2015 Paragliding XC Championships Wrap Up

2015 New Zealand Paragliding Cross-Country Championships

April 1st 2014 to March 31st 2015

Updated by the administrator of the NZ PG flights database, Tim Percival.
Last updated 30 April 2015.


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Here’s the confirmed standings and wrap up of the 2015 competition!

It was a bit hard to keep up with all the brilliant mountain flying happening in the South Island, especially in the Otago mountains - record flying it was!  If someone had told me before this season that five different pilots would fly further than the existing NZ open distance record, one that had stood for nine seasons, I’d have said they needed their head read, but it happened!

Here’s a list of just some of the highlights:

  • NZ’s Open Distance record broken twice, the mark is now 170.4 km (Angus Tapper, Coronet Peak)
  • NZ’s FAI Out and Back record broken twice, the mark is now 110.3 km (Grant Middendorf, Treble Cone)
  • NZ’s FAI Triangle record broken by 39% (134.1 km, Nick Neynens, Roys Peak)
  • NZ 150km open distance achieved for the first time, and by three pilots.
  • During just one season, the tally of NZ100km open distance flights has been boosted from 32 to 53!
  • Eight NZ100km open distance flights bagged in a single season by a single pilot (Bryan Moore), when no one had accumulated more than seven NZ100km flights since the beginning of the champs (1992)!
  • A new regional open distance record for Canterbury (Middendorf, 157.3 km)
  • The previously long-standing Paeroas open distance record broken (Shaun Gilbert, 78.0 km)
  • The Southern Alps flown from Nelson Lakes to Wanaka in just six days (Neynens).

For details of other site records flown during the season, look for asterisks in the right hand column of the Season Site Best Flights tables.

2015 NZ XC Champions and Category Winners
XC Champs Table - Final Standings
North Island Table
2015 Season Site Best Flights
2015 Season Milestone Flights

2015 NZ XC Champions and Category Winners

Title/Category

Pilot

Notes

1st place and
2015 NZ XC Champion

Nick Neynens

Wow! Nick has taken his flying to new standards this season and in doing so has taken Southern Alps flying to new standards, which he had to, to edge out runner up, Bryan Moore. Nick seems to be at home anywhere in the mountains and is good at flying both triangles and open distance. See www.sharemyjoys.com for details of his adventures of last season!

1st Runner Up

Bryan Moore

Bryan’s top three flights averaged 147.6 km open distance! And, as mentioned above, this season Bryan added eight NZ100km open distance flights to his tally. Only the triangle scores of Nick kept Bryan from the top spot.

2nd Runner Up

Louis Tapper

Louis’ flights included the best flight of November (Coronet, 126 km), and a triangle circuit flight of 109 km from Treble Cone.

2015 Women's XC Champion

Kat West

A visit to Roys Peak late in the season proved beneficial for Kat, bagging 55 km and enough points for her 4th Women’s title!

Best Rookie
(first-time PG2 competitor)

Rob Gillard

Rob’s tally included the best distance ever flown from the Hospital Hill take off, Waihi - 39.5 km.

North Island Champion

Shaun Gilbert

Shaun broke the long-standing Paeroas distance record flying 78 km, and had the best North Island flight.

Longest North Island Flight

Shaun Gilbert

100.2 km from Te Mata Peak, Hawkes Bay.

Longest South Island Flight

Angus Tapper

170.4 km from Coronet Peak, Otago.

Well done all of the above! (Especially Nick) :)   And thank you to all who submitted flights so we could see where there was good flying to be had.

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2014/2015 NZ PG XC Champs Final Standings (top 40 placings)

For detailed flight information and relative rankings of all NZ resident pilots,
see the 2015 PG XC Champs Table at Leonardo (Leonardo season name: “2014”).

(Note that for the NZ PG XC Champs, the Leonardo table is an approximate table only: international pilots are incorrectly excluded from the NZ ‘club’ competition, while a flight submitted more than 30 days after the day of the flight is incorrectly included).

