Damien Lacaze

DAMIEN LACAZE / SOLÈNE ROMBOURG

"I was born in Pyrenees! I want to test me in a long hike and fly race."

Pilot: Damien Lacaze
Nationality: France
Birth Date: 09.30.1985
City: St André d'Embrun (France)
Job: Paragliding instructor, electrician
Web: www.facebook.com/damienlacazeparapente, www.instagram.com/damien_lacaze, www.damienlacaze.fr
Glider: ADVANCE Omega Xalps 3
Harness: ADVANCE XAlps
Helmet:
Sponsors: Advance
Assistant: Solène Rombourg
Nationality: France
Birth Date: 09.27.1991
City: La Plagne (France)

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
Win the “Bornes to fly” two times. 11th to my first PWC Superfinal

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started in 2009 at 22 YO. At the beginning, i wanted to fly for going down mountains after climbing routes.

What is your mountaineering experience?
Between 2006 to 2010: lot’s off alpine routes (ice climbing, rock climbing, alpinisme) in France (Pyrennees at the beginning , Spain (Monrebei, Montserat, Villanova de Meia, Teadets, …), Marocco, Jordan, Sclotland, Italy. until level ED. 2010 to today: some alpine routes, and ski touring, ascent of Spantik (7027m) last summer (we go back 100m under summit).

What does your typical training week consist of?
During winter: running during my lunch break. sking (nordic or skimo) during Week end. In Spring: lot’s of uphill by foot, running sessions and fly as much as possible.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
My worst: land 200m before goal on last task of my first French Championship where I was 1st overall until this task.... My best: Fly over Baltoro glacier, at 7700m in Pakistan.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
Because I was born in Pyrenees ! I want to test me in a long hike and fly race.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
No

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
I come from Pyrenees, but I leave these mountains at 22 YO, when I started to fly. So I don't know for fly.

What will your strategy be during the race?
I don't know yet. It will depend of my physical form. But i think i will try to fly a maximum, even some morning and evening "glides".

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
To fly from ocean to the sea !

What scares you the most about the event?
The weather in the west part !

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Because she is always smile, always ready to help !

Anything else you like to comment?
We will have some fun !