There is some or other complicated weather system that set up between opposing high and low pressure cells that have caused flooding or alternate heat waves depending on your location relative to these cells. It took a few days for the temperatures to return to ranges that we recall during our last visit.
Phot: Felix Rodriguez Task 7 (yes that's me right in front of the camera)
The first two days of competition were diabolical with seemingly impossible conditions grounding almost all pilots save a few magicians who somehow tunneled their way through the gloom of 8/8 cloud-cover to goal. Things started to improve on day three with subsequent tasks returning to normal close racing.
I managed to bomb out on the first three tasks which was humbling to the point of humiliation. I was staring last place down a short barrel. To add to the pressure, I was put on the Gin Team for the competition. This may sound like fun, but consider with team-mates like Michael Siegel, Torsten Siegel, and Petra Slivova, scoring for the team is already a challenge. Between them they have won world cup events, super finals, European championships, and World championships (not to mention numerous 'other' events and world records).
I am flying my large Boomerang 11 at 120kg re-trimmed by Adam van Renssen with a Gin Genie 4 harness on loan from the Brazilian Gin dealer Luciano Tcaenco.
I will write about all things paragliding for the remainder of the competition. In particular people want to know about the new Flow and Guru gliders.... watch this space!
Photo: KJ Bowden