Cape Town paraglider taking part in Red Bull X-Alps 2015

Despite only having started paragliding as a leisure activity in 2006, Stephan Kruger now runs his own paragliding business and takes customers on tandem paragliding flights.

He is also a keen outdoors person, spending time in the mountains, and it is this passion that he hopes will put him in good stead come July when he takes part in the Red Bull X-Alps 2015 event.

He is the only South African whose entry has been accepted by the organisers, and he will be facing off participants from around the world.

He is currently attracting sponsors, and one of the biggest costs will involve his support vehicle which will need to follow him along the route, but not provide any assistance.

If the weather permits us to fly for ten days, we could finish the race in ten days but if it rains everyday then it’s going to be tough.

Stephan Kruger

The race from Salzburg in Austria to Monaco at the Mediterranean coast will cover 1000km and take place over 14 days. Participants will be allowed to hike, run, climb and also fly on paragliders if the conditions are favourable - and it is the last option that they'll be hoping for in order to gain maximum ground.

Listen below to Kieno kammies speaking to Stephan Kruger:


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