Ferdinand Vogel

IN DETAIL: FERDINAND VOGEL / JENIFFER SÖDER

"The whole paragliding sport is an up and down"

Pilot: Ferdinand Vogel
Nationality: German
Birth Date: 1991
City: Durach im Allgäu
Country: Germany
Job: Flight instructor
Web: Ferdinand Vogel
Glider: NOVA Sector
Harness: SKYWALK Range X-Alps II
Helmet: NOVA Headpro
Sponsors:  
Assistant: Jeniffer Söder
Nationality: German
Birth Date: 1988
City: Durach im Allgäu
Country: Germany

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
The german record about 274 km FAI triangle and became the German Champion in 2015.

When and why did you start paragliding?
My father is flying since before my birth. So I was growing up with paragliding. With the age of 14 years I started my paragliding licence, legal. I'm flying for 13 years now.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I was the official supporter of Team HUN at the Red Bull X-Alps 2017. So I hiked up the mountains together with the athletes and learned a lot...

What does your typical training week consist of?
It's a secret.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
The whole paragliding sport is an up and down. It gives, but also takes.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
I want to participate at the Red Bull X-Alps 2019 by myself. The X-Pyr, is a realy good training platform and I will learn a lot!

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
No.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes, in 2013 I participated on my first PWC in Val Louron and won some tasks.

What will your strategy be during the race?
Have fun, and learn a lot.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
To walk from one sea to the other. I am happy to fly in new areas the whole competition.

What scares you the most about the event?
The realy hot temperatures which can be possible during the competition.

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Jenny is my girlfriend. She knows me and we trained before a lot. After my Support at the X-Alps 2017 I know the part of the Supporter and can understand her part as well.

Anything else you like to comment?
I am looking forward to this competition. I am happy to see all the other athletes again. It's going to be an adventure.