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2-19-17
Phoenix is wet so I am heading north

Phoenix AZ

Light rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High 61F. SSE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
210° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Coaches Corner - I am heading north toward Canada. See you all soon!



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Used Gear List: Updated February 18, 2017

Supair Access Airbag harnesses (new) - $650 without reserve (great lightweight harness).
Supair Escape 2 reversible airbag harnesses - $700 without reserve
Ozone Oxygen I Harnesses, demo models - $400
Ozone Fazer 3 14 metre Speed wing - new demo - $2250 CDN
SupAir EONA (M/L) - EN-A demo wings - $2500 CDN without harnesses, all 2016 models
Ozone Swift 4 XS - EN-B - $4200 CDN - demo priced with 1 flight.
Ozone Swift 4 L - EN-B - $3000 CDN - one year old with excellent porosity results
SupAir Leaf M - EN-B - demo flights only - $3500 CDN inc tax.
Gin Sprint 3 M demo - 5 flights - ready for a new owner - $4200 CDN
Advance Alpha 5 M - EN-A - with just 20 flights - $3300 with Advance Harness & Reserve
Advance Alpha 5 L - EN-A - with just 40 flights - $1900
Ozone Buzz Z5 2016 Model with less than 15 hours - ML Size good to 105 kgs - $3000 CDN
Ozone Alpina 2 MS in Red/Blue from 2015 - 100 hours - $2700 CDN
Ozone Mantra M-6 MS in Yellow from 2015 - 30 hours - $2700 CDN
Ozone Zeno M in Orange - now in stock and ready for test flights! - $4850 CDN
SupAir SORA Tandem 140-220 kgs in White - $2500 CDN - 80 hours

Paramotors for sale:
BlackHawk AirMax 125 Paramotor with your choice of new wing for $7,000 CDN. Just broken in, 2 hours.
Kangook Light Paramotor with MZ100, very light and compact but will still climb high for bigger pilots - $6000 CDN brand new without wing.
BlackHawk MZ100 Paramotor w/travel cage & wing for $7,000 CDN. Just broken in, 5 hours.
Blackhawk Edge Paramotor Wing - 2015 model - $2000 CDN (2 hours/450 sec porosity)
Gin Rebel - EN-C - 85-105 kgs - $500 CDN (100 hours)
2-18-17
AZ is cold and wet

Phoenix AZ

Light rain early...then remaining cloudy with showers in the afternoon. High 61F. SSE winds shifting to WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
220° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Road Report - not so productive a driving day but I did get insurance for USA & Canada in Tucson and got some lights working that were out in the dash.

Sounds easy until you disassemble the dash, find the offending bulbs and replace them with LEDs . . . only to find after you reinstall the dash that the LEDs that O'Reilly's sold me were differnt colors in the package!

After 2 hours and driving to 2 different O'Reilly's to replace the bad LED I was on the road towards Phoenix in a huge rainstorm. The storm that hit Hawaii and then California with damaging rains is not inland but with less punch.



I did arrive in Goodyear AZ, north of Phoenix around 9 pm for the evening.



2-16-17 and 2-17-17
Manzanillo is windy I am headed North to Canada

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Road Trip Report - I left Manzanillo at 1030 am, heading north toward Canada.

I called Jonathan to wish him a Bon Fete, and he was on Colima Launch waiting for Richard S to fly before it got too strong and it was only 11 am, and the gustw were heard through the phone.

I hit a nasty duststorm at Sayula on the Toll Road, at first it looked pretty small.



But within minutes it enveloped the road and made driving dangerous.



It cleared up a bit further north but then it got even worse near San Marcos.

At the last toll booth, the Federal Cops had the highway blocked to southbound traffic, Norm & Derek got out of here in good time.

It was howling all the way to Mazatlan, my first stop and I arrived there just as it got dark.



The next morning I got up and on the road by 630 am.

I was going to check out Guaymas, where Sean G's Mom and Dad have a house, but I thought I should get to the US Border as the weather was changing to rain soon.

I drove through a spit of rain on the way to Nogales but it was short-lived.



For those curious as to the Bronco's reliability: so far so good, averaging about 16 Litres/100 km driving her hard and fast, 120 - 130 kph all the way. Good old 1980 Technology with a carb and no computers.

I made it to the US Border by 830 pm, and a short wait and I was through with no searches or questions about my Mexican Plated Bronco!





Woodside Gloat Report - while I was driving on February 17th, folks were soaring with the eagles til they were too cold to fly. Kevin top-landed and maybe some others too, and there is still snow around launch.

2-6-17 to 2-15-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe Pelican Bay will work after noon

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
210° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Tourist Report - we have been in Manzanillo most days, hoping Pelican Bay will work again after 1 pm and most days it turned on even earlier . . . somedays too strong to even attempt a visit with huge rollers and too many whitecaps to count.

Sorry I have been offline for ten days but it is all pretty mundane: swimming in the ocean or the pool, two trips to Puerto Vallarta to get Colleen to a flight to Vancouver for a few meetings (600 km round trip), and one last trip to Guadalajara (600 km round trip) for Colleen to fly to Toronto for her last day here on Valentine's Day.

We stayed at the beautiful La Vita Bella Hotel & Spa in Chapala for her last night here in Mexico, and enjoyed a nice dinner on the terrace.

