Stephen Moyes is regarded as being the mainstay of Australian hang gliding teams throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It is testimony to his championship qualities that he remained in the top echelon of the sport internationally for almost two decades.
Moyes began boat towing with his father Bill in the early 70s but it was the advent of serious foot-launched competitions that provided him with the opportunity of displaying his amazing flying ability.
Between 1974 and 1981 Moyes won the World Delta Towing Championships in Florida five times, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980, and 1981. In 1976 he competed in Class 1, 2 and 3 at the British Open Hang Gliding Championships and finished first in Class 3, second in Class 2, and third in Class 1. In World Championship competition, he finished third in 1979, won in 1983, finished second in 1985, and third in 1988.
1980 he won the South African Masters and the European Cross Country Championships. The following year he won the Cerro Gordo Cup (US), and in 1984 he won the Buffalo Cross Country Championships.
In 1978 and 1982 he won the Grouse Mountain Invitational Competition at Vancouver, Canada. In 1979, 1980, and 1981 he won the US Masters at Grandfather Mountain, and finished third at the US Nationals in 1983 and 1984.
In Australia, Moyes won the Australian National Hang Gliding Championships in 1976, the Australian Towing Championships in 1980, and the Australian Nationals in 1977, 1986 and 1990. In 1981 and 1984 he won the Australian Cross Country Classic.
He was the consummate competition pilot, combining an uncanny natural ability with a single-minded determination to always do well.