Texas BIG open distance contest

Texas BIG Hearne, Texas

The Texas BIG Open Distance is designed for all levels of paraglider pilots, who want to improve thermal and XC skills in a low stress environment. Texas offers consistent strong smooth lift with amazing cloud streets. 100 mile flights are common place in Hearne, Texas.

Daily clinics and discussions about flying XC and all related topics.

This is the site of the two longest race to goal tasks ever completed in the world (198 kms).

Texas BIG 2024

July 28 to August 2

Top 3 flights are scored.

Entry fee is $300, 10% goes to prize money, and includes t-shirt, XC retrieval, scoring, awards ceremony and dinner. Tow/retrieve fee is $300. Flights over 100 miles will incur fuel costs split amongst each pilot according to distance flown

We average 5 out of 6 days flown and many pilots fly personal bests, scoring, prize money and awards ceremony.


Pilot List 16 pilots registered

Name Glider
1 Marlus Silva Furlani Ozone Photon
2 Gianlucke Ferreira Flow Mystic
3 Max Montgomery Ozone Zeno
4 Davidson Alves Ozone Photon
5 Richard Sanguino Gin Bonanza 2
6 Dennis Johnson Ozone Photon
7 Steve Messinger Ozone Rush 6
8 Scott Mizerek Ozone Buzz 7
9 Roland Sanguino Gin Bonanza 3
10 Thomas Mccormick Ozone Zeno 2
11 Gary Schnakenberg Ozone Delta 4
12 James DuPlain Niviuk Artik R
14 William Byrum Ozone Swift 6
15 Larry Holder Ozone Rush 6
16 Carlos Pons Gin Bonanza 3

Plenty of hotels, restaurants and Big Miles!

40 pilot limit.

Spot or other GPS tracking device highly recommended.


Each pilot must have an approved GPS device that can record their track log from each day's flight. These tracks should be downloaded and emailed to our score keeper. We use FAI-approved score software, following the established rules and using the standard algorithms.

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