My last day in Manzanillo consisted of errands and a trip to the mechanic for an oil change and fluid level check to prep for the long trip home to the cold North.

I think the Bronco will do fine as we have done 1800 kms in road trips the past few weeks, which is almost half way home anyway.

Last night's sunset was amazing!

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It was flyable most days here in Manzanillo or Colima this trip, just too many logistics for only myself and Colleen as she was working most weekdays, but we had planned this as a vacation time. Next year we will re-start the Tours with the month of January as the main Tour Month, book soon.

Looks like not so nice weather back in Agassiz, based on the webcam shots!



2-5-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe Pelican Bay will work after noon

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 31C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Beach Report - we are in Manzanillo for the day, maybe Pelican Bay will work again after 1 pm. Camilo and Kiki are here for a visit enjoying the beach.



Canadian PG Nationals is coming in July . . . here is a preview of the mountains in Pemberton where it will be held.

This. Is. Canada. from Brett Hazlett on Vimeo.

2-4-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe Pelican Bay will work after noon

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 31C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
210° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Puerto Vallarta Road Trip - we are heading to PVR for Colleen's flight home for a few days. Just like Google Maps says: 4:45 with traffic. PVR is too busy for me, much bigger than in 1999 when we first visited Mexico.

2-3-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe Pelican Bay will work after noon

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 31C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
210° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Chore Day - we are in Manzanillo for the day, but no flying as we prepared for Colleen's flight home on the 4th. Another sunny day in paradise as BC gets ready for another snow dump.

2-2-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe La Cumbre & Pelican Bay will work

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
220° @ 12
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Coaches Corner - Colleen Varcoe and I dropped the Bronco off at Volumen Stereo for new stereo, alarm system, daytime running lights (to be BC Legal) and power locks.

We hiked back to our condo past the crocodile swamp in Manzanillo.



Interesting that this mangrove swamp is right here in the city with a walkway so close, I was walking fast just in case.



Then a nice windy dinner at Pacifica Restaurant with Pelican Bay flying site in the background. Rollers and whitecaps suggest it might have been too windy to fly today! But it has been coming on before noon most days, now that the Bronco is fixed we can go flying.





Roldanillo Open Report - Full Results here after 6 tasks . . . with Peter, Andrew, Steven and Al competing for Canada.

2-1-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe La Cumbre & Pelican Bay will work

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
220° @ 12
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Chore Day - we are in Manzanillo for the day, instead of travelling to Colima I picked up the Bronco finally after 13 long months of waiting . . . ridiculous even by Mexican time standards.





Roldanillo Open Report - Full Results here with Peter, Andrew, Steven and Al competing for Canada.

1-31-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe Pelican Bay will work

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds WSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
200° @ 13
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Colima Report - I was in Manzanillo for the day hoping that maybe Pelican Bay would work again after 3 pm but I was doing Bronco errands, motivationg the Bodyshop and the Window Shop. I took it for its first drive in 13 months and all went well, except the battery was dead. Oddly, both the Suburban & Bronco had dead batteries . . . I always blame cold weather as the culprit but apparently hot weather is also bad.

I did see Terry B flew at La Cumbre in Colima and got too far back in a thermal and had a collapse, not a big one but a reminder to core tighter. Check his facebook post here .



El Chante Report - KVA tried a hike & fly at El Chante above Lake Chapala today as Derek's truck was unavailable getting detailed for his drive back through the states.

Unfortunately he got lost for some time and ended up making a one hour hike an 2:20 ordeal.



He did get off finally and got picked up in the Vocho. Scariest part of his trip.



Roldanillo Open Report - Full Results here with Peter, Andrew, Steven and Al competing for Canada. At one point Andrew was in first place during the task on Live Tracking, time for a Zeno (trade in the old rag soon).

1-30-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe Pelican Bay will work

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High around 30C. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 km/h.
200° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Bronco Report - we are in Manzanillo for the day, and I went to the car wash where they are detailing the truck.



Everything in the interior was removed and power scrubbed and washed. Just the back power window to repair and install some chrome to get it on the road. Soon!

It looked too light for Pelican Bay so we stayed home and just before dark it turned on but we were too lazy to go out.

Meanwhile . . . Derek & Kevin headed to Tapalpa to meet Normando at the Piano LZ for some XC flying, as Kevin only has a few more days til he returns home.

Derek drove and chased Kevin as he crossed over to San Marcos and on to the Five Star Hotel LZ in Ajijic.



Norm also made it to San Marcos where he chose to land to hitch a ride back to get his VW, with some of the San Francisco group.

Derek met up with Kevin and they went back up for an evening flight and Derek flew home to his condo in El Chante, so everyone had a fun day!

Soon everyone will head home to the snow and rain.



Roldanillo Open Report - Full Results here with Peter, Andrew, Steven and Al competing for Canada. Apparently it OD'ed today during the task so they scored back 5 minutes from calling the task.

1-29-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe Pelican Bay will work again after snorkelling

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High around 30C. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 km/h.
200° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Rest Day Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day, hoping maybe Pelican Bay will work again but Derek went out there alone at 3 pm and it was not quite soarable.



Roldanillo Open Report - Full Results here with Peter, Andrew, Steven and Al competing for Canada.

