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Maxime Pinot

Do you have a nickname that you go by?
I think nearly everybody call me Max

Where do you live?
In a little village around Annecy Lake

What do you do for work?
I’m a paragliding instructor and I have some experience as test pilot

What year, and how old were you when you started flying?
I started flying in 2005. I was 13. Before that, I did a lot of tandem flights with my Dad, and hundred of hours of ground-handling until I was finally airborne.

Did a family member introduce you to paragliding? Does anyone else in your family fly?
Yes, my Dad !

What other passions do you have, or activities do you enjoy?
I’m an endurance sports fan. I really do like to run in the mountains, with or without the XxLite. Sometimes road bike also. In winter, I enjoy Xc Skiing a lot and ski touring.
And i studied literature, so I have a taste for books and cinema. And I really like to write about my experiences.

Why is flying important to you, and what does flying mean to you?
To me, flying is kind of an “everything”. I build my life around flying projects and dreams.
Flying is the purest sensation I know: endin a flight at sunset, winning a comp task or just enjoying a glide down.
So many moments are etched in my memory. And as a competitor, I always try to improve. To get better. It’s a never ending game.

Flying Accomplishments.

  • PWCA Superfinal Winner, 2014
  • PWC France Winner, 2016
  • PWC Brésil 3rd, 2019
  • European Team Champion with French Team, 2016
  • Multiple Task winner
  • 2nd of the Red Bull X-Alps 2019
  • 2nd of the X-Pyr 2018
  • Bornes to Fly 2018 Winner
  • Airtour 2016 Winner

Do you have any goals, dreams or plans for the next 1-2 years that you want to share?
Most of my goals are around comps. The X-Alps 2021 will be the main one. I want to reach my best level on this comp and be more competitive.
So X-Pyr 2020 will be a good training. Beside that, I’m really happy to be competitive again on the PWC Tour and I would like to enter the French Team again on a FAI1 event, with more maturity than last times.

I have also cool Hike&Fly ideas, sometimes not far from home.

I would like one day to fly a 350 kms FAI triangle, and a 400 kms open distance flight (but in the Alps).
And I want to share my passion, always.