|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|