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Written by: Jeff O'Brien
11/10/2009 2:51 PM 

Ahh Canoa... A thirty mile, forty minute, action packed race that contains all the best aspects of a five hour XC task.



Launch looking north. After town the north cliffs begin.

First there's the start: The minimum sink glide to the edge of the start cylinder is practiced over and over. The cylinder must be crossed within five seconds of the start time or you're playing catch up the entire race. This year we flew an exit start 1.5km away from launch. It's necessary to tarry in the clouds over launch to ensure maximum height heading out.



The compound in Guayaquil.

THE dive: As you strain to keep your closest competitors in sight through the clouds, your vario signals you've attained the start and you confirm visually. Look right, look left as you bury the bar and feel the speed build. There is nothing to hold back. You've got 700ft. to literally burn as fast as you dare. On day one, I had an ear to ear grin as I looked at my airspeed to see 135kms per hour and Dustin off my wingtip plummeting just a bit faster.



Just across town, the beginning of the North Cliffs.

The course: Once in the compression of the ridge, it's wingtip off the cliff face, slowing just enough for the technical crossings. There are 5 or so crossings in the course and you must slow enough to gain the proper minimum altitude to arrive still in the lift band on the other side. The two most technical crossings leave you less than 100ft. off the highway which is bordered on both sides by powerlines. You've never pointed your toes harder then when you're on the second half of a mile long crossing shooting for a solitary cactus atop a sandy hill.



Heading out into the land of no man. No LZ's, no retrieve.

The finish: Last year's finish was different than this year's, but the flying is the same. Burn your altitude down to power pole height across the line and zoom back up and into the lift band to head back to town. If this year's race came down to the second, there was talk of burning right down to the beach and outlanding. Thankfully that aggressiveness wasn't necessary.



From the North Point looking back toward town. We race as far as the eye can see.

Day one of the competition was called due to misty rain. We all free flew, and I took the pretend start with Alex Cuddy and Kraig Coomber on Litespeeds. I was able to stay ahead through the entire course, but how fast were they pushing?

Day two I found myself diving out of the clouds with Dustin at my side. Shapiro, and Kraig got the start a few seconds behind, and Kraig turned around to wait for the second start. Shapiro came charging after the first turnpoint and walked by me with our speed around 55mph. Hmm... I said to myself. So that's how it's going to be. The race was on and it was obvious who had a performance advantage, Dustin and Shapiro. They were both flying T2C's with new sail cuts and tweaks and I couldn't match them on my glider (which is a year old) despite hooking in with ballast around 250lbs!



Dustin getting attention after landing. Photo by Jamie Sheldon.

Dustin and Shapiro stayed stacked and I flew in a minute behind the boys across the line. Kraig flew solo and clean, but was still 10 seconds off my pace. The stage was set for the final showdown on the last day.

Day three's task began with us all diving in unison out of the clouds toward the ridge. Dustin dove out to a lead, and Kraig passed me on the way to the turnpoint. Shapiro maintained his position patiently behind me, letting me run in clean air to hopefully catch Kraig. Dustin maintained the lead, only slowing when Kraig led out on our longest gap crossing low. If you push too low on a crossing and land out, you're out of the race. There's a fine line between running the fastest line and landing out. We were consistently pushing the minimums, but Dustin with a padded lead, didn't want to take an unnecessary risk.



Places THREE, TWO, ONE! All Wills. Photo by Jamie Sheldon.

With Shapiro on my keel the entire time, it was a drag race to goal making sure Kraig was less than ten seconds ahead. I came across the line three seconds off Kraig's keel cementing third place and a Wills Wing one, two, three.

Apart from the epic racing in Ecuador, our chaperones are simply the best. They pick us up late at night from the airport, shuttle us safely everywhere, and prepare everything prior to our arrival. Our experience is free from logistical drama. We are treated so well and a HUGE thanks goes out to Raul Guerra and crew.



The bilingual school in Canoa.

This year we wanted to make an impact on some of the most needy charitable organizations around Guayaquil and Canoa. As a collective group, with help from the entire hang gliding community, $4000 was raised and distributed among two charities. We've committed to raise $11,000 in the coming months to provide assistance to these organizations for at least a year. Please see the links below and the Wills Wing team blog for further information.



Airtime:11:40. Flights:5. Miles:90.

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As parts of the land crew of some ecuadorian friends that race in canoa , i enjoy my first time watching it, I trully enjoy all the aspects including the impresive scenary taht i love , and reading your team blogs that seams to be very interesting, I take a couple of photos ( I show you a video of your low past over the land zone to take land at the beach, on my camera ).
Any way y put all tugether in a video , plase look at it in the following URL
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrToMFH1HK4

have a nice flights keep on going , see oyu next year

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Hi,

This is great news. I lived in Canoa for a few years running a hotel on the beach and am a paragliding pilot myself. Canoa is the place where I spend my first year flying and will be in my heart as one of the most precious places on earth. The people who started the bilingual school in Canoa - Jim, Ken & Moya - are very good friends of me and I am thrilled to read that they are getting international support and especially from the free flying comunity!

Waw!
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Hello Jeff,

This is an awesome post...as usual!!! Such great news to see you WW-Boys-1-2-3!!! ;)

My heart is singing, as I read all that you-HG pilots (and all the other great folks that donated) did for this beautiful, yet...needy part of the world!!!

Namaste~

Bouchi ;)

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I wish Dustin's blog would let us comment!?

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