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Cross Country Magazine Issue 163

Cross Country Magazine Issue 163
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Paragliding’s greatest race, the Red Bull X-Alps, was won for an unprecedented fourth time by Switzerland’s Chrigel Maurer in July. Once he stopped running he found some time to tell us why this X-Alps was the toughest yet – and why it’s only going to get harder. That interview with him and supporter Thomas Theurillat is the cover story in Cross Country 163 (September 2015).

LEARNING

Tim-Patrick Meyer talks to some leading paraglider designers about the Sharknose. Ozone developed it as it is today, and where they lead, others have followed. But not everyone is a fan, and Tim finds out why.

ADVENTURE

When Nick Greece travelled to Haiti he didn’t expect to fall in love with the country and its people, but he did. He tells us why he keeps going back.

TRAVEL

After a week-long competition in Macedonia Marcus King headed off to explore more of the country and found a perfect free-flight hotspot in the heart of the Balkans.

RECORDS

Carl Wallbank broke the 300km mark to re-set the UK’s national hang gliding record. But can he keep ahead of the paraglider pilots who are snapping at his heels?

PARAMOTORING

Jeff Hamman and friends head to Panama to explore the southernmost tip of the North American continent. They fly Punta Mariato on the reemote and isolated Azuero Peninsula.

REVIEWS

Editor Ed Ewing takes on the ‘100k on an EN A’ challenge and wins, on board the Sky Anakis 3.

Charlie King heads to the hills with a hike-and-fly combo thatincludes Nova’s Ibex 3.

PLUS

We have our usual mix of news, views and amazing photography. Plus our regular columns:

Crucial need-to-know info on flying with hang gliders.             

Former Paragliding World Champion Bruce Goldsmith has been teaching his son how to thermal – this is his advice, stripped back to the core.

Paramotoring guru Jeff Goin is in a spot – he tells you how to hit it every time.             

Red Bull X-Alps pilot Jon Chambers looks at what this year’s race showed us about flying in the mountains.              

Meteorologist Honza Rejmanek caught some amazing photographs ofmicrobursts out in the desert – he explains what’s going on.     

Naked Pilot: Alex Coltman

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