Summary written by Ruth Jessop
With concerns about over development in the afternoon, a 62 km task was set going directly east.
The early part of the race gave stunning views and lots of photo opportunities for those who had time to stop.
With the wind behind them, and stronger than forecast, the first pilots made goal super-fast, in one hour and nineteen minutes, thus sadly devaluing the day.
In the goal valley the wind seemed to come from all directions. Above about 300m, it was from the south. Below 300m it was from the north. The unexpected wind from the north caused a lot of problems.
‘It was a task where you had to concentrate right to the very end,’ said Honorin Hamard.
For whatever may have been good, or not so good in today’s task, it did put this Super Final in the record books as being one of the very few World Cups where one pilot has won three tasks. Well done Luc.
The only pilots to have won more, in recent paragliding times, were in two previous Super Finals, Stefan Wyss in 2015 in Valle de Bravo, Mexico and Luca Donini in 2012, in Roldanillo, Colombia.
The first 68 pilots made goal today, and thus all flew the same distance, and gained the same distance points. Today’s winner is therefore the one with a combination of the best speed points and lead out points.
Top 3 speed point winners – the fastest pilots round the course:
1:19:41 Christian MAURER flying at an average speed of 42.2 km/h
1:19:49 Julien WIRTZ
1:20:54 Pierre REMY
Top 3 leading point baggers – those who were in the lead the most:
150.8 Luc ARMANT
141.4 Pierre REMY
139.1 Honorin HAMARD
Top 4 overall
1st= Luc ARMANT
1st= Christian MAURER
3rd= Pierre REMY
3rd= Julien WIRTZ
Top 3 ladies
1st Yael MARGELISCH
2nd Nanda WALLISER
3rd Seiko FUKUOKA NAVILLE
Top 3 teams
3rd Flying Tree Environmental Management
Just a reminder that you can follow the commentary, the leaderboard and tracking on the live app (which is also now a webpage) at: https://live.pwca.org
Tomorrow is the official rest day, a well-earned, and flown, day off for all! See you again on Tuesday.