Thursday, September 4, 2014
Yes it is that time of the year again when we do our annual trip to Timbis in Bali for paragliding.
Last year was a blast so it's started to become an annual journey for us...
Paragliding in Bali from monique ignacio on Vimeo.
There's always some kind of magic in the air in Bali. She is usually gently and calm. You can just sit back and literally fly for hours and enjoy the coastal view. Lots of surfers and people sunbathing below you while you fly and hover around them.
On my last flight today I decided to gate crash on a party happening by the beach.... Sorry guys. I just couldn't resist....
Bali Beach landing from monique ignacio on Vimeo.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Sunday, August 31, 2014
|Paragliding Team Philippines|
|Pilot Ian Veneracion proudly flying our Philippine flag at the openeing ceremonies of IPAC 2014|
Accuracy landing entails that a pilot take off and land at a designated target on both feet. If a pilot falls before the wing is on the ground, he or she is penalized for it.
|Monique Ignacio landing|
To win in this competition your foot must touch the center of the target upon landing. An electronic target pad is used to measure how close you are to the bullseye. For a spectator, being able to land dead center may look easy, but I can assure you it is not. Our take off point is some 1,000 feet above and controlling your wing can be tricky if strong winds and thermals happen. You may be approaching your target and then a sudden gust off wind right before landing can quickly push you back making you miss your target. You can also easily overshoot your goal by miscalculating your approach. Personally I think "timing and feel" is as import as your landing technique. Much like in golf where if your timing and feel is wrong, you miss your sweet spot.
|The gorgeous Sarangani Bay is a sight to behold as you fly|
Paragliding is a sport dominated by men. It was encouraging for us female pilots to see however, a growing interest from more women taking up this exciting air sport. From 15 pilots representing the Philippines, Five of us were women including the youngest Filipino pilot Dids Veneracion who is only 13 years old. Amongst the top scorers in the leaderboard from the other countries were also female. In fact Indonesian female pilot Liz Andriana came in for 3rd runner up.
Asians have become a force to rekon with in paragliding competitions lately. So it didn't come as a big surprise that the top prizes in this accuracy landing competition went to Taiwan, Japan and Indonesia.
|Lis Andriana (Indonesia 3rd runner up) is surrounded by the Ms. Earth beauties who graced the IPAC award ceremonies|
|67 year old Yoshiki Oka (Japan 2nd runner up ) showed everyone that paragliding has no age limit|
|Luis Liu of Taiwan wins the top prize|
It was a fantastic week of flying for all of us. Blessed with good winds and new pilot friends to share the skies with. Until the next International Paragliding championships!
|Go Paragliding Team Philippines|
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Ground handling or kiting is an important step to becoming a skillful pilot. It's a prerequisite in order to acquire the proper aptitude and flying competence to be rated as a USHPA "P2" level pilot. I had my ground handling exercises by Ocean Beach in California with my instructor Jeff Greenbaum of Airtime San Francisco. What fun that was. Here he is showing me how to kite with no hands.
Kiting with no hands from monique ignacio on Vimeo.