Discover the 4 different disciplines of paragliding competition

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Discover the 4 different disciplines of paragliding competition

If you are a fan of paragliding competitions, then you know that it is a sport characterized by excess adrenaline and emotion, feeling a lot of peace in the process.

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Paragliding competitions contain a number of sensations that are difficult to describe, as much of the result depends on external factors, such as weather, wind, altitude, etc.

This sport is considered as well known as high risk, but the descent in a paragliding competition is one of the safest ways to practice this activity, as there are many observers and a large deployment of means to make all competitors feel totally safe at all times.

For someone who sees for the first time in person a precision landing championship in paragliding is something fascinating that, from the heights, you can plan to get to the ground applying maneuvers or do it as accurately as if they with the current were one.

There are 4 modes of paragliding competition that test the athlete's abilities on the accuracy, handling and skill in paragliding. These modalities are:  the Cross Country, the Hike  &  Fly, the Precision Paragliding landing and the Acrobatic Paragliding. Here's what each of these modes consists of.

Cross country

This competition can be compared to a bike race. Competitors must travel a specific circuit through several key points, and the first one who arrives gets 1000 points for each established route or task, as is often the case with a bike race.

Competitors take off and stay in the air until the exit signal is indicated. This point is known as start point. From the starting point a journey in the air is made marked by waypoints to complete the test reaching the point of arrival or goal of the competition and the end of that task. Whoever at the end of all the task gets the most points is the one who wins the competition.

It's basically a competition to see who gets there fastest of all, just like a car or bike race, and this is achieved through good strategy and air dominance, knowing when to get ahead and when to stay with the group, the tracks and movements to be performed and the ability to climb with the paraglider in thermal currents to get the most out of planning.

Hike &  Fly

As the name suggests, you can check what it's all about. It consists of competitors walking up a particular mountain, and occasionally climbing it, with your paragliding gear ready to reach the paragliding takeoff point and from there fly.

This mode not only challenges your skill in the air, but your body endurance by including the mountaineering part within the modality. Therefore, those who practice this style are constantly prepared physically. This style is perfect for a healthy lifestyle and for feeling the adrenaline rush of paragliding.

Precision paragliding

It looks a lot like to the darts game, with the difference that you're the dart. In paragliding, precision is essential, and even more so when it comes to the name indicates the precision paragliding mode.

This mode of competition is for competitors to take off and sail in the air in such a way that they manage to land the paraglider on a target of a specific point with a central ring up to 20 cm in diameter.

In this mode, the air control skills of the paraglider and flight of each of those who practice it are put into play and, although it seems impossible that there are people who fall in the center of the target, the reality is that there is.

Acrobatic Paragliding

If you really like adrenaline, this modality is right for you. It consists of performing feats, tricks and acrobatics in paragliding. This style is developed in spacious and non-mountainous spaces, precisely because of the complexity of aerial movements.

In some modalities the competitions are held face to face, that is, the competitors are without each other, each other by means of aerial maneuvers seeing who executes the maneuver better and more accurately. Another modality is where competitors perform a series of stunts in the air individually, and a group of experts will judge the best stunt based on the originality, execution and accuracy of it.

Not only are there these 4 paragliding styles, and an example of this is speedflying, which is to achieve the highest planning speed per person, achieving a world record with a speed of 100 km per hour.