Jordi Vilalta

JORDI VILALTA / ALBERT CANTENYS

"It's a discipline I'm passionate about and it's in the mountains that I live.What more could you ask for?"

Pilot: Jordi Vilalta
Nationality: Spain
Birth Date: 11.10.1983
City: Ripoll (Spain)
Job: Bomber
Web: www.instagram.com/vilalta_cantenys_xpyr_team/

Glider: ADVANCE Omega XAlps
Harness: SKYWALK Range XAlps
Helmet: Lubin
Sponsors: www.instagram.com/vilalta_cantenys_xpyr_team/
Assistant: Albert Cantenys
Nationality: Spain
Birth Date: 06.05.1984
City: El Bruc (Spain)

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
Some bivouac flight and win some regional Hike&Fly race, but above all go to bed with some flight that lets you dream

When and why did you start paragliding?
In the year 2009. Because of my proximity to the mountain and because of that dream that everyone has as a child and that some of us are lucky enough to have had.

What is your mountaineering experience?
My experience in the mountains is basically of having always lived close to it with constant activity either with the paragliding or later doing mountaineering on top of the Pyrenees and some activity in the Alps.

What does your typical training week consist of?
The truth is that since there are children at home, there is no "typical week" but I can always take advantage of it to run, walk or fly.
At least three activities a week I try to get them to go out.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
The worst ones, when you can't do any activity because you are in bed with a cold and a few warnings flying, the best ones, when you have landed and you realize that there are people who can't get up from it and feel this sensation when taking off, we are very lucky.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
I've been interested for years, but now the conjunction of factors has become inevitable. Besides, it's a discipline I'm passionate about and it's in the mountains where I live that you can ask for more?

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
No, for disgracefulness in.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes, but less than I would like in the Aragonese and Navarre area.

What will your strategy be during the race?
First, don't get hurt, secondly enjoy a few days of h&f in the Pyrenees in good company, and finally if we can do a good job better!
It's also a golden opportunity to learn from the best in the discipline I like the most.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
Its route, a crossing through a mountain range like the Pyrenees and joining two seas is a very plastic dream for any Hike&Fly lover.

What scares you the most about the event?
Being away from my family for a few days and the weather conditions. The Pyrenees can also show their claws at this time of year...

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Because of his patient personality and disposition for this discipline, which requires several aptitudes apart from the physical one.
I think there is good chemistry between the two and it can be a good test this race to unite
different concerns of both.

Anything else you like to comment?
I already feel like finding myself in an unknown place in the Pyrenees, with the starry sky, made of dust from the day of the race, but getting into the sack and having that feeling that only the mountain
gives you.
See you in Hondarribia!