In 2020 in the depths of the Covid virus, all events worldwide were suspended from March onwards. But in the latter part of May 2020 there were signs that Slovenia may allow an international competition to be organised.Expand page for more, including Payment & Cancellation info
- 230 EUR Entry fee
- left before start of event
✅ CCC and lower allowed
❌ Uncertified wings prohibited
Hospitality and Responsibility
Live trackers supplied
The organiser will supply LiveTrackers to you, for safety and scoring
The region supports helicopter rescues
Medic on takeoff
There will be medical and/or rescue services at launch
There will be retrieve vehicles available to return pilots to HQ
There will be daily lunch packs for pilots
Toilets on takeoff
There are toilets at, or near, the launch
The organisers are using Airtribune for registration, tracking, blogging and to publish scores
The organisers have commmitted to Carbon Offset the event, including competitior travel to & from the venue
The organisers support reducing the use of unnecessary plastic at the event. This includes NOT giving disposable water bottles
In 2020 in the depths of the Covid virus, all events worldwide were suspended from March onwards. But in the latter part of May 2020 there were signs that Slovenia may allow an international competition to be organised. And so the Freedom Open came in to being. Assembled in just 3 weeks, it became one of the highest scoring WPRS events of 2020. But more than just a much needed competition, the local task setting committee managed to set some supreme tasks, covering territory never flown before in Slovenia. The result was considered one of the greatest events the territory had ever held.
So for 2021 we are going to do it again, one last time. The event will again be hosted early in the annual calendar to allow pilots to gain those valuable WPRS points. Come and join some of the best pilots in the world as they battle in the skies of Slovenia. Lets celebrate the freedom that this years vaccine should promise to bring us as the paragliding world strives back towards normality.
The event has been scheduled such that top pilots will have time to travel from the Worlds, in France, which are in the weeks before.
The week after the Freedom Open is the Naviter Open. More information here: Naviter Open
The Freedom Open will be an FAI event, scoring full WPRS points. It will be open to all pilots and wings, but with the following restrictions, to support the minimal restrictions and common sense approach we must still all make:
- The event will be limited to 100 pilots
- All pilots must have prior competition experience
- Safety briefing will be predominantly by PDF document, in advance
- Vehicles may be limited to 2 persons per row (empty seats between pilots)
- The initial registration fee is minimal, but non refundable (see details below), with the balance paid on arrival
The event will have a full Flymaster tracking system for safety, as at all the events in Slovenia.
The focus on the event is to deliver a safe competition to pilots that have been looking for an opportunity to compete at high level. There may be some restrictions whilst we are on the ground, such as wearing masks etc, but once in the air, we can fly, compete, and grab some needed WPRS points!
Selection and entry fee
Entry fee will be 230 euro total, paid in two parts
1/ Part 1, upon registration through Airtribune. €80 euro, non refundable*
2/ Part 2, the balance of €150 euro shall be paid on arrival at the venue in June
*see cancellation policy
Places will be offered on the following basis:
> Any pilot ranked top 300 WPRS will immediately be offered a place.
Thereafter, from 31.01.2021, or when 200+ pilots have registered, by the following:
> The top 5 ranked females that have registered
> WPRS order until 90 places are filled
> At organisers discretion for the remaining places
We do not anticipate cancellation of the event, but the 80 euro deposit is intended to be sufficient for the organisers to establish the event and cover initial costs, whilst allowing for the possible cancellation at short notice either by the organiser in the event the COVID-19 situation deteriorates again, or by the individual pilot if they find they cannot attend at short notice. Whilst we realise there is some risk in making this payment, please consider there is also continued risk from the organisers if they must cancel the event. This risk must be shared. However, we do not anticipate any problems in the organising of the event in 2021, just as we were successful in 2020.
Payment of the deposit will be by Paypal. Details will be sent by email if your application to participate is accepted.
The payment will get you:
- Daily transport to launch for all 6 tasks
- Retrieves daily
- Daily lunch packs
- Trackers, for safety and scoring
- Typical tasking/scoring services
- Facemasks available for all that require them
- T-shirt & other souvenirs as we are able
- Discounts for alternative activities in the event of bad weather
- Other event benefits, as they are made available
- If the Covid situation allows, there will be a social evening with drinks organised
Prize fund and scoring categories
Sports Class (EN-C and below)
Sunday 6 June
Sunday 6 June
Unofficial practice. Transport will be available and a task posted. No retrieves or scoring.
1st task Monday 7 June
Last task Saturday 12 June
Saturday 12 June
To limit the opportunity for viral spread, it is unlikely there will be any organised social evenings/parties. But if the opportunity exists, we will make the party mid week.
09h00: Headquarters open
09h30: Transportation to take off
10h15: Task and Safety Committee meetings
11h15: Pilot briefing/Task briefing
11h30: Take-off window opens (depending on the actual weather conditions)
16h00: Scoring office opens
19h00: Provisional results (depending on the last pilot being retrieved)
The daily schedule is subject to change. Any changes to the schedule will be posted on the whiteboard in HQ. Changes will be announced by the Meet Director at the Daily briefing
Accommodation and Activities
The venue will be the Camping Gabrje. We therefore recommend this to most pilots. They will be operating as normal throughout the competition.
You may also book various accommodation options in Tolmin, or the surrounding area.
How to get here
The nearest international airports are Ljubljana (85 km away) and Trieste (70 km away) in Italy. From there you can catch a bus to Tolmin.
You can get to Tolmin by bus from most of the major cities in Slovenia.
If you travel from Ljubljana, you will find the timetable here:
If you travel from Nova Gorica, you will find the timetable here:
There is a train station at the nearby town of Most na Soci. It is about 10 minutes by taxi to Tolmin. Connecting trains are hard though as it is a small service. You can come from the north, through from Austria, with a change at Jesenice. You can also board at Nova Gorica in the south.
There is a Car Train service from the north than can turn a 1 hour car drive into a 35 minute ride through the beautiful valleys. But there are only 3 or 4 services a day, from Bohinska Bistrica.
You can get to Tolmin either from Kobarid, Nova Gorica or Ljubljana/Idrija. The Headquarters are located at Gabrje Campsite, which is ca. 4 km NW from Tolmin by the Soca river.