What is your greatest sporting success?
I have good memories of many. The Australian Open in 1998 was the first international competition I won, but to be on the podium in the European Championships (Sant André les Alps 2012 and Macedonia 2016) was special, as it was to be the top country in the European Championships in Portugal 2018. And being number 1 in the CIVL World ranking is also exciting.
When and why did you start paragliding?
I started in 1990 in Àger, motivated by my climbing partner during those years, Jordi Sunyer, who had already taken a course, and by the dream that most climbers had those days: to climb mountains and fly down.
What is your mountaineering experience?
I started climbing when I was 13 and I have been in love with outdoor sports since then. First with classic, ice and sport climbing… and since 1986 (I joined the Mountain Rescue Group of the Fire Brigade of the Catalan Generalitat) with caving, canyoning, ski touring, scuba diving…
What does your typical training week consist of?
I don’t do any specific training. I like to do sports every day that work allows me, which is quite a lot. The hike&fly is a lot of fun and I hadn’t flown that much before having light equipment.
What are your best and worst sporting memories?
The worst moment was after a few years of very good sporting results. I had just finished on the podium in a PWC in France and had to travel all night to arrive on time for the 1st task of a Spanish Championship in Pedro Bernardo. It was very hot, I took off in a light gust with a crosswind and hit a rock before I became airborne. Broken femur, I missed the whole competition season and had many months of recovery. Soon after the accident, convalescing in bed, I was first in the CIVL World ranking.
Three years later, in 2016, I managed to return again to be first in the World ranking.
Why did you choose X-Pyr?
Because I like the H&F, the Pyrenees and several fellow pilots will also be there. But mainly due to Xavi Berneda’s persuasion abilities.
Have you participated in the X-Pyr before?, How was it?
Have you flown in the Pyrenees before? What do you think about them?
I have flown mainly the eastern part, from Ainsa to Ripoll. And a 228km flight from the Hecho valley to Puigcerdà.
The first and last sections are the most complicated, with small mountains and airspaces. And if we fly in France we have to be careful, cloudbase is generally lower on that side and the breezes are very strong.
What will your strategy be during the race?
Go out to enjoy it without taking unnecessary risks.
What excites you most about the X-Pyr?
I had always dreamed of crossing the Pyrenees and now it will be in a race and surrounded by the best in the world. What more could you ask for?
What scares you the most about the event?
Strong winds and storms. And walking in the rain with a paraglider on your back.
Why will he/she make a good assistant?
I have been flying a lot with Jordi Roset lately, in cross-country competitions and in H&F. Very motivated and always positive, he is the ideal partner for any activity. I will also be accompanied by Jordi Salla and Roger Grau.
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