William Pardis

WILLIAM PARDIS / ANDREA CASALI

"It would be an amazing adventure to paraglide across the Pyrenees."

Pilot: William Pardis
Nationality: Philippines
Birth Date: 04.14.1993
City: Las Vegas (USA)
Job: Self-employed
Glider: GIN Puma
Harness: GIN Yeti Race
Helmet:
Sponsors: Gin Gliders
Assistant: Andrea Casali
Nationality: USA
Birth Date: 11.09.1990
City: Las Vegas (USA)

INTERVIEW

What is your greatest sporting success?
My greatest sporting success was coming in third at the Canadian Nationals in Pemberton in 2019.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started paragliding in January of 2016. My friends in Utah were doing it, and they asked me if I wanted to try it. At first I didn't like it, but when I started climbing in thermals I was hooked.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I haven't done much serious mountaineering, but I'm familiar with ropeworks, mainly rock climbing.

What does your typical training week consist of?
Currently 50-70k of running and two strength workout days. When the weather gets better, I'll be working on more paragliding specific cross-country training.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
Sharing my first task win with Torsten Siegel at the Canadian Nationals in Pemberton is my best sporting memory because he's like my mentor.
I don't have a bad sporting memory, they're all learning experiences.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
X-Pyr is one of the first hike and fly races that I saw, and it would be an amazing adventure to paraglide across the Pyrenees.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?
This will be my first time participating X-Pyr.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?
I've never flown in the Pyrenees.

What will your strategy be during the race?
My strategy will be to not make big mistakes in the beginning, to fly as much as possible, and to walk as least as possible.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
I'm most excited by the big challenge, with many different logistical decisions to make.

What scares you the most about the event?
My biggest concern is avoiding airspace while flying.

Why will he/she make a good assistant?
She knows me best and will provide emotional support on top of the other support duties. She's my biggest supporter in life.

Anything else you like to comment?
I'm looking forward to competing in this intense event.