pablo Rodarte are still leading the gaggle in the middle

14:16 14:16 Ozone designer and test pilot Luc Armant and French champion Jonathan Marin are flying together much further to the west of the course line, taking a completely different route. This task has really spread everyone out.

14:13 14:13 Maxime Pinot's tracker has just come back on line and it looks like he's taken the lead, he flew really well last year. He won the Monarco Open in Mexico in 2016. He was 1st in the French PWC (in top 5 in all 3 tasks) and won the 2014 Super Final in Turkey very convincingly - one to watch.

14:06 14:06 Young Gin test pilot Idris Birch, reigning Super Final Champion and current competition leader Stefan Wyss and Francisco Javie Reina Lagos who has a proven track record of flying well here are at the front leading the way to the first turn point.

13:54 13:54 Luc Armant and Adrian Hachen are just ahead of the gaggle which is following the route slightly to the east of the course line.

13:47 13:47 Brazilian pilot Samuel Nascimento, world distance record holder (564 km), is out in front on his own to the west of the course line.

13:43 13:43 It'll be interesting to see where the 3 amigos (Yassen Savov, Manuel Quintanilla , Maxime Bellemin) who are coming round the mountains will pop up as I strongly suspect that their trackers are a bit behind due to the mountainous terrain they are flying over.

13:38 13:38 Joachim Oberhauser, Julian Robinson and Damien Lacaze are right at the front with Yury Mishanin

13:36 13:36 Veteran Russian pilot Yury Mishanin is right up at the front. He's flying very well at the moment and fully on form, he was 4th yesterday and is lying 6th overall.

13:32 13:32 Jurij Vidic and Stefan Wyss have got a bit more height now so most pilots are above 1100 - 1200 m.

13:30 13:30 Yassen Savov, Manuel Quintanilla and Maxime Bellemin are in higher more mountainous terrain than those sticking to the course line.

13:27 13:27 It's worth noting that the pilots further back, behind the top ten are about 200 - 300m higher.

13:25 13:25 Yassen Savov, Manuel Quintanilla and Maxime Bellemin's route off to the east doesn't seem to have worked that well and they are now making their way across to join the others.

13:20 13:20 Most pilots seem to be heading directly down the course line south to turn point 1 with Samuel Nascimento, Jurij Vidic and Stefan Wyss in the lead.

13:16 13:16 Most pilots hung around launch at the start gate, but a small group including Yassen Savov, Maxime Bellemin and Manuel Quintanilla went off to the east to get the shorter line.

13:12 13:12 The Super Final takes place over 11 days with a mandatory rest day giving a maximum of 10 task days compared to 7 in a normal PWC

13:10 13:10 It's also worth bearing in mind at this point in the competition that the pilots will soon be having a well earned rest day.

13:08 13:08 Pilots shouldn't battle with a collapsing wing leaving it too late to deploy a reserve. Throw your reserve, you'll get a discard.

13:03 13:03 The discard system from a safety point of view also miscard.

13:03 13:03 The discard system from a safety point of view also means that if you throw your reserve you don't lose your whole comp.

13:00 13:00 And they're off

13:00 13:00 The pilots are all strung out along the start cylinder ready to go.

12:59 12:59 The discard system of losing 1 task in 4 rewards task winners who push forward and bomb out rather than those who win by simply following.

12:49 12:49 Let's hope not too many pilots need discards for today.

12:41 12:41 The launch packed with local spectators has just cheered off the last few pilots.

12:27 12:27 Current comp leader and reigning champion Stefan Wyss has just taken off.

12:25 12:25 Top pilots Julien Brung, Xevi Bonet and Jurij Vidic have taken their wings and moved to the south launch. Everyone is following them.

12:20 12:20 Most of the competitors have launched. Now the wind has dropped leaving those who haven't taken off yet watching and waiting.

12:14 12:14 It will be quite difficult to fly over the volcanic plug that is Pico da Ibituruna due to low cloud - cloud flying is strictly forbidden.

12:10 12:10 Most pilots have voted with their wings and are launching from the north side of take-off. They are currently maintaining nicely.

2017-01-21 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 4 [12:03]

The task is set - todays race is a 101.73 km Race to Goal.
The window will open at 12:00 Local Time and the Start is at 13:00

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Commentary - Day 4

12:02 12:02 The wind is onto the end of the ridge. Some pilots are taking off the north launch some are set up to go off the south side.

11:56 11:56 5 minutes until window open

11:52 11:52 To calm the pre flight nerves SF competitor Emmanuel Nicolas The Pied Piper of Reunion Island is currently giving a flute recital on launch.

11:49 11:49 Today's task has a large start cylinder with a 65 km radius which will once again separate out the pilots before they head south then back to GV to finish

11:29 11:29 Briefing is taking place so we should have a task soon.

11:28 11:28 The Gin Boom 11 which is a totally different wing (106 cells) is providing to be a major leap forward. Well done Aaron, Adrian and day 1 + 2 winner Tim.

11:28 11:28 It's amazing that an EN D serial class wing with 78 cells can be in the lead in the Super Final, well done Stefan and Ozone.

11:28 11:28 Looking at the overall results so far Stefan Wyss is in 1st place on the Ozone Zeno. Aaron Duragati + Adrian Hachen on Gin Boom 11s are 2nd and 3rd.

11:28 11:28 Today the weather is similar to yesterday, perhaps a little windier. The base is still low just above hill height. Looks like another good racing day.

11:26 11:26 To add a touch of class to this world class competition we've just had a flute recital from SF pilot Emmanuel Nicolas The Pied Piper of Reunion Island

11:04 11:04 The pilots are all on the launch at Pico Da Ibituruna unpacking their gliders which have just arrived.

