Simon Oberrauner

SIMON OBERRAUNER / SIMON VOLKER

"You experience different weather conditions, meet inspiring candidates and push your own limits."

Pilot: Simon Oberrauner
Nationality: Austria
Birth Date: 05.12.1991
City: Graz (Austria)
Job: Paragliding Instructor
Web: simonoberrauner.com, www.instagram.com/simonoberrauner/, www.facebook.com/SimonOberraunerfly/
Glider: SKYWALK X-Alps 4
Harness: SKYWALK Range X-Alps2
Helmet: ICARO
Sponsors: Skywalk Paragliders, Salewa
Assistant: Simon Volker
Nationality: Austria
Birth Date: 08.12.1991
City: Bruck an der glocknerstraße (Austria)

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
5th Place at Red Bull X-Alps 2017
6th Place at Red Bull X-Alps 2019
1st. Place Bordairrace Overall 2015, 2016

When and why did you start paragliding?
I began paragliding in 2012, because I always wanted to fly. Paragliding is the most simple and natural way to get airborne. Honestly, I have never regretted this decision for a single second as it was one of the best I've made in my entire life.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I have done several bivouac tours in the Austrian and Swiss Alps in summer and winter. In 2012, I climbed the summit of Stok Kangri (6125m) with my brother after an eight day unsupported trekking tour through remote valleys in Jammu and Kashmir (India). I am always looking for new adventures in order to get more experience.

What does your typical training week consist of?
I train 5 to 6 days a week. My training is always according to the weather, because I prefer training outside. The main parts are running, cycling, hike & fly, sport climbing and depending on the season, skitouring and swimming.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
One of the best moments in adventure flying was deffinitly winning the Bordairline Race in Tolmin 2016 by walking only 13km and flying 218km. The worst moment was when I had to land on a tree in a narrow valley without any chance of getting out.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
X-Pyr means being outside no matter what. You experience different weather conditions, meet inspiring candidates and push your own limits.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
No

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
No

What will your strategy be during the race?
Our strategy during the race will be focused on curiosity. We are looking forward to explore the Pyrenees in an efficient and fast way.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
X-Pyr means being outside no matter what. You experience different weather conditions, meet inspiring candidates and push your own limits.

What scares you the most about the event?
I think the weather conditions are an uncertain factor and it would be very frustrating to walk for days in unflyable conditions.

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
Simon Volker is really good a organising and motivating me. He never loses the focus and i can trust him 100%. We already did X-Alps 2019 and the Ironfly 2018 together. I am really happy to have him as my supporter.

Anything else you like to comment?
Thank you for organizing this competition and putting so much effort in it. !