Louis Tapper Breaks NZ FAI Triangle Record

The New Zealand triangle record was broken by Louis Tapper from Queenstown in late November. What was 147.7km held by Bryan Moore, it now stands at 160.9km. It was Louis' first proper Cross Country flight since sustaining a broken arm in a paragliding incident over 3 months ago.
In a stunning week for xc flying at the end of November, Louis set a ‘ballsy’ course over the remote and mountainous terrain north of Queenstown where long walk-outs were a constant possibility.

"I'm just happy to be back in the game after the accident and am motivated as ever. I have been flying and planning triangles in the Shotover catchment for over 4 years now, so I was happy to have the right day and the right gear (Ozone ‘Zeno’) to pull it off. My skills, understanding of the weather and knowledge of the valley flows, are only now only catching up with the ideas I had been drawing on XC Planner over 3 years ago. Thanks to Glen Stephens for clarifying the Rules around flying triangles and who then encouraged several of us to head to Treble Cone for the start. Glen also flew an amazing flight that day to just surpass Bryan Moores' old triangle record. Glen flew a 149km triangle."

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