Toma Coconea

TOMA COCONEA / ADRIAN POCHIU

"I have participated 3 times, each time there have been different, beautiful experiences and this makes me come back."

Pilot: Toma Coconea
Nationality: Romania
Birth Date: 05.05.1975
City: Petrosani (Romania)
Job: Instructor
Web: www.facebook.com/TomaCoconea/
Glider: ADVANCE Omega X-Alps 3
Harness: ADVANCE Lightness 3
Helmet: CHARLY X-alps
Assistant: Adrian Pochiu
Nationality: Romania
Birth Date: 11.11.1984
City: Brasov (Romania)

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
Twice 2nd place RedBull X-Alps and 3rd place X-Pyr

When and why did you start paragliding?
In 1991 being passionate by chance about the mountain

What is your mountaineering experience?
I explored the Carpathians, the Pyrenees, Alps, the Himalayas, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, etc.

What does your typical training week consist of?
During the winter i am on ski touring, as the temperatures are getting high i start bivouac flights, mountain runs, marathons etc.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
Best: when you finally reach a race like Redbull X-Alps, X-Pyr and stay connected with nature
Bad memories: my incident from the 2015 Redbull X-Alps race

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
I chose X-Pyr because it is a challenge, I like the Pyrenees, the organization and a new adventure

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
I have participated 3 times, each time there have been different, beautiful experiences and this makes me come back

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
I also flew for X-Pyr training and during the race

What will your strategy be during the race?
Get to a good take off in a timely manner and take advantage of every flight condition and make no mistakes

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
The landscape of the race and the beach at the end

What scares you the most about the event?
Nothing

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
He is my friend, he has the experience of flight and strategy and he intuits what I want

Anything else you like to comment?
It's a nice race, it's a hard race but anything is possible (I can't wait to see you!)