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ON DETAIL: JORDI AYMERICH / JOSEP CASALS

“I am not competing alone. I have the support of the whole Club Puntxat”

Pilot: Jordi Aymerich
Nationality: Catalonian
Birth Date: 25.10.1979
City: Berga
Country: Catalonia (Spain)
Job: Miner
Glider: NIVIUK Peak 3 X-Alps
Harness: TBC
Helmet: TBC
Sponsors:  Club Parapent Puntxat, Cal Victòria, Cal Candi, Niviuk
Assistant: Josep Casals
Nationality: Catalonian
Birth Date:15.01.1977
City: Vilada
Country: Catalonia (Spain)

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
3rd place in the XC Berguedá and 3rd in the XC Catalonia 2013

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started in 1998. I drove for a friend’s cousin, I liked it a lot and decided to try. I joined a course and I am just as fanatical as that first day

What is your mountaineering experience?
I was born and bred in the Catalan pre-Pyrenees, I have always been in touch with the mountain, I´ve done rock-climbing, snowboarding, flying… I have been going up and down peaks since I was little.

What does your typical training week consist of?
I go out 3 days a week to do trailrunning, and I try to fly as many hours as work, family and meteorology allow. When I go flying I always walk up, taking advantage of all the slopes in the Bergueda region.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
The best sporting memory is a 100km FAI triangule in my flying site, and I always have fantastic memories of good flights with friends. The worst ones are the tree landings that touch your heart.

Why does the X-Pyr interest you?
Because to fly across the Pirenees has always been my dream.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes, it is close to home.

What will your strategy be during the race?
I leave that to my assistant. I just run and fly.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
To cross the Pyrenees together with some of the best pilots in the world.

What scares you the most about the event?
Bombing out on the first day, and adverse meteo in the mountains.

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Because we started flying together and I trust him.

Anything else you like to comment?
I am not competing alone. I have the support of the whole Club (Puntxat) and everybody that goes flying in Berga. Their advice and support will take me all the way to Cap de Creus.