Towering above the stunning Blue Lagoon nestling on the coastline and hailed as one of world’s best paragliding spots, Babadağ in south-west Turkey’s Ölüdeniz, hosted paragliders and the world’s best acrobatics pilots at the 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games last week.

Organized by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and sports clubs under the auspices of Fethiye Municipality, the games hosted 900 paragliders from 56 countries, as well as the world’s best aerobatic pilots.

The festival kicked off on Tuesday with a series of shows at an altitude of 1,700 meters, delighting the audience with the mid-air acrobatics.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Fethiye Mayor Behçet Saatcı said the World Air Olympics which will be organized in Fethiye in 2020 will be a spectacular event with the new facilities built in Babadağ. “This organization makes us excited for the Olympics in 2020. I wish good luck to all sports people and hope to finish the organization without any accidents,” said Mayor Saatcı.

Mete Atay, deputy mayor of Fethiye, said. “This year’s festival has a higher participation than the previous years”

Performer Hayko Cepkin said: “I’ve jumped with a lot of different equipment in various locations but I didn’t do it from Babadağ before. Today, I did it in Ölüdeniz and it felt perfect.”

Have a look at some of the many photographs…

The spectacular 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games - a feast for the eyes
Photograph courtesy of Ekaterina Taldonova
The spectacular 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games - a feast for the eyes
Photograph courtesy of Ekaterina Taldonova
The spectacular 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games - a feast for the eyes
Photograph courtesy of Ekaterina Taldonova
The spectacular 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games - a feast for the eyes
Photograph courtesy of Ekaterina Taldonova
The spectacular 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games - a feast for the eyes
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The spectacular 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games - a feast for the eyes
CREDIT: ÖLÜDENIZ INTERNATIONAL AIR GAMES FESTIVAL
The spectacular 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games - a feast for the eyes
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The spectacular 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games - a feast for the eyes
CREDIT: ÖLÜDENIZ INTERNATIONAL AIR GAMES FESTIVAL
The spectacular 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games - a feast for the eyes
CREDIT: ÖLÜDENIZ INTERNATIONAL AIR GAMES FESTIVAL
The spectacular 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games - a feast for the eyes
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The spectacular 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games - a feast for the eyes
Photograph courtesy of Ian Meredith
The spectacular 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games - a feast for the eyes
Photograph courtesy of Ian Meredith
The spectacular 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games - a feast for the eyes
Photograph courtesy of Ian Meredith

Tribute to Tomáš Lednik

Friends also paid tribute to fellow competitor Tomáš Lednik,  who was tragically killed in a paragliding accent in Kenya in January.

The spectacular 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games - a feast for the eyes
Photograph courtesy of Ian Meredith
The spectacular 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games - a feast for the eyes
Photograph courtesy of Ian Meredith

Famous for its unrivaled paragliding opportunities.

Öiüdeniz is seen as one of the best places in the world to paraglide for its unique panoramic view and Mount Babadağ’s exceptional height. During a solo flight, you fly over the ridges with a stunning aerial view of the white beach and the lagoon. Each flight generally takes between 25 to 45 minutes. The paragliding season starts in mid-April and ends in November, so there is still some time to try it this year.

The spectacular 19th International Ölüdeniz Air Games - a feast for the eyes
Photograph courtesy of Ian Meredith

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Ölüdeniz International Air Games Festival

Sources: Daily Sabah/AA

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