We didn't get to fly on the last day, but did get 4 out of 7 paragliding days in so that made for a valid competition. We drove back home after the awards ceremony on Saturday night where the locals had the advantage with Brett & Nicole winning the top male & female categories. Congrats guys!
Sunday morning I couldn't bear to deal with reality yet so met Al "Hammer" for a flight at his home site, Mt Benedict (or Benny as it's known in the flying community). Cloud base was low but we took a chance and wow! Was it ever worth it! Conditions were really light on launch but I soon found a thermal and it took me right up to cloudbase. A lifty line and some cloud surfing took me a little ways down the valley where I doubled back as the clouds all seemed to be joining together and stopped me from continuing on. Al was the rock star of the day and toplanded to drive his vehicle down (luckily, as I had dropped my keys in his truck!) and all was well...until I hit the Sunday traffic on the highway and at least 3 accidents to navigate around.
A wonderful flying holiday overall, and coming home with more knowledge and new skills is always a bonus!