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18.10.10  PWC Competition
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With the Super final in Turkey concluding the official PWC 2010 season has now ended. It has been a spectacular year in terms of design and technology applied to the new competition wings. As you might well know Niviuk developed the Icepeak 4 NS in a record time. In five months we were able to offer a very competitive wing to our competition team that participated at the Europeans in Abtenau last May. For this season we only produced 8 wings and the results we obtained have been spectacular. At the Europeans, in the women’s category we took first and second place. At the PWC tour, from 8 contested events, Niviuk had 27% of the podiums. We started in Brazil with Urban Valic´s victory and third place by his brother Aljaz. Italian Biaggio Vitale finished sixth and French Maxime Bellemin tenth. In women, the current world champion Elisa Houdry took also victory. ABAC/Niviuk team was also on the podium with its third place. The Asian round saw a significant reduction in the participation of our European pilots. Even then, Swiss pilot based in China, Alex Hofer took an excellent second position with his Icepeak 3, while local pilot Xianping Hou was third in the womens category. Back in Europe and after the Greek round, the PWC went to Italy and with Aljaz Valic and Urban finishing the competition second and ninth respectively they are both continuing to work hard to perfect the wing which we will offer to the pilots for the 2011 season. At the American round in Chelan we saw another Niviuk victory in front of a very large number of wings of other brands. Josh Cohn and his Icepeak 4 NS took control of the event and finished first after six tasks. Good result also for American Brad Gunnuscio in eleventh position. For the women, Venezuelan pilot Joanna di Grigoli also finished first. Team Niviuk USA were also present on the winners podium, taking third place overall. Just before the Super final, the PWC held its seventh event in Portugal. Local pilot Claudio Virgilio under the Icepeak 4 NS secured second place. And in the final round, in Turkey, Niviuk continued to show a presence on the winners podium with French pilot Jean Marc Caron taking third position. Aljaz Valic who was at the top of the provisional ladder during various days, finished the competition in fourth position. In the women category, gold for the newly crowned European Champion went to Petra Slivova and bronze to Elisa Houdry. To complete the trio of medals, ABAC/Niviuk took silver in the teams. A very successful season if we consider the number of NIVIUK wings that have competed. But perhaps the most important thing for us is what we have achieved in the evolution of competition gliders. After intensive testing and several different designs and proto types, we will have ready for the 2011 season the ICEPEAK 5.
We wish to congratulate all our pilots for such excellent results and we thank those of you who have competed with NIVIUK wings in 2010. We can say that we are ready and prepared for another exciting year of competition in 2011 and look forward to taking you the pilots to a higher level of success.

The Niviuk Team.

12.06.18  Free Aero on the new Artik 5
Free Aero on the new Artik 5 Free Aero on the new Artik 5


The experienced pilot Philippe Lami has flown the Artik 5 a few times and gives us his first impressions:


"The Artik 5 behaves like a gem! The Catalan manufacturer has used every trick to improve performance and the full-on glide. Every detail shows a clear drive for excellence and I really think that it will be difficult to do better as far as the quality of its structure.


[…] Fast little flights, before a full test. The inflation is easy, and it comes up with no tendency to overfly. The load take up is immediate and, when flying, you feel straightaway that the wing is very solid, monolithic and really taut. The controls are frank, a bit physical, with obvious authority, given the immediate reaction to travel.


[…] The Artik 5, used with hands up, then well accelerated, has the behavior of a competition wing: it has an obvious bite, whilst being very comfortable. It pulls forwards continuously, without asking for a lot of effort from the pilot...


During these first flights, I go everywhere, with ease, speed and comfort.  […] We’ll do a more comprehensive test later, of course. But the initial impression is already very positive, with this feeling of a very fast wing, identifiable and comfortable at the same time".


Read the complete review on Free Aero

07.05.18  Niviuk pilots are the majority in the Top 5 of the WPC!
Niviuk pilots are the majority in the Top 5 of the WPC! Niviuk pilots are the majority in the Top 5 of the WPC! Niviuk pilots are the majority in the Top 5 of the WPC! Niviuk pilots are the majority in the Top 5 of the WPC!

This weekend was held in Thailand the 10th edition of the WPC, the most important paramotor competition of the FAI. The best pilots around the world met at Lopburi (Thailand) for an amazing competition which ended with three Niviuk pilots in the top 5 of the overall ranking:

3rd - David Wainwright. The Australian Niviuk pilot did a magnificent competition with his Dobermann 2 and ended up taking home the bronze medal with a total score of 311.

4th - Nat Thanaphuthiphong. The local pilot flew with a Dobermann 2 and finished in fourth place with a total score of 308.

5th - Ramón Morillas. The iconic Spanish Niviuk’s pilot completed the Top 5 of the competition with a score of 307.

Former Australian paragliding national team member and twice Icarus Trophy winner, David Wainwright said "It was a tough week of competition with some challenging conditions and amazing level of pilot skill. I am very happy to be flying my Dobermann 2 and Nirvana Instinct. It is a great package which gives me confidence to push hard and to feel safe doing so. I have flown many years of high level paragliding cross country competitions but not so many PPG comps. This is my second year competing in classic style events and it is my 3rd comp. I look forward to flying more slalom events as I feel I have a big opportunity to improve in this area of the sport".

See the overall ranking by clicking here.

Congratulations to all the pilots!
30.04.18  Into the Lightness: Skin 2 P & Roamer 2, by Gavin McClurg
23.04.18  New World Record with a Niviuk glider!
04.04.18  Free.aero on the new Takoo 4
15.03.18  The new Artik 5 has arrived!
07.03.18  Thomas Petit, new Niviuk PPG pilot!
15.02.18  New achievements from Thailand!
01.02.18  Niviuk at Las Candelas Paramotor Festival
17.01.18  Roamer 2 - The lightness goes with you
 
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12.06.18
Free Aero on the new Artik 5
The experienced pilot Philippe Lami has flown the Artik 5 a few times and gives us his first impressions.
07.05.18
Niviuk pilots are the majority in the Top 5 of the WPC!
This weekend was held in Thailand the 10th edition of the WPC, discover the overall ranking here.
30.04.18
Gavin McClurg on the Skin 2 P and the Roamer 2
Read Gavin McClurg's article about Niviuk's ultralight glider and the new reversible harness.
23.04.18
New World Record with a Niviuk glider!
This Sunday Julien Irilli made history again with a new World Distance Record in FAI Triangle.
04.04.18
Free.aero on the new Takoo 4
French magazine Free.aero’s latest edition reviewed the new Takoo 4.
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