2016 Paragliding XC Championships Wrap Up

2016 New Zealand Paragliding Cross-Country Championships

April 1st 2015 to March 31st 2016

Updated by the administrator of the NZ PG flights database, Tim Percival.
Last updated 01 May 2016.


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Here’s the confirmed standings and wrap up of the 2016 competition!  It has been another extraordinary season of new achievements and extended best distances. The top placed pilots of last season have continued where they left off with more brilliant flying in the South Island, especially in the Otago mountains, and especially in December and early January.  And they have enticed other pilots to start off with them, perhaps involving a hike to launch, resulting in more personal bests all round.

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

  • NZ’s Open Distance record broken twice, the mark is now 235.8 km (Nick Neynens, Sugarloaf Spur)
  • NZ 200km open distance achieved for the first time (Neynens)
  • NZ’s FAI Triangle record extended to 147.7 km (Bryan Moore, Cardrona)
  • NZ’s Female Open Distance extended to 83.4 km (Kinga Masztalerz, Treble Cone)
  • NZ’s Tandem Open Distance record broken, the mark is now 88.4 km (Laurent Faniel, Treble Cone. The previous record had stood for ten years!)
  • Fourteen NZ100km open distance flights flown in the three week period Dec 18 to Jan 4
  • Twenty-one flights over 100km, when measured with three turn points, flown over the three week period Dec 17 to Jan 5, that's a one per day average!
  • A new regional open distance record for Wairarapa (Mick Kennish, 47.8 km).
  • Five NZ100km open distance flights achieved from four different sites on the same day (Sugarloaf Pass, Treble Cone, Cardrona & Pakituhi Spur on January 5).

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.


2016 NZ XC Champions and Category Winners
XC Champs Table - Final Standings
North Island Table
2016 Season Site Best Flights
2016 Season Milestone Flights

2016 NZ XC Champions and Category Winners


Title/Category

Pilot

Notes

1st place and 2016 NZ XC Champion

Nick Neynens

Wow! On his brief return from overseas Nick has raised the bar even further, flying 1500 XC flight kilometres in three weeks, including two flights over 200 km open distance, for back-to-back titles. See Airborn 197 or www.sharemyjoys.com for details of his adventures of December/January!

1st Runner Up

Bryan Moore

Only just edged out for a second time in as many seasons, Bryan successfully tried triangle high scoring, setting a new NZ FAI Triangle record (147.7 km, Cardrona), had a best three-turn-point distance of 227 km (Cardrona), and added six more NZ100km open distance flights to his personal tally.

2nd Runner Up

Louis Tapper

Louis’ flights included flights over 125 km open distance from three different Otago sites! (Sharks Tooth, Sugarloaf Pass and Cardrona).

2016 Women's XC Champion

Kinga Masztalerz

New to NZ, and new to South Island flying, Kinga’s women’s title comes on the back of an adventurous 135 km three-turn-point flight from Treble Cone that traversed mountains west and north of Lake Wanaka. In open distance, a new NZ Female Open Distance record (83.4 km).

Best Rookie (first-time PG2 competitor)

Doug Patterson

Doug’s flights got up to an open distance best of 59 km! (From Coronet Peak, Otago).

North Island Champion

Shaun Gilbert

Shaun had the best N.I. flight (93 km, Te Mata Peak), helping him defend his North Island title.

Longest North Island Flight

Shaun Gilbert

93.7 km from Te Mata Peak, Hawkes Bay.

Longest South Island Flight

Nick Neynens

235.8 km from Sugarloaf Pass, Otago.

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

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2015/2016 NZ PG XC Champs Final Standings (top 40 placings)

For detailed flight information and relative rankings of all NZ resident pilots, see the 2016 PG XC Champs Table at Leonardo (Leonardo season name: “2015”).

