Paragliding World Cup Spain, Yelmo, 2024 : press release

  • Jun 19 2024

We’re just three days away from the start of the Paragliding World Cup in Yelmo, Spain, where some of the best pilots in the world will be competing in the second PWC of the 2023 season.

Yelmo, in the Jaen province, is home to the world’s largest artificial forest, with 66 million olive trees providing a unique view. The landscape also features over 400 castles, fortresses, towers, and ruins that reflect the area’s rich history.

El Yelmo is a renowned takeoff point, mainly due to the International Air Festival. The location’s perfect flight conditions and stunning landscape in the heart of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas Natural Park make it a popular choice. The prevailing westerly winds from the Guadalquivir valley further enhance the flying experience.

Yelmo has hosted several national leagues, including the Spanish championship in 2022, and the International Air Festival has been held there for over 20 years. Pilots have achieved impressive distances in the past, with distances exceeding 200km in a straight line during the National League 2021 and 140km triangles in the Pre-PWC 2023.

The upcoming competition is expected to showcase fierce competition between experienced pilots such as Baptise Lambert, the winner of the 2023 PWC in Pegalajar, and local pilots who have honed their skills in the Europeans. Honorin Hamard is also joining the battle for the podium. Additionally, rising talents are eager to compete for victory.

For up-to-date live scoring and leading points, visit the event page and stay tuned for a week of thrilling action in the Andalusian sky.