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.