2017-01-21 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 4 [09:41]

Day 4 is here and the sun is out. We are expecting a good task today and the pilots are on the way up the hill right now. Task news should be along at about 11:30.

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2017-01-20 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 3 [19:41]

You will know, from the commentary, that not many pilots made goal today. In the end we had 19 making goal with a further 10 reaching the end of speed section but not making the goal.

Everybody is now back and the results are available online

We will do it all again tomorrow

Commentary - Day 3

18:32 18:32 10 pilots sadly made end of speed but didn't make goal as the lift had really switched off by then

18:06 18:06 Apparently Guy and Russel have both landed short after a valiant struggle in difficult conditions

17:58 17:58 We're still waiting for Guy and Russel to make it in they were last seen low and struggling. There is only 3mins left to task dead line

17:55 17:55 Julian Robinson got to goal. He was with Russel Ogden and Guy Anderson after the end of speed, they had to fly 5km back across the river to get up

17:52 17:52 Nao Takada has just landed and been helped across the goal field by Phillipe which all looked as if it was going to go horribly wrong at one point

17:44 17:44 The police have arrived and a horse is being escorted off the goal field

17:42 17:42 Torsten and Petra are now enjoying a well earned beer. What a tough day.

17:40 17:40 Deonir Spancerski has just landed

17:38 17:38 Olivier Henry has just made it in. Torsten Siegel is just lining up to land over the muddy river - very brave

17:35 17:35 First lady Petra Slivova has just landed in goal to loud applause

17:30 17:30 There was the faint sound of a flute playing then The Pied Piper of Reunion Island landed in goal.

17:27 17:27 There are cameras clicking and the buzz of the PWC drone to the beat of Brazilian music

17:25 17:25 Turkish pilot Yildrim and South Korean Yongtae Ahn have just come in together

17:21 17:21 What an amazing site so many making goal after such a difficult task

17:20 17:20 Adrian Hachen and Tilen Ceglar are just walking across the goal field together with big grins

17:17 17:17 Yury Mishanin has made goal to the sound of Brazilian tunes competing with PWC trackers beeping

17:15 17:15 Aaron Durogati and Joachim Oberhauser have just arrived

17:13 17:13 3 more are coming in to a back drop of the green slopes and black cliff face of take off.

17:12 17:12 Alexandre Jofresa has just bumped in along the goal field very close to the portal loos

17:10 17:10 Next in Hernan Pitocco

17:08 17:08 Next in Stefan Wyss

17:07 17:07 The sun has come out and Charles Cazaux has just landed first in goal to loud applause

17:03 17:03 After a very brave effort Samuel Nascimento has landed just short of end of speed

17:03 17:03 There is not a breathe of wind in the landing field the cirrus has brought welcome shade for all the spectators most unwelcome for the pilots

17:02 17:02 Charles Cazaux and Alexander Jofresa have just got end of speed

16:53 16:53 Everyone in goal is scanning the sky for top Brazilian pilot Samuel Nascimento.

16:51 16:51 Russian Gleb Sukhotskiy and Argentinian Hernan Pitocco have just passed end of speed

16:48 16:48 There is 1 last obstacle to negotiate between the river and the goal line - a row of pale blue porta-loos which judging by the smell are rather full.

16:44 16:44 The last 10 km are going to be really tough, there is a lot of cirrus about and they need to negotiate the not so sweet waters of the Rio Doce before goal

16:42 16:42 Hot on their trailing edges are Hernan Pitocco and Gaspard Petiot.

16:38 16:38 Francisco Mantaras and Joachim Oberhauser are right up with the leaders.

16:35 16:35 Top Slovenia pilot Tilen Ceglar has just taken the lead this is going to be neck and neck to the end of speed.

16:31 16:31 The Pied Piper of Reunion Island is in the lead with only 13 km to go.

16:26 16:26 The entire crowd are here to watch Moises Sodre come in on the Coden Pro although I think they don't mind what he's flying as long as he gets here 1st.

16:20 16:20 There is a lot of pointing at the sky in the wrong direction so I'm not sure if we are all here for the same reason.

16:18 16:18 The spectators are huddled in the few metres of shade that there are at the landing field.

16:15 16:15 In the goal field there is a real feeling of suspense all eyes are on the sky watching up river to see the first pilots coming in.

16:02 16:02 Alexandre Jofresa has taken the lead and is nearing the river. He was 4th in last years super final and 5th in the 2015 PWC in Switzerland - one to watch.

15:58 15:58 Top Argentine pilot Francisco Mantaras. Hernan Pitocco and Julien Brung are currently leading the field back towards the muddy waters of GV's wide sprawling Sweet River, Rio Doce.

15:52 15:52 A lot of the pilots who did well in the first two tasks are currently packing up their gliders in the Brazilian boonies, todays task is going to change everying. There will be a lot of beers bought for the great god of discards tonight I think.

15:50 15:50 20 pilots have made the 2nd turn point and are on their way back to end of speed section and goal in GV. 50 pilots have already landed. Today's task is going to literally throw the last two days scores right up in the air.

15:37 15:37 50 pilots have already landed, it was probably a mistake to go so far north to save 10 kms but then have to battle back south across wind.

15:35 15:35 Well done to Leo Hamard, he's just got the second turn point and is doing well.

15:27 15:27 Martinho Ribeiro Morais, Cristiano Ricci and Eugene Claase have also just got the 2nd turn point.