Pos

Pilot

Club

F1

F2

F3

Total

1

Nick Neynens

Southern

299.2

268.9

248.2

816.3

2

Bryan Moore

Southern

254.2

251.0

248.7

753.9

3

Louis Tapper

Southern

218.7

204.8

194.7

618.2

4

Grant Middendorf

Southern

253.3

249.0

100.7

603.0

5

Glen Stevens

Canterbury

213.5

206.7

153.2

573.4

6

Rory Devine

Southern

208.0

198.1

156.0

562.1

7

Peter Groves

Southern

238.8

172.5

146.3

557.6

8

Shaun Gilbert

Hawkes Bay

153.6

152.3

146.2

452.1

9

Stew Karstens

Tasman

170.9

145.6

117.0

433.5

10

Mark Hardman

Southern

179.8

147.8

82.4

410.0

11

Nick Taber

Tasman

145.4

139.4

93.1

377.9

12

Rostislav Vondra

Overseas

187.8

86.4

52.0

326.2

13

Romain Bernard

Overseas

129.5

116.6

76.7

322.8

14

Steven Christophers

Southern

135.7

79.1

67.6

282.4

15

Bruce Vickerman

Waikato

105.1

90.8

84.4

280.3

16

Angus Tapper

Southern

269.6

0.0

0.0

269.6

17

Jeff Ripley

Auckland

103.4

79.2

74.4

257.0

18

Derek Divers

Southern

98.5

82.1

70.7

251.3

19

Luke Goleman

Canterbury

89.1

88.6

65.3

243.0

20

Martin Kräemer

Southern

84.6

80.7

74.1

239.4

21

Jean Brossard

Canterbury

86.6

76.3

66.6

229.5

22

Lucas Le Courtois

Overseas

93.9

80.2

50.5

224.6

23

Aaron Ford

Southern

83.7

66.7

66.5

216.9

24

Rhys Akers

Bay of Plenty

82.3

75.6

58.5

216.4

25

Kat West

Southern

82.9

64.9

57.8

205.6

26

Chris Connolly

Wellington

89.0

72.4

35.8

197.2

27

Rodger Kerr

Auckland

76.1

64.1

56.5

196.7

28

Loic Kersuzan

Overseas

81.4

52.2

51.2

184.8

29

Wayne Rohrs

Auckland

65.4

64.7

53.0

183.1

30

Eva Keim

Auckland

85.2

57.1

40.0

182.3

31

Peter Taylor

Canterbury

88.5

51.1

40.0

179.6

32

Evan Lamberton

Auckland

79.2

60.1

39.9

179.2

33

Laurence Robinson

Auckland

88.2

40.8

38.9

167.9

34

Tim Heather

Southern

82.6

47.2

36.2

166.0

35

Tim Percival

Tasman

102.3

38.5

21.4

162.2

36

Gareth Gore

Canterbury

65.5

49.6

45.2

160.3

37

Rob Gillard

Waikato

69.2

45.9

44.9

160.0

38

Andres Celada

Overseas

159.8

0.0

0.0

159.8

39

Tim Brown

Tasman

80.3

78.8

0.0

159.1

40

Michal Karnik

Southern

77.0

41.3

32.0

150.3

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North Island Table (top 20 placings)

(Top scoring from North Island flights).

