João Pedro Simonsen

JOÃO PEDRO SIMONSEN / RENATA DE MATTOS GRANDA

"Since I started paragliding I wanted to do crossings, and trips over moutain ranges, the XPyr is the perfect combination of Racing and Adventure, it drawed me like a magnet, but It took a while for me to feel prepared to do it."

Pilot: João Pedro Simonsen
Nationality: Brasilian
Birth Date: 05.11.1966
City: São Paulo
Country: Brasil
Job: Businessman
Web: vimeo.com/joaopedrosimonsen
Glider: OZONE Zeolite
Harness: OZONE F*Race
Helmet:
Sponsors: Suunto Brasil, Osklen
Assistant: Renata de Mattos Granda
Nationality: Brasilian
Birth Date: dd.mm.aa
City: São Paulo
Country: Brasil

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
Surfing big waves at Jaws, the famous Hawaiian big wave surf spot. I clearly remember how good it felt and how I was smiling for a few days non stop afterwards.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started paragliding 8 years ago, because my Hang Glider was too complicated to travel with, and coming from a surfing background I always like too look for the perfect wave, ops... perfect thermal.

What is your mountaineering experience?
My moutaineering experience is shaped by some interesting hikes down in Brasil, like Serra Fina, Pedra da Mina and Pico dos Marins and I have hiked Mt. Whitney(4.440m) in California, Yosemite National Park for 4 days, and a few other multi-days hikes like Haleakala in Hawaii.

What does your typical training week consist of?
A couple of days Hiking and Flying, plus a few days of HIT and a few days of running

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
Best: winning a bike race while I was still in first grade, that showed me that all is possible if you apply yourself to it.
Worst: don´t remember 😉

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
Since I started paragliding I wanted to do crossings, and trips over moutain ranges, the XPyr is the perfect combination of Racing and Adventure, it drawed me like a magnet, but It took a while for me to feel prepared to do it.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
No I have not.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
No I have not.

What will your strategy be during the race?
Hike the least and fly the most.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
The idea of racing across some beautiful mountains.

What scares you the most about the event?
I don´t know, maybe the possibility of bad weather for many days...

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Because we have done quite a few trips together, Sierra Nevada In California, the Andes (Chile and Argentina) and around Brasil, that have more or less the same challenges as the XPyr, and it all went really well.

Anything else you like to comment?
I am honored to be chosen to take part on the XPyr. Specially comming from Brasil where we have a long tradition of flying but no tradition on Hike & Fly races.!