1-28-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe El Toro will work

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 29C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 8
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Magic Day Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day, flying El Toro & Pelican Bay.

We drove up El Toro at noon and arrived to light SW cycles and Colleen launched first and got some lift in the bowl but when she went to the rocks, there was nothing but she scored a nice 30 minute flight landing on Santiago Bay and then swimming in the ocean.

Derek launched next and thermalled out in the bowl waiting for Kevin to launch.



Kevin launched last after some last minute equipment modifications to get ready for a beach landing.



Kevin launched in a nice cycle but got sink all the way to the rocks, before he caught a climb.

Derek had been thermalling there earlier and it took a bit but Kevin got a nice smooth fat thermal, marked by the vultures as I drove down. The road is not getting any better, and if it rains major work will needed to save some of the washouts.



Derek and Kevin played above the towers as I drove carefully down the 6 kms to the gate, yes I hiked 6 kms in the dark earlier this week!

The boys had a speedbar race out to the ocean, here is Kevin's view from his first ever flight here.



When I stopped at the Auto Wreckers to look for a Bronco grill, Derek reported that they were over the beach at 600 metres.



No grill available so I headed to Indio's Restaurant to meet the pilots and have a beverage.

After a few drinks we headed to Yougi's Auto Body to check on the Bronco and it was at the next door car wash being detailed! It started right up after a 13 month hiatus and it looks great with all the new parts and paint. We should be mobile by Monday.



We drove towards Pelican Bay around 3 pm, and there was little wind on the palms in downtown Manzanillo, but we kept going and we arrived on launch to find a few whitecaps and some vultures soaring.

Derek launched first needing a little push to get to the lip and off he went.



Kevin was off next and he also needed a push to get forward.

Colleen also needed a push as it was getting stronger, and soon all three were climbing high. Derek was exploring the sea thermals and staying lower but Colleen got to 200 metres immediately.

Kevin came in to topland after 15 minutes wanting to help me launch but I was able to get forward without a push as the trim speed of the Zeno and my bulk made it to the edge easily. And I was off soaring with Colleen and Derek.

It was perfect with lots of ridge lift and nice thermals off the black sandy beaches below.



Pelicans, vultures and frigate birds were playing with us in the air. The views towards el Centro were amazing.



Easy top-landings for everyone and we headed off to Kiosko for a refreshment, as Jorge arrived and had no key for the gate, We told him to hike in and we headed back to help him launch and he needed it as it was still strong.

Jorge climbed out fast and was parked on the ridge. After some unintentional acro, and an incipient spin right in front of us . . . he landed on the beach as the sun was setting.

Great day on the coast!



Colima La Cumbre Report - local pilot Benjamin flew tandem with his novia and made it to Rincon, the new launch spot near Ciudad Guzman for a 66 km flight and possible a Colima Tandem Record.



SuperFinal Report - Ten tasks were run. Full Results here.

2017-01-28 - Paragliding World Cup Superfinal : Governador Valadares,Brazil - Day 11 [19:50]

Its all over.

Congratulations to our winners Aaron Durogati (Open), Seiko Fukuoka Naville (Women) and Torsten, Michael, Aaron and Petra - Gin Gliders (Team)

Aaron becomes the first person to win the SuperFinal Open Class twice since the SuperFinal format began.

We have flown 10 tasks across this Superfinal and, in total, the pilots have flown 939km of task line. Adding all the individual totals they have notched up an impressive 96,831km and 800 pilots have made goal. The prizegiving will begin at 21:15 tonight.

We hope you have enjoyed the SuperFinal 2016 - the 2017 season begins on 20th May.

1-27-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe Colima La Cumbre will work

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Abundant sunshine. High 28C. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
190° @ 12
-3.2°C (unstable)

2500 metres
Colima Report - we were in Colima for the day, at La Cumbre with Derek, Colleen, Kevin & I.

Jonathan had a driver and we met him at Costena Hotel and hitched a ride up in his pickup.

We arrived to intermittent cycles and Jonathan launched first sinking all the way out to the low ridge before he caught a climb.

I tried to kite my Zeno a few times to ensure the El Toro debris was out of my lines, and the cycles were "squirrely". Turns out that the air was also that way after I launched, not consistent climbs, but when you caught one you turned tight in it to stay in lift.

I was orbiting over launch and got to 1400 metres as Derek launched and I watch him grovel for some time to get out of the launch bowl. And then I hit sink and had to look for lift and vultures to save the day.

Meanwhile the volcano to the east was spewing steam.



I missed Kevin's launch but he did get up and away with Jonathan as Derek climbed through 1600 metres while I headed NW towards the Temescua LZ area and found a climb off the black fields in the shot below. I had the airport LZ in glide but the beer store at Temescua LZ has nice cold refreshments.



Jonathan was just behind me and slightly above as I slowly climbed out above launch near the LZ, there was no getting down to land at this time as it was too lifty.



Colleen bagged her wing on launch as it got too violent to safely launch and drove down with the driver.

I gave up on landing after 30 minutes and started a climb out to the airport area and saw Kevin & Jonathan landing over there as a big sink cycle came through and allowed me to get into the Temescua LZ (which is a nice futball field to land in).

