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E48 Thomas Walder&Stefan Gruber.. Austrian Mountain goats! 325 FAI XC, Skywalk testing, Xalps etc

Staying Alive in Paragliding

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Recorded 20 May 2020 Thomas and Stefan are xc cracks.. Tom held the world record fai triangle for ages. A 325km flight (still longest in Northern alps)! Stefan works for Skywalk, did Xalps and is an excellent comp pilot. They chat about the Zillertal (Ziller Valley in North Tyrol, Austria) where they live. Takeoff at 9am for the big days.. Strategy, about bombing out and Satisfaction discussed. How Tom flies very close to the mountain... But sometimes involuntarily landing on a high mountain, costing him in competitions. Stefan Gruber working at Skywalk.. Top secret news on the Cayenne 6. What is like to work for them and his what his job entails as test pilot. The cayenne 6..middle C Class glider.. 3 liner but flying like, and having characteristics of a 2 liner.... Very interesting! Really nice handling, thus being able to squeeze out more performance. Expected sales... Went u stayed with a 3 liner C class... VERY FUNNY Story about a gentlemens agreement at comps.. Stef vs Stefan How hike and fly is getting so wildly popular. Tom's proto 2 liner XC and Stefan's Enzo 3 comp gliders. Near misses and close calls. Tom's granada canyon story. Stefan 2015 Xalps ending story..funny now.. Not that funny then. Landing in the Monaco Royals' private zoo. Xalps discussion.. Too dangerous? How it could change.. Intriguing. Stefan.. Worst glider.. First Skywalk 2 liner proto way back then... Its first flight in Zillertal in Fohn conditions... Horrible! Tom's shitest glider.. Swing Core 3. Tin and I remember.. Fly 2 tandem business and when I broke most of the lines on a new bibeta 2 (or 3?) and threw my reserve for the first time. Top tips from Stefan.. Find a mentor to learn from and go fly with them a lot. Use a lower class glider... Tom on a big goal.. Fly over 300km fai... To be the first. He made It! On an Enzo 1...yay..(its the biggest flight made in the northern alps... Ever!) Plans for the future.. To break Chrigels 343 .


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