New Paragliding Pilot ranking system, new rules and the introduction of FTV

Greetings, Pilots.

The Paragliding Competition Committee has just released the largest change to the Paragliding Competition Rulebook for years.

The former "National Ladder" has been replaced by a far superior system for ranking pilots known as NZPRS. This enables us to introduce proper FTV scoring that will encourage pilots to fly more competitively and make New Zealand a more competitive nation in the world of cross country paragliding.

You can check out the NZPRS system here

The new rules (v20) will come into official effect on 16th December 2017. There are several changes which are visible as tracked changes in the document.

The rules allow for the backdating of the NZPRS to 1st September. So the Krushevo Open was the last competition to use the old ladder system, and the Canungra Cup, followed by the Southern and Auckland Regional Comps, were the first to be applied to the NZPRS system.

Evan Lamberton has climbed to the top of the table, thanks to his performance at the Canungra Cup. Jeff Ripley has also climbed into the top ten again, thanks to his win at the Auckland Regional Comp.

The PCC feels that these developments are a very positive initiative that modernises our competition system and will increase New Zealand's standing in the paragliding world.

Gert van Maren - new NZ Out&Back Paragliding Record

Gert van Maren has broken the National Out&Back Paragliding Record.

The distance was 116.1km and the close distance was zero - Gert landed exactly where he took off. 


I’ll bet no one ever expected a 10.26km flight to bring home a trophy, but that’s exactly what happened at the Auckland Regional Paragliding Competition last weekend.

The one valid task, with a value of a whopping 138 points, doesn’t nearly capture the excitement of the weekend though.

Happy Prize Winners

The competitors spent hours in the air at Dills on Saturday. In typical Dills style, the opportunities (or should I say opportunity) to get away were limited. Only a handful of pilots managed to get enough height for a run towards Waitoki. Sadly the numbers weren’t enough to make it a valid task, but it was a great fun day for a blast around the hill.

The forecast for Sunday wasn’t promising, but tempted by how close we were to getting a task the day before, we hit Dills again. The wind was stronger, but just about everyone managed to get away. Second climbs were hard to find though, and the strong easterly component made it tough to stay on the course line, dropping loads of pilots around the 5km mark.

Anand Srinivasan took home the Wind Tech tankard for winning the fun class, in second place overall. He won’t be letting Evan & Reuben forget how he outflew them either, by a massive 60 metres.

Jeff Ripley took the coveted trophy home, for the fourth time in a row, with his unforgettable 10.26km flight.

Good work all. 

Thanks to Johnny for organising another comp full of laughs, to all the pilots for making the most of what we had, and to drivers & supporters for making this a successful weekend.