15:24 15:24 Luc Armant, Damien Lacaze and Deonir Spancerski have just got the 2nd turn point.

15:21 15:21 There is a real mix of Brazilian, Pablo Rodarte, Cristiano Ricci and Martinho Ribeiro Morrais, European Luc Armant and south Korean Moonseob Lim on an Enzo 2, a Zeno, a Boom 10 and 11 at the top.

15:14 15:14 The SW wind is making it really difficult to get to turn point 1. The local Brazilian knowledge of staying south paid off. A lot of the top European pilots have already landed.

15:07 15:07 Brazilian pilot Martinho Ribeiro Morais, Richare Pethigal and Brazilian distance record holder Samuel Nasciimento have all got the first turn point. Today is definitely suiting the Brazilians.

15:01 15:01 Moonseob Lim and Torsten Siegel, both on Boomerang 11s, have just got the turn point.

14:59 14:59 Lionel Lang has also got the turn point. He's a paragliding instructor from Reunion Island who has a lot of experience of vol biv in remote areas having done a 225 km vol biv in Ethiopia, in a group of 5 being the first white people that some of the locals had ever seen.

14:56 14:56 Luc Armant on his Zeno has just got the turn point.

14:55 14:55 Jan Sterren has also got the 1st turn point. He's a very experiened pilot flying in the big Alpine mountains in Switzerland. He was 11th in the Swiss championships in 2016 and 4th in the recent Reunion Island PWC, so one to watch.

14:51 14:51 Talking of boonies, the pilots are flying over some very remote terrain at the moment so quite a few of the trackers are off line.

14:50 14:50 A lot of pilots are going much further east to take the turn point, like Richard Pethigal. Richard has lots of claims to fame, from doing some of the first descents of rivers in Peru to being the only competitor here to have been kidnapped by Shining Path guerilla soldiers which will hopefully stand him in good stead for flying over the Brazilian boonies.

14:45 14:45 A Gin Boomerang 10 and an Ozone Enzo 2 are currently leading the race, nothing is certain in this constantly changing race.

14:43 14:43 Pablo Rodarte and Cristiano Ricci have just taken the first turn point.

14:42 14:42 1st to the turn point doesn't necessarily mean furthest round the course. Those who take the turn point furthest to the east will have less distance to go to turn point 2.

14:37 14:37 Deonir Spacerski is about to be the first to get the first turn point. Today is definitely a day where local knowledge counts.

14:33 14:33 3 Brazilians are leading the way - Pablo Rodarte, Brazilian Champion Cristiano Ricci and Martinho Ribeiro Morais

14:30 14:30 It looks as if the gaggle to the south are going to get the turn point first with Cristiano Ricci leading - it must be that lucky t-shirt - don't look down!

14:27 14:27 There are a few pilots who are right in the middle of both gaggles. Top Argentinian pilot Francisco Mantaras has taken the middle line. He was 3rd in the Argentine Paragliding Cup in Mendoza in November, winner of the first event of the US National Championship Series in June and 3rd in the Argeninian Open last year - definitely one to watch.

14:21 14:21 Cristiano Ricci is also leading the group to the south, wearing a very appropriate t-shirt with 'Don't look down' written across it.

14:20 14:20 The group from the south is currenly led by Brazilian pilot Deonir Spancerski.

14:18 14:18 The group from the north and the one from the south are soon going to meet up at the turn point. Who will get there first?

14:17 14:17 Ozone test pilot, Luc Armant, is one of the leaders today too. Luc's dream is to be a migrating bird or being a bit more realistic, flying with such a perfect paraglider that the birds become jealous. So what do the GV vultures think of Luc's new Zeno?

14:14 14:14 Gin test pilot Moonseob Lim is one of the leaders today too. His paragliding Dad used to buy a very reluctant Moonseob paragliders and harnesses, then Moonseob decided it wasn't such a bad sport afterall, now he's the one who buys Dad harnesses and equipment!

14:11 14:11 Julian Robinson is currently leading the north gaggle and the competition. He's a very experienced British pilot, 2nd in the British Championships in 2016 and 3rd in 2015 along with a lot of international competition experience.

14:06 14:06 Those to the north, which is the vast majority of pilots, are going fastest with Jurij Vidic in the lead, he's a pilot who can win any time any place, one to watch. He's had lots of top 5 places in international competitions.

13:59 13:59 Stefan Wyss and Tim Bollinger seem to be leading the faster gaggle to the north.

13:54 13:54 Emmanuel Nicolas, the Pied Piper of Reunion Island, is right up with the leaders and currently in 4th position.

13:51 13:51 The group further north led by Maxime Bellemin, Rafael Saladini and Patrick Von Kaenel seem to be doing best.

13:49 13:49 Just to the north of the river another gaggle, led by Petra Slivova, is heading towards the first turn point.

13:47 13:47 There are lots of different ways of flying this course. Top German pilot Reiner Braun has stayed near take off and is following the line of the river.

13:43 13:43 It looks like Stefan Wyss and Laurie Genoves have gone the furthest round the start cylinder along with Davide Licini and Antonio Golfari.

13:36 13:36 It's 13:30 the start is now open, the race is on.

13:18 13:18 There are also some great pilot interviews, one with Maxime Pinot who was 2nd on day 1 has just been posted.

13:15 13:15 To get an idea of the terrain that the pilots are flying over have a look at some of Phillipe Broer's videos on World Cup TV in the Media box

13:11 13:11 With 20 minutes to go to the start lots of pilots are crossing the muddy waters of the Rio Doce (Sweet River) to get into a better position.

13:09 13:09 Pilots who lead out at the beginning get more points.

