Or rather, who am I? You will surely meet my partners on site, the "banda". For the moment I will start by introducing myself.
My name is Olivier, but in Mexico, where it is customary to have a nickname, they call me “Condorito” (little condor). He is a Chilean comic character, well known in Latin America. It is true that there is a family resemblance.
I did my first flight on September 11, 2001. It can't be invented, and it's easy to remember. Bref, Je voyage depuis plus de 20 ans avec mon parapente à travers le monde, notamment l’hiver, pour assouvir ma passion.
After having scoured the South of Europe and Morocco, I went several times, to Nepal, South Africa, Colombia and Brazil ...
Despite my experience, I too know what it's like to arrive at a new site, at the end of the world alone and unassisted ... "just in case".
Already you have to find the site and be able to access it, without having to leave the car for take-off, or walk for hours! And once we take off, where is the landing? Each site is different, with its own aerology, and its associated risks if we are not careful.
In the end, it spoils the pleasure of flying for you, which you cut short when you don't give it up. I imagine that reminds you of something.
The site of Valle de Bravo, in Mexico, is apart: an “El Dorado” still preserved, which ticks all the boxes:
- An ideal climate
- un gros potentiel de cross
- a unique atmosphere.
So I can tell you when to take off, where to go, to tame this site, and optimize your flying day, according to the conditions, your expectations and especially your level. And of course, I could not resist giving you some advice, debriefing the flight over a beer.
Contrary to what I have seen in many places (even in Europe for that matter), where people who are not always qualified call themselves “paragliding guide” overnight, I am paragliding instructor (FFVL).
I work at Grands Espaces paragliding school in Annecy during the season in France, and for a few years I have been flying in the winter Mexico.
I am moreover the only French instructor authorized by the local club to supervise groups there, and I suggest you make you discover it… in safety.
Egalement « APPI instructor« , cela me permet d’y effectuer des biplaces, car c’est un prérequis imposé par le club qui gère le site.
Of course, I speak English and Spanish fluently, can act as a translator, or give you an introductory course to mexican slang. And I will not forget to share with you my good insider tips, and to tell you some anecdotes about the heritage of this country rich in culture and history.
See you under the cumulus cloud!
are you ready ?
Join us. Choose your dates to block your week (limited number of places).