Red Bull X-Alps

Team FRA3

Nelson de Freyman

  • Nationality: France
  • Date of birth: 13. Feb. 1992
  • Profession: Ski and Paragliding Instructor
  • Supporter: Damien Pierre
  • Glider: Advance Omega 2 xalps 22
  • Sponsors: 2XU, Advance paragliders, Kortel design, Julbo, Kayland, Compass, Rock the Outdoor, FFVL, Val d'Oronaye, Han'Vol
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  • A supporter for Antoine Girard in 2013 and a rookie pilot in Red Bull X-Alps 2015, he's also one of the youngest pilots on the board. Having crossed a number of challenging mountain ranges by hike and fly and finishing 11th in 2015, de Freyman is looking to fly long and fly high in Red Bull X-Alps 2017.
  • When and why did you begin paragliding?
    I discovered paragliding when I was 14 by chance during the summer when my father paid a course for me. This was a major experience in my young life and made me push my limit. Seeing the world from the sky is amazing.
  • Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.
    Yes I do. I've a PWC pilot for 4 years. My best result was at the Paragliding World Cup final in 2014 with a 15th place. I took part at the Red Bull X-Alps 2015 and I finished 11th after 10 days of adventure.
  • What is your mountaineering experience?
    I climbed the Lenine peak (7125m) in 2012. Crossed the entire Rocky Mountains by hike and fly in 2014. I climbed several summit in the Alps, the Atlas and the Pamir ridge.
  • What is your paragliding experience?
    I've been flying since 10 years. I've been an instructor and tandem pilot for 4 years. Red Bull X-Alps pilot and assistant in 2015/2013. PWC Pilot. I did many hike and fly's around the world (Rocky mountains, Atlas, Alps).
  • What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?
    Red Bull X-Alps 2015, Triathlon tour since 2012.
  • What does your typical training week consist of?
    2 trainings by day, 2 days rest by week mostly hiking, running, swimming and martial sports.
  • What are your best and worst adventure/flying moments?
    The best one was a flight with Tom and Antoine during Red Bull X-Alps 2015 crossing all of the Dolomites in one day. The worst one was also in the Red Bull X-Alps, flying over a pass in some of the craziest flying conditions I've seen in my life.
  • What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?
    When I touched the water in Monaco having completed more than 1000km race across the Alps.
  • When and how did you first hear about the Red Bull X-Alps?
    Through the website and also through all of the Red Bull communication.
  • Have you competed in the Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?
    I was a supporter for Antoine Girard in 2013 and I competed in 2015 as team FRA 3.
  • What appeals to you about the Red Bull X-Alps?
    Pain, Adventure, experience, happiness.
  • What will be your strategy during the race?
    Flying as much and as high as possible.
  • On average, over a third of the Red Bull X-Alps participants fail to finish the event. Why do you think you will make it?
    Motivation is the key, but to finish this race, you also need luck, a good strategy and a great time. I think I have all of that and will make it to the finish once more.
  • What scares you the most about the event?
    Strong landing and bad take off.
  • Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?
    Yes, Red Bull X-Alps 2015.