Staying Alive in Paragliding podcast

Staying Alive in Paragliding

Stef Juncker

Real podcasts for real pilots! Engaging interviews with the world's best paragliding pilots. Expect fun, to-the-point conversations with varying themes, for a motivating, uplifting & educational listening experience. Laugh, learn, be inspired and travel to all corners of the world in your head. Started in Cape Town as a Covid-19 lock-down project by Stef Juncker, owner of Parapax Paragliding ( and competition pilot for 23 years with +-17 000 accident-free flights. Enjoy, and please share far and wide.

54 episodios

  • Staying Alive in Paragliding podcast

    E50 FINAL EPISODE-S1-This is the very first podcast I did..UNCUT&UNEDITED.. Top tips for beginners.


    Recorded 11 April 2020. So the very first podcast that I recorded closes this series. Uncut and unedited. Even the staying alive intro song is played "manually" with a separate Bluetooth speaker. Rougher than rough, like in the olden days.... This whole podcast thing started as a request from a beginner called Nicolas on our local paragliding club whatsapp group, for some tips. Along with my friend's Uli Prinz, Gerhard Beukes, Deon, Kieran and a few others, I was encouraged to do the podcasts that I've recorded to date. In this podcast I underline most of the top important safety tips I consider imperative for starting alive in our beautiful sport. Enjoy it brothers and sisters in paragliding and remember to share it far and wide. It's all free and for the betterment of and security in our pastime. A new series will follow, but not right now... 50+ podcasts in 40 days.. Ill take a short break as I'm on a motorcycle trip, but do promise you more. Thanks for your support all of you! Feedback is always welcome.. Whatsapp me on 0027720458706
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    E49 Robbie Whittall- World hang & para champ, creative genius & now Isle of Mann TT racer!


    Recorded 16 May 2020 Robbie is quite simply a Legend. A very focused individual. Extremely modest for someone with so much success. Never been married, no kids and a man known for living on the edge... Always had, always will! Living in New Zealand now, into surf and kite, Robbie has lived, breathed and succeeded at free flight his whole career. Being hangliding world champ, then Paragliding world champ, then starting Ozone paragliding and now racing in probably the most dangerous race in the world....the Isle of Mann TT! Robbie lives a "simpler" life now. Designing kites for Ozone and part owning high end Foil company, Armstrong foils in Raglan, NZ. About moving to NZ with Matt Taggart. Learning to foil.. Not that easy... 4 days.. "U gotta pay to play!" How he got to race the TT.. His dad and motorcycles.. Great story! "Love racing bikes on roads.. It brings your focus right into the moment." "The herd society.. Jobs and lives due to indoctrination" Individuality and self discovery. About death and living your life to the full! Very strong life lessons. "Rather burn out than fade away" Tax the brain and body regularly Raglan.. Best waves in NZ. Progressive Town. Flexibly, the importance of stretching, meditation and body maintenance as we get older. "Turning off the 6 voices in my head" I can definitely feel the effects.. 30/40mins. Breathing excersises How organized religion and the standard schooling system is an indoctrination. Intriguing views. Democracy...? There could be a better way to this. "My good is the sun" On being opinionated. On how Corona Strengthed us. On money and greed.. "in not only greedy for experiences" Designing kites and speed wings for ozone. Malachi Templeton (sp) and Jamie Lee. Xc flying würg Rob Gillard Giving your all... What it takes Big balls and 300kmh round the Isle of Mann on the bike.. Control and Age Amazing and inspiring.. "My brother is my best friend.. He supported me through my difficult times.. I'm very dyslexic.. I couldn't read until I was 16!" anything is possibly.. Dedication. I want it so bad. Steps to take. Sports and being creative are where my efforts go How the schooling system is flawed. Achieving huge things. Surf calling at sunrise.. Worst hanglider... Airwave magic kisses (sp). Owens valley.. Mid 90s.. 14 days world champs.. Torn sail, rock tied to a wingtip. "I love rough conditions... But not on that wing! " Worst paraglider.. Firebird Cult proto.. Early days of sail shaping on a high aspect ratio wing! "I used to be an animal.. But in Chamonix in a comp, my heart was in my mouth the whole flight! It was like balancing on a gym ball.. Absolutely intense!" Amazingly delicious story! "Anything is possible..everything around you is created by a man's mind.. It opens up a world of opportunity.. " Go out and make anything your own reality Living in the moment.. Short and long term memory issues. Malachi Templeton (sp).. Unbelievable speedflying video
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    E48 Thomas Walder&Stefan Gruber.. Austrian Mountain goats! 325 FAI XC, Skywalk testing, Xalps etc


