José Isidro Gordito

ON DETAIL: JOSÉ ISIDRO GORDITO / MARGA SANZ

"Not to enjoy the oportunity in its full dimension worries me"

Pilot: José Isidro Gordito
Nationality: Spanish
Birth Date: 24.12.1968
City: Madrid
Country: Spain
Job: Commercial agent
Web: www.joseigordito.com
Glider: OZONE LM6
Harness: OZONE Ozium X-Alps
Helmet: CAMP Pulse
Sponsors:  Ozone, AlamAir, Madrid Trail, Vertical Sports
Contributors:  Paramotor Barcelona
Assistant: Marga Sanz
Nationality: Spanish
Birth Date: 02.12.1969
City: Madrid
Country: Spain

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
Although years ago I was linked to competitive sports, I have spent most of my life doing activities in which competition is not important. Because of that it is very difficult to express in terms of success what for me has just been fulfilling my dreams. Some ice climbing routes in the west side of Canada, the quick climb to Nanga Parbat, or redoing the Piola-Steiner access to the Matterhorn, for which we were awarded the "golden ice axe" by the spanish mountain federation, those could be the most outstanding events.

Regarding paragliding, some of my flights above my dear Gredos mountains or reaching nearly 200 km during the Sixtema Central competition, when I was lucky enough to get third place in my category, maybe those are the most significant achievements.

Luckily I always think the best is still to come. You never know whether that is also applicable to sporting success.

When and why did you start paragliding?
At the very beginning of the sport, end of the '80s beginning of the '90s, I flirted with it, but I was still focused on climbing. About 6 years ago I went back to it and I am now totally hooked, trying to dedicate most of my time to flying. Its connection with the mountain, with nature, is for me its main attraction. I could say a thousand deep sentences, but it all comes down to having such a good time doing it that there are few things in life that seem any better.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I have been related to it for nearly 30 years, climbing, teaching, trying and testing new materials. My strong point is ice climbing, which has taken me all around the world.

What does your typical training week consist of?
Sport is part of my life, and in the end I don't see my activities as training but as part of that daily road. But if we think that in the X-Pyr you have to give the best of yourself, you must increase the work load. Up until now running, mountain biking, hiking, taking any chance to go up a slope, walking up to take off on foot, and of course flying, has been my daily activity. From now on I will do a more specific job.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
Not to see daily activities as sport but as part of life, has given me not too many dissapointments. Everything I remember is good because it has brought me here by learning a great deal.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
X-Pyr is like going back to the origins of paragliding. To the intimate relation of our way to fly together with the mountain. To fly and walk across the Pyrenees is another dream. Together they give an explosive cocktail which you can't stop loving unless you have no sensitivity.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
I was lucky enough to be assistant during the first edition of this pretigious event. The camaraderie, beyond competition, captured me. What I shared with my great friend Armand Rubiella left me with a beautiful memory. Coming back was compulsory.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes, although I have made more local flights than XC. To fly across the sky during the event, trying to cross the Pyrenean valleys, opens a question mark that I am keen to decode.

What will your strategy be during the race?
Maybe the most important thing is to redefine the strategy according to the stimulus, meaning according to the meteo and the performance, both physical and technico/tactical. Being flexible, adapting quickly and reacting inmediately, is the only way. And that can only be achieved by transferring fast what you can do , as a result of training, the learninbg proccess and the attitude. Never forgetting to have a good time enjoying that beautiful landscape.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
To know the Pyrenees from a different perspective, which will allow me to know myself a bit better. The competition format offers many interesting things which make you have your eyes open so you don't miss a detail: pilots from all over the world , almost all with an extraterrestrial level and talent; an incredible background, a well cared organisation...

What scares you the most about the event?
Not to enjoy the oportunity in its full dimension. And I don't mean whatever can derive from a good or bad result. I want to enjoy each moment with intensity, feeling how I get a smile even if physically I am exhausted.

Why will he make a good assistant?
I don't know if it was me or it was her. Without her spur we wouldn't be here. Marga has a limitless capacity to motivate, even me, a declared "anticompetition" person throughout my life. On the other side, she is an exceptional sportswoman, who understands really well what happens in the body and the mind when they are taken to the extreme. She is very talented for paragliding and is so methodical and analytical that doesn't leave anything to fate. She cares more about others than about herself, so counting with an assistant like this helps you concentrate 200% on your task. She is very positive and optimistic. And never forgets what really matters when you share a sport, which is more than the sport itself: to enjoy every moment.

Anything else you like to comment?
I am very proud and grateful to be here, with friends (for me they are no rivals), because when you share and learn there are no enemies -a real luxury.

I want to congratulate you on making this task one of the most important in the world. I encourage you to keep up with that spirit!

Ah, and don't stop following our team on our facebook page: InX-Pyration.