The Gliders of the World Championships
The World Championships usually bring out the latest in protoype gliders as each manufacturer provides the absolute best they can design for their top pilots. Some manufacturers even sell serialised versions of such prototype design gliders to the regular competition pilots.
Many designs have innovative features and use new materials which are only visible on closer inspection. Such events provide a fertile R&D test ground and information gained is valuable for future designs. If the technology becomes successful it eventually filters down to high end certified gliders and then in some cases all the way down to beginner gliders - this process is similar to F1 motor racing.
Images will be added to this gallery as they become available.