Josh Cohn (USA) flying a Windtech Nitro 24 won the Mexican 'Monarca' Paragliding Open which was held at the 'El Penon' launch site at Valle de Bravo, Mexico, from January 25th to 30th 2004. This was the first International FAI Category 2 competition of 2004, starting the year of nicely for Windtech. Josh was flying against a field of 80 pilots including many well known top international pilots on their hot prototypes: > Peter BRINKEBY (SWE) UP Targa
> Miguel GUTIERREZ (MEX) Gin Glider Boomerang 3
> Jouni MAKKONEN (FIN) Gradient AVAX RSE
> David PRENTICE (USA) Ozone Prototype
> Ronny HELGESEN (NOR) UP Targa
> Eric REED (USA) Gin Glider Boomerang 3
Josh has now received our brand new competition glider, the Tactic. He hasn't had a great deal of opportunity to test it out yet, but here is what he says so far: "Haven’t had a chance to fly it since Florida, but it seems nice. Not as sporty handling as the Nitro, but seems like it climbs better. Definitely launches much nicer. Less sporty handling means probably less fun for wanging around, but better for working light lift. Actually it does turn pretty tight it’s just that the brake pressure is a little heavier. I’m guessing this is at least partly due to the brake cascading, which is pretty evenly tensioned across the trailing edge. My launching complaints with the Nitro were that it would tend to front-horseshoe and that it would hang back if not pulled all the way up. But in any case those are not problems with this Tactic. I’ll be flying at a meet in Oregon with 75 US pilots next week, so should have more to report then."
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