U.S. National Hanggliding Team

Hi Everyone,

I am excited to tell you that I have qualified for a position on the U.S. National Hanggliding Team!  I am traveling to Valle de Bravo, Mexico to compete in the Worlds Championships, February 28th - March 13th.  There are 8 Americans on the team who will be competing in a field of 90-120 pilots for the Individual and Team World title.

(15 miles from launch over Keller Peak in SoCal)

Here is a link to the Official competion web page.  More info will be posted here as the competition nears, including live tracking and daily results.

(In front of launch.  Crestline, CA)

Over the past 2 years I have spent considerable time and expense traveling to competitions in the U.S. & Mexico.  My performance in these comps has allowed me the opportunity to fly on the U.S.  team.  

(16,300 feet above Cottonwood, AZ)

Due to the cost of attending this competition, I am reaching out to my family and friends for support.  The Worlds competiton is longer than a qualifing competition and more expensive as well.  My expenses include entry fees, airline travel, glider transport, chase driver, lodging for 3 weeks, food, etc, etc.  No donation is too small and I will really appreciate your support.

(Heading 65 miles up the Sierra's to Bishop, CA)

(Thumbs up at goal!  2013 Santa Cruz Comp in AZ.)

Alternatively, If you would like to donate to the entire team with a tax deductable contribution  that will be matched by the Foundation for Free Flight you can do that by clicking on the link below.   This effectively doubles your contribution to the team!


Pilots, some cool stuff for you, click the link to the OzReport article for more info. 


Thank you all for taking the time and your support!!


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    • $100 
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    • $100 
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    • $50 
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    • $50 
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Matt Barker 
West Covina, CA
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