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Paraglide in Brazil with Active Edge & XCBrazil - Tour 1603


Judith Mole

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Brazil requires little introduction - quite simply it's one of the world's premier paragliding destinations. Governador Valadares, Castelo & Baixo Guandu has hosted many top-level competitions including the 2005 world championships and the 2014 PWC Superfinal. The thermals are smooth, reliable and user-friendly all the way to a warm cloudbase, over a rolling landscape of green hills and smooth granite outcrops, that extends as far as the eye can see and the pilot can fly. A great place to fine-tune thermalling skills and speed-to-fly technique. It's one of my favourite sites to teach cross-country. Gentle winds, lack of turbulence and minimum stress allow the pilot to focus on the flying.


You will be guided and coached by Dean Crosby, CFI of Active Edge, one of the most experienced XC pilots in the UK. Dean is former British Paragliding Champion, twice XC league winner and has been captain of British Hang Gliding and Paragliding teams. He has thousands of XC hours flying paragliders, hang gliders and sailplanes. Dean was one of the first instructor/guides to run XC courses in Brazil way back in 1994.

The tour will visit Castelo for four days; Valadares for a week; and then Baixo Guandu for the final three days. These are all excellent cross-country sites that have been used many times for national and international competitions, including the Paragliding World Cup. There will be an option to extend this tour to include a few days flying at Pancas if there is enough interest.

This is what is included:

· Airport transfers

· 13 nights hotel accommodation, with buffet style breakfast

· Daily transport to take-off

· Use of SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger

· Retrieval service

· Local SIM card

· All coaching and theory lectures

· Second flights each day if needed

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Castelo, Valadares and Baixo Guandu, Brazil

Suitable for

The intention is to gear this towards those pilots who already have some experience of flying XC and are perhaps considering competing. We will be setting tasks each day, designed to make this more challenging and educational whilst keeping pilots relatively close to the main roads for safety and ease of retrieve.



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