Rene Falquier

united states

One among 6 siblings, Rene was born and raised in Mexico City to a Swiss father and an American mother. By the age of 2, Rene was riding his father’s shoulders on downhill sled runs during family visits to Switzerland. A love for action sports was born which would lead to his paragliding certification in the summer of 2016, nearly 25 years later. The sport inspired him to pursue his master’s in aeronautics in Stockholm. After convincing his professor to let him do his keystone project in the paragliding industry, all he had to do was find said project. Armed with a CV, he attended the 2018 Coupe Icare, pitching his idea booth to booth. It was there that he met Bruce, Tom, and Christoph (who of course, offered him a beer). The rest is history, and Rene still contributes to BGD’s R&D efforts in his spare time. His current goals are set on the competition and XC scene. In the longer term, he nurtures a wild idea for a combined paragliding / surfing adventure somewhere deep in Mexico’s mystical coast… Rene feels safe and performant under BGD’s wings, and describes them as “aeronautical art”. What he loves most about BGD is that their colorful gliders are designed and flown by equally colorful people. Often far from home, he cherishes the family feel of the BGD team.

#Cross Country

  • Age : 29
  • Flying since 2016
  • Current kit : Riot
  • Top sites : • El Penon, Valle De Bravo - Mexico • Piedrahita - Spain • Palomar Mountain, San Diego - USA • Gourdon – France • Oludeniz - Turkey • Torrey Pines, San Diego - USA
  • Gig : Aeronautical Engineer
  • Bad weather fillers : Surfing, Downhill Skiing, Trekking
Teammates

Achievements

    Projects:

    Rectrix Paraglider Flight Mechanics Simulation Software for BGD GmbH
    Best Competition results
    GIN Wide Open 2018 – Ager, Spain
    First Competition
    44/82 Overall
    BGD Weightless 2019 – St. Jean-Montclar
    Withdrew early due to un-related surgery scheduling
    EN-B Task Winner – Task 1
    XC Sky Race 2020 – Valle de Bravo, Mexico
    1st Place EN-B Class
    2nd Place Teams Overall
    14/28 Open Class (placing above many higher rated gliders including CCC)
    Personal bests
    FAI Triangle: 71.99km – Valle de Bravo, Mexico
    Flat Triangle: 52.98km – Valle de Bravo, Mexico
    Open Distance: 67.61km – Piedrahita, Spain
    Favorite memorable flights, etc.
    Lofoten hike and fly under the midnight sun
    Being the only two people in the air on a sunset flight with my friend Dries enjoying an unexpected evening glass-off over Gourdon.
    Lone post frontal days at Torrey Pines with no one out except the seagulls, falcons, and osprey.
    My first XC over Palomar Mountain in San Diego, a 25km FAI.
    XC Sky Race 2020 for my personal best in Valle de Bravo.