Ceri is a talented pilot who flew in PWCs in the late nineties – sometimes finishing in the top 20. He was quite happy doing loops on his Firebird Cult ‘hotship’ in strong conditions over the Sierra Nevada in Spain, so he’s not considered a nervous pilot! 😉 Family and work commitments mean Ceri can’t fly very often, but when he does he tends to do good distance (like this) http://www.xcleague.com/xc/flights/20131079.html. He took 4th place in the British Champs 2014 round in Ager.
“Coming back after 16 years was an eye-opener with regard to the technological development of the sport. The performance of modern paragliders, and not just the high-end D’s is fantastic, in comparison to what we used to fly.
The move away from open class has removed the advantages that the lucky few factory pilots used to have, so it’s now possible for a good pilot to keep up with the best and learn by example the tactics and skills required to win. This has spread the knowledge, and much of the field now has a very high standard and is very fast with great spatial awareness in busy thermals.
I was concerned that competitions had become serious and might have lost some of the friendliness and party spirit, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. It was still the same great learning environment I remember, and the new friends I’ve made couldn’t have been more welcoming.
Time to start saving brownie points, and choose a family friendly destination for next year.”
Flying Since: 1996
Total Hours Flown: 1000+
Best Distance: 180km
Best Flight: Too many great flights to remember but crossing the Severn Estuary was a good one
Favourite Site (World): St Andre
Favourite Site (UK): Blorenge, because it’s where I started
Wing: Ozone Enzo 2
Harness: Advance Impress
Other kit: a map case with “Free Beer” written on the back to help with getting lifts home
Goal: I hope to fly more XC this year