New distance record with the Artik 4 starring Kate Baker this time around. The pilot travelled a total of 184 kilometres, beating the previous best female mark made so far flown in Queensland (Australia).
Kate began paragliding only seven months ago. After having respectively flown 61 and 78 kilometres in her first and second flight, the Australian pilot decided to take off this past weekend for the third time with her EN-C glider.
‘After three flights totalling nearly 15 hours on the Artik, I can truly say that I am in love with this glider. It seems to ‘sniff out’ thermal edges and bites into them, giving me brilliant feedback and climbing phenomenally well. I endured some fairly rough conditions during my big flight but I felt that the wing was always solid above me. It performs well while using speedbar and the speed on glide is refreshingly fast’.
After six hours in the air, Kate beat her best personal record and set a new registered distance to date on the Australian continent. This outstanding achievement done in the middle of the autumn season could possibly suggest that when considering here recent track record, she could very well extend it as easily in the forthcoming spring and summer.
And keep in mind that your personal experiences under your Artik 4 can be shared as well through #Artik4pilots.
05.04.16 Octagon, the self-stabilizing rescue parachute
At Niviuk we believe that a reserve parachute is an essential piece of gear to guarantee pilot safety. Selecting the best model is as important as choosing the rest of the equipment.
When we decided to introduce the Octagon on the reserve parachute market, we took advantage of our business partner Vital Parachutes' expertise, known for its high manufacturing quality standards and exceptionally safe products.
Why is the Octagon one of the best rescues on the market from our point of view? Discover more about the Octagon and its self-stabilization system here.
Last spring Kurt Eder astonished everybody with an 80 kilometres flight. Nothing out of the ordinary here, when considering his experience with extended XC distance undertakings, except for the fact that it was made under a single surface glider, the Skin.
From that moment on, the potential for the Skin fascinated Kurt, realizing the broad range of possibilities this type of glider can offers. His words during the Thermik magazine interview:
“The takeoff characteristics of the Skin are amazing. It climbs overhead like a feather and you are immediately ready to leave the ground. The tightest launching pads can be used, and all is executed as if in slow motion, which increases safety very much. Reversed inflations can be done easily even in tail wind. The wings minimal volume when packed is phenomenal”.
Kurt also highlighted the stability and talkative nature of the Skin with its constant information feed ability, thus promoting more efficient piloting whenever necessary.
So it was not a surprise when we recently came across the Italian pilot carrying his new ‘toy’ in a small rucksack. Kurt confessed spending almost as much time with it than with his usual glider.
Great talent display during the 2016 Bright Open edition (February 20-27, Australia) with very good results for the Niviuk pilots in practically all categories.
Kari Ellis finished 1st in the women ranking, 3rd in the serial event, and 15th overall under her Peak 4.
‘During the Bright Open I found the Peak 4 to be a highly competitive and capable of holding its own amongst the CCC gaggle. We flew a variety of five tasks and in all conditions my Peak 4 was an absolute joy to fly. I would describe it as a strong, all-round performer glider. It climbs very well in both strong and weak conditions and its performance is very accessible - I am totally comfortable to push the full range of the speed-bar all day, through all kinds of air’, explains Kari.
There was also a place on the podium for Peter Slade who finished 3rd overall under his Icepeak 8. The silver medals went to Tuomas Martikainen (Artik 4) in the Sports category, Wally Arcidiacono (Icepeak 6) in the Serial category and James Thompson (Icepeak 8) in the Masters category.
Finally, sharing the women’s podium with Kari, Kirsten Seeto took the 2nd place flying the Peak 3.
The new season competition in area is already on. Congratulations to all the winners and participants!
The 25th Stubai Cup edition is around the bend for the 2016 season. We will be there and be traveling to Austria to enjoy three intense days dedicated to paragliding.
From March 4th to the 6th we will be looking forward to seeing you at our Niviuk booth, where you will be able to try out our newly released Peak 4, Ikuma or Hook 4, as well as some of our favourites such as the single surface glider, the Skin, or the Artik 4.
We will also be offering information about all our products: progression, XC, freestyle, mini wings or P Series (light wings), as well as our entirely range of harnesses and accessories.
Do not miss the date to celebrate a quarter of a century of paragliding passion at the Stubai Cup. More information on the event official website.
01.03.16 ‘Yesterday, after 17 years, I made the most beautiful flight of my life’
‘What happened yesterday was incredible! Paragliding never stops surprising us. I can say that yesterday, after flying for 17 years, I made the most beautiful flight of my life. Perhaps not the greatest in terms of time or distance, but without any doubt, the most spectacular of them all’.
Joel Mirón de Soto, an awarded Spanish pilot, narrated with this words his adventure and shared with us spectacular photos of the Tres Picos mountain range (Patagonia, Argentina) after flying for first time with the Ikuma, our new EN B+ glider.
As Joel said, sometimes the greatness of XC flying cannot be measured in kilometers but in emotional intensity. The best adventures are often experienced by those veering off the already known established paths. This is the Back Country flying essence.
But what is Back Country flying about? It is the joy of soaring over new landscapes while carving one's own of alternative routes by getting off traditional roads and discovering XC flying in a new way.
This is only possible by handling a comfortable glider able to create the perfect symbiosis between performance and safety. The easy performance Ikuma is such wing.
And for those who are looking for intensity and efficiency, the Ikuma does not fall short. Edi Tascher proved it by flying over 212 km flight in Kenia, and so did Pablo López, who travelled 198 km in Argentina.
‘The Hook 4 will show you the way on its own. Let it fly by itself, it knows better than you do. Seat back in your harness, go with the flow and leave the rest to the wing’.
That will explain very well why Erwan Didriche, after taking command of the Hook 4, titled the essay published in Parapente + ‘Hook 4, declaration of independence’.
The reporter highlighted the solidity aspects of the glider, inflating ease and excellent performance level due to the use of the latest technological advances in glider design: ‘Not that long ago, my competition wing had those performance levels, and it was awesome at the time’. The technology was transferred to the Hook 4 and improved upon to make it a more efficient and docile glider. ‘It is the ideal wing for entry level pilots looking for new experiences and progress with confidence, or for more experimented ones looking for the perfect alliance between performance and safety’.
Among them Kirsten with her Peak 3 was the first out of two women who made it to goal. “The flight had slow bits, fast bits and high bits and a beautiful, fast and buoyant section in the flats in the last 50km. To set a new PB and make goal was great - but to join my team mates in achieving a world record task was the icing on the cake! Still loving my Peak 3”, explains the pilot.
Not to be overlooked, merits go to Peter Slade, who won the general competition after leading three of the total six tasks, and to James Thompson for his second place. Both of them flying the Iceapeak 8.
If there was a way to measure dreams, we could look into the unstoppable stream of athletes in love with the Hike & Fly activity. The latest adventurer to date, the well-known climber and also Niviuk pilot, Cedar Wright, reached his objective by ascending 5600 meters to the top of the highest peak in Mexico and third in North America. However making it to the peak is no longer the only goal for these high altitude passionate pilots.
On January 20 Cedar and his team took off from the highest point of the Pico de Orizaba and flew down to their targeted landing zone in just 35 minutes. “It was truly one of the wildest experiences of my life. I’m already scheming up other objectives for my new hybrid sport” said Cedar, who after learning how to fly less than a year ago, even admitted to be greatly surprised by the wide array of possibilities a glider fitting inside a small backpack can offers.
The Skin P, however, is much more than a simple light descent glider. Cedar and his teams confirmed it only two days after the expedition in Orizaba, when they were able to fly for almost six hours and cover an 80 kilometers distance by Nevada Toluca, the third highest mountain in Mexico.