Derek landed just behind me wondering why we all went out to land? I was thirsty and Jonathan had to go to the Manzanillo Airport to pick up tourists.



SuperFinal Report - Nine tasks so far. Full Results here.

Gin Boom 11 in the top two spots so far with a few more tasks to run. Not a huge point spread in the top ten so anything can happen.

1-26-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe Colima La Cumbre will work

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plenty of sunshine. High around 30C. ENE winds shifting to SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
200° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

2500 metres
No Fly Report - we planned for Colima for the day, but decided to wait til Friday so we could meet Derek and the gang there. May have been pretty windy there as we had gusts to over 40 kph here in Manzanillo.



Tapalpa Report - Kevin launched first . . . with a tangle and had to do a sleddy down to the Piano LZ. On the hitch-hike back up the road was blocked by a rolled semi, so it took some logistics to get the truck down and regroup.

Norm found his own solution and flew home to San Juan Cosala.



Rincon Report - Benjamin from Colima was at the new launch at Rincon south of Cuidad Guzman, and he flew north landing before GDL. He managed a 103 km zig-zag flight passing by San Marcos to soar with the folks there. He is loving his new Zeno apparently!



1-25-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe El Toro

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Bright sunshine by the afternoon. High 29C. ENE winds shifting to SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
270° @ 15
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
El Toro Report - we are in Manzanillo for the day, and Stefan is in town with his big Ford so we went up El Toro.

Wolfie is here too for a week, so we bashed up the road with Sue & John to drive it down.

Cycles on launch were good not strong, but coming in.



Stefan got off first after some untangling issues.

Wolfie had a few cross cycles requiring resetting his wing as the winds switched to more Northerly. He swooped through some low brush and did not get any lift til further out.

I told Sue & John to drive down before Wolfie launched as they had to be at the airport by 3:00 pm.

I laid out the Zeno and the winds turned tail and strong rolling it up in a ball several times. Also when we machette-ed launch we did not rake it so there are lots of cut brush tangles to catch in the small cascades of the Zeno.

I should have gone to the North Heli-pad launch but I was sure I would get a cycle as Stefan & Wolfie thermalled to Olas Altas Hostel at the south end of Santiago Bay. But everytime I got a small up cycle it would blow down even stronger.

Now I had told Sue & John to take the rental car to the airport to avoid being late, and it had the gate keys on that keychain so I was stuck on launch.

I got a few up-cycles but at this point I had so much debris in my lines I had to abort. You don't want to fly a 2-liner with a tangle!

I finally gave up after dusk and hiked down in the dark, 28800 FitBit steps and Colleen got a cab from the condo to meet me at the gate and then on to the airport at 10 pm for only 500 pesos.

Not the best logistical plan but at least the guys had a good flight! And I got some forced exercise although it was a bit scary when something growled at me at 2 kms and it was not a dog, probably a jaguar in the jungle!

This launch needs more work for sure, but as we are not running tours this winter I think I will wait for next year.



San Marcos Report - Derek was tearing up the skies with two good flights today with KVA and others.

Mid day flight with a Triangle to Cerro Viejo into airspace according to Pedro K.



Later flight with a trip down south and a back field landing near the Pemex. No word on who was driving?



1-24-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe beach soaring later after a system blows through

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Rain showers early with bright sunshine by the afternoon. High 29C. ENE winds shifting to S at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 40%.
270° @ 15
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Tourist Report - we are in Manzanillo for the day, and the forecast was for some early morning rain which did not materialize.

Just worked on the Bronco some, bought some parts and electrical stuff and had a last dinner with Sue & John as they are leaving for AB tomorrow night.

1-23-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe beach soaring later

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Abundant sunshine. High 29C. N winds shifting to SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
270° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Manzanillo Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day, vacationing with sis Sue and bro-in-law John. The winds picked up early and from the SSE, very strong and stormy looking over El Toro so no flying. But the Bronco project is progressing at Mexican pace. Bumpers installed and grill and other items are getting primed for paint. Windshield is in and trimmed.



Yougi says it will be on the road this week! I am actually saving money with the rental car based on the kms we are driving and the low fuel consumption of the Chevy Aveo, but it can not climb El Toro so only beach flying for us when it is on.



Tapalpa Report - Derek & Norm were flying Tapalpa, only Derek sent a report though?

Derek made it to Joco in 2:15 in light lift, his specialty! Pretty good considering it is over 60 kms direct line to Joco.





Woodside Report - Denny and Martin N were flying Woodside finally after several months of rain, snow & cold. Better than a sked ride with some nice scratchy conditions.

There is still snow on the ground in places but it is getting better with the latest warm fronts.





SuperFinal Report - Six tasks so far. Results here for task 6

Amazing job Ozone with Zenos (EN-D) capturing top spots against Boom 11 (full race) ships. Notably, there are 3 top Brazilian pilots who are current XC record holders in this race and they are quite far down in the standings, these are the worlds top pilots.

1-22-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe beach soaring later

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Abundant sunshine. High 29C. N winds shifting to SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
270° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Manzanillo Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day, for some snorkelling out to the shipwreck. The wreck is a cargo ship that sunk in a hurricane in 1959, now an artificial reef.

It is a fair distance out to the wreck, but with fins and a mask it is not too far and the water here is very buoyant.

