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Florian Serra


Florian Serra


  • Nationality
  • Age
  • Occupation
    I am a ski and paraglide instructor during the day, DJ during the night.
  • Residence
    Praz-sur-Arly (France)
  • Experience
  • Wing
    OZONE Zeolite 2 MS
  • Harness
    SKYWALK Range X Alps 3
  • Helmet
    SUPAIR ClassiC

Vivien Rousseau


  • Nationality
  • Residence
    Haute Savoie (France)

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Why did you choose the X-Pyr?
I chose the X-Pyr to experience a real 7-day adventure of hike and fly in a challenging mountain range.

What is your greatest sporting success?
I had many wins in European Moguls Ski Cup in my youth.

When and why did you start paragliding?
I started paragliding in 2012. My first experience was to accompany my ex girlfriend who was doing a tandem flight. It changed my life! Paragliding replaced my girlfriend and one month later I was doing my first paragliding training course.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I live in Megève, at the foot of Mont Blanc, so I have the opportunity to ski, hike, as well as hike & fly summits between 2000 and 4000 m around the area on a regular basis.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
My best sporting memories are all connected to people I met while evolving in the mountains, either with my ski mates around Europe, in hike and fly competitions or during long distance hiking like the GR20.
My worst sporting memories are non-sporting behaviours in a competition context.

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before? Do you have a favourite area?
I participated in the Pyrénées Air Tour 2023 but unfortunately due to bad weather conditions, I could not fully experience the area.

Is there anything you like to see (or not) in the route?
I think I’ll prefer to stay on the Spanish side of the Pyrénées!

Apart from flying far and walking little, what will your strategy be during the race?
Being extra careful with the authorised aerial zones, trying not to let the leading group get too far ahead and finally survive!

What does your typical training week consist of?
Minimum 3 runs per week (endurance, speed work and long runs), biking and ski touring, amounting 10 to 20 hours of training per week.

What has been the hardest part of your race preparation so far?
The hardest part was to give up drinks with friends at the end of a long work day, and staying motivated to train when the weather is harsh in the winter, but it’s the most efficient way to build resilience and mental strength.

What excites you most about participating in the X-Pyr?
Creating a real support team that will lead me from the ocean to the sea.

What worries you the most about the event?
The terrible wind reputation and having bad weather conditions for several days in a row.

How do you know your assistant?
Vivien and I have been paragliding and sporting friends for a decade. He’s been my main assistant on hike & fly competitions since we met.

What are your assistant’s main strengths?
You know MacGyver? He is Vivien’s student!

What advice would you ask of the race veterans?
How do you manage to always keep in contact with your team in such a wild environment and is the X-Pyr as terribly hard as we are told?

Anything else you like to comment?
The most important thing for me is to go through this adventure no matter what the final ranking will be! I will do anything to land at the sea.

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