"Paragliding is my passion and it gives me a lot of freedom." - Veselin Georgiev
Mina: Do you remember your first paragliding flight? Where was it?
Veselin: Yes, I do! It was in the Viskiar Mountain, near my native city Pernik, Bulgaria.
Mina: When did you start paragliding? When did you start training for competitions?
Veselin: I started paragliding five years ago. I started training for competitions a year after my first flight.
Mina: Where did your love for paragliding come from? At which point did you know it was something you wanted to pursue?
Veselin: I grew up surrounded by other paragliders, friends of my dad who is a paraglider himself. I got the love for this sport from him. When I was a child, every now and then he would take me flying with him. Since then I always wanted to become a paraglider.
Mina: How much time on average do you spend flying?
Veselin: I try to dedicate every minute of my spare time to paragliding.
Mina: You are one of the best in your country. What is your training method for success? What can you recommend to people who are just starting out?
Veselin: My training method for success is a combination of passion, a lot of practicing which includes many landings and a desire to improve with every flight.
First of all I would recommend enjoying it and then practicing a lot, it will lead naturally to perfection.
Mina: Tell me about the wing you fly? How about harness and other gear?
Veselin: The wing I fly is the Gradient Bright 4. It is one of the best wings for this kind of competitions.
Mina: What do you do when you're not flying?
Veselin: I like camping and spending time with friends.
Mina: Do you have any sponsors? Who are they?
Veselin: I don’t have any sponsors. However, the Sport Club where I am registered helps us a lot.
Mina: Beside being your favorite sport, what differentiates paragliding from other sports for you?
Veselin: Paragliding is my passion and it gives me a lot of freedom. The people I meet through this sport are very interesting and I can always learn something from them.
Mina: Would you encourage your children to try paragliding and support them if they showed interest?
Veselin: I don’t have any children yet. But if I would and they would show interest in paragliding, I would absolutely encourage them to follow their passion.
Mina: What are your 3 favorite flying sites in the world?
Veselin: Viskiar Mountain in Bulgaria, Galichitsa in Macedonia and Wasserkuppe in Germany.
Mina: What are your 3 favorite flying sites in your country?
Veselin: Viskiar Mountain as mentioned before, Koniavska Mountain and Shumenskoto Plato.
Mina: Biggest challenge so far?
Veselin: For me, every competition is a challenge and every makes me feel nervous. I fully commit myself to it.
Mina: The most beautiful thing about flying?
Mina: What are your goals for the future?
Veselin: My next goal is to become first on the 7th FAI World Accuracy Paragliding Championships.
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