Sam Essertier


At a young age Sams watched his father leap off a cliff and fly away with his hang-gliding. he was immediately hooked. Before paragliding was invented Sam knew he want to fly, he was always watching birds, clouds and how air flows. When he had his first real job, he worked just enough to pay for a paragliding course , equipment, and the summer to practice and it continues! Work to fly. Currently, Sam works as a paragliding instructor, airplane pilot, and paragliding powered pilot. He is always searching for those raw feeling he only finds in nature and in the sky. He has dabbled with XC and hike and fly competitions ( in solo and tandem) but it is never enough freedom for him. He constantly strives to make big triangles in the French Alps.

#Vol Bivouac, #Cross Country

  • Age : 49
  • Flying since 1998
  • Current kit : Lynx, Cure
  • Top sites : Vercors's Est face in the morning Val d'Hérens and val d'Anniviers in afternoon From Dormillouse to St André at sunset Over Annecy lake by night
  • Gig : Paragliding instructor , site manager in wind turbines construction, consulting in self-construction
  • Bad weather fillers : cross-country ski, snowboard, mountain bike, hiking, running, kayak, snow kayak, and many more...
Website Teammates


    245 km in 8h15, 9h35, 250 CFD points triangle, 288 XContest points
    Supporter for Antoine Girard (Team FRA 3) in Red-Bull X-Alps 2015
    XContest - 1st - WORLD Paragliding OPEN Class flying with BGD gliders
    41st overall french XC contest
    More than 3 flights XC over 200 kilometers
    BGD Weightless 2019 (flying a LYNX) 3rd Overall ranking, 1st sports class, 1st BGD pilot
    Bivi adventure across northen alps
    Top land the Mont Blanc (2019), flying from my place to switzerland (twice)

    35 th overall french XC contest
    Average of 225 km on my 4 longuests flights
    1st transdromoise (hike and fly)

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