The Icarus Trophy is a massive 2 week long unsupported air race on paramotors. It launches with the pioneers race across the USA on the 12th of October 2015
We all start in one place with a paramotor on our backs and finish up in another one – a bloody long way away. In between these two points one of the greatest adventures on the planet is waiting to slap you about the chops.
Unsupported means you’ll be flying with everything you need to survive strapped to your very person. If you get lost, it’s down to you to get yourself unlost.
The Icarus Trophy is a real timed race but first it’s an adventure. That means you don’t have to be super competitive to take part. We always find the people who come in last have the best stories to tell.
A simple race, without many setbacks for the pilot, based on the pleasure of flying, where the pilot has time to take off, not being nervous, no stress, a wide window with a clear objective race, with an outlet defined and the same time for all pilots, marked with beacons, being able to use the GPS, mobile phone and all the possible technologies for the pilot to have all the possibilities.
Race is a test of speed. It’s about doing different rounds of different mileages and difficulties, different routes well marked with beacons, starting and finishing at the same airfield (if weather permits). There will be good access for picking up, if a pilot decided to leave the race by engine problems or other causes.
With the possibility of trying to beat the world speed record in the form triangle 25, 50 and 100 km. The whole design of this race is based on, take off our airfield around Baza and reach or turn around other airfields in the area, either for refueling or safety.
THE RACE WE’LL BE GOVERNED BY THE “FAI” RULES (International Aeronautical Federation).
Always taking a new approach to course racing, Flysurfer have produced the Flyboards Flyrace, looking similar in design to the popular door series it is actually very different. A large centre board allows extreme upwind angles as you ride this twin tip flat.
Beautiful sunny weather greeted the 40+ paddle boarders arriving at Aquasports in Redhill in Surrey yesterday for the final action in the Frostbite SUP series. Windless conditions made for some close racing. Starboard Race Team members took the top spots in all divisions.
There was a great mix of first time racers and seasoned elite level paddlers. It was great to see Aquasports embracing SUP and off the back of the racing they manage to fill a beginners SUP session from people watching the action unfold on the water. Proof if any was needed that getting the sport exposed out on the water is what drives demand and sales.
A big thank you must go to Colin Elston and his family for running such a great event as well as Sam and her team at Aquasports who were so accommodating and allowed the event to practically take over the centre for the day.
1) Ryan James – Starboard K15
2) Mike Ellicock – Starboard K15
3) John Hibbard – Starboard ACE 14′
4) Paul Simmons – Starboard K15
1) Mark Slater – Starboard 12’6″ Race
2) Pete Holliday – Starboard 2’6″ Race
Paddlers on Starboard boards also won the juniors, ladies and novice divisions so I think we can call that a good day in the office.