13:07 13:07 Lead out points depend on how many pilots get to goal (up to a max of 120 pts). The more pilots in goal the more pts available.

13:00 13:00 Who will get the lead out points today? Tim Bollinger arrived 3rd in goal yesterday but took 1st place due to well deserved lead out points.

12:59 12:59 Discards will help those who haven't done well initially, where by pilots lose 1 in 4 tasks.

12:54 12:54 The 1st few days are a time of acclimatisation for pilots who haven't flown much recently and those on new wings there is still everything to play for.

12:41 12:41 The advantage of taking the start as far north as possible is that it cuts down the distance to turn pt 1 by up to 10 km and thus the length of the race.

12:39 12:39 The start opens at 13h30 so those wanting to take the cylinder as far north as possible will need to fly fast and stay up of course.

12:37 12:37 A few pilots are going for the north option Maxime Pinot and Yigit Yildirim are currently crossing the river and going for it.

12:34 12:34 The large start cylinder (52 km) gives the pilots lots of course choice. The 1st turn pt is a 30 km cylinder the 2nd 25 km. A very interesting task.

12:18 12:18 The first pilots are now off

12:18 12:18 They then go East to turn pt 1 then north to turn pt 2 then west to end of speed and goal in GV

12:14 12:14 Today s task is a 52 km cylinder giving pilots lots of choice of where to start

11:33 11:33 The weather is still unstable but there shouldn't be much risk of rain. There maybe a bit of cirrus again today.

11:30 11:30 Briefing is currently taking place

2017-01-20 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 3 [11:16]

The task is set - todays race is a 85 km Race to Goal.
The window will open at 12:30 Local Time and the Start is at 13:30

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Commentary - Day 3

10:48 Pilots are just arriving at the Pico Da Ibituruna launch for day 3 of the 2016 Super Final.

2017-01-20 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 3 [09:35]

Its another nice day in Governador Valadares. The sky is abit overcast but seems to be clearing. The pilots are on the way to the take off and, as usual, we expect task details at about 11:30. More news when we get it...

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2017-01-19 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 2 [21:01]

All done - the results are now available online - see you tomorrow

2017-01-19 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 2 [19:49]

Quite a day - 83 in Goal and 2 making End Of Speed but not quite into the goal. The last pilots have been picked up and will be here soon. Results will follow soon after.

Commentary - Day 2

17:08 Clement Latour is nearing end of speed too. This is such an endurance race today, which XAlps veteran Clement, will be well suited to. So many of us were in awe of Clement's stunning performances in 2013 and 2011 in the XAlps, he's another pilot here who is no stranger to top 10 PWC places.

17:00 It looks as if Brazilian pilot Pablo Rodarte has got a climb from a small ridge and now got enough height to get the end of speed section and goal.

16:55 Sandy Lambert from Reunion Island has just made goal, to show such patience and determination after nearly five hours flying shows how incredible so many of the pillots are in the competition.

16:52 Brasilian pilot Pablo Rodarte is still in the air but low just before end of speed with a maximum of 200m to spare.

16:50 Japanese pilot Nao Takada is going towards the same climb Sandy was in but probably a bit too late to make much use of it.

16:48 Sandy Lambert is putting in a great effort to get to goal, she's got a climb and has passed the end of speed section, what patience, well done.

16:47 Local pilot Moises Sodre, carrier of the Olympic torch at GV during this years Olympic games, has landed just short of goal on his new Coden Pro wing.

16:45 Top German pilot Reiner Braun has just got the end of speed section and should make goal.

16:44 David Lucini executive manager (for Switzerland) of our favourite clothing manufacturer Jack & Jones has just made end of speed and should get to goal.

16:41 Top Brazilian tandem pilot Richard Pethigal is struggling to get to the end of speed section but has just made it. He'll definitley be having words with the task committee tomorrow morning about where they put the goal field.

16:39 The last 5 km of today's task have been really really difficult with a very inconsiderately placed col right at the end.

16:36 Louis Gerin-Jean, known as 'Son of Aerogliss' the famous paragliding school in the South of France, is just short of goal but we're not sure if he is still flying.

16:34 Sandy Lambert has got 6 km to go, she's quite low but in a climb, her husband Cyril Lambert's tracker isn't showing up so not sure who'll be making dinner in their house tonight.

16:27 We can't give a first lady yet as Seiko Fukuoka Neville's tracker is off line. At the moment it looks as if Klaudia Bulgakow is the first lady to reach goal.

16:19 It looks as if top pilots Russel Ogden and Joachim Oberhausser landed just short.

16:18 The top 40 pilots have made the end of speed but how many will make goal? This could totally change the days pilot order and points.

16:16 20 pilots have made end of speed but are very low and struggling to make goal. On the live leader board their distance has a line through it which will be taken away when they make goal and show their time round the course.

16:15 Russel is skimming in super low, he's got 100m to go.

16:14 Russel Ogden has made end of speed but is very low to get to goal 2 km away and validate his time points.

16:13 Luca Donini and Joachim Oberhauser have just made goal.

16:11 Stefan Wyss has just landed in goal and may have won the day, 3 seconds ahead of Adrian Hachen.

16:08 Adrain Hachen's track looks as if he has beaten Tim by 5 seconds. The coverage is very poor so we will only have definitive results later.

16:05 Stefan Wyss is allegedly very near to the end of speed section at the moment too although his tracker isn't accurate.

16:04 The live tracking coverage around the end of speed section is not great so a lot of the trackers are not fully working making exact results difficult to assess at the moment.

