Paragliding in BC

Paragliding in BC

Friday, September 13, 2013

Memories from the Nats

It's been about 3 weeks since the end of the Paragliding Nationals in Quebec...I've gotten to do a little bit of local flying and a handful of tandems, but life has mostly been about work and saving up for the next trip.  But today is a day off (yahoo!) and while looking through my GoPro footage there were a few neat shots I grabbed as stills that I'd like to share.

This is just a happy sky photo.  I can't remember which task this was from now, but it brings back such great memories.  It was a completely different style of flying compared to the mountains, and getting to see this kind of view of unending perfect clouds was a spectacular treat!

During Task 2 Guy Leblanc flew right up to me at the 2nd turn point and told me he forgot to turn on his track log and had to start the task again!  You can see the take off just below his wing tip...launch was at 400 metres so you get an idea of how low things were over there.  It was nice and smooth though, and fun being able to chat in the air like that!

This is just before the window opened on our last task, and I'm right with the start gaggle. I had found a super light thermal that started as a zero and grew into a good one...afterwards one of the pilots came up and thanked me for finding that thermal for everyone :)  Looks like Elie and Frederic on their Niviuks to the right in the photo, and I think Eric on the blue Delta in front.  This task took us over the back (literally...back towards the horizon in the pic), a tricky task for some as conditions were far from booming and we didn't get very high, plus it got quite rough on the hill for those who launched later on.

And last but not least, a quick iPhoto of the gorgeous stand my boyfriend made for my "Championne Canadienne" trophy.  Am I spoiled or what?  This is what motivates me each day as I head to my j-o-b and reminds me that there's so much more to life than collapsing on the couch after a tough day :)