Paraglide Tennessee Open
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This annual paragliding competition is held at the end of summer to capture the energy that is a part of the hurricane season effecting the South Eastern region of the USA, where the Sequatchie Valley is uniquely positioned with weather passing thru from all directions to produce world class flying above the farmlands of the valley and mountain ridge of the Cumberland plateau West of the Tennessee River Valley and Chattanooga.
The Paraglide Tennessee Open is the evolution of flying events that have been a part of TN's flying heritage for several decades. Tennessee Paragliding Open, the Hurricane Open, Team Challenge, National Championships... Many locals will recall the legacy of Hang Gliding competitions hosted here in the Valley by Rick Jacob & the TTT in the 90's.
Formerly we called it the Hurricane Open because of the unique weather pattern during hurricane season that provides great flying conditions for the Sequatchie Valley. From the push of energy coming at the USA we see wave winds and low pressure systems with favorable wind speeds and directions suitable for cross country racing.
Long have the pilot population known of this sweet spot on earth that regularly produces cloudbase XC flying and soaring winds. Legendary are the cliffs above the valley for the flying done here all year long.
We continue the tradition of competition thru our annual event, hosting 50+ pilots to race across the skies of SE TN. The end of August and the beginning of September is our time to fly producing long distance efforts that have annually up'd the state distance record, now set at 130 miles from Henson Gap in 2021
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