I know because I got a leg cramp on the way back and had to just float and let it recover before swimming back to the beach.


Photo by Daryl Sawatzky found on Google Earth!

Sue and Colleen got brave and went around the corner and got caught in the tide and wind as the NW winds picked up.



SuperFinal Report - Five tasks done. Results here for task 5.

Ozone is looking good with most of the Top 10 on either EnZo2s or Zenos.

1-21-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW so maybe beach soaring later

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Abundant sunshine. High 29C. N winds shifting to SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
270° @ 10
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Pelican Bay Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day, and Colleen & I headed Pelican Bay after some snorkelling to find it blown out by 1 pm, we should have brought down some speed wings this winter!



San Marcos Report - Derek & Norm were flying San Marcos most days as it has been SW so easy to fly home from here, and less gas burned. An un-named pilot on an Alpina2 was seen "turtling" on launch mid-day, but he paid the ransom so no video will be posted.



SuperFinal Report - Four tasks done. Results here for task 4 with a 101 km task.

1-20-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW but no Bronco to go up El Toro

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Some clouds this morning will give way to generally sunny skies for the afternoon. High 29C. E winds shifting to SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
230° @ 12
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Pelican Bay Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day, headed to Pelican Bay at 3 pm to find light winds and no whitecaps.

The vultures were scratching the cliffs and barely maintaining.

I saw some windlines further out so I got ready and before my first inflation, the gusts got very strong.

When I did get my Zeno up it was difficult to move forward because I kept getting popped off the ground in the gusts.

After two tries it was time to pack up as it gusted over 35 kph and did not let up til after dark.

Ridge soaring these beach sites is always tricky but at least we did not burn up a tank of gas to go up the mountain.

San Marcos Reports from Derek said they got blown out by noon with 25 knot SW winds forecast for afternoon.

Bronco Update: Under hood and frame painting is complete. Windshield goes in tomorrow. Doors and trunk lid goes on Sunday apparently. I may have a mountain rig soon!



Colombia Report - Nicole reports a slow start and hard work to stay aloft and then magical conditions to race into goal for her and Alex. KVA got a ride in a huge sugar cane truck back to town.



Superfinal Report - The results from Day 3 of the Superfinal 2016 are out!

1st Joachim Oberhausser - Ozone Enzo 2
2nd Stefan Wyss - Ozone Zeno
3rd Hernan Pitocco - Ozone Enzo 2

After 3 days, Stefan Wyss and his Zeno are leading the pack.

Today was an interesting day, Laura from the PWC reports:

"An 85 km task was set with the intention of giving pilots as many options as possible.

The 52 km start cylinder split pilots up right from the beginning of the race.

A few pilots took the start at the nearest point then followed the river to turn point 1.

The majority chose to go north hoping to shorten the length of the race by taking the start nearer to turn point 1.

The south west wind made the first two legs very difficult and put lots of pilots on the ground. Half the field landed before the first turn point.

Cirrus cloud switched off the lift causing a further 10 pilots to land between end of speed and goal.

19 pilots survived the cirrus and made goal.

Stay tuned for more news from Brazil.

Three tasks so far with a Ozone Zeno in first place. Results here after three tasks

World Cup Governador Valadares super 16 task 2 part 2 from Philippe Broers on Vimeo.



1-19-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW but no Bronco to go up El Toro

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 30C. Winds SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
230° @ 12
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Pelican Bay Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day, and Sue & John & I headed to Boquieto Bay for snorkelling out at the shipwreck.

Water was nice and warm and clear near the beach but as Sue & John went out it got murky so it was hard to see the sunken ship.

I had a nice "coco loco" on the beach and enjoyed the sun as the winds picked up.

We dropped by the Bronco and they are getting ready to paint the frame and the wheel wells and needed some degreaser so we went to Autozone to get the good stuff.



John & I went to Pelican Bay to find soarable winds so I went for a solo flight getting to 280 metres and it was lifty all the way to the cross.

I flew for 30 minutes with the vultures and frigate birds and apparently I missed the whale pod out front while I was soaring, but my camera caught some of the action when I reviewed the footage.





San Marcos Report - looked like good flights at San Marcos again today despite North wind forecasts. I missed the gloat report as I was at a nice dinner on Las Brisas Beach enjoying the nice sunset.





Colombia Comp Report - Kevin, Al, Alex and Nicole are in Colombia for a comp but the weather has been unkind. Either rainy or overcast or both causing many to sink out on task. Usually the conditions are perfect his time of year, but that is paragliding and comps.



PWC Superfinal Comp Report - All the bug guns are in Brazil flying in the SuperFinal right now.

Two tasks so far with a Gin Boom 11 in first place. Results here after two tasks

1-18-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW but no Bronco to go up El Toro and the winds are too light for Pelican Bay

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 30C. Winds SW at 15 to 25 km/h.
230° @ 12
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Snorkel Report - Manzanillo was sunny and warm and SW but no Bronco to go up El Toro and the winds are too light for Pelican Bay so we went snorkelling.



San Marcos Report - Joco was sunny and warm and NW so Derek, Norm and othrs went up to San Marcos Upper Launch.

