The Art of Speedflying
To be completely honest, most of us have probably just recently heard of speedflying. A sport where adrenaline most probably rises to the level of Kilimanjaro. Speedflying is a relatively new hybrid sport that combines elements of paragliding and parachuting. As the name speaks for itself, speed has a lot of importance in this sport. To get a better understanding, just take into consideration that speedflyers fly at unreal speeds of up to 90 mph (150 kph), while a paraglider, for instance, rides at the most at a speed of 50 mph (80 kph). The catch to be noticed or famous in this sport is to master “only one” element. Fly truly FAST downhill. Like Jamie Lee Speedflyer.
For this reason, we decided to interview Jamie Lee, being definitely one of the best in this sport. We asked him a few short questions in order to find out more about this extreme and adrenaline-filled sport.
But before reading the interview, please see one of Jamie’s beautiful flights.
TM: Hey Jamie. Can you tell us where this fantastic flight occurred?
Jamie: This flight is at Treble Cone, in Wanaka, New Zealand. But you can watch my fights from all around the globe.
TM: Where do you love to fly the most?
Jamie: There’s an unlimited flying potential all around the globe but New Zealand is pretty hard to beat. Definitely NZ.
TM: What brought you to this sport, how did you decide you wanted to try speed flying? Also tell us, is speed flying considered an expensive sport?
Jamie: I got into speedflying the same time as skydiving, it caught me as a more human powered form of flight which I really love. It is a relatively inexpensive sport, you just need to invest a lot of time. The key to success is to practice, daily.
TM: For the end of this interview, what would you suggest to youngsters who are dreaming to try themselves in this sport?
Jamie: I’d say go for it! Chasing a life of flight will give you endless joy : )
TM: Thank you, Jamie. Have a great flight!