Chigrel Maurer interview

Advance team pilot Chigrel Maurer is interviewed by Ojolovador this month. He talks about his winning streak in 2004, comp flying, acro flying, the release candidates of the Omega7… a bunch of interesting stuff.

In Switzerland the minimum age to start paragliding is 16 years. My father started when I was 14, he was flying all the time so at 16 I started with paragliding. One year later, in 1999, I went to the first competition, the Swiss championship, and I ended 35 from 120. It was good but I would go forward. I flew competitions because you learn very fast to fly well and in the comps you can ask the best pilots ‘why you fly there’ or ‘what you do in a thermal’. And about safety, in competition I learned much better and much faster than if I had flown alone. When I was 19 years old I went to Mexico for a Pre World Cup; that was very big for me. Then I followed the World Cups in Japan, Korea, everywhere.

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