Pos

Pilot

Club

F1

F2

F3

Total

1

Shaun Gilbert

Hawkes Bay

153.6

152.3

146.2

452.1

2

Jeff Ripley

Auckland

103.4

79.2

74.4

257.0

3

Bruce Vickerman

Waikato

90.8

84.4

61.4

236.6

4

Rhys Akers

Bay of Plenty

82.3

75.6

58.5

216.4

5

Rodger Kerr

Auckland

76.1

64.1

56.5

196.7

6

Wayne Rohrs

Auckland

65.4

64.7

53.0

183.1

7

Evan Lamberton

Auckland

79.2

60.1

39.9

179.2

8

Laurence Robinson

Auckland

88.2

40.8

38.9

167.9

9

Rob Gillard

Waikato

69.2

45.9

44.9

160.0

10

Eva Keim

Auckland

85.2

40.0

21.9

147.1

11

Emlyn Revell-Nash

Auckland

65.3

35.8

35.0

136.1

12

Matt Harrison

Auckland

62.2

53.8

15.5

131.5

13

Don Smith

Auckland

74.9

28.2

26.1

129.2

14

Elliot Revell-Nash

Auckland

54.4

35.4

34.5

124.3

14

Anand Srinivasan

Auckland

47.5

40.7

36.1

124.3

16

Graham Surrey

Auckland

40.5

39.9

36.3

116.7

17

Rick Hawkeswood

Waikato

38.3

32.6

32.3

103.2

18

Andrew Cavaney

Auckland

40.9

31.6

25.2

97.7

19

Tony Cowley

Auckland

37.2

35.7

16.1

89.0

20

Kyla MacDonald

Auckland

44.5

20.7

19.1

84.3

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2015 Season Site Best Flights (from entries)

Open Distance

Region

Site/Site Group

Distance

Pilot

Date

Take Off


Northland

Kamo

23.2

Evan Lamberton

15/01/2015



Auckland

Bridges

21.3

Wayne Rohrs

25/10/2014



Auckland

Dills Hill

27.7

Rodger Kerr

01/03/2015



Auckland

Moirs Hill

59.0

Jeff Ripley

09/11/2014


*

Waikato

Alans Hill

16.6

Bruce Vickerman

18/02/2015



Waikato

Kaimai Range

53.4

Bruce Vickerman

08/11/2014

(Kaimai)


Waikato

Puriri Hill

17.5

Bruce Vickerman

25/10/2014


*

Waikato

Te Hoe - Maungakawa

21.1

Bruce Vickerman

09/11/2014

(Pukeitionga)


Waikato

Waihi

55.9

Bruce Vickerman

15/01/2015

(Mt Misery)

*

Bay of Plenty

Paeroa

78.0

Shaun Gilbert

10/03/2015


*

Hawkes Bay

Te Mata Peak

100.4

Shaun Gilbert

25/01/2015



Hawkes Bay

Turiri

94.0

Shaun Gilbert

20/03/2015


*

Wairarapa

Kourarau

13.7

Mick Kennish

09/01/2015



Nelson

Inwoods Lookout

91.6

Stew Karstens

03/09/2014



Nelson

Mt Murchison

84.7

Nick Taber

15/03/2015



Nelson

St Arnaud

41.8

Chris Connolly

28/02/2015

(Parachute Rocks)


Nelson

Takaka - Riwaka

28.8

Nick Taber

16/07/2014

(Takaka Hill)


Canterbury

Buscot Hill

28.6

Steven Christophers

03/01/2015



Canterbury

Craigieburn Range

54.9

Luke Goleman

14/12/2014

(Cheeseman)


Canterbury

Little River

24.2

Jean Brossard

07/09/2014



Canterbury

Ohau Ski Field

26.0

Louis Tapper

08/01/2015



Canterbury

Port Hills

32.2

Jean Brossard

10/02/2015

(Castle Rock)


Canterbury

Sealy Range

157.3

Grant Middendorf

03/01/2015

(Sealy Tarns)

**

Otago

Cardrona

28.2

Derek Divers

28/12/2014



Otago

Coronet Peak

170.4

Angus Tapper

23/12/2014


Otago

Haast Pass

113.1

Rory Devine

20/02/2015

(Brewster Hut)

*

Otago

Hawea Eastern Ranges

30.7

Bryan Moore

11/02/2015

(Pakituhi Spur)


Otago

Matukituki

117.8

Bryan Moore

05/01/2015

(Sharks Tooth)

*

Otago

Obelisk

24.0

Mark Hardman

28/09/2014



Otago

Pisa Range

12.7

Steven Christophers

27/07/2014

(Waiorau)


Otago

Routeburn

150.1

Bryan Moore

23/12/2014

(Sugarloaf Pass)

*

Otago

Roys Peak

64.1

Nick Neynens

16/02/2015



Otago

Treble Cone

152.1

Bryan Moore

07/12/2014


*

* Site Record
** Site and Regional Record
† National Record

FAI Out-and-Back

Region

Site/Site Group

Distance

Pilot

Date

Take Off


Waikato

Kaimai Range

40.2

Rhys Akers

28/02/2015

(Kaimai)


