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New XC Cure for Mark

The XC keeps happening here at XC Paragliding with another happy owner of Bruce Goldsmith Design ~ BGD Cure! Just as I headed out with a dozen or so anxious pilots eager to bag an October XC flight from Mt. St. Benedict the FedEx van pulls up with another BGD Cure size Medium for Mark T. [...]

By | 2017-04-04T19:19:27+00:00 October 6th, 2016|Categories: Cross Country, Gear, Paragliding|Comments Off on New XC Cure for Mark

XC with the Club

Andrew G. grabbing the Bruce Goldsmith Design ~ BGD Adam ~ for the first time on the training hill. And judging from his ear to ear smile at the end of the day, I think he's loving his new BGD! He ended up with logging over an hour and a half in 3 flights of Mt. [...]

By | 2017-05-11T21:20:10+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Cross Country, Gear, Paragliding|Comments Off on XC with the Club

Alex and Nicole doing the Dunes!

Alex and Nicole are down in California for a little dune action and they sent me a note and some nice pics of his new Bruce Goldsmith Design ~ BGD, Cure!!! Hi Al, Alex here on Nic's phone. Some sweet coastal action here on the Monterey bay. Nic got some good shots. Glider is fast and [...]

By | 2017-04-04T19:19:45+00:00 September 30th, 2016|Categories: Gear, Tours|Comments Off on Alex and Nicole doing the Dunes!

September XC ~ BGD ~ CURE

This month keeps on giving.  We just flew over 3 hours going down the Miracle Valley range with Rod F. and Mark T. in reliable smooth lift up to 1250 meters. I  made it to Hatzic Island and back to try to top land however couldn't quite get the last 20 meters that late in the [...]

By | 2017-04-04T19:19:53+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: Cross Country, Education|Comments Off on September XC ~ BGD ~ CURE

First for Furst

It's always great to have a pilot come out to our local launch ~ Mt. St. Benedict and get that special experience of introduction to that awesome smooth XC potential of the Miracle Valley. Tom Furst was the only taker on a gorgeous mid September afternoon and I had the shuttle and guide duties. This year [...]

By | 2017-04-04T19:20:04+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Categories: Cross Country, Gear|Comments Off on First for Furst

Alex Raymont joins XC Paragliding Team!

Alex Raymont has joined the XC Paragliding Team and will be flying the hot new Cure EN-C paraglider from BGD!   I'm very excited to have Alex with us as Team Pilot and flying one of our wings. As one of the top XC pilots in North America and constantly in the top echelons of the xc [...]

By | 2017-04-04T19:20:16+00:00 September 11th, 2016|Categories: Education, Gear, Paragliding|Comments Off on Alex Raymont joins XC Paragliding Team!

*BGD* ~ BIG News!!!

This summer I had some very ambitious plans for developing a full XC paragliding experience for us in BC and area! I also wanted to expand our brand to deal and supply the very best paragliding gear on the planet! We already are the only lower mainland and Vancouver area authorized dealer for Niviuk, Supair, and [...]

By | 2017-04-04T19:20:33+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Categories: Gear, Paragliding|Comments Off on *BGD* ~ BIG News!!!

Tandem Training day

XC Paraglidings newest pilot in training ~ Rob S. all smiles after a sweet tour around Mount Woodside and a perfect launch! After doing an intro sim session of the launch procedure we headed out to some nice thermic air for the afternoon. He's ready for some ground handling and will be on his own soon!

By | 2017-04-04T19:20:40+00:00 August 29th, 2016|Categories: Tandems|Comments Off on Tandem Training day

Simulation Exercises

One training method I often use for students and myself is visualization simulation. Whether your trying to figure develop a new acro move or simply setting up a new harness or piece of kit, the Woodshed Sim is a perfect tool for getting it sorted in your mind.   Here you see yours truly working out [...]

By | 2017-04-04T19:20:48+00:00 August 26th, 2016|Categories: Paragliding|Comments Off on Simulation Exercises