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- Nationality: Belgium
- Date of birth: 20 June 1985
- Profession: Pro Paragliding pilot / Adventurer.
- Supporter: Thibault Voglet
- Glider: Advance Omega X Alps
- Sponsors: Red Bull, Garmin, Volkswagen, Europ Assistance, Sup'Air
When and why did you begin paragliding?I started flying at 14 years old. I wanted to see how it looked from above while having fun with my friends. I come from the flatlands of Belgium and I learnt to make the best of every lift and all the little hills we have.
Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.Yes, I participated 7 times at the Red Bull X-Alps. Finisher.
What is your mountaineering experience?The mountains are my second home. I spend a lot of time up there. I crossed the Alps many times, the Pyrenees alone, the New Zealand Southern Alps, I spent time climbing 5000 m summits in the Andes, six summers in the Himalayas flying big lines. Numbers don't matter much to me, but all together I covered more than 10,000 km in bivy trips all around the world. I just can't get enough of it.
What is your paragliding experience?I fly as much as I can. Mostly XC and also a bit of acro. I have been flying for 20 years. I keep learning everyday and I love the process.
What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?7 participations at the Red Bull X-Alps.
What does your typical training week consist of?I do a bit of everything. I run, mountain bike, ski tour in the winter, climb mountains and fly as much as I can. I live on my sailboat now, so I swim a lot and practice apnea. I also train for the lack of sleep. I sailed across the Atlantic ocean alone. For me the best is to go on adventures and spend my days hiking and flying. I have a pro trainer now so the program will be pretty intense again these coming months.
What are your best and worst adventure / flying moments?The best was flying at more than 7400 meters in Pakistan, or maybe arriving to Monaco during X-Alps 2019. The worst is sadly related to an accident... I had a few broken bones myself and I have sadly lost a few good friends to the sport.
What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?Finishing the Red Bull X-Alps after a crazy race in 2019.
Have you competed in Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?Yes, in every edition since 2007. I was 21 at the time. I'm entering now for what could be my 8th X-Alps.
What appeals to you about Red Bull X-Alps?Everything! The intensity, the challenge, the teamwork, the friendship we develop on the way with other teams. The Alps are really a magnificent playground. I can't wait to be at the start line. I'm a competitive person but what attracts me most is all the adventure I know I will be served.
What will be your strategy during the race?I'll use the experience I gathered in all those editions. Or I'll just follow Chrigel. He seems to know what he is doing, haha. More seriously, I think I'll stay positive in all situations and simply give my best. It worked quite well in the last edition.
Why do you think you will make it to the finish?It can only be the right mixture of teamwork, dedication, the right gear, good and fast flying, a lot of effort and a bit of luck. I'm here to upgrade my game. I want to make it to Monaco in a good position.
What scares you the most about the event?To crash. We play with the limits all the way and depending on the conditions, things can get a bit risky. I'm going to stay cool and smart. No point in getting hurt.
Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?This is what I do for living. I love going on adventures.