A l'instar you are blonde you sketch the Gad Elmaleh, could have been caricature Pierrot Helleu in his role as adventurer who succeed all. Ignoring the obstacles and vicissitudes of life.
Imperturbable and indestructible. But Pierrot Helleu, is the anti-hero, a simple man who lives his passions, guided by an urge to go after its sports paris.
graduate teacher, in his school Paragliding, Pierrot Helleu is not routine man. He must invent and explore other playgrounds. Latest, that of exploring other sensations by combining running and paragliding flight. light sailing (1kg) on the back, equipped with the essentials of food and water, he experimented with dalons, from the sea for two to three-day race, the Reunion tops in running for paragliding down. A trip reserved for more experienced athletes, requiring good knowledge aéorologie.
"This means a lot of preparation before and to know the weather conditions. No room for amateurism. For if the Maido and Mafate remain the best paragliding sites in the world in my eyes, it is important to prepare for these moments magical memories. It is a new discipline, that allows me to combine my passion trail and paragliding. A good training for the Grand Raid. The only improvisation that we would, it may be that changing routes based on weather data that evolve. Cilaos, Mafate, Maïdo, Grand Bénard, Kerveguen, Piton des Neiges, les Makes, many spots that allow us to satisfy our passion safely ", Pierrot says.
trips of two to three days in extreme conditions, with the bare necessities. "The evolution of the material and its adaptability to extreme conditions allows us that kind of challenge. No fluff, sleeping wrapped in our sailing, not tourism, it is a bit limited in terms but it is what motivates us. The bivouac flight is a separate discipline, a new way to experience the adventure and to understand the landscape of Reunion which I do not get tired, "admits Pierrot Helleu.
This concept already exists in Europe in the Alps from Austria, along the Alpine crescent to arrive in six days for the best in Monaco. A wild ride.
Adventure with a capital A
For Pierrot Helleu is not his first adventurous escapades. From its 42 years, this tireless adventurer has already traveled much of the world. With always in mind, the idea to push back its own limits. Cross machete the most remote regions of Ethiopia with her daughter 5 years on the back, confronting the harsh desert for a month is not to scare our man. while unconscious ?
« Non, each trip is the result of a long preparation. carefully considered. Where everything is calculated and weighed "
For Pierrot Helleu is a complete athlete who competed against the most extreme conditions. Cameraman for Nicolas Vanier in Canada's North, it has been on several expeditions to Siberia as a cameraman and scout.
Cameraman for TF1 "Histoires naturelles", cameraman Ushuaia, and the program "Should not dream", diver to Comex, surfing and kite surfing accomplished, he crossed Madagascar motorbike and horseback, rafting down rivers. Nothing can stop our man. Countries are his earliest playgrounds. The meeting and a small paradise.
This taste for adventure came to him from the age of 12 years for his first world tour as crew on a sailboat. "A school of life that changed me forever. A defining experience ". The world is vast and Pierrot hears go well. 17 the age of maturity, his parents left to settle in Réunion, where he spent his diving submarine patents. Then ensue a long list of countries, adventure that will shape Pierrot and initiate extreme sports including skydiving and wingsuit. While waiting to find a new challenge to its measurement.
In 2019, it will be the diagonal of Fools.
Paragliding in Reunion : a little history
In November 1984, John Jordan, is the author of the first flight in the history of paragliding in Reunion with Jean Claude Bétemps and its inventor Gerard Bosson. It is the origin of the drivers hundred training and the opening of many sites on the island.
In 1990, the first paragliding Criterium Reunion is created. Event, renamed 1991 Maïdo Run lived until 1996. He will be replaced by a pre World Cup in 1997 and the Open in Reunion 1998. Then, these are the sleeves of world pre-cut or pre-championship of France which follow, before the first national recognition of the flying site Reunion, with the organization of the first paragliding championship of France on the island in the year 2000.
In 2005, the Reunion Island will host its second France Championships final, sign that the quality site is appreciated at the highest level. But it is organizing the final of the world cup paragliding 2003 and once again 2006 that will give the final site of the island of Reunion international fame. From now on, it is the World Cup series with prize money that attracts pilots from around the world.