Then it was over!
The end of the Nordic Paragliding Open 2013 ended with a “bang” at the prize giving ceremony in Vågå “downtown” last night.
With 65 contestants and a week with 5 tasks, whereof one task will go down into the Norwegian history books as “best ever competition day” we can conclude that this was a very successful event.
Apart from pristine competition flying we can also happily conclude that there were no accidents.
I would like to thank all the pilots for showing extremely good sportsmanship, comraderi and support during the championships.
I would especially like to thank the organisation team for their fantastic contribution and for excellent teamwork.
The organisation committee consisted of:
Arne Kristian Boiesen – “Primus” motor/weatherman/ task contribution/ web-design and more.
Ane Pedersen – Safety Director and Finance Minister
Knut Kåstad Nygard – Dept. Safety Director
Dag-Steinar Johnsen – Scoring Director and admin support
Mikael Benjamin Ulstrup – Administration Director and the keeper of “The Kings Trophy”
Arne Håkon Hillestad – Logistics Director.
Tor Åge Salamonsen – Retrieval, Supplies and Supply Chain Manager
Hans Cato Grytnes – IT, Rules & Regulations and Moral Support Manager
I would also like to thank the Task & Safety committee who in addition to Ane, Arne-Kristian and the undersigned consisted of:
In the “heat of the battle” during the prize giving ceremony last night, a special thanks to Dag-Steinar, Hans Cato and Knut was omitted, so apologies for that. So a warm thank you chaps for an excellent job and support.
So now we will now go home and analyse the feed-back given and other lessons learnt from this competition and see what we will do next…. So we may be back in 2015! Watch this space….
We can just reconfirm that the Vågå area is the best place in the world to paraglide, but remember that this is a well kept secrete so please don’t tell anyone…….
Wishing you all a wonderful summer and have a lot of good and safe flying.
Christer C. G. Bonde
Nordic Paragliding Open 2013