CHANGING THE FORMAT, WHY ?
The purpose of the World Cup is to propose a competition with ALL top
pilots from the world.
After 18 years of World Cup tour, things have changed and this goal is
not fullfilled anymore.
1. A real WORLD event ?
No, the World Cup is mainly european as the cost of the all tour
for a non-european pilot is very high. Some europeans pilots also
cannot afford it (or only a few years).
The goal is to make the participation to the World Cup less expensive
2. ALL top pilots ?
No, the World Cup now doesn’t gather ALL top pilots. As it is time
consuming, some top pilots don’t take part or only to a few events
(Maurer, Tamegger, Donini, Pacher, Cox, Bérod, Goldsmith, Rössel, and
many others). This situation is growing worse every year.
3. Earth friendly ?
No, the number of internationals flights makes the actual World Cup
tour the biggest polluting event in paragliding.
3 pilots flying from Europe to Argentina are emitting the same
quantity of C02 (3 x 5.5 T) as 80 pilots going from Europe to Europe
4. Media friendly ?
With five events, without all top pilots, without big changes since
years, the attention is not as high as it should be. The overall
results of the actual World Cup has not enough impact.
THE NEW WORLD CUP FORMAT
Voted by pilots on June 19 th (Yes = 79,1 %), the new system will start in 2009.
1. To start, the WORLD CUP 2009 will consist of :
European World Cup Tour : 3 events
Asian World Cup Tour : 1 event
Panamerican World Cup Tour : 1 event
other World Cup Events in Africa, Oceania, if possible, in the following years...
2. The SUPERFINAL :
The first SUPERFINAL will be at the end of the 2009 season (The next one will be in 2010, then probably every two years.)
100 top male pilots
15-20 top female pilots (according to female pilots level)
Proposed duration : 10-12 days
Entry Fee : Cheap for pilots
Location : Well known site, very good organization, media plan.
Bad Weather :
NO bad weather ! ;-)
But, just in case, the organizers must be ready to move to a better
place. A back up site must be prepared. In that case, the PWCA will
provide financial and logistical additional help to the organizers and
Medias and sponsors :
The idea is to make the World Cup Superfinal much more important
and media friendly. The Superfinal must be the Biggest Event of All
Times, with the top 100 male pilots and top female pilots.
The continental title (European, Asian, American,...) will also be
media and sponsors friendly.
How to enter the Superfinal ? :
The selection will be based on results from the World Cup Events of the
First Selection :
Male pilots : the top 15 pilots of every european World Cup, the top 10
of american and asian World Cups will be selected.
Female pilots : the top 3 in European World Cups and Top 1 in Asian
and American World Cups will be immediately selected
These pilots will know immediately that they are selected.
Second Selection :
According to the level of each World Cup, the remaining places will
be filled with the next pilots. The top 25 male pilots and the top 5-6
female pilots of a high level World Cup have 99 % chance to be
For these pilots, the selection will be confirmed at the end of the
last World Cup of the season.
On the first year, to guarantee the highest level, wildcards can be
accepted for “paragliding legends” (ex PWCA or FAI World Champions)
How to enter the World Cup events ? :
Same as now, selection will be based on results with a similar
The selection for the Superfinal will be difficult (The real top
100 !) but the selection for European, Asian and American World Cups
will allow more pilots to take part.
The discard system is still on discussion. E.g. : same as now at
the beginning, and then no discard at the end of the competition to
make the understanding of the ranking easier for the pilots, media and
The PWCA Committee