Derek tried top-landing many times at both the comp launch and the normal launch to no luck so he landed at the bottom and hiked up to his truck, to arrive to find Rob had finally top-landed.
1-17-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW but no Bronco to go up El Toro

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 8
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
El Toro Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day.

The Bronco now has three coats of paint over two coats of primer and looks beautiful! But it will be a few more days to put it all back together.



El Toro looked good with nice puffy clouds over the summit.



Jorge & I headed towards El Toro to see if we could get a ride with Solomon but his truck was broken.

He sent us to see Javier but he was gone too.

We got to the bottom gate hoping to find some truck heading up but everyone was already driving back down after working on the antennas, so no flying for us today.

The beach was beautiful though!



1-16-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW but no Bronco to go up El Toro

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 8
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Beach Report - we are in Manzanillo for the day with calm winds and no Bronco again so we went swimming at Jorge's condo in Santiago.



San Marcos Report - Derek reported that Norm, Shaun Ginger, Rod and he flew San Marcos Upper Launch and they got to 4400 metres at times (higher than ever before in January here).

They did two shifts with Derek driving the first shift and the guys heading east to Joco.

Then Norm drove and Derek flew back to San Juan Cosala ending up having to fly over the Lake to get down before dark. Only the BGD glider sunk out this round landing on the dry lake in front, while the Ozone's got high again and went XC.

1-15-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW but no Bronco to go up El Toro

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 8
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Careyes Report - we were in Careyes, 90 minutes north of Manzanillo for the day. Another Turtle Sanctuary there and wide open beaches for miles with no people. There was a soaring ridge near Arroyo Seca that Jorge used to fly a few years back but it was getting too dark to try it, but I will go back there when Colleen is back in Vancouver for a few days.

1-14-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 8
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Tourist Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day heading east to the Turtle Sanctuary and got there too late to fly Colima.

The Tortugaria in Cuyutlan is amazing! We got to see baby tortugas being hatched and collected to take to the aquariums to grow before being released in the sea. We were so awestruck that we didn't take photos or videos. After the tortugas, we took a boat cruise throught the mangrove swamps and saw some live crocodiles.

Norm said it was cloudy in Joco so they did not fly there either.



Revy Report - Sam W got her first ski launches in at Revy and it looked magical.





Valle Intrepidos Report - Sixth and last day of the Intrepidos Comp with lots of Ozone Pilots on the podium and in the top 10!



1-13-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW, but we may go to Colima

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 8
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Manzanillo Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day but just went swimming instead of trying to fly.

1-12-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 32C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 9
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Pelican Bay Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day.

We drove to Pelican Bay for a visit and dipped our feet in the surf there, oddly not many Pelicans there today?

Colleen is working hard in the condo while I take John and Sue sightseeing.



San Marcos Report - Derek & Norm flew from San Marcos Gulley Launch with Norm flying first at 130 pm, getting to 4400 metres again for an easy glide home to San Juan Cosala (the milk run).



Derek flew later around 4 pm, also climbing to 4400 metres, where he met up with Stefan who flew from Tapalpa past San Marcos and further north to Tequila (the actual heartland of tequila production here in Mexico).

Stefan's flight would be around 80-90 kms straight line distance to Tequila.



To put these flights into perspective . . . the launch is at 1400 metres at San Marcos Gulley, so a 3000 metre altitude gain (10000 feet for non-metric folks). Tapalpa is at 2000 metres for Stefan's flight and the last part of his flight from San Marcos to Tequila is over some pretty rugged terrain with little to land on.

1-11-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 9
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Tapalpa Report - we are in Manzanillo for the day, but Norm & Derek flew Tapalpa and had nice flights.

Norm climbed to 4400 metres on his way to San Marcos and then on to home in San Juan Cosala for about 60 kms.

We did not fly as we have family here and the winds were too light for Pelican Bay.

1-10-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and SW

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Plentiful sunshine. High 31C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
230° @ 9
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Manzanillo Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day, Colleen working in the condo and me shopping and checking out the Bronco.

Winds never picked up enough to head to Pelican Bay so just a lazy day spent hanging out.

I had decided not to go to El Rincon Launch to meet Stefan, Norm & Derek because it was looking too north for a two hour drive. And it turned out they did not fly there as it was blowing down and creating dusties on launch. But they found the roads up and have the site reconned for later days.



Valle de Bravo Report - Mike M our star alumni from 2015 has been flying hard all over Mexico and is now in Valle where he had a epic 4 hour plus ride into the Lake LZ.



1-9-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm but SSE so Colima looks better today

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Abundant sunshine. High 33C. SE winds shifting to WSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
220° @ 12
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Colima Report - I headed to Colima for the day as the forecast said it would switch from NE for strong SW.

I hitched a ride with Jonathan from QC, and we arrived to find light winds over the back. We waited til 1:30 pm and it never changed so we drove down.

Derek reported strong north conditions at Tapalpa today, with some un-named pilots getting turtled and dragged at launch. But they flew for 2-3 hours getting high enough to top-land.

Another gorgeous sunset in Manzanillo tonight, as we dined on the main beach.

It looked cold and windy at Eagle Ranch on the webcams today, as more snow fell overnight.



Valle de Bravo Report - News from Valle where they are running a mini-comp before the big comp next week. Stable, inverted conditions with a 59 km task. Pretty short for Valle but indicitive of the conditions with Brad G winning the task on a new Ozone Zeno L.

