Jeff Shapiro returns to the podcast to share his weather forecasting flow in this awesome bonus episode (using various weather tools, figuring out lapse rate, identifying wicked days, etc) and he shares some incredibly valuable information for managing risk and what the sport has taught him over the years. Jeff brings us along with him on his X-Pyr campaign in 2018 where a questionable call turned out ok and reminds us to “never hope for the best or try to get away with it.”
There is the most information-dense podcast than possibly any previous show we’ve done. Alex Robé and one of his main flying partners Primoz Susa are nearly always the two guys right at the top of XContest on the big days. Alex won the XContest in 2015 and 2017 and is currently in 3rd this season (his lowest value flight is over a 260KM FAI, and the two pilots ahead of him both went to Brazil last fall!). But Alex is extremely limited with his time and how much he can fly. In a typical year he’ll only fly 10-15 times! So for those of you who are restricted with time, prepare to be inspired!