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- Nationality: Austria
- Date of birth: 12. Jan. 1989
- Profession: Testpilot
- Supporter: Gabriele Müller
- Glider: Ozone Z-Alps
- Website: http://pascalpurin.wixsite.com/pascalpurin2
- Sponsors: Skinfit, Garanta, Hartex, Flugschule Grenzenlos, Autohaus Schick, Bergwelten, Hoka, F7 Training
- Pascal Purin will be 27 when Red Bull X-Alps 2017 starts, and he'll have been flying for 18 years then, starting his lessons on homemade paragliders, sharing the sky with his father. He's got multiple 100km+ flights under his belt and after pulling out of Red Bull X-Alps 2015 due to injury, he's got his sights set on Monaco!
- When and why did you begin paragliding?
I began flying at the age of nine. My Dad used to fly and after many training sessions with self-made paragliders, I did my first flights with an actual one more than 18 years ago. Why do I do paragliding? That's a tough question. You know, for some reason I landed in this world. It's my life. It's what I want to be. It's what I learned to do. Being outside, playing with the invisible, exploring my borders. Being free. Having nobody who tells me what I am allowed to do.
- Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.
Bordairlines 2016: Tolmin 2nd place, Goldeck 5th place, ; StuafenCup 2016 2nd place ; RedBull X-Alps 2015: 6th at the Prologue ; Bordairlines 2014: Levico Terme 24th place, Lungau 6th place; Crossalps 2014: Hochries 3rd place; ; Outdoortrophy 2013 2nd overall; ; DHV Junior Challenge 2009 1st place.
- What is your mountaineering experience?
Ortler, Italy, successfully reached the peak and flew down; Piz Buin, Vorarlberg, successfully reached the peak and walked down; Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland, successfully reached the peak and walked down.
- What is your paragliding experience?
From age 9 to 14 loads of ground handling and hill training hours; with 14 I started my license at the Flugschule Achensee; with 16 I did my first internship as a testpilot at Skywalk paragliders; at 19 I started my flying instructor education; at 21 I was working as a tandem pilot for 3 months in South Africa; from 22 to 25 I have been working as a test pilot for airCross paragliders; since the beginning of 2016 I am in the A&D-Team at AirDesign. I also do homologation-testflights for the EAPR. I count more than 12,000 accident-free flights. I have a lot of experience in cross-country, acro and testing.
- What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?
Hiked 9.410m altitude in 17 hrs at 11er, Stubaital 2016 ; Walking almost 400km distance and 26.000m altitude in 8 days at the X-Alps 2015 ; 7,210m in altitude difference in 13hrs at 11er, Stubaital 2014; ; running 5km in 19mins 21sec; walking/running 90km in 16hrs; walking/running 100km distance, 3,000m in altitude difference with a 10kg backpack in 33 hours; walking/running 121km distance, 3,000m in altitude difference with a 10kg backpack in 33 hours.
- What does your typical training week consist of?
The ISAG team (http://isag.tilak.at/) has been taking care of my training for the last and upcoming Red Bull X-Alps event since summer 2013. My average net training time is about 14 to 18 hours a week. 75% basis endurance range, 25% specific strength training, interval workout, total gross time 18 to 20 hours per week.
- What are your best and worst adventure/flying moments?
My worst flying moment was when I lost my glider during testing due to a material failure. Inside a deep spiral I suddenly hung in the air without any connection to the sail. Lucky me - the rescue opened quick and nothing happened. My most beautiful flying moment ... that´s a tricky question. There are plenty (: Adrenaline flash: my first succsessful infinity tumbling. Beauty flash: after a long run taking off into the sunset over the Bodensee. Emotional flash: flying with the handicapped Samuel Koch. We were close to tears after landing. Samuel hadn't felt freedom, adrenaline for a long time. This experience went down deep for both of us. Working flash: finding the solution for the frontal collapse problem with an EN-B prototype.
- What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?
Beating the record of my trainer Florian Ebenbichler in Hike&Fly. When I took off to my final flight after hiking 9.410m in altitude, knowing that this record will be mine for some time, knowing that all my friends and family are waiting for me at the landing, was truly a moment which I will never forget in my life!
- When and how did you first hear about the Red Bull X-Alps?
Back in the days when the friendly Alex Hofer rocked the show.
- Have you competed in the Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?
Yes! I competed at the Red Bull X-Alps in 2015.
- What appeals to you about the Red Bull X-Alps?
I love to fly, I love to run, I love to be outside, that´s why I want to play the Red Bull X-Alps game with all these fantastic athletes! The Red Bull X-Alps includes everything I am passionate about.
- What will be your strategy during the race?
I'll find my center amidst the chaos of the race. This will allow me to stay composed and make the right decisions when challenges arise.
- 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?
During the last Red Bull X-Alps, we made a lot of mistakes. We learned from them and improved our skills and strategies. We increased the members of the team so they will be able to support me more efficiently. At AirDesign, we created a glider which is simply perfect for the needs of this crazy race. I trained xc-flying as much as I could. I trained on the last Red Bull X-Alps route during a biwaktrip just by myself all the way down to Monaco. I flew in the Swiss league to compare our X-Alps proto with all the other great gliders and fantastic pilots.
- What scares you the most about the event?
You are scared of things you don´t know. I know what it means to fly in all these areas, I know the weather when it is good to fly and when it is better to stay on the ground. I know my borders, I know my equipment, I know my supporters. I like surprises and to be honest I am also a little masochist. I really have no clue what there is to fear about.
- Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?
The Red Bull X-Alps 2015.