Each and every year we dedicate a page in memory of the founder of Speed-Flying.com: Mathias Roten. This year, as you take to the air, we ask you to think of Mathias and what he has done for our sport. He was a passionate, highly skilled and heartfelt Speed Flyer that was at home in the air, at home with the elements. I'm sure you, as we do, will feel his presence when you take to the skies.
New to Speed-Flying? Please take a look at our introduction to Speed-Flying to familiarize yourself with the sport. Speed-Flying is an extreme sport that is only suited for those with adequate paragliding and skiing experience. There are many risks associated with the sport, which is why unfortunately in the past year there have also been a number of serious injuries and fatalities. Please take a moment to reflect on those that have passed, and keep them in mind before you take to the skies. We can't urge enough that new Speed Flyers take training lessons and instruction before taking to the air. As witnessed by our recent poll, 69% of respondents say they have no Speed-Flying experience whatsoever. That's an indicator of the relative "newness" of Speed-Flying, and how it's catching on world wide at an unprecedented rate. In other words, there is currently a high level of interest compared to actual experience. That's great news for Speed-Flying but also shows the growing need for instruction, guidelines, and training. We'll keep you posted on guidelines and training possibilities as we learn of them.
Fly save, have fun, and here's to a great Speed-Flying year in 2013.