Please shortly describe your flying accomplishments to date:
I remember when I was little I was already flying in my head, I grew up and I was still flying, I find that to glide through the air and fly is a wonder of life, the energy of life is everywhere and especially in the air for me.
How long have you been flying?
So I have been flying since I was little and I fly a paraglider since 1995: o)
Where do you currently live? Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I now live in the air, I was born on earth I have been told : o) I grew up on land.
Who do you think is the most talented acro / XC pilot at the moment?
The most talented man for me is Raul Rodriguez, this man is an Acrobat of life and super nice. In XC for me Chrigel Maurer is obviously a rare bird: o)
Who do you think is the best newcomer acro / XC pilot?
For me among the new talents arriving in ACRO and XC are many great pilots : o))
Are you as passionate about another sport?
I'm passionate about my son and many other things, and of course also other sports: o)) a little bit of skydiving, kite surfing, snow boarding ...
If for some reason you couldn't fly, what would you invest your time and energy into?
Flying for me is not only paragliding! So I might continue to soar; o)) I would watch just from another point of view.
How many days a year do you train on average? / How many days do you fly per year?
I fly at least 250 days per year in XC, acro and tandem.
What was the hardest trick to learn for you and why?
The most difficult to learn for me is me, because I think I am what I am and in fact this is not really me: o)
What trick are you learning at the moment?
Learn to live with others completely :O) Twisted rhythmic to infinity !!!
Have you invented any tricks or connections?
So I invented all my connections, that`s what I think but actually it is not true !!!: o)) This place would be at the center and around it !!!
Have you ever tried hang gliding? If yes, how was it?
Yes I tried, the tandem pilot at the time was afraid when I did a spin with the delta: o)))
Does anybody else in your family fly?
So many people are flying around, we are a large family in the world?
What is your top 3 tips for acro / XC beginners?
My top 3 tips for acro:
1) Take care of your energy and that of others, respects the box!
2) Flying with a wing that you like and with the parachute.
3) Our way of thinking is sometimes ahead of how we act, and sometimes the opposite is true.
In acro a mix of both is ideal at first, and afterwards the first becomes more important than the latter.
For XC, beware of high performance wings in turbulent conditions, and fly high with the birds: o))
Why do you think France has so many pilots and America so few?
Maybe the Americans are rather base jumpers: o))
Where are you intending to fly this year?
I'll fly where I am, normally Iquique, South America, Colombia and El Hierro in the Canary Islands.
How many times have you thrown your reserve?
Should paragliding become olympic?
I would not have time to watch it on TV: o)))
What is your profession/job/education?
I am a professional paragliding pilot, I have a paragliding school - Gypaetes - since 2000.
What did people tease you about when you were a kid?
They always told me I was an airhead: o))
Which was your most memorable flight and why?
There were a lot and for many reasons: o))
in acro there were my first helicopters and tumbles,
my first XC-flight with 100 kms and my first flight at 4OOOM : o)))
Who was your hero/ roll model when you started paragliding?
My heros from the SAT acro team and Patrick Berod when it comes to XC.
Describe Aloft - Boundary Layer Apparel in less than ten words!
cool design, art, paragliding acro, team, ivan, niki, energy, plugged
Mini or Jeep? Thai curry or Fish'n Chips? British wine or French Beer? Schwarzenegger or Stallone?Dogs or Cats?
paragliding, thai curry, wine and beer: o)) Ivan and Niki; Dogs and cats.
Is there anything you would like to ask us? Or Share with us?
fly and fun: o)))
Thanks for that Alain!
Alain is an Aloft Pro Team member.