16:03 Tim looks as if he is 3 km ahead and has just made the end of speed section in 3 hours 12 seconds.

16:01 Stefan Wyss's tracker is on line but probably not showing his correct current position.

16:00 Honorin is in third position but he needs a climb, he's pushing boldly forward but there is a tricky little col just before end of speed.

15:59 Adrain Hachen's live tracker has just come back on line and he's in the lead. The Boomerang 11s are in a flat out race to end of speed with only 6 km to go, they're on final glide, what a race!

15:55 With 10 km to go to the end of speed Tim has got a 2.5 km lead, absolutely amazing given the field of sky gods behind him desperately try to catch his trailing edge.

15:51 Iranian pilot Soheil Barikani is right beside leader Tim Bollinger. Soheil has done some amazing flying in Iran, flying up to 6360 m without oxygen and in strong wind and strong thermals - a bit different to GV today.

15:47 Mexican pilot Manuel Quintanilla is right behind the two leaders, used to flying in Valle de Bravo, these conditions probably suit him. He was 9th in the PWC in Bir India, so definitely a very versatile pilot.

15:44 Reigning champion, Stefan Wyss, could pop up anywhere as his tracker is out of coverage at the moment.

15:42 Andreas Malecki and Gin test pilot Idris Birch are following the course line exactly.

15:41 Tim and Petra are ahead on their own to the west of the course line and the rest of the main gaggle are not far behind, but east of the course line.

15:40 With 20 km to go to end of speed, Tim Bollinger is 3 km ahead.

15:38 Current ladies Super Final winner, Seiko Fukuoka Naville's, tracker is not showing up on the live leaderboard today so we are unable to say who is the current leading lady.

15:27 There is a thick cirrus layer to the south which will make finding good lift a lot more difficult and slow everyone down a bit on their way to the end of speed section.

15:26 The top 50 have got the second turn point, this is such an unbelievably fast competition.

15:24 Tim Bollinger, French champion Jonathan Marin and Torsten Siegell have all got the 2nd turn point

15:22 Michael Sigel and Petra Slivova have got the turnpoint together.

15:19 Those who are taking the turn point further north, and nearer, will then turn south sooner, fly down wind and possibly over take the leaders who still have to go cross wind to get the turn point.

15:16 Laurie Genovese, Maxime Bellemin and Thomas Gury are all neck and neck to get the 2nd turn point. This is a truly amazing race.

15:11 Andreas 'Pepe' Malecki needs no introduction, one of the great characters in our sport, frequently on the task committee, very experienced Alpine pilot, super consistent, not afraid to be inventive. 1st in the 2016 PWC in Italy, 2nd in the Monarca Open in Mexico in January 2016.

15:08 Great to see some of our youngest pilots - Tim Bollinger and some of our more senior pilots - Andreas Malecki, racing together to get the turn point.

15:05 Up and coming French pilot, Meryl Delferriere, who was unable to fly yesterday has made a great come back, and is now leading the second gaggle.

15:02 Samuel Nascimento's route to the south has also worked well, he's slightly behind the lead gaggle but higher.

15:01 Yesterday's winner Tim Bollinger is with them too.

15:00 Michael Sigel, Andreas Malecki, Petra and Stefan Wyss have got a clear lead and are all about to take the 2nd turn point. This leg has really spread out the field.

14:57 Laurie is a very current pilot who did really well in a lot of cat 1+2 competitions in 2016 - European championships, Pre Worlds in Italy, French championships, the PWC in Italy and the Super Final in Mexico. She won the Super Final in 2014.

14:51 Two out of the top 3 places at the moment are women- 1st lady yesterday, Laurie Genovese is currently lying 3rd overall.

14:49 Yesterday's winner, Tim Bollinger, is still right at the front. Tim got his first specially designed GIN wing when he was only 6 years old and grew up ground handling in his famous father's paragliding school. Great to see the up and coming young pilots doing so well.

14:45 Petra's in the lead!

14:45 Petra Slivova is right at the top overall, she's been Women's world champion 3 times, Super Final women's champion twice, European champion 3 times - GO Petra Go!

14:42 Reigning champion Wyss is in a good position, he was 5th yesterday. He won last years Super Final by taking the more direct, riskier, but shorter route, could he do that again this year and become the first ever pilot to win the Super Final twice? Today he's in a good position to break away and do well.

14:37 Rafael is very low compared to the others and may lose time trying to regain height.

14:36 The different route choices are really seperating the pilots out. Top Brazilian pilot and distance record holder Rafael Saladini has gone well to the north of the course line.

14:33 Honorin and Denis Chouraqui have now gone back nearer the course line and left Charles Cazaux and Tim Bollinger taking the hillier route.

14:31 Brazilian open distance record holder (564 km - 11 hours in the air) Samuel Nascimentos is following the direct course line and has broken away from the gaggle - definitely one to watch.

14:28 The leaders are taking a route to the north of the course line to follow the hills.

14:23 Only 2.5 km seperate the first 50 pilots.

14:20 This cross wind leg is already spreading the pilots out, good task setting.

14:18 Tim Bollinger and Honorin Hamard got the turn point very quickly and have taken the lead in this difficult cross wind leg, the Boom 11 and Zeno will be put to the test.

14:16 The top 40 pilots have now all got the turn point, this is a very very fast race.

14:15 Adrian Hachen, Honorin Hamard and Tim Bolinger have got the turn point

14:11 Marc Wensauer and Xavier Pujol Barricarte have just got the first turn point.

14:07 The leaders are neck and neck to get the first turn point.

14:03 Denis Chouraqui is with Tim and Honorin. Who's going to get the turn point first and get a fast start along the next leg?