1-8-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm and it looks soarable later

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Abundant sunshine. High 33C. NE winds shifting to WSW at 15 to 25 km/h.
220° @ 12
-3.2°C (unstable)

1500 metres
Nap Report - we were in Manzanillo for the day, with plans to fly Pelican Bay, but it was not strong enough at noon so I had a nap and woke up 3 hours later to +37 kph gusts and whitecaps everywhere. Maybe another day!



1-7-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm, but Colima looks better for XC

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 7
-2.9°C (unstable)

2300 metres
Colima Report - Derek & I were heading to Colima for the day and we got a late start but made it there in record time, less than an hour.

We left Derek's truck near the sugar cane field, and drove up in my rental car (no the Bronco is not yet finished).

Weirdly, we arrived on top to find not one person . . . no pilots, no hikers?

It was hazy around town, and only the odd CU to the south.

Conditions at launch were perfect with strongish gusts but the birds made it look smooth.

I encouraged Derek to fly first as he has not flown here, with the old airport in Costena as an intended LZ. It is an XC flight over town but it is usually lifty enough over the flats to get there.

The map below has the Launch in the yellow circle, and the airport is in the yellow oval. It is only 5 kms but it is crosswind to get there and you need about three good climbs along the way.



Derek launched nicely and was soaring in front of launch looking for a magic thermal to take him up and away.



I went for a pee break in the woods while Derek was flying and when I came back I lost sight of him.

He reported in at 1300 metres to the SW as he was pushing out into the SW winds towards some clouds.

I decided not to fly as I wanted to get back to Manzanillo early, and I was feeling the beginnings of a new cold coming on, and Derek said he was heading north to his truck. Last time I saw him he was getting flushed in the lee of the hill.

When I arrived at the cane field, Derek reported in over the airport at 1300 metres having trouble to get down there so he flew back to the sugar cane LZ (three times) before he could find sink.

Meanwhile, Norm reported in from Sayula where he sunk out badly after launching from Tapalpa. He was at the bus station buying a ticket to get back to his VW.

Derek eventually landed near his truck in some turbulent air, dusties were "popping off" to the north of the LZ, and packed up and headed home to Chapala while I drove the other way to our home on the beach.

1-6-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm, but Colima looks better for XC

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 31C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 7
-2.9°C (unstable)

2300 metres
Cerro del Toro Report - we were heading to Colima for the day . . . but we got lazy and did some errands and finally got the internet working in the condo. The local maintenance guy and I found a bad cable and he re-terminated it and we got the router working! Yippee! Almost 7 mb/s and solid connections for now!

At 2 pm we headed up Cerro del Toro, a nice mountain just north of Manzanillo, with many broadcast and military antennas on top.

Derek bought some new tools and we hacked and slashed on the lower launch to make it easily launchable.



Colleen got ready while we were working and launched into a nice cycle and climbed out fast.



Derek got ready right after Colleen and launched so fast I did not get any video!

I was designated driver today and managed to get Derek's Dodge down in one piece, and found them at Indio's restaurant on the beach . . . the nicest LZ in Mexico!



We stopped to check out the never-ending Bronco repaint project and they assure us the paint is going on tomorrow. Two week paint job has become 12 months!

1-5-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 32C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 8
-2.9°C (unstable)

2700 metres
El Toro Report - we headed to El Toro at 1 pm, a bit late to find the gate locked.

We had to find Solomon to get the keys and made it to the top just in the clouds at Lower Launch.



I waited nearly an hour for a decent cycle and when I got one my lines would tangle in the grass. No weedwhacker this year as mine got stolen in a break-in at Stefan's house.

I got off finally and was immediately in the "white room" out front of launch. I got forward of the clouds and started surfing them and watched the vultures soar up and into the clouds.

It was lifty all over the valley and I soared around for 45 minutes staying out of the clouds at around 500 metres. Nice temps as I was in shirt sleeves and not cold at all even in the clouds.

Nice landing on Santiago Beach and a nice margarita awaited me at Indio's Bar.





Duncan, Stephen “Steve”
May 25, 1938 – January 5, 2017

Steve, aged 78, passed away peacefully with his loving wife, Christine, by his side. He had been in Abbotsford Hospital with an undisclosed lung ailment.

He immigrated to Canada from England, in 2002, to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of British Columbia.

Steve had a passion for adventure and lived each day to the fullest.

Shortly after moving to B.C. he joined the Chilliwack Search and Rescue and eventually started seriously training, on his road bike, for the B.C. Senior games.

While biking, paragliding, kayaking, hiking, sailing, camping or snowshoeing Steve made many good friends.

He will be truly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Notification will be coming regarding memorial arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to Chilliwack Search and Rescue would be appreciated. www.chilliwacksar.org

Steve was a true gent, and we loved teaching him to fly like a bird!
1-4-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 32C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 8
-2.9°C (unstable)

2700 metres
Pelican Bay Report - we had a lazy day at the beach, then headed to Pelican Bay Soaring Ridge. We had one test flight each and it was too light to stay up but it did add to my FitBit Step Count.



Then it turned on and we had an hour of sweet soaring with the frigate birds.