    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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    E47 Richard Barber-Funny storytelling! Advance Xalps 2 liner C Class! 5200m flight in alps. Nice one


    Recorded 19 may 2020.Richard, in his push British accent is great at storytelling. His opening tale, the new years day, hangover, xc flight, landing in the big 5 game reserve gets a puncture, make a jack out of stones etc... Fun podcast with strong messages! Xc in barren places... Be prepared! "when stuff goes wrong, it happens fast!" Lots of great stories and laughs. The omega Xalps 3..2 liner in the c class... Very exciting. What flying a 2 liner for the first time is like. Learning to fly in Chamonix. 5200m bases in the alps.. Flying over Mt blanc. Travel and flying.. Dominican Republic De aar and scary moments. Things we can learn from. How to land in very strong winds. Techniques that may save your life. Many other themes and ending with a laugh about African politics!
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    E46 Alex Booth-Very interesting flying podcast.. Extremely great advice on staying alive in flying..


    Recorded 28 May 2020 Alex Booth is a chartered accountant that has owned and flown many helicopters, fix wings, Paragliders and Ppg. He is a husband, father of 3 boys and is a very passionate and experienced pilot. Based outside East London, the eastern cape of South Africa. Google images of this place.. Use words.. Transkei, drakensberg, wild coat. An excellent podcast filled with storytelling and inspiring tales of flying. Tons of tips and insights. From learning to fly with Tristan Burrell (podcast dedicated in memory of this legend) to R44s and turbine helicopters. Extremely great advice on staying alive in flying... Wow! Helicopter so near death experience! The widow maker powerlines. Too crazy and so many lessons in there. Incredibly interesting flying stories. Safety, the coast, how he met his wife... Brilliant storytelling all round! This man has owned several planes, helicopters, turbine and piston and currently flies the company bell jet ranger and Barron. He works as a chartered accountant and pilot for his company but has several kinds of flying right on his doorstep. He instructs paragliding in a brilliant, unique way and shares a wealth of knowledge with us. Keith Pickerskill and getting powered paraglider and flying paramotor tandem with my boys from my garden. How attitude matters. Instructing paragliding after just 3 years of being back in the sport.. Students with 28 flight in after a weekend... Yet fully on the safety! A Brilliant and unique Approach to instructing. Such a great winch system. Piloting in the game capture industry.. Flying over animals and darting them.. Very difficult industry right now. Paragliding... The bottom line.. Excellent discussion on this purest form of flying.. And why we love it so much. Essential potential life saving tips. DEFINITELY SEE ALEC'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL... AMAZING! MORE great resources.. Facebook - Kempston: Corporate video: Webpage: Miami Paragliding E-winch Alec Booth Youtube Channel Mini 500 Heli PPG with my boys Bell Jetranger that I fly Bell on WildCoast Rhino dehorning with Bell
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    E45 Emma Casanova.. Comp flying, Annecy and living a great life!


    Recorded 29 May 2020 Emma represents the UK in comps. A mom of two, Pwc pilot and estate agent, married to Steve and living in Annecy, France. We chat about the property market and flying in Annecy. Paradise.. A playground described. Anyone for a chateau..a bargain at 3,5million Euros Discussing the competition mindset. Emma has always been competitive. Started in 2009 and flying 6 to 9 comps per year. Having a rethink about that...! BPRA.. Good view on flying comps. Jocky Sanderson.. Sent her on first xc with just 12 hours of total airtime! "On the radio.. Pull in big ears... WHAT is big ears?" How much there is to learn in paragliding. Rus Ogden, Robbie Whittall and Judy Leden all discussed. Tips for safety, flying and comps. Don't beat yourself up after a bad task. Analyse your task. Fly your own task.. Know your instruments. Quiet and meditation before takeoff. How to pass 120 people... Pick them off.. Thermal markers. Calculate, be confident. Macedonia and krushevo.. Like a European Colombia.. Such a generous place. Such a great place! Any level can fly there. I love it! Great places to your own thing, fly your own flight.. Be safe. The herd mentality. Travel and flying, Japan discussed. Gliders flown.. The Gin leopard....niviuk and new x one. New models coming out! Bgd, 777, supair, the next best thing. About happiness Bummed about the superfinal was canceled. Finally the funny pee story!
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    E44 Torsten siegel- World No. 1 talks! Family, Toronto, designing Gin gliders, flying Tips. A beaut!