(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

385.6

330.8

234.4

950.8

2

Bryan Moore

Southern

341.6

296.2

274.7

912.5

3

Louis Tapper

Southern

274.6

257.0

236.1

767.7

4

Peter Groves

Southern

238.4

220.7

171.9

631.0

5

Gert van Maren

Southern

179.8

137.2

115.9

432.9

6

Shaun Gilbert

Hawkes Bay

147.8

127.3

115.1

390.2

7

Glen Stevens

Canterbury

194.9

87.4

80.3

362.6

8

Martin Kräemer

Southern

145.9

125.3

87.5

358.7

9

Michal Karnik

Southern

147.1

100.6

94.5

342.2

10

Kinga Masztalerz

Auckland

203.1

80.1

52.0

335.2

11

Aaron Ford

Southern

112.4

104.7

98.7

315.8

12

Jean Brossard

Canterbury

158.2

86.0

58.0

302.2

13

Dylan Vickerman

Southern

125.0

97.0

75.5

297.5

14

Jeff Ripley

Auckland

116.5

101.9

62.0

280.4

15

Eva Keim

Auckland

113.0

95.1

71.4

279.5

16

Mal Haskins

Southern

107.2

87.8

82.0

277.0

17

Evan Lamberton

Auckland

105.5

89.9

77.7

273.1

18

Rory Devine

Southern

121.2

81.6

67.5

270.3

19

Ian Douglass

Southern

104.0

79.6

78.5

262.1

20

Derek Divers

Southern

105.4

83.7

69.9

259.0

21

Doug Patterson

Southern

92.4

85.1

78.4

255.9

22

Kat West

Southern

96.6

81.3

60.2

238.1

23

Rostislav Vondra

Overseas

102.1

87.5

45.8

235.4

24

Bruce Vickerman

Waikato

93.3

71.7

70.2

235.2

25

Nick Taber

Tasman

86.8

71.7

63.4

221.9

26

Emlyn Revell-Nash

Auckland

81.0

76.0

52.4

209.4

27

Rob Gillard

Waikato

84.5

73.9

49.2

207.6

28

Tim Brown

Tasman

72.2

69.2

64.7

206.1

29

Tim Heather

Southern

73.5

70.4

61.3

205.2

30

Helen Jeffery

Southern

77.7

69.5

57.2

204.4

31

Denis Buckley

Overseas

103.6

52.8

44.8

201.2

32

Roy Tingay

Southern

84.3

72.1

42.6

199.0

33

Rob Boyle

Tasman

87.3

58.9

41.4

187.6

34

Joe Ward

Auckland

59.3

56.6

46.3

162.2

35

Matt Stanford

Canterbury

59.8

57.0

42.0

158.8

35

Elliot Revell-Nash

Auckland

78.8

45.9

34.1

158.8

37

Rhys Akers

Bay of Plenty

61.7

49.1

43.6

154.4

38

Luke Goleman

Canterbury

61.8

52.2

38.5

152.5

39

Graham Surrey

Auckland

61.1

53.6

34.3

149.0

40

Mike Ferguson

Auckland

58.8

44.8

41.5

145.1

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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

147.8

127.3

115.1

390.2

2

Jeff Ripley

Auckland

116.5

101.9

57.8

276.2

3

Eva Keim

Auckland

113.0

95.1

65.0

273.1

3

Evan Lamberton

Auckland

105.5

89.9

77.7

273.1

5

Rostislav Vondra

Overseas

102.1

87.5

45.8

235.4

6

Bruce Vickerman

Waikato

93.3

71.7

70.2

235.2

7

Emlyn Revell-Nash

Auckland

81.0

76.0

52.4

209.4

8

Rob Gillard

Waikato

84.5

73.9

49.2

207.6

9

Joe Ward

Auckland

59.3

56.6

46.3

162.2

10

Elliot Revell-Nash

Auckland

78.8

45.9

34.1

158.8

11

Rhys Akers

Bay of Plenty

61.7

49.1

43.6

154.4

12

Graham Surrey

Auckland

61.1

53.6

34.3

149.0

13

Alex Raymont

Overseas

83.1

59.9

0.0

143.0

14

Barry Sayer

Hawkes Bay

134.3

0.0

0.0

134.3

15

John Morgan

Taranaki

93.0

40.1

0.0

133.1

16

Leighton Joll

Auckland

52.5

39.3

31.3

123.1

17

Mike Ferguson

Auckland

44.8

41.5

33.9

120.2

18

Mark Curtis

Auckland

58.5

36.8

24.1

119.4

19

Kyla MacDonald

Auckland

52.5

33.9

27.9

114.3

20

Mark MacDonald

Auckland

37.8

36.5

35.2

109.5

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2016 Season Site Best Flights (from entries)

Open Distance

Region

Site/Site Group

Distance

Pilot

Date

Take Off


Auckland

Dills Hill

33.0

Jeff Ripley

24/01/2016



Auckland

Moirs Hill

67.2

Evan Lamberton

09/10/2015


*

Waikato

Alans Hill

32.4

Bruce Vickerman

26/11/2015



Waikato

Harrys Hill

25.0

Rob Gillard

26/10/2015



Waikato

Kaimai Range

52.9

Rob Gillard

29/11/2015

(Kaimai)

Waikato

Te Hoe - Maungakawa

30.3

Rob Gillard

31/10/2015

(Pukeitionga)

Bay of Plenty

Paeroa

56.6

Stefano Gigli

06/01/2016



Hawkes Bay

Te Mata Peak

93.7

Shaun Gilbert

14/02/2016



Hawkes Bay

Turiri

25.8

Shaun Gilbert

21/02/2016



Wairarapa

Bennetts Hill

13.0

Mick Kennish

26/12/2015



Wairarapa

Kourarau

47.8

Mick Kennish

03/04/2015


**

Nelson

Inwoods Lookout

50.3

Nick Taber

29/11/2015



Nelson

Mt Murchison

52.6

Russell Read

02/03/2016



West Coast

Denniston - Millerton

61.3

Bryan Moore

26/12/2015

(Denniston)

*

Canterbury

Craigieburn Range

88.3

Jean Brossard

23/12/2015

(Cheeseman)

*

Canterbury

Libretto Range - Lewis

24.4

Nick Taber

13/11/2015

(Mt Faust)

Canterbury

Mt Hutt

11.1

Jean Brossard

18/12/2015



Canterbury

Port Hills

33.0

Matt Stanford

13/11/2015

(Mt Pleasant)

