• WHO IS THAT PILOT?
My name is Maud Perrin, I am 22 years old, I am French and I do acrobatic paragliding.
• WHAT MAKES HER HAPPY?
The best spot depends on the season but of course Organya in summer! In winter I love being in Chamonix and between seasons it changes. Flying generally makes me feel free and allows me to relax, not think about anything, and just enjoy the moment. Acrobatics, more specifically, is a way to surpass myself, to work on technique and the perfect move.
• SINCE WHEN DO YOU FLY?
I started paragliding with my father when I was 10 years old in tandem and then on my own when I was 15. The acrobatics came later but I always preferred the technical and aesthetic side of the discipline. I've been in Organya for several summers and am studying at a business school that fits my competition schedule.
• WHAT IS YOUR GOAL OR ACHIEVEMENTS IN PG?
I am training today to become a world champion in the mixed category. Today no women are competing with men on the overall podium, I want to change that. Acrobatic paragliding is a discipline which, in my opinion, should not differentiate between the genders because physical appearance is not a factor in the difference in level between men and women. What makes a difference today is the mental aspect and this will not prevent me from reaching the podium.
Outside of competition, I want to progress more widely in the mountains to combine projects with beautiful climbs and takeoffs with adapted equipment. I wish to use my flying experience to enlarge the possibilities of combos.
• THE BEST FLYING MOMENTS?
My most beautiful flight was in Chamonix from the Aiguille du Midi during a sunset. The evening lights on the sea of clouds were magnificent, this flight will remain engraved in my memory.