Simon Oberrauner (AUT4) poses for a portrait during the Red Bull X-Alps preparations in Lermoos, Austria on June 9, 2017

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  • Nationality: Austria
  • Date of birth: 12 May 1991
  • Profession: Solo&Tandempilot
  • Supporter: Simon Volker
  • Glider: Skywalk Paragliders X-Alps 3
  • Sponsors: Skywalk Paragliders, 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: Bordairline Levico Terme 2014: 1st Place; Bordairlne Bad Aussee 2014: 3rd Place; Bordairline Overall 2014: 5th Place; Bordairline Kössen 2015: 1st Place; Bordairline Donnersbach 2015: 1st Place; Bordairline Overall 2015: 1st Place; Bordairline Hohe Wand 2016: 2nd Place; Bordairline Tolmin 2016: 1st Place; Bordairline Goldeck 2016: 1st Place; Xalps 2017: 5th Place; Bordairrace Kampenwand 2018: 3rd Place; Ironfly 2018: 4th Place; Schöckl Speedalps 2014: 1st Place; Cross Country Flying: World XContest PG Sport 2014: 13th Place, 259 km FAI triangle after 2 years of paragliding; Austrian Cross Country State Championship 2015: 2nd Place Junior, 3rd Place Sport, 6th Place Overal

What is your mountaineering experience?I have done several bivouac tours in the Austrian and Swiss Alps in summer and winter. In 2012, I climbed the summit of Stok Kangri (6125m) with my brother after an eight day unsupported trekking tour through remote valleys in Jammu and Kashmir (India). 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 (145km). 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 deffinitly winning the Bordairline Race in Tolmin 2016 by walking only 13km and flying 218km. 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

When and how did you first hear about Red Bull X-Alps?When I started Paragliding in Graz at the Flugschule Steiermark, someone mentioned Red Bull X-Alps to me. I have tracked the competitions ever since and made it my goal to be a part of this amazing race.

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

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.

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

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