Pacific Cup

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Since 1984, when the competition turned out to be called 'Saga International Balloon Fiesta', the trophy 'Pacific Cup' has been awarded to the person who made the highest rank. This Pacific Cup has been held every year except FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship in 1997 and 2016 and the pre competition for the world championship in 2015.
The main point of the competition used to be how Japanese pilots could get closer to veteran pilots from overseas. Recently, Japanese pilots stand dominating high ranking.

History of Pacific Cup and Successive Champions

TimeYearBalloonsChampion
1st198433 balloons
(Overseas 10)
Josef STARKBAUM
2nd198530 balloons
(Overseas 10)
Tomas FELIU
3rd198683 balloons
(Overseas 30)
Owen KEOWN
4th198758 balloons
(Overseas 12)
Owen KEOWN
5th198882 balloons
(Overseas 20)
Owen KEOWN
6th198923 balloos
(Overseas 5)
Hirohisa TAKAMOTOFiesta
7th199082 balloons
(Overseas 34)
Owen KEOWN
8th199198 balloons
(Overseas 34)
David BAREFORD
9th1992112 balloos
(Overseas 40 / 16 countries)
David BAREFORD
10th 1993110 balloons
(Overseas 34 / 15 countries)
Yasuhiko ASAOKA
11th1994101 balloons
(Overseas 33 / 14 countries)
Kazuhiko NISHIMURA
12th1995100 balloons
(Overseas 34 / 15 countries)
Owen KEOWN
13th1996105 balloons
(Overseas 39 / 15 countries)
Uwe SCHNEIDER
14th199878 balloons
(Overseas 21 / 10 countries)
Yoshihiro MASUMOTO
15th1999100 balloons
(Overseas 35 / 12 countries)
MOLNAR Csaba
16th200089 balloons
(Overseas 30 / 12 countries)
Masahiko FUJITA
17th200191 balloons
(Overseas 34 / 18 countries)
Owen KEOWN
18th200283 balloons
(Overseas 28 / 12countries)
Owen KEOWN
19th200377 balloons
(Overseas 29 / 11 countries)
Owen KEOWN
20th200479 balloons
(Overseas 28 / 12 countries)
Takao MIZUKAMI
21st200573 balloons
(Overseas 24 / 13 countries)
Takao MIZUKAMI
22nd200683 balloons
(Overseas 28 / 12 countries)
Takao MIZUKAMI
23rd200772 balloons
(Overseas 19 / 11 countries)
Nemeth ZOLTAN
24th200862 baloons
(Overseas 17 / 10 countries)
Yudai FUJITA
25th200963 balloons
(Overseas 16 / 10 countries)
Owen KEOWN
26th201065 balloons
(Overseas 18 / 11 countries)
Kazuyasu ISAKARI
27th 201154 balloons
(Overseas 17 / 12 countries)
Zoltan NEMETH
28th201258 balloons
(Overseas 14 / 12 countries)
Yudai FUJITA
29th201361balloons
(Overseas 16 / 12 countries)
Yudati FUJITA
30th201468 balloons
(Overseas 28 / 13 countries)
Yudai FUJITA
31st2017

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Last Modified: 2017.08.02