Paragliding Challenges, Leagues and Competitions

Each year the club awards a number of prizes for paragliding achievements. These are: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the PG XC league, most improved pilot, best novice, and the rooster award (for those dodgy tree landings etc!). Not sure if you could really call it a “competition” for the rooster award, though some of the exploits of our pilots sometimes might lead you to think they were trying as hard as possible to “win” it!

Paragliding XC League

Current XC league table

Entry into the Sky Surfing Club paragliding XC leagues is via the National XC league. Club members do not have to pay for this service as long as Sky Surfing Club is your registered club. Registration will be required in order to use this service. For a full set of rules, visit the XC League rules page. NB Turn point flights will require a 3D GPS log.
Only current SSC members are eligible. There must be at least one flight from an SSC site or from a BCC round for a pilot to be eligible for the club’s awards.

Competitions

There is a very friendly competition that is actually more like a group outing, called the BCC. Sky Surfing Club takes part in the BCC and encourages this in new as well as established members. The benefit of flying in the BCC is having fun, meeting new people and enjoying new sites. The ethos of this competition is to encourage pilots to improve their flying performances in a friendly and competitive environment and more importantly to gain experience and confidence from experienced pilots. Many people do their first cross country flights whilst at this competition and find this a good way to fly at new sites and a good introduction to bigger and different hills which aren’t available in Hampshire.

Local challenges

It would be good to have some local flying challenges documeted. Some ideas:

  • Whitewool to West Meon
  • Mercury to Whitewool and back [or vice versa]
  • Harting to Cocking Gap and back
  • Butser west to Oxenbourne and back

So if you have some ideas for challenging flights, let me know and we can add them to the site with some guidance on how to achieve the challenge.