Maximo Vela


"For me the Xpyr is more than a race, it's an adventure, and that's what attracts me the most."

Pilot: Maximo Vela
Nationality: Spanish
Birth Date: 06.17.1977
City: Castejón de Sos
Country: Spain
Job: Maritim Rescue Helicopter Swimmer
Sponsors: SP1, SP2
Assistant: Sergio De Lis
Nationality: Spanish
Birth Date: 05.09.1986
City: San Sebastian
Country: Spain


What is your greatest sporting success?
Several medals in Spanish championships of canoeing.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started flying in 2007. I had friends who had been flying for a long time but I was more motivated by climbing and the mountain. One day I tried it and I couldn't stop flying. Paragliding became the center of everything. It is addictive.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I have been practicing sports such as climbing and mountaineering for many years and have done climbs in Spain, France, Morocco and Scotland.

What does your typical training week consist of?
When I'm on shift I try to run 3 or 4 days a week in addition to doing gym work to complete my training. If I'm not working I spend most of my time skiing in the Pyrenees or Alps and climbing as much as I can, whether it's ice climbing, wall climbing or sport climbing.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
The worst sports memory was the accident I had in 2017 flying in Tarragona with very strong conditions in which I fractured a vertebra. The best ones are always in the mountains or flying, although being up there with my glider always gives me incredible sensations and some flights I will never forget.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
I've been to the 2016 edition and before that, in 2014, I tried to do it on my own. For me the Xpyr is more than a race, it's an adventure, and that's what attracts me the most.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
Yes, in 2016. It was quite an experience, and I was ranked 11th.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
Yes, many times, I live there.

What will your strategy be during the race?
First, try to enjoy it, but as a strategy it is simple, fly as much as you can and as fast as you can.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
The atmosphere among the competitors is very healthy and transmits a good feeling. The adventure in this company makes it unbeatable.

What scares you the most about the event?
What worries me most is making bad decisions that lead me or my assistant into a risky situation or an accident.

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
My assistant is a co-worker and friend with whom I have a very good connection. We have already done many activities together and we get along well. He's also a machine physically, so he'll be a big help.

Anything else you like to comment?
I look forward to seeing you at Hondarribia !