Simon Oberrauner (AUT2) performs during the preperation of the Red Bull X-Alps in Lermoos, Austria on June 4th, 2019

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  • Nationality: Austria
  • Date of birth: 12 May 1991
  • Profession: Professional Paraglidng Athlete
  • Supporter: Simon Volker
  • Glider: Skywalk X-Alps
  • Sponsors: Skywalk, Salewa, Flugschule Steiermark

When and why did you begin 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.

Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.Adventure Racing: 2014: Bordairline Levico Terme: 1st Place Bordairlne Bad Aussee: 3rd Place Bordairline Overall: 5th Place Schöckl Speedalps: 1st Place 2015: Bordairline Kössen: 1st Place Bordairline Donnersbach: 1st Place Bordairline Overall: 1st Place 2016: Bordairline Hohe Wand: 2nd Place Bordairline Tolmin: 1st Place Bordairline Goldeck: 1st Place 2017: Red Bull X-Alps: 5th Place 2018: Bordairrace Kampenwand: 3rd Place Ironfly: 4th Place 2019: Red Bull X-Alps: 6th Place 2020: Bordairrace Aflenz: 1st Place Cross-Country Flying: 2014: World XContest PG Sport: 13th Place, 259 km FAI triangle after 2 years of paragliding 2015: Austrian Cross Country State Championship: 2nd Place Junior, 3rd Place Sport, 6th Place Overall

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

What is your paragliding experience?I have seven years of paragliding experience in various conditions and areas all over the Alps. I crossed Austria over a seven day Bivactour where I experienced different weather conditions. I've flown in Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, France and other countries. One of the best parts is showing paragliding to others: I have been doing tandem-flights for about one and a half years now and it is amazing to give others the chance to fly.

What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?I have been competing in the Bordairrace event since 2013. I've been doing endurance sports since I was 13 years old. I found my passion in long distance hikes/runs in 2011 when I hiked from Graz to Liezen to visit my grandparents (145 km). Sport is a main part of my life and combining it with a race is one of the best feelings I can think of.

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

What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?5th Place at Red Bull X-Alps 2017 and of course 6th at Red Bull X-Alps 2019.

Have you competed in Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?Yes 2017 and 2019.

What appeals to you about Red Bull X-Alps?Red Bull X-Alps means being outside no matter what. You experience different weather conditions, meet inspiring candidates and push your own limits.

What will be your strategy during the race?My strategy is to keep calm in every situation and to focus on the right task at the right moment, which is not always as easy as it sounds during this race.

Why do you think you will make it to the finish?I have a good sense for thermals and the perfect team. I am purposeful and have a good level of endurance. If I want to accomplish a race, I am trying my very best to get there.

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.

Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?Yes, Red Bull X-Alps 2017 and Red Bull X-Alps 2019.

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