Luis Linde

LUIS LINDE / NACHO RECAS

"It's a sensational race where pilots test ourselves from minute zero. "

Pilot: Luis Linde
Nationality: Spain
Birth Date: 10.14.1981
City: Granada (Spain)
Job: Paragliding Sports Coach
Web: www,zenparaparapente.es
Glider: NIVIUK Klimber P
Harness: SKYWALK Range X-Alps 2
Helmet: SUPAIR Pilot
Sponsors: Zenparaparapente
Assistant: Nacho Recas
Nationality: Spain
Birth Date: 11.04.1983
City: Granada (Spain)

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
Overcoming the barrier of 250 kilometers in a cross country flight in Spain is a challenge I achieved in 2017 during the Del Yelmo XC. An incredible flight across half the peninsula. I choose this sporting achievement in which I still remember every moment, every transition and every thermal.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started flying in 2008 motivated by individual nature sports. Taking advantage of the energy that nature gives us to reach great distances was something that motivated me and that today has become a philosophy of life. I have learned a lot about this sport that I have been able to take into my day-to-day life.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I live in the south of Spain near Sierra Nevada where there are many peaks over 3000 meters. It is my favourite training area, a quite hard area because of the weather conditions but in spite of that I try to get 100 per cent performance in every flight. The winter is perfect to practice Hike&Fly while the rest of the year I take advantage of it to do great flights either in high or medium mountains.

What does your typical training week consist of?
I train 5 days a week with fixed objectives where the most important thing is to work on the resistance. Due to the time I spend in the alternate day between high mountain trail and mid-mountain, I run in the flat and when I can I fly in Sierra Nevada. Two years ago, preparing the X-Pyr 2018 I took a very disciplined training plan that I continue to apply during this preparation for the X-Pyr 2020.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
2018 was a great year for me as we focused a lot of work and effort on the X-Pyr. But not only that, I was part of the Spanish paragliding team taking part in the European Championship in Portugal. I have images in my retina of all those sensational moments together with my teammates in each task. Perhaps the worst memories have always been those accidents of partners where we have been next to them.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
It's a sensational race where pilots test ourselves from minute zero. Not only does it go back to the origins of paragliding where you climbed a mountain to fly down, all this has changed and now we can fly long distances. A race where the skills of each pilot, the physical form and the mental state are put to the test in every decision that is made. All this together with the great work of the assistants makes this type of race a real adventure. All that remains is the game board, the Pyrenees, a unique battlefield in Spain.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
In 2018 I was inside with my team. Our goal was to finish in Port de la Selva, although we didn't make it we were very satisfied as we gave 100% every day. There I realised that a bad decision can ruin a whole week. This happened to us on the third day when I decided to continue the race from the Midi d'ossau turning point through Panticosa and there I had to land. The following days we were faced with storms that did not allow us to advance as much as we wanted through the air. In the end, we were very satisfied because we put everything we had into the race.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Every year, in the summer, I go to fly with more pilots. Normally we stay in Castejón de Sos although we also try other flying areas in the French Pyrenees. It is a spectacular place to train in demanding conditions.

What will your strategy be during the race?
As in 2018, we will maintain a weekly planning based on the weather forecast for the whole week, setting daily targets. As in the cross country competitions, flying with other pilots is important to advance kilometers faster, supporting each other, so we will try as much as possible to fly together with other pilots, it is difficult, because in specific moments the personal decision making will make us have to separate, but still it is a good strategy to advance with all the kilometers that are wainting for us.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
I'm clear on that. The desire to improve along with the spectacularity of high mountain flying.

What scares you the most about the event?
A race-ending injury for my team.

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
We have known each other for quite a few years now and again destiny has brought us together in paragliding. Nacho is a sensible person, a fighter, passionate about the mountains, a person who is focused and super-resolute. In every project he has he is 100% involved getting the best out of himself. This is a new project for him and we work weekly to be completely focused during the race.

Anything else you like to comment?
Yes, all the swimsuits that my friends bring me when we arrive in Port de la Selva are welcome, I don't care if they are made of flowers or stripes. I'll try them all on!