14:01 Tim Bollinger has taken a bit of a lead and along with Honorin Hamard is about to get the first turn point.

13:56 Ozone test pilots Russel Ogden and Honorin Hamard are currently battling it out for first place taking a more direct line than Felix.

13:54 Felix can only be described as pure dynamite, he can always be guaranteed to entertain and that is just what he is doing, taking a completely different line to everyone else.

13:52 Felix Rodriguez Fernandez is right out on his own well to the east of the others.

13:48 Most of the pilots are heading for the hill behind Cap Andrade. Murat Tuzer and flying Scotsman Brendan Reid are taking a slighly wider line than the others.

13:46 Lucas Bernadin has just taken the lead. Great to see him doing so well after 6 months with very little flying as he was sailing across the Atlantic with his wife and 3 young children - what an adventure! Lucas is no stranger to winning PWCs, having won 2 in 2010 and frequenly in the top 10.

13:42 Michael Sigel has just gone into first place. He's no stranger to winning PWCs having won the PWC in Brazil in 2013 and in Columbia in 2011. Consistently in the top 10.

13:39 Aaron Durogati is current leading. He was third yesterday. Well known for doing well in endurance races like the XAlps and X-Pyr which could stand him in good stead for this 10 day long Super Final. He won the super final in 2012, could he be the first pilot ever to win the Super Final twice?

13:34 This is such a close race today with only half a km separating the top 20 pilots.

13:30 It's a real battle at the front between Honorin Hamard on the Zeno, Tim Bollinger and Yury Mishanin on an Enzo 2 who have pushed ahead but Honorin will be keen not to push ahead too much today and make the same mistake as yesterday.

13:24 The leaders are now a third of the way down the first leg with yesterday's winner, Tim Bollinger on a Boomerang 11, in the lead

13:09 You can view footage of our celebrity pilots and the mobiles of pilots waiting in front of launch for the start to open on World Cup TV in the Media box

13:06 Philippe Broers has already managed to get some stunning footage of launch and in-flight footage to give you an idea of what it s like here.

13:04 Let s see if today s task will separate them all out a bit more. Yesterday there were barely 50 points between the top 30 pilots.

13:02 It s 13 h the start has opened and they re off.

13:00 Hopefully we ll see local legend Moises Sodre on the Dudek Coden Pro in goal today too.

12:51 Today s task should be a good balance of light conditions good for the bigger aspect ratios - Enzo 2 + Boom 11 and stronger conditions for the Zeno

12:48 Let s see how both wings fare in todays task

Zeno pilots loved the handling turning inside the others.

12:41 Yesterday the Boomerang 11 pilots were very happy with the speed of their new wings

12:40 Virtually all the pilots are now in a thermal near the start ready to go in 20 mins

12:35 former world and super final Champ Petra Slivova who told me she is here because she loves flying with her paragliding family has just launched.

12:28 Top Spanish pilot Xevi Bonet Dalmau is clipping in wearing like all the other pilots just shorts and t-shirt. Even at cloud base it s still really hot.

12:20 Sandy Lambert is about to follow husband Cyril who is already climbing nicely near the start gate

12:17 The hill to the east of launch, at the start, seems to be working reasonably well, every one is making a bee line for there.

12:15 Cyril Lambert whose wife Sandy is also in the comp is taking off.

12:12 Marc Wensauer (Enzo 2) and Idris Birch (Boomerang 11) are standing together watching and waiting.

12:09 Maxime Bellemin is about to launch

12:08 Yoann Chavanne is also getting ready to launch

12:06 Nao Takada is also about to go

12:05 Veteran Russian pilot Yury Mishanin is just taking off

12:01 The window is open but not much rush to take off

11:55 The window will open at 12h (in 5 mins) and start will open at 13h.

11:54 All eyes are on the wind dummy who has just taken off and is thermalling up nicely over launch.

11:49 Because of its height above the surrounding landscape (990m) Pico Da Ibituruna tends to act like a magnet drawing thermals towards its wooded slopes.

11:47 A free flying pilot has taken off and not stayed up.

11:44 The biggest concern pilots seem to have about the task is the cross wind leg (with NW wind) between turn pt 1 and 2.

2017-01-19 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 2 [11:32]

The task is set - todays race is a 85.58 km Race to Goal.
The window will open at 12:00 Local Time and the Start is at 13:00

Flymaster Live Tracking (1 second tracking) Is HERE

** BRAND NEW ** Flymaster 3D View Is HERE

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***NEW*** 3D In Browser (also works on Tablets) - 30fps Refresh

The Taskboard, the Live Leaderboard and all the other info for the task are HERE

For those with iPads etc - the pure Live Leader Board is HERE

.Split Screen View (Map + Commentary) - also works on mobiles => HERE

Commentary - Day 2

11:24 Let's hope conditions are a little stronger than yesterday, even reigning super final Champ Stefan Wyss was left working hard to get up from a low save.

11:16 With the possibility of rain later on a fairly straightforward task, mainly down wind, has been set.

11:13 The wings are all now laid out on the Pico Da Ibituruna launch, briefing for day 2 of the 2016 Super Final is taking place.

11:06 The task committee (Richard Pethigal, Michael Sigel, Andreas Malecki and meet director Dio) have just finished setting a task.

11:02 The weather today is still very humid with base just above the hill.

10:57 Yesterday was difficult at the beginning due to the wind then a fast race to goal over the last 20 km. Today looks roughly the same but with less wind.