    Recorded 29 May 2020 Torsten is a family man and head designer at Gin paragliders. To comp pilot and very wise man. He gives deep views into the pleasure of flying.. Designing of gliders, kites, and some gliders he would rather forget. History lessons and times at Gin, UP and crazy stuff. Never broken a bone, I was lucky. A glider I'd rather forget... Reading 3 books at the same time..!! 12 rules for life.. Jordan petersen Can't hurt me.. David goggins Thinking fast and slow.. Daniel Kahneman Being appreciative in life, enjoying flying. Lessons in life and regarding changes. Running instead of gym in lockdown. Complaining doesn't bring anything. Have a positive attitude. Best paragliding and competition tips. Gin wide open and lower level competition success.. The future!
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    E44 Russell Ogden - Unbelievably great podcast from world champ.. Superb flying mind and thoughts.


    Recorded 27 April 2020 Rus is a family man, generous and patient. Head test pilot at Ozone and big champion! Brilliant insights in everything from Xc vs Comp flying to how fortunate we are to do this thing.. Lockdown it's economic, environmental and other effects How I joined ozone. How instructors have a shelf life of 7-10 years. Career structures changing Raised expectations. Trance and flying. Why we fly.. "flow state" "In touch with nature" "the texture of the air" We are first generation to ever do that. "So many magic moments. Swifts zinging around you.. A Layer of contentedness" 10 day free on Headspace app for meditation.. Hypnosis - what it is, who can and cannot be hypnotised, how it works. Fear and how to handle it. Risk reward, the Isle of man TT, Robbie whittal Gliders have become safer, but pilots haven't. The danger age... 50-100hours flying! Porterville, South Africa and all our undiscovered flying places. Bike and fly! Podcast in memoriam and dedicated to Lars-Anders Jonsson from Sweden. Death and how it's part of comp flying. Chabre open comp format... LOWER LEVEL COMPETITION.. A must do! Coaching, analysis, learn lessons.. Learn a LOT in these.. , Gin wide open and BGD weightless competitions. How comps have changed.. A deep look into this! "In thoroughly addicted to this beautiful game of comps!" Top 3 travel flying places and why.. St Andre, Chelan, Krushevo, Macedonia. Other top places... Sun valley Idaho, krushevo, Colombia, krushevo and the UK. "I enjoy flatland more as I grow up..the unpredictable element.. Too good!" There's good flying everywhere.. "The world "was" our oyster! " How blessed we are to fly Hi to South African pilots
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    E43 Jost Napret- Naviter, Slovenia, paragliding equipment. Fun podcast.


    Recorded 15 May 2020 Jost is a Slovenian competition pilot that lives in Lasko and works for Naviter. We discuss lightweight equipment and "heavy" kits... What makes sense? Slovenia explained.. Sea, mountain, flying and skiing.. All within 1hours drive. The LOVE country. Lots of reasons to visit. Safe and great place. Flying in the Julian alps.. Kobarid, Tolmin and Lijak Naviter -Rasaam, Marco, Andre.. Great company.. See you cloud.. What is coming out next.. Development. Support.. Very important for us. Importance of good, reliable equipment in all sports. 1,2 our 3 sets of paragliding equipment? Jurij, Tillen, the Valic Brothers Trying and failing... Top tip... Keep trying... Applies to life! Competitions.. Prefect easy to learn Entry level comps.. Chabre open, Gin wide open, BGD Weightless introduces MRT scoring. Lectures at these comps. Ask competent people. Bombing out... Discussed. How pilots flying style shows your mentality. Personalities and lifestyles are reflected in flying techniques. The paragliding circus!
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    E42 Barney Woodhead- A character! The BPRA, sharing, views on lots of things. Very funny&Motivating


    Recorded 12 May 2020. Barney is known as the wild man of Borneo. Most UK pilots know this legend and he started the BPRA, pro as the most famous paragliding race programme in the world! Phillipe Broers, Uli Prinz and pilot personalities are discussed. BPRA-Sharing, philosophy, Malin, Rus Ogden, Guy Anderson. No Egos, discipline, A framework of help and support. How to FastTrack your flying learning. Theo and Harry's stories. Very motivating! SIV training camps and Rus' mantra. Keep your Dick in! Diorama, tuning gliders, do and review. Hugh Miller and Thomas Thierry(sp). Self belief. Fabien Blanco SIV. Working to be in the mountains.. Love it! Corona insights and a re-evaluated environmental view! Checking in on my dreams. Bir, India and John Silvester. Passion for values and for relationships. "Bridges are the metaphor that connect people. " SHARING AND DREAMS! Resentment..

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