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ROB SPORRER TO COACH THE U.S. NATIONAL TEAM AT THE WORLDS
The U.S. Paragliding Team needs your support!!!
I am very excited to be coaching the U.S. Paragliding Team with my good friend Jeff Huey at the Paragliding Worlds in Valle De Bravo, Mexico this January. The entire U.S. Team for 2009 is made up of Eagle Paragliding Team Pilots. Three of my guys brought home the Gold for the United States at the Pre-Worlds in Valle in 2008, and we want some podium time again at the Worlds.
Eric Reed, Matt Beechinor, Brad Gunnuscio, Josh Cohn, and Kari Castle have fought hard over the past two years to earn their spot on the team. I’m asking you to Make A Donation in any amount to support these pilots and become a part of our team. Donations are tax deductible. You don't need a PayPal account and can use your credit card on the PayPal website to Make A Donation and be a part of the team. Donors will be listed on the US Team Website's donor page.
I promise to blog the event with daily task maps, pictures, and videos with interviews and action from the front line. Please consider being a part of the team and help make a difference for these pilots. Get the details on donating to the 2009 U.S. Paragliding Team by reading the “Call To Action Letter” written by U.S. Paragliding Team President and 2007 World Team pilot Bill Belcourt. The letter below details the organization's efforts, and how we count on the generosity of the paragliding community to make the trip possible for our paragliding dream team.
U. S. Paragliding Team, a Nevada Non-Profit Corporation, has been set up under the rules of IRS 501 ( c ) 3 to help subsidize the expenses of the U.S. Paragliding Team’s participation in the World Paragliding Championships which are held every two years at various locations all over the planet. On January 23rd through February 7, 2009, the World Paragliding Championships will be held in Valle de Bravo, Mexico: http://www.pwmex2009.com.
I had the honor of attending the last World Paragliding Championships in Manilla, Australia and it would not have been possible for me without the creation of this Non-Profit Corporation and the unbelievable generosity of the paragliding community. Now it's my turn to give back and help raise the money for the new 2009 U.S. Paragliding Team. Please help me spread the word and reach "Our" goal.
This year’s U.S. Paragliding Team includes Eric Reed, Matt 'Farmer' Beechinor, Brad Gunnuscio, Josh Cohn and Kari Castle. The Team Leaders are Rob Sporrer and Jeff Huey (thanks to you both for taking this on!). As you well know, these spots where hard fought over the last 2 years with the highest caliber flying I have ever witnessed in U.S. competition history. All of these pilots have worked extremely hard to earn their position on the U.S. Paragliding Team. The U.S. team also won the Pre-Worlds (warm-up event to the World Championships) in Valle this year against a very strong international field, AND we had 2 members on the podium at Monarca Competition just a few days before. There is no doubt they have an excellent chance to be on the podium as individuals and as a team. It is now our job to help them in their quest to represent the United States of America in this World arena!
This event is over two weeks long. Besides being mentally and physically demanding, it also demands a substantial financial commitment. The estimated cost for our U. S. Team and team leaders to participate in this year's World Championships is $15,000.00. It is up to us to help lighten the burden for our team and for all U.S. Paragliding Teams to come. Please support our team by visiting http://www.usparaglidingteam.org and making a donation to this Non-Profit Corporation.
We have raised approximately $3,500.00 as of October 1, 2008 so we are on our way to reach our goal of $15,000.00, but we won't make it without you.
U.S. Paragliding Team, a Nevada Non-Profit Corporation, is hoping that all United States Paragliding pilots will take pride in their team and donate money to the team. Donations in any amount are welcome and appreciated. These donations are tax deductible. Thank you in advance for your support.
All members of this Non-profit corporation are volunteers and are not paid for their time and services. All funds raised from donations go directly to the U.S. Team to subsidize their participation in World Championship competition.
WE KINDLY ASK YOU TO PLEASE FORWARD THIS E-MAIL TO YOUR PARAGLIDING CLUB AND ALL PARAGLIDER PILOTS IN YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS BOOK.
Thank you all for making this dream possible!
Bill Belcourt, President
U.S. Paragliding Team, a Nevada Non-Profit Corporation
The Eagle Store is finally here. We have done our best to make available everything a pilot might need, with detailed product descriptions. We plan on continuing to update our product descriptions in the coming months to add our personal touch. We want you to know what WE like about the products we sell. The store is going to allow pilots who are considering doing a clinic or tour with Eagle Paragliding to check availability in real time. Take a look around and tell us what you think.
Congratulations to "Mean" Dean Stratton for winning the 2008 U.S. Paragliding Nationals on his UP Edge in The Owens Valley. This makes Dean the back-to-back Winner of the 2007 and 2008 U.S. Paragliding Nationals. Will the big guy pull off the three-peat? Josh Cohn and Pete Schaefer finished second and third making it all Eagle Team Pilots perched on the podium. Read the full story
Eagle put on a May Thermal and XC Clinic with Paragliding Icon Kari Castle on her home turf in The Owens Valley. We were blessed with epic weather conditions during the three day clinic, and most pilots had personal bests. Two participants flew over 60 miles on the final day. View the Owens Valley Clinic Video
AIRWAVE'S NEW GT LIGHT HARNESS
Airwave's new lightweight harness, the "GT Light", is now available. It is a completely new design, different to all of Airwave's previous designs. The GT Light is comfortable and durable, and very light in weight. The harness can be used for every-day flying and is easy to carry. There is space for a full size glider, and all your equipment (except full-face helmet). read the full story...
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2009 VALLE DE BRAVO TOURS ARE FILLING UP!
Join us for the most consistent paragliding on the planet. We have put on 10 tours in Valle De Bravo, and we have flown every single day of every tour. This is the one paragliding tour where the flying is guaranteed. The large staff of the Nation's top instructors and pilots will guide you, and our five star chef will feed you. Watch the videos from last year's tours, and read the details on Eagle’s upcoming 2009 Valle De Bravo Tours.
Testimonial of Valle De Bravo Tour participant Rob Milley
Testimonial - Doing a tour was the ticket
2008 Valle De Bravo tour week 1 video
2008 Valle De Bravo tour week 2 video
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All the best,
Eagle Paragliding LLC
mail: PO Box 91259 , Santa Barbara, California, 93100
ship: 1107 Castillo, Santa Barbara, California, 93101