SWEET MOMENTS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC

WOW !!!

copyright : Tom De Dorlodot

Green and blue

Tom de Dorlodot soars from an island peak out towards the Pacific Ocean. He and acro-paraglider pilot Horacio Llorens headed to the islands in search of unique paragliding locations.

Tandem flight above Tahiti.

 

 

Home base

Who needs a hotel when you have a cabin? De Dorlodot and Llorens are living on board a catamaran outfitted for fast cruising. If all goes as planned, it will take them 2,500 nautical miles over two months.

"Agility" cruising.

Oh, hello…

De Dorlodot comes face-to-face with some local wildlife – but this picture isn’t as scary as the story he shared. “I was spearfishing, and had caught a fish,” he says, “Not long after I speared it, three sharks came and ate it right off the spear, directly in front of me.”

Tom's diving with sharks.

By sail or wing

The pilots have had many great flights, but one of the most memorable was flying the length of Nuku Hiva, while the catamaran followed along.

Horacio and "Agility" cruising side by side.

A clear view

“One of the most amazing things about paragliding over the Tuamotus is how clear the water is,” says de Dorlodot. “You can really see the coral reefs, stingrays, sharks… everything!”

Tom flying at low altitude.

Island runway

What counts for an island in the Tuamotus are often just long strips of sand in the sea.

Horacio is airborn.

Ocean blue

Yes, the water really is that colour. Yes, it really is that clear. Yes, according to Tom, it’s as warm as it looks.

Shadow in the shallow.

Touch-dock

With paragliding not exactly being a well-established sport in this part of the world, sometimes the boys needed to get creative for launches and landings.

Horacio lands on a tiny spot in Tahiti.

Acro heaven

De Dorlodot says that they have found excellent locations for acrobatic paragliding, giving them the freedom to train and learn various tricks.

Horacio and Tom doing some acro above the coral reef.

Walking on water

The intrepid pilots do their best to just get a toe wet.

Bear foot.

Jumping in

After hacking their way to the peaks with a machete to launch their paramotors, the water must look pretty inviting – especially with the 35-degree heat.

Horacio and Tom playing low.

Hungry? Fish

When not under their wings, de Dorlodot, Llorens and the rest of the crew are often working on rustling up their dinner – which usually comes in the form of fish they caught themselves.

Gaston the fisherman.

Going pro

A camera mounted under the wing provides a unique angle on some acro moves with the paramotor.

GoPro Hero 3