Canterbury

Sealy Range

50.6

Glen Stevens

30/11/2015

(Sealy Tarns)

Otago

Cairnmuir

78.2

Dylan Vickerman

30/10/2015


*

Otago

Cardrona

196.1

Bryan Moore

05/01/2016


*

Otago

Coronet Peak

66.1

Aaron Ford

06/12/2015



Otago

Haast Pass

41.5

Glen Stevens

02/03/2016

(Brewster Hut)

Otago

Hawea Eastern Ranges

114.1

Gert van Maren

05/01/2016

(Pakituhi Spur)

*

Otago

Matukituki

126.5

Bryan Moore

29/11/2015

(Sharks Tooth)

*

Otago

Mt Iron

19.1

Bryan Moore

04/09/2015



Otago

Richardson Mountains

150.9

Bryan Moore

31/12/2015

(Moke Lake)

*

Otago

Routeburn

235.8

Nick Neynens

05/01/2016

(Sugarloaf Pass)

Otago

Roys Peak

55.8

Bryan Moore

30/01/2016



Otago

Treble Cone

144.8

Peter Groves

05/01/2016



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

FAI Out-and-Back

Region

Site/Site Group

Distance

Pilot

Date

Take Off


Auckland

Dills Hill

65.8

Jeff Ripley

24/01/2016


**

Waikato

Kaimai Range

64.1

Evan Lamberton

29/11/2015

(Kaimai)

**

Hawkes Bay

Te Mata Peak

50.7

John Morgan

13/03/2016


**

Canterbury

Libretto Range - Lewis

30.5

Nick Taber

13/11/2015

(Mt Faust)

*

Otago

Cardrona

108.7

Bryan Moore

04/01/2016


*

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

FAI Triangle

Region

Site/Site Group

Distance

Pilot

Date

Take Off


Otago

Cardrona

147.7

Bryan Moore

04/01/2016


† National Record

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2016 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 2016 season.

In the North Island, five pilots surpassed 25km for the first time, with Stefano Gigli going on to bag a 50km milestone too from Paeroa.  In the spring Eva Keim and Rob Gillard achieved 50km flying from Moirs and Kaimai respectively.  In the South Island, 11 pilots achieved NZ25km for the first time, with three (John Smith, Doug Patterson, Kinga Masztalerz) going on to bag 50km milestones too, and one 75km (Masztalerz).  Others to achieve 50 and/or 75km flights were (Dylan Vickerman, Aaron Ford, Brendon Sinclair, Michal Karnik). In the higher milestones, Gert van Maren joined the NZ100km “club”!  Nick Neynens and Louis Tapper joined the very exclusive 150km “club” (now five members).  And yes, Neynens kept flying on his first 150km day to also achieve the first ever paraglider NZ200km milestone!!


Pilot

Milestone Achieved (km)

Flight Date

Open Distance

Site Name

Aaron Ford

50

06/12/2015

66.1

Coronet Peak

Andrew Cavaney

25

02/03/2016

26.5

Mt Murchison

Brendon Sinclair

50

06/12/2015

66.1

Treble Cone

Doug Patterson

25

09/11/2015

45.8

Treble Cone

Doug Patterson

50

23/12/2015

59.0

Coronet Peak

Dylan Vickerman

50,75

30/10/2015

78.2

Cairnmuir Spur

Eva Keim

50

29/09/2015

51.8

Moirs Hill

Gert van Maren

100

05/01/2016

114.1

Pakituhi Spur

Greg Benjamin

25

27/09/2015

25.1

Inwoods Lookout

Guillaume Mora

25

23/12/2015

30.9

Treble Cone

Helen Jeffery

25

06/12/2015

33.1

Treble Cone

Jakub Leder

25

13/02/2016

39.0

Treble Cone

Jiri Hanc

25

27/12/2015

32.8

Inwoods Lookout

John Smith

25,50

06/12/2015

54.9

Coronet Peak

Johnny Hopper

25

28/12/2015

25.7

Kaimai

Kinga Masztalerz

25

06/12/2015

37.6

Treble Cone

Kinga Masztalerz

50,75

05/01/2016

83.4

Cardrona

Louis Tapper

150

05/01/2016

159.6

Cardrona

Mark Curtis

25

16/01/2016

32.7

Kaimai

Martin Kräemer

75

31/12/2015

78.3

Moke Lake

Michal Karnik

50

11/12/2015

55.8

Cairnmuir

Michal Karnik

75

13/02/2016

90.1

Sharks Tooth

Mike Ferguson

25

02/03/2016

34.3

Mt Murchison

Nick Buhaets

25

20/02/2016

29.6

Moirs Hill

Nick Neynens

150,200

25/12/2015

211.1

Ahuriri Eyrie

Rob Gillard

50

29/11/2015

52.9

Kaimai

Robbie Kerr

25

04/02/2016

40.2

Te Mata Peak

Scott Arrell

25

09/10/2015

26.7

Moirs Hill

Stefano Gigli

25,50

06/01/2016

56.6

Paeroa

(Stickers will be sent out in June).

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