2017-01-19 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 2 [09:14]

We have a problem, right now, with the website database so the pilot's wings and sponsors are not currently correct. This is being worked on right now and we anticipate a solution before the start of today's task. Apologies for this error.

Today's weather is looking good - the transports are loading outside HQ and will be leaving soon. We expect task details at about 11:30 - keep watching...

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2017-01-18 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 1 [21:54]

The final results are now available from the links at the top of the page (or HERE)

2017-01-18 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 1 [20:22]

Its been an excellent first day - we had 87 pilots in goal with just 2 seconds between the first 2 arrivals.

Apologies to all who were trying to get the details early in the task (many of you will have found you could not access the website at all) - we had a very serious technical problem on the webserver which made all access very slow and meant that we could not update anything from here in Brazil either. This is now solved and should not occur again.

The official results will be along in a few minutes.

Commentary - Day 1

18:50 All the pilots have now landed safely and will be back at HQ shortly. Definitive scores should be posted in about the next hour.

15:52 From the goal field we can just abouts hear flute playing Emmanuel Nicolas, the Pied Piper of Reunion Island, approaching the end of speed section.

15:47 There are about 10 pilots still in the air who will probably make goal.

15:43 Final update on the top 5 places. 1. Aaron Durogati Gin Boomerang 11 2. Xavier Pujol Barricarte Ozone Enzo 2 3. Idris Birch Boomerang 11 4. Tim Bollinger Boomerang 10 5. Primoz Susa Enzo 2

15:28 Who would have thought watching so many pilots struggling in front of launch just after the start that so many would make it, but once they hit the down wind leg after turn point two it was much easier in the fully down wind leg.

15:27 The first 40 pilots have now all passed the end of speed section. What a close fast race, amazing.

15:27 First woman Laurie Genovese has just made goal.

15:27 The pilots came into end of speed section fairly high so will have had no problems getting to goal 2 km away.

15:26 Next past the end of speed section is Rafael Saladini, Stefane Wyss and Yoshiki Kuremoto.

15:22 Next past the end of speed section is Rafael Saladini, Stefane Wyss and Yoshiki Kuremoto.

15:18 Aaron has go there first, Xavier 2nd, then Idris, then Primoz, then Felix, then Luca, then Luc Armant.

15:17 3 km to go, they are on final glide, within sight of the end of speed section this is going to be neck and neck between Xavier, Aaron, Rafael, Primoz and Francisco.

15:15 Spanish pilot Xavier Barricarte has pulled into the lead, he did very well in the PWC in Portugal coming 7th overall.

15:11 Acro champion Felix Rodriguez is right there with the lead gaggle too, this is going to be a neck and neck finish with very little in it.

15:09 The lead gaggle are about half way along the last leg nearing the end of speed section with Maxime Pinot and Primoz Susa leading out at the moment, closely followed by former world champion Luca Donini.

15:07 Top women pilots Nicole Fedele and Laurie Genovese, both former women's super final winners, are right at the top too giving everyone a run for their money,

15:04 Simon Pellissier, one of the youngest pilots in the comp, is at the top too.

15:02 Idris Birch and Aaron Durogati on Boomerang 11s are in the lead gaggle and reasonably high.

15:01 Rafael Saladini, one of Brazil's top pilots is right at the front too having set a new open distance record of 564 km in Brazil in October last year after flying for 11 hours.

14:58 This is a Brit race as well as a manufacturer and international pilot race with Idris Birch, Julian Robinson and Guy Anderson taking the lead ahead of the rest of the World - Go Great Britain

14:55 Tim Bollinger, Jurij Vidic and Guy Anderon have just taken the lead.

14:54 Honorin has just landed ahead of the lead gaggle.

14:51 Maxime Pinot has just broken away and should get the 4th turn pt 1st.

14:50 Maxime has just got the cylinder, Stefan Wyss and Laurie Genovese have also just taken the 4th turn pt

14:49 Maxime Pinot is ahead but a lot lower. Honorin, Tim Bollinger and Tim Rochas are leading the rest of the gaggle.

14:48 The 1st pilots have just got the 3rd turn pt. Jean Marc Caron, Charles Cazaux and Julien Wirtz are in the lead.

14:45 The pilots are now on their way to the end of speed section, all very close together.

14:45 The pilots are now on their way to the end of speed section, all very close together.

14:41 Maxime has just got the cylinder. Stefan Wyss and Laurie Genovese have also just taken the 4th turnpoint.

14:39 Maxime Pinot has just broken away, and should get the 4th turnpoint first.

14:38 There are 4 previous super final winners here.

14:36 The first 50 pilot are within a kilometre of each other. The pilot quality here is amazing.

14:35 Francisco has a proven track record here and is used to top 5 places.

14:33 Fransisco is with Honorin and they are gliding just ahead of the massive gaggle behind them.

14:31 Honorin has taken the lead and broken away by a few hundred metres.

14:30 World and European Champion Honrin Hamard has just taken the lead.

14:29 Stephane Drouin has taken the lead. Very strong French pilot, used to being in the top 10.

14:25 Charles Cazaux is the only person to have won bothe the World Championship and the Super Final.

14:24 Jean Marc Caron is a very consistent pilot, always does well, 10th in the French Champs. Frequently in the top 10 in the PWC.

14:21 The first pilots have just got the third turnpoint. Jean Marc Caron, Charles Cazaux and Julien Wirtz are in the lead.

13:29 Today's task is not going to be easy for the alpine pilots used to big mountains and strong conditions.

13:15 Today is a real test of which wings and which pilots can survive in very weak conditions.

13:07 They have already divided into 2 groups, those trying to gain enough height to go the direct route and those who are going to go the long way round.

