I have chosen my partners carefully for the boost they give to your flying, for their location, and reputation.
Cross Country magazine
The gold standard of paragliding publishing. I've had many articles, reviews and photos published by them and I always look forward to getting my monthly fix of flying inspiration. Their online shop has a range of high quality flying books, pilot wear and accessories: xcmag.com
THERMIK promises pure reading pleasure with a high information content. Device tests, glider reviews, reports, sites guides, flight technology, interviews, tips for professionals, news and much more, all in the German language. They offer a range of magazines, calendars, books and accessories on their online shop.
The master of SIV training in Oludeniz, recommended for all progressing pilots. He also offers equipment, wing servicing, reserve repacks, training and trips. Based in the north of the UK, his son Josh runs The Flight Park and can supply most gear quickly from jockysanderson.com
Oase Flying School is an alpine paragliding training center in Oberallgäu, Germany that offers great options for you in a remarkable location and flying trips to many destinations. They have a big range of equipment and distribute widely within Europe from oase-paragliding.com
Tim and Jess Cox have a team of instructors and some amazing private training sites in the south of the UK for you test wings without the stress. Learn to fly, get post-licence coaching, tandem flights, and visit the shop where you can try things out for the right fit on flysussex.com
Eagle Paragliding rocks! In the western USA, Rob Sporrer and his team provide high quality instruction and a comprehensive shop in Santa Barbara. There's a great community here too, so the flying goes far beyond the classic school environment, on paragliding.com
The real South African experience. When I visit the country I always link up with them, because they know where to go to get the best flying. Porterville, Wilderness, Cape Town: an unforgettable flying holiday. You'll get great accommodation and unrivalled service from birdmen.co.za
Developed in South Africa by paragliding legend Pete Wallenda and the instructors at Wallend-Air, the PLAY wing has been refined over years of testing in strong wind. Durable, compact, and depowered, so you can learn all aspects of ground-handling in a much wider range of conditions (and have fun) without damaging full size equipment. Find out more
Find out where to fly! With comprehensive weather forecasts powered by MeteoBlue and detailed site information, it's a great app for the travelling pilot. Find your happy place on paraglidingmap.com
ALPS Valley Wind Map
If you're struggling to understand the complexity of the valley wind systems in the Alps, check out the Valley Wind map from Viento.
They also sell the useful Thermal Map and a fun World Map for setting the right mood in your office.
Best Flying Sites of the ALPS
The Best Flying Sites of the ALPS was designed and published by Greg Hamerton, working closely with Oliver Guenay to bring his exceptional knowledge to English speaking pilots. It's available in weightless (digital) and beautiful (hardcover) versions from bestflyingsites.com
My XC PILOT clothing range (and the essential Thermal Mug) are supplied by Spring and are available in a range of colours and sizes to suit you over in my merchandise shop
Hike & Fly guidebook
An excellent beginners guide: comprehensive, light-hearted yet accurate. It really delivers on the promise of 'for all levels of pilots who want to give Hike and Fly a go but don't know where to start'. If you want a clear overview of everything you need to know about Hike & Fly, get your boots on and head over to bit.ly/hikefly