Adeje’s High Flyers

(l-r) Mika Díaz, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, Guillermo de Armas Estévez

(l-r) Mika Díaz, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, Guillermo de Armas Estévez

Between December 5th and 8th Adeje hosts the la 201 Spanish League/Adeje Paragliding Park FAI Open in Taucho.
The organisers are expecting more than 100 flyers, national and international. to take part, and at a press conference to launch the event the top Canarian glider, and Adeje resident Mika Díaz, said, “Adeje is one of the best places in the world to fly in winter. When you can’t fly anywhere else in the world, you can almost guarantee that in Adeje you can.” He invited everyone to come to Adeje on the days in question to enjoy some spectacular sights, with the sky full of gliders.
Guillermo de Armas Estévez from the Tenerife Federation of Paragliders explained that this competition would be the last opportunity this year for many competitors to improve their international ranking, one of the reasons many of the world’s top flyers would be here. He also explained that Adeje’s geographical make-up and characteristics mean that there are constant thermals that make it an ideal flying and training zone 365 days of the year.
Both men sought to reassure, particularly in the light of recent incidents, that this is a safe sports. “There are accidents as there are in any sporting discipline, but in many cases these happen as a result of people failing to properly inform themselves as to the particulars of the location before they fly. With that in mind we would also ask that anyone, tourist or residents, who wants to fly in Tenerife to get in contact with the federation or with one of the many paragliding clubs in the zone who will give them all the information they need before they fly”.
Adeje sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera was also present at the conference, and welcomed the continued recognition of Adeje as a top sports tourism zone.
The federation suggest that one of the best places to view the event and competition will be the La Enramada beach where the flyers will be landing on the afternoons in question having completed their flights. And with one hundred pilots taking part, it will indeed by visually spectacular.