13:05 They are all now really struggling to gain height to get back up and over take -off to fly S.E. to turn pt 2,

13:02 What a dramatic sight a gaggle of 120 pilots all flying forward together towards GV. They've all taken the start together.

13:00 It's 13 h they're off.

12:59 120 pilots are all in one thermal all within about 200m of each other just in front of launch. This is going to be a very close race.

12:55 Most of the pilots are in a big gaggle right above launch trying to survive for 5 more minutes before racing 750 m to the start where there is less lift.

12:49 A fast start is so important, if you are late you spend the rest of the race playing catch up.

12:47 The start is an exit cylinder at turn pt 1. This means that they need to go into the cylinder then leave as soon as they can after 13 h.

12:44 The start will open in 15 mins at 13 h.

12:43 A lovely gesture from the local organisers today - each pilot has been given a bag of seeds from native trees to scatter as they fly.

12:40 Base is still just above hill height at 1500 m with a N.E wind. There is still a lot of cumulus but it isn't forecast to over develop.

12:37 Good lift today of 2-3m/s was forecast but the frequent showers keep switching the lift off.

12:34 Virtually all the pilots have taken off and are waiting in front of take off below hill height for the start to open.

12:23 What an amazing sight: so many colourful wings flying in front of the rolling green hills that stretch out as far as the eye can see and the wing can fly.

12:20 Another big group are pushing forwards towards the muddy waters of the Rio Doce (Sweet River) the start and turn pt 1.

12:18 A big group are now thermalling well in front of launch

12:15 Pilots are taking off slowly but surely. No Boom 11s have taken off yet that every one is so looking forward to seeing in the air.

12:12 A group of 10 pilots are thermalling in front of launch

12:08 The 2016 Super Final has started the first pilots are launching.

12:05 The rain has stopped and an 80 km task has been set south following roughly the route of the main road.

12:00 Six out of the 11 women competing are legends, including current sky goddess Seiko Fukuoka-Naville.

11:57 As for who's here: sky gods, sky gods, sky gods! Reigning champ Stefan Wyss, World and European champion Honorin Hamard.

11:56 So what's new about the Boom 11? I asked a Gin test pilot. 'It's got more of every thing' he replied grinning.

11:54 There was suspense right up until the last minute about the new Boomerang 11. Five of Gin's top pilots are flying it.

11:52 Then I looked at who was flying the Zeno. All the Ozone test pilots. Interesting, very interesting.

11:47 The big story for the Super Final was supposed to be the Boomerang 11 and the Enzo 3. Suddenly there was no Enzo 3, instead an EN-D serial class wing callled the Zeno.

11:45 The briefing has now adjourned to the music tent, as it's raining.

11:40 It's famous as a paragliding take off after Super Final pilot Moises Sodre flew down with the Olympic torch this summer - a first for the Olympic torch.

11:30 Pico da Ibituruna, known as the black stone is a huge lump of volcanic rock towering 990m above Valadares.

11:08 The obligatory loud tunes are blasting out across take-off.

11:04 The conditions look good enough for a 60 - 80 km task. After several days practicing in light conditions the pilots are keen to have a scored task.

11:02 There is quite a breeze coming up both sides of the hill but dropping quickly as temperature rises and thermals push through and push the meteo wind up.

2017-01-18 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 1 [12:22]

The task is set - todays race is a 79.36 km Race to Goal.
The window will open at 12:00 Local Time and the Start is at 13:00

Flymaster Live Tracking (1 second tracking) Is HERE

** BRAND NEW ** Flymaster 3D View Is HERE

Paragliding World Cup LIVE 3D Google Earth View => HERE

.Paragliding World Cup Live App => Get it here

LiveTrack24 Tracking can be found HERE
***NEW*** 3D In Browser (also works on Tablets) - 30fps Refresh

The Taskboard, the Live Leaderboard and all the other info for the task are HERE

For those with iPads etc - the pure Live Leader Board is HERE

.Split Screen View (Map + Commentary) - also works on mobiles => HERE

2017-01-18 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 1 [12:15]

We are having some problems with the web-server at the moment. There is a task but, until this is fixed, we cannot show details. Window open was at 12:00 - more details will be along soon

Commentary - Day 1

10:59 There are showers all around but apparently this is not unusual.

10:59 At the moment cloud base is quite low about hill height 1100m but rising.

10:56 There is a real mix of laughter and stressed looking faces. What will day 1 bring?

10:55 The elite of the paragliding world are here, lots of crinkly new gliders are laid out on launch.

10:50 Welcome to Pico da Ibituruna and the 2016 Super Final.

2017-01-18 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Day 1 [09:14]

Day 1 of the 2017 Paragliding World Cup Superfinal is here and the weather is excellent. We have blue skies and bright sunshine.

The transports to takeoff are all loading outside the headquarters and will be leaving very soon. We should have task details in about 2 hours.

This competition will feature LIVE commentary, from takeoff and during the task, supplied by Ruth Jessop - this will be here on the front page and also scrolling on the Retrieve Map and will be in real time.

We have restricted airspace in the region - for those pilots who need to update their instruments the Open Airspace file is available HERE

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2017-01-17 - Paragliding World Cup : Governador Valadares, Brazil - Registration Day [12:11]

The Paragliding World Cup Superfinal 2017 begins today in Governador Valadares, Brazil.

Registration will begin in HQ (at the Real Minas Hotel) at 1500 and there is a mandatory safety briefing for all pilots at 19:00

There is an opening ceremony at 2000 and a pilot dinner at 21:00.

The first task will be tomorrow morning.