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Paragliding Acro in Australia

Practice Öludeniz. Acro for Australians - Dedication means good equiptment and spending time overseas.
Practice Öludeniz. Acro for Australians - Dedication means good equiptment and spending time overseas.

Acro in Australia

We don’t have any safe mountains properly suited for Acro training. It is seriously not safe to practice unless you have all safety aspects covered, have done several 6 and more, SIV / Acro courses. 

1. Equiptment 

2. Height (greater than 800mtrs)

3. Water

Australia offers several SIV courses towing from a boat. But height and time factor when being towed doesn’t leave much airspace for mistakes so the risk increases for Acro. 

Recommended courses with proven SIV safety course record, Acro experience CFI’s plus treat students with respect and encouragement. 


NSW 

MARTIN Wysocki Better known as Hollywood Australia’s top Acro pilot. (SIV & Acro)

http://hollywoodparagliding.com.au/training.html


RAFAEL ESQUILLARO (SIV & Acro)

Tel. 0432 543 502


Roger Stanford - with Jockey Sanderson (SIV only set on a strict program.)

https://www.skyoutparagliding.com/


QLD

Shane Gingell - with Andrew Pollidarno (SIV sometimes an experienced Acro coach on board eg. Rafael. 

http://www.seqparagliding.com/siv-course

I was told QLD lakes are dry - possibly no SIV’s  available. But please check that info. 


The CFI’s mentioned above are well experienced and the best Australia has to offer. There maybe others, but beware experience in this field is necessary. Please don’t settle for just anyone. 


After several courses and good equiptment. Offers of BOAT TOWs on a lake to practice Acro  is sometimes available for a couple of days to practice during the year, but honestly it’s simply not enough if it’s Acro your in love with.      

You just have to commit yourself to going overseas.

PRACTICE ACRO IN AUSTRALIA

Dedication to groundhandling is the best a thing any pilot can do. It help gives major leap to glider control.  

Playing on our coastal dunes. 

Dunes Vic. Kilcunda - 13th Beach - Portsea - QLD Rainbow beach are all top places when wind from 16 knots or more. Fun time with our Acro or freestyle gliders. 

Generally Acro pilots want to train in smooth air at high altidues. If your ready to train inland over ground get the right equiptment! 2 reserves one steerable, and plenty of height. STOP 500mtr is RED DANGER zone for acro practice. 500 to 250mtrs for simple well practiced tricks eg. wingovers. Remember if it goes wrong recovery can take 400mtrs in height or more to recover that’s if it’s recoverable. So practice new tricks at the very top of altitude zone. That’s how you stay safe and lower risk.

Mystic in Bright subject to extreme turbulance at the best of times. Heights upto 1000mtr above ground working thermals is possible but leaves little in the way for error when mixing that with the turbulence. Push it enough and your bound to be greeting pine trees sometime.

Manilla - getting high over camp and LZ may find some days of opertunity if your well equipt to train over ground and take a thermal back to the top. 

On a negitive note - Larger freestyle/acro wings are needed to glide out so an overloaded smaller Acro wing for thermals ok but to glide out to camp LZ so that rules Manilla out.

Gundowring - I know Gundowring, what seems to be high wind you’d think looks almost too much, happens to be OK and works very nicely later in the day. I believe this maybe the best place for Acro if you catch th right conditions. However logistically it’s diffecult with little activity and is remote. LZ not perfect, a slanty slope on a faster glider becomes more diffecult.



DiamondCrossST 100 Steerable square reserve.
DiamondCrossST 100 Steerable square reserve.

EQUIPTMENT

ALL NEW INVENTION The light steerable square reserve from Charly. Is highly recommended from top Acro pilots who have 1st hand experience, are impressed with its reliability and stand-up landings every time. With several safety improvements to the standard square. The diamond cross ST. Now we can train acro safer over land and we won’t brake the bank doing it. No need for expensive skydiving canopies or Acro base harness which will leave a big hole in your pocket.

Use the Steerable square reserve in combination with quickout carabiners. A perfect setup for Acro training over land after thermaling up to the green zone (go) altitude above 800mtrs for safe Acro training. At our popular thermal sites in Manilla or Bright. Recommended for more experienced Acro pilots. 

For beginners this equiptment gives you a safe option whilst building skills under instruction over water. 

Instead of landing in the water go land on shore keeping all your equiptment dry. 

With a normal harness add a front container to  store your 2nd reserve with a steerable diamond cross reserve. Then with a quick release system if every you decide to ditch your main for comfort. For more details read below. 

If your serious then the Ava Cutaway or Supair Base harness is the way, but its a huge investment $6000 new with a base canopy. 


QUICKOUT Carabiners - 

For the optimal setup with your Diamond cross ST steerable reserve. These speak for themselves grab a pair of these. Fit for any harness. 

Quickout carabiner kit - 6 piece including speedbar release $195 Free delivery.
Quickout carabiner kit - 6 piece including speedbar release $195 Free delivery.

COMPLETE QUICK OUTS carabiner system

QUICKOUT 6 piece Carabiner Kit $195 with speedbar release system for brummle hooks. Fits most standard harnesses. 

Add the Diamond cross ST steerable reserve for the perfect setup.

This price includes 2 quickout carabiners 2 insertions and speedbar release system see photo.

Don’t be caught out other resellers giving a price for one piece. This is a complete kit.

SAFETY WARNING - ALWAYS BUY THESE WITH EVERYTHING TOGETHER in the same order. NEVER LOAN or EXCHANGE pieces. 

Hike and fly gliders - Adaptor sleeve.
Hike and fly gliders - Adaptor sleeve.

Extra option with a kit only

Small riser connections? Light or hike and fly gliders sometimes have thinner risers. Then these will suit your setup. Unfortunately these need to be purchased separately as they do not come in a kit form.

Extra insertions for 2nd glider. (1 pair)
Extra insertions for 2nd glider. (1 pair)

Extra option with a full kit only.

 Do you have a second glider? 

Then consider buying an extra set of insertions. 

This order is for 2 pieces or 1 pair.

Automatic speedbar release (1 pair)
Automatic speedbar release (1 pair)

QUICK RELEASE SPEEDBAR

If your using brummell hooks on your speedbar (standard system) then these ones are essential to use together with your quickouts.