1-3-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 32C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 8
-2.9°C (unstable)

2700 metres
Colima Report - we were heading to Colima for the day but Derek arrived there first from Tapalpa and said it looked inverted so we stayed in Manzanillo.

1-2-17
Manzanillo is sunny and warm

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 32C. Winds S at 10 to 15 km/h.
180° @ 8
-2.9°C (unstable)

2700 metres
Tapalpa Report - we were leaving today for Manzanillo and wanted to fly Tapalpa but it was too lame as we saw several flights down to the Piano LZ.

So we had breakfast and headed to Manzanillo. Super crowded on the highway for eastbund traffic to Guadalajara but good for us heading west.

Meanwhile, Derek ignored the NE wind forecast and flew from the Gulley Launch at San Marcos and climbed high enough to head to Joco for coffee while Norm drove.

They also went back for a late night flight and it was super smooth.

1-1-17
Tapalpa is sunny and warm but too much west winds so we are heading to San Marcos

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 32C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
240° @ 15
-2.9°C (unstable)

3500 metres
San Marcos Report - We headed to San Marcos for a noon arrival after buying the more expensive gas at 16.50 pesos per litre, similar to Canadian Prices now.

Colleen & I arrived to perfect conditions but no Norm or Derek and I could not get them on the cell, so I encouraged Colleen to try the new launch at "The Gulley" which we developed 2 years ago. It is 2WD access from the main road and quite nice now that the grass has grown in.



Colleen got set up fast and despite some cross cycles she got off cleanly with just a few corn husks, and started climbing as the boys arrived.



She climbed out fast but it was pretty strong north wind aloft.



Norm and Derek both launched into what turned out to be strong NW winds and it was a struggle and rough as they climbed out.

We left to find some hot springs near Cd Guzman that Stefan found a few years ago, and had a nice dinner there instead as it was crowded and not that hot. Good for a rainy day activity.

Nice CUs over Nevado Colima on the drive back.



Happy New Year 2017!

12-31-16
Tapalpa is sunny and warm but we have west winds

Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico

Sunny. High 32C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
220° @ 12
-2.9°C (unstable)

3200 metres
San Marcos Report - we drove to San Marcos in the morning to meet up with Derek & Norm, but got there late and got to see them struggle for some time after launching "The Gulley" .

At times they disappeared altogether and apparently got as low as 100 metres but it turned on and they got to 3200 metres under some big CU.

We decided to drive back to La Frontera for New Years Party supplies trying a new route directly west of Los Pozos and it was a nice scenic drive.

Later in Tapalpa we endured long lines at the bank machine, and gave up on getting gas as everyone is filling up as the price goes up 30% on January 1. At 4 pm it started raining as the clouds ODed, not heavy just enough to keep the dust down.

We had plans to have a nice fire for New Years Eve, but the winds were blowing the smoke down the chimney and we had to evacuate the cabin! Memorable Times!



Have a Happy New Year!



2016 in Review - we had our busiest season every in 20 years!

Thanks to all of you that supported us in 2016!

We started out in January with our biggest Mexican Tour with many guests improving their skills at El Toro, Pelican Bay Soaring Site, Colima and Tapalpa.

February brought us more Tour guests with me returning to Canada on March 1 to start lessons.

March brought on some great spring conditions with some excellent XC flights in the Faser Valley.

April brought out many new student pilots and we had up to 7 per day requiring some additional manpower to help out with Degas in Mission with newbies while I was sending students off Woodside. April enjoyed the first tree-landing of the season as an un-named P-2 pilot 360ed himself into a 200' tree just before dark.

May brought out many pilots doing XC flights from Benny to Woodside. This site was improved in 2016 with WCSC & BCHPA funds so we are going to take advancing students there in 2017. We also ran our Annual FlyBC Instructor Course and had many new candidates working with our students. We had to go to Coyote & Mara many times to avoid the weather.

June was an awesome month and we had many signed off P-2 students by now. Thanks to all who helped us get them through their courses!

July was a productive month but also brought some sad news as a local Bellingham Pilot who had flown Blanchard hundreds of times had a fatal crash while paragliding on a mellow day. TJ had been flying since 2000 and had created a Weather Page that was very useful in predicting the conditions.

August took us to Mara Lake for our Annual SIV Course and we had 25 participants over 10 days with only a few wet wings. Either we are getting better at guiding, or the gliders are getting safer, or the pilots are doing more studying prior to the Course . . . or all three but it is a pleasure to put pilots through the maneuvers and see them cain confidence in their gear.

September was flyable most days but we did do the odd road trip to Merritt and Coyote. I think we are up to 200 flyable days now. We also had one weekend closed to students and pilots at Eagle Ranch while we married off Aaron & Christy!

October turned out to be a complete bust as it rained everyday, as did November. Odd as this is usually our busiest training time. It was okay because we had planned a trip to Australia anyway, but I felt bad for the students that did not get finished in 2016.

December was also bad weather-wise with record snow falls, so I went to Mexico to get our winter condo ready for the winter season, and Derek & Norm & I had some nice flights.

Thanks again to the 40+ students we signed off in 2016.

Thanks also to the pilots that bought a record number of gliders from Gin, Ozone & SupAir from us in 2016.

Stay safe in 2017, and we will be here to support you in your flying endeavours.





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