Due to the nature of paragliding and its reliance on proper weather conditions, not all events go as planned. Visibility, wind and other factors can cause what is called a "No Fly Day". These are tournament days where paragliders are not allowed to fly due to incremental weather conditions. During these days, there are often other activities planned to keep the paragliders busy in the downtime.
The USA National Paragliding Tournament occurs annually at different locations in the U.S. The 2007 competition, supported by the USHPA (United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association), took place in Lakeview, Oregon. The tasks associated with the National competition are cross-country speed runs flown with or without turnpoints.
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The entry fee for the race is $350, which includes an awards ceremony and planned activities for "No Fly Days". Some of the activities on the 2007 "No Fly Day" itinerary were a basketball tournament with a $500 prize and a street dance competition with local residents of Lakeview. The 2008 U.S. National Competition will take place in Owens Valley, California.