Aaron Durogati is only 29 years old, but he’s already been a world champion, gotten 6th and 7th place in the last two Red Bull X-Alps and has a LONG list of podium finishes. A Red Bull athlete and ambassador for several other brands, the “Italian Stallion” is making a good living in the sport of paragliding and in this episode we dig into how he does it. From learning how to fly at the tender age of 15 we find out how he’s approached progression, how he won the 2014 Superfinal in Colombia, how he’s been training for the X-Alps (and what he’ll change for the next one), what it’s really like to fly in the “toughest adventure race on Earth”, how he’s identified holes in his game and has set out to fix them, the value of cross training (acro, speed flying, etc.), spending a LOT of time on lower-end gliders and a lot more. Find out where Aaron and I went wrong on day 2 of the race, how he survived 60 kilometer an hour wind at the Col Du Galiber, how he recovered from a bad accident last year and how Aaron has found a balance in his career. This is a fascinating talk with a very likable, wonderful guy. Enjoy!
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- Learning at the age of 15, working towards becoming a pro pilot
- First World cup in Korea in 09′
- Becoming a GIN pilot in 2009 after Nova stopped making Comp gliders
- How Aaron trains for the X-Alps
- How Aaron trained for the Superfinal and won in 2014 in Colombia
- Identifying and filling holes in his game
- How he trained to fly fast for competitions vs how he’s training now
- The value of flying for fun instead of results
- How important it is to fly lower level wings for a long time before jumping up to hotter gliders
- How Aaron became a Red Bull athete
- How to win the X-Alps
- The most scary moments in the X-Alps