Eliya Soar

ELIYA SOAR ZEMMOUR / OHAYON OMRI

"Long before the X-Pyr there were a few explorers who thought that man can fly. Without an engine. Using the sun and air. They took a piece of nylon and started to play with it. I thank all these pioneers. Without them this kind of racing wouldn't be possible."

Pilot: Eliya Soar Zemmour
Nationality: Israeli
Birth Date: 04.20.1983
City: Tel Aviv / Chamonix / Zurich
Country: Israel, France, Switzerland
Job: I make my dime in Finance. My passion is Mountains.
Web: www.facebook.com/eliya.s.zemmour
Glider: OZONE Zeolite
Harness: OZONE F*Race
Helmet: SUP’AIR Pilot
Sponsors: Doctors Without Borders
Assistant: Ohayon Omri
Nationality: Israeli
Birth Date: 09.12.1984
City: Givat Haim
Country: Israel

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
Hard to point. Im practicing different mountain sports and each one has its greatest moments: climbing the Forbidden Peak, Volbiv in the Indian Himalayas, breaking my first trail marathon... hard to choose. Thats said - Im really proud that after 15 years of sporting in the mountains - my passion for the mountains is only growing. In the big picture - thats my biggest sport success. Its my air supply.

When and why did you start paragliding?
2013. Julian Beermann, a mentor, sent me to try. After my first 2min flying which ended in the mud I fell in love. Its a pure form of freedom. Kick in the head.

What is your mountaineering experience?
Long before I was flying I was climbing mountains. 12 years of alpine experience, based in Chamonix and the Swiss Alps, I feel comfortable in the following disciplines and their grades:
Alpine Climbing: TD
Ski Touring: D
Sport Climbing: 6b
Ice Climbing WI4

My favorite go-to routes are long alpine-lines with a fly-out possibility. Some of the routes made in 2019:
- Aiguille Verte North Face (Couturier), Mont Blanc Massive
- Salbitschijen Westgrat, Göschener Tal, Switzerland
- Mont Blanc Summit Hike&Fly

What does your typical training week consist of?
There is a conflict between my training plan (which is very detailed somewhere on Excel) and my animal instinct, which wake-up in the morning, smell the weather, and go alpine. The last is normally winning and there is nothing consistent about it...

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
An alpine climb that went out of control and my partner's life was depended on me. Looking backward it was an emotional experience that scarred me.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
I wanted to put myself in a multi-discipline mountains challenge which combines endurance and flying. The range of skill-set required for the X-Pyr is nothing less than mind-blow. Not only from a flying and a fitness perspective: Stamina, time management, navigation, logistic planning, decision under pressure, mental strength and team-playing are all put into a crrrazzzzy test. Brilliant!

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
No

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes

What will your strategy be during the race?
Pushing forward in one piece

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
Being among the best Hike&Fly athletes in the world. These are all gladiators. Im excited to race with them.

What scares you the most about the event?
Disappointing my team. Ending up on a tree, breaking a bone, these are all possible... but not letting my team down.

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Omri has a smart head, he is inspiring and he is my brother. What else one can ask from a supporter?

Anything else you like to comment?
Long before the X-Pyr there were a few explorers who thought that man can fly. Without an engine. Using the sun and air. They took a piece of nylon and started to play with it. I thank all these pioneers. Without them this kind of racing wouldn't be possible.