Nelson

Mt Murchison

91.0

Stew Karstens

14/12/2014


**

Canterbury

Craigieburn Range

39.0

Peter Taylor

23/12/2014

(Cheeseman)


Otago

Coronet Peak

89.2

Andres Celada

23/12/2014



Otago

Hawea Eastern Ranges

18.8

Martin Kräemer

16/12/2014

(Pakituhi Spur)


Otago

Roys Peak

102.7

Nick Neynens

16/12/2014


*

Otago

Treble Cone

110.3

Grant Middendorf

23/12/2014


* Site Record
** Site and Regional Record
† National Record

FAI Triangle

Region

Site/Site Group

Distance

Pilot

Date

Take Off

Otago

Roys Peak

134.1

Nick Neynens

16/12/2014

Otago

Treble Cone

99.2

Grant Middendorf

23/12/2014

*

* Site Record
† National Record

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2015 Season Milestone Flights

NZHGPA Cross-Country Milestone Achievement stickers are awarded the first time a pilot surpasses the ‘milestone’ distances of 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150 or 200km (open distance) on a hang glider or paraglider in New Zealand.  This table lists the pilots who achieved milestone paraglider flights during the 2015 season.

17 pilots surpassed 25km for the first time which bodes well for the future, and Luke Goleman and Chris Connolly achieved the sometimes elusive 50km. At the top end we have seen some experienced xc pilots really excelling in the conditions of the season, with eight pilots (Devine, Groves, Middendorf, Moore, Neynens, Stevens, A. Tapper and L. Tapper) accounting for all of the 75km or higher milestones achieved! Membership of the 150km "club" is now three when it was zero, 125km membership has increased by three to eight, and five pilots have surpassed NZ100km for the first time, boosting that group to 15 pilots. (Yes, that's a 50% increase in one season, when we had a run of seasons, 2008 to 2012, when not one 100km milestone was achieved!)

Pilot

Milestone Achieved (km)

Flight Date

Open Distance

Site Name

Aaron Ford

25

2/12/2014

47.9

Coronet Peak

Angus Tapper

150

23/12/2014

170.4

Coronet Peak

Ben Levy

25

28/01/2015

32.4

Treble Cone

Bryan Moore

150

7/12/2014

152.1

Treble Cone

Chris Connolly

25

28/02/2015

41.8

Parachute Rocks

Chris Connolly

50

1/03/2015

56.0

Mt Murchison

Danny Murphy

25

22/02/2015

25.2

Treble Cone

Elisabeth Tobler

25

9/11/2014

27.1

Moirs Hill

Elliot Revell-Nash

25

19/02/2015

30.7

Moirs Hill

Emlyn Revell-Nash

25

21/03/2015

39.0

Paeroa

Glen Stevens

75,100

5/01/2015

114.7

Sharks Tooth

Glenn Doggett

25

10/03/2015

26.7

Paeroa

Grant Middendorf

150

3/01/2015

157.3

Sealy Tarns

Ian Douglass

25

7/01/2015

28.8

Coronet Peak

Ian Wood

25

14/12/2014

26.6

Mt Murchison

Keith Clapson

25

7/11/2014

42.4

Coronet Peak

Louis Tapper

100,125

7/11/2014

126.0

Coronet Peak

Lukas Walton-Keim

25

28/01/2015

32.7

Treble Cone

Luke Goleman

50

14/12/2014

54.9

Cheeseman

Matt Harrison

25

10/01/2015

34.8

Moirs Hill

Michal Karnik

25

7/12/2014

36.4

Treble Cone

Nick Neynens

50,75

2/12/2014

79.8

Mt Alfred

Nick Neynens

100

12/12/2014

104.7

Barrier Knob

Nick Neynens

125

11/02/2015

134.1

Kamilas Hill

Peter Groves

100,125

7/12/2014

143.6

Treble Cone

Rob Gillard

25

14/02/2015

39.5

Hospital Hill

Rory Devine

75

16/12/2014

87.3

Treble Cone

Rory Devine

100

20/02/2015

113.1

Brewster Hut

Simon Corbett

25

23/12/2014

26.3

Cheeseman

Steven Christophers

25

7/12/2014

37.2

Treble Cone

(Stickers will be sent out in June).

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