četrtek, 30. december 2010

Time is runing fast,

so let`s slow it down. When you browse the internet sometimes you come across some very usefull things. I got a new plugin for my Premiere video editing program that can slow down the video with adding the frames, so the video stays nice and smooth.

My first attempt was to see the slow moition of my landing. Still a LOT to learn with TWIXTOR plugin but it looks good enough. Computer had to burn for 3 hours to render this shot.

Kermit, my last glider went to a new owner to south Italy and I am super happy to see it flying already in videos that are coming from Francesco.
I got a lot of answers from Jeff O`brien, Gerolf and Primoz about gliders for 2011 but in the end I choosed for me the cheapest option to buy a brand new Combat 13.5.
Well the cheapest in the way that I get new wing for the first time in my life.

Aeros made a new glider with 13.5 square meters with aspect ratio of 8.5. The tail worked out good for me last season as I felt really safe with it in the air. I am looking for something the same this year. It is a question of handling with this aspect ratio but they say it should be the same as previous models. We will see soon enough in February. Long wating for me.

So when I wait, I clear up my head with some small jump with a paraglider. Last time I was on take off and noticed woman and a man preparing for base from paraglider. I started behind them and tried to catch the jump with the camera. Here is the shot from 2 days ago.

So my friends, we`re in the end of 2011, whish you all the best in new year, many and
safe landings.

torek, 14. december 2010

Chasing the sun

One week of nice weather and almost no work during the weekend. Seems like the stars aligned for me after long 2 months with pouring rain. On Friday I woke up with a flu but I was consistent to fly next day no matter what.

Me, Alan and Italians Lupo and Davide, went to the ramp above Gorica, it is nice that here you get company to fly almost any day you go for it. Ramp is nicer then paragliding take off as you have enough of space to start your flying in a normal way and it takes you more time to get bombed out.

Well, December and sun here in Slovenia truly makes a hang glider pilots dream. Where else you can fly such a thermals in middle of winter.
Few more weeks and the day will start to get longer again, thoughts are in 2011 already.

In two days I took GoPro with me and made this nice little video of us chasing the sun in the middle of winter. Enjoy it!

Chasing the sun in December (Winter hang gliding in Slovenia) from Matjaz Klemencic on Vimeo.

nedelja, 05. december 2010

Talking about winter in Slovenia or better, Nova Gorica

Winter came with lots of snow also here in Slovenia. We had a price giving of Slovenian free flying association on Friday last week. Next day, paragliders had a Winter leauge competition at Lijak in Nova Gorica. The day was predicted to be a good one. Snow almost to the landing zone provided good gradient from the Vipava valley so they had a superb day in the air. I used this day as one of rear free days to chill out my head from every day working. Well it was a mistake...

You can look at the video of Primoz Susa, one of the Slovenian top pilots, also a Red Bull X-Alps contestor from 2009.

Paragliding WinterCup - Fantazija, Task2 from primozjavascript:void(0).susa on Vimeo.

This years prices of me and my club