For the Red Bull X-Alps 2017 skywalk is supporting six strong teams.
skywalk’s team for the Red Bull X-Alps is now more than complete: an exciting mixture of motivated newcomers, cutting-edge World Cup racers, experienced expeditionists, returning favorites – and the most successful pilot in the history of the X-Alps: Christian Maurer. After intensive testing, “Chrigel” has decided to fly skywalk‘s lightweight paragliders for all upcoming Hike & Fly competitions.
After intensive material testing this spring, Chrigel Maurer, four times Red Bull X-Alps Champion has chosen skywalk‘s high performance X-Alps glider for the 8th Red Bull X-Alps competition. Chrigel is excited to have teamed up with skywalk and reports: “The right glider is critical for my personal highlight of the season. skywalk‘s X-Alps glider is in my opinion the optimal combination of reduced weight, great gliding performance and agile handling.” The first run-in begins with the Bordair race, tomorrow on the 6th of May starting in Aschau.
The second prominent new addition to skywalk’s team is Manuel Nübel, who cut his teeth on the 2015 Red Bull X-Alps. Manuel will also be at the Bordair race start this weekend.
skywalk is supporting a total of six fascinating teams for this years Red Bull X-Alps due to start on the 2nd of July. “Repeat offender” and top favorite Paul Guschlbauer is on board once again, together with Stephan Gruber from skywalk‘s R&D team and the new rookie Simon Oberrauner from Graz who won the complete Bordairline series in 2016. Dutch adventurer Ferdinand van Schelven, veteran of the last two Red Bull X-Alps is also starting for skywalk.
The entire skywalk team is already bubbling with excitement, anticipating the start of the race season. This year is going to be incredible and makes us really proud to have so many exceptional athletes and fascinating individuals on the team. After joining as main Red Bull X-Alps paragliding sponsor in 2015 and partnering up with outdoor equipment maker SALEWA, this is another new level of commitment to the sport. Arne Wehrlin, head of skywalk paragliders: “We‘ll be sending top pilots with top gliders to the start of the 8th Red Bull X-Alps on the 2nd of July, and are certain that our serial development will profit enormously from their experience and feedback.”
The skywalk Red Bull X-Alps-Team 2017:
The defending champion
Christian Maurer: CH – 34 years old – 4 x Red Bull X-Alps Champion
Paul Guschlbauer: AT– 33 years old – 3. place 2011, finisher 2013 (9.) + 2015 (3.)
Stephan Gruber: AT – 31 years old – finisher 2015
Manuel Nübel: DE – 29 years old – finisher 2015
Ferdinand van Schelven: NL – 33 years old – finisher 2013 + 2015
Simon Oberrauner: A – 26 years old – Bordairline Champion 2016