ON DETAIL: ENRIC LLATSER / JOAN COSTA
|Pilot: Enric Llàtser
Birth Date: 04.02.1968
Web: Enric Llàtser
Glider: ADVANCE Omega 8
Harness: SUP’AIR Delight
Helmet: PLUSMAX X-Alps
Sponsors: Asics, Powergym, Plusmax
|Assistant: Joan Costa
City: Sant Gregori
What is your greatest sporting success?
You acumulate experiences along your life and when you look back you apreciate small things that didn’t appear important before: climbings, flights, expeditions, etc.
When and why did you start paragliding?
Around 1999, and I just wanted to fly so I could come down the mountains, because I was a very keen climber then.
What is your mountaineering experience?
I have been doing cross country running since I was 16, the ordinary, first a few trails. I started with some friends, first near home, then the Pyrenees, the Alps after that, and later the expeditions: Himalaya, Alaska, Southamerica…I still try not to stop.
What does your typical training week consist of?
I am someone who likes to be fit. If I have an incentive, like an expedition, or something like the X-Pyr, I am therefore more tuned up and motivated to train. For the last few years I have had a special training partner, my son Nil, and when I am not training, I run, or fly, ha,ha,ha. I normally fly at least twice a week, and I run almost every day.
What are your best and worst sporting memories?
The best, I don’t know, it is a neverending number of experiences. Sometimes a simple one hour flight is so fulfilling that I go for a beer with friends and I don’t stop talking about how good the thermal was. And the worst..I don’t know, I am hyper-optimistic, too much.
Why does the X-Pyr interest you?
Because walking and flying are my two passions, and in the Pyrenees to top things up…awesome!
Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes, mainly from Castejon towards my home in Port de la Selva.
What will your strategy be during the race?
I think this sort of race is a matter of a daily routine, without slacking off. I have the experience from last year’s edition, and I am going to try and avoid at any cost walking for a long time without changing shoes and socks, ha, ha, ha,
What excites you most about X-Pyr?
Sharing the experience with my partner and the rest of the teams in a superb atmosphere.
What scares you the most about the event?
Obviously the posibility of an injury.
Why will he/she make a good assistant?
He has been my flying partner for a few years. We always fly together with a group of friends who enjoy flying and walking. And he is a great meteorologist too.
Anything else you like to comment?
I wish everybody to enjoy the experience and then celebrate it all together in Port de la Selva, I hope so.
That’s all folks.