José Ignacio Arévalo


"It is an unmissable event for hike & fly fans"

Pilot: José Ignacio Arévalo
Nationality: Spain
Birth Date: 12.01.79
City: El Puerto de Santa María
Country of residence: Spain
Job: Firefighter
Web: Red Bull X-Alps Team Esp
Glider: NIVIUK Klimber P
Harness: SKYWALK Range X.Alps II
Helmet: SUPAIR Pilot
Sponsors:  Niviuk
Assistant: Francisco Javier Delgado
Nationality: Spain
Birth Date: 10.04.78
City: Jerez de la Frontera
Country of residence: Spain


What is your greatest sporting success?
Achieve enjoyment in everything I do. Hike&fly racing demands a lot of sacrifice in time and effort when training so enjoying it all the time is very important. Regarding results , my previous life as cyclist is still on top, but paragliding I have already managed to win some national XC league events in serial class and I could take part in my first X-Alps. However, what I enjoyed most , both because of the result and the feelings was my 4th place in the X-Pyr 2016.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started when I was little in my father´s school, but it was from 2009 when I really began dedicating time to flying.

What is your mountaineering experience?
Apart from mountain bike and hike&fly racing I have done a lot of climbing, canyoning, trekking, etc. Regarding montaineering, I have been to the Alps a few times in the summer.

What does your typical training week consist of?
I go runnning 3/4 days a week, some cycling, gym, trekking and flying as much as the meteo and work allow me.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
A lot of good ones, each flight, even if we now see it as something normal, is good to learn to appreciate it. It is clear that a paraglider has a lot of technology put into its design, but the basis is a piece of cloth and a few strings, and being able to fly with that is still incredible. I am enjoying comps a lot as well, everything is going too fast because I haven't been in this world for long, but maybe for that reason I am not under pressure. The bad moments are few and you forget them, but maybe the one that hurt more was spraining my anckle on the second day of the X-Alps 2017. That race demands a huge amount of physical work as well as mental, organizational, economic, etc and since I could hardly walk I knew things were going to become complicated.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
Since 2014, when I did my first X-Pyr, I was really impressed by the race and the Pyrenees. It is an unmissable event for hike&fly fans.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
Yes, in 2014 and 2016. The first time ended up 11th and the second in 4th position.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes, the first time was in 2010 and ever since then I try to go flying there every year.

What will your strategy be during the race?
It is simple, taking good decisions when flying and on the ground. Managing strength wisely and flying as long as you can...well, it isn't that simple after all 🙂

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
I like the idea of crossing the Pyrenees running and flying, it is an enormous challenge in an amazing landscape. A mixture of sport, nature, and 100% ecological because we travel like birds, driven by the wind without any fuel...

What scares you the most about the event?
Making a bad decision which may complicate the flying or may not allow me to follow the best route. The weather not letting us fly or making it dangerous. This year in particular, June could be a difficult month in the Pyrenees.

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
We are friends and work collegues. Besides, he made me trust myself and tricked me to start competing in this sort of race in 2014, and since then we have gone for it as a team. He is fit, is good at navigating and knows the Pyrenees like the back of his hand. You don't know how important a good assistant is until you take part in this type of race.

Anything else you like to comment?
The best  X-Pyr in history is coming, good luck to everyone during these training months and we will meet in June!!!