Antoine Girard (FRA1) posing for a portrait during the Red Bull X-Alps preparations in Salzburg, Austria on June 8th, 2019


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  • Nationality: France
  • Date of birth: 17 November 1979
  • Profession: Teacher
  • Supporter: Martin Beaujouan
  • Glider: Zeolite MS
  • Sponsors: Adidas Terrex, Ozone, Dentan by sutech, Blacksheep, CAN, La Drôme, OSV, Syride, Edition du Chemin des crêtes

When and why did you begin paragliding?I was born in the mountain environment and started paragliding in 2007 with the aim of being able to take off from the Broad Peak summit (8,047m). I definitely liked this experience and continued climbing summits and taking off from the top. Then I started doing cross-country.

Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.2015: 4th Red Bull X-Alps; 2014: Winner of Airtour; 3rd at the CFD (French Distance Federal Cup) 2013: 3rd Red Bull X-Alps; 7th at the CFD; 2011: Winner of the Airtour (same type of race as the Red Bull X-Alps, with 300km via 6 turnpoints); 6th at Red Bull Éléments, Talloires.

What is your mountaineering experience?Several expeditions in the Himalayas; many summits in the Alps, up to the ABO grading.

What is your paragliding experience?2700km of bivouac fly in South America (January to March) Flew over Broad Peak (over 8100m), 23 July 2016 Crossed New Zealand in 2016; 2 Red Bull X-Alps (in 2015 and 2013) 250 hours of flying per year; Many takeoffs from 4,000m+ summits (Mont Blanc, Barre des Écrins, etc.) and I have been practicing distance flying since 2009.

What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?Red Bull X-Alps 2015 and 2013 Crossed New Zealand Completed the AirTour twice, in Red Bull X-Alps conditions All mountaineering expeditions are quite long Alpine runs of 48 hours non-stop Sequence of high vertical drops: 24,000m in 6 days

What does your typical training week consist of?Walk to take off and do as many flights as possible.

What are your best and worst adventure / flying moments?Arriving to fly above the Broad Peak with my paraglider, then crying when I realised that all of my fingers were frozen.

What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?To surpass myself and continue until my strength is exhausted.

When and how did you first hear about Red Bull X-Alps?The first time I heard about it was in 2005 on the news. Once you are a member of the paragliding family, you hear everybody talking about it.

Have you competed in Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?In 2017, 2015 and 2013.

What appeals to you about Red Bull X-Alps?Adventure! To be able to surpass oneself physically in one of the nicest places in the world: the Alps.

What will be your strategy during the race?Try to fly as much as possible when conditions are favorable. Go quickly and efficiently.

Why do you think you will make it to the finish?I managed 2 times, why not try again in 2019? I'm getting better prepared this time.

What scares you the most about the event?The weather conditions! Or to have a bad start.

Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?Completed Red Bull X-Alps twice and many other big adventures.

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