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Shooting paragliding in the Red Bull Elements

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It’s been a while since I last posted here, but I have a good excuse: I am currently in the middle of a pretty awesome roadtrip through the western USA, and wifi and power are scarce resources…

I was lucky to get to shoot for Red Bull last month, covering the paragliding portion of their Elements race, which meant covering a lot of ground in very little time. The secret was to be in the air as well, thanks to the incredible pilot Jérôme Baud.

The Elements, now in its 3rd edition, is a one-of-its-kind relay race. It takes place in teams of four, and starts with rowing in the Annecy lake. The relay is passed on to trailers who run 2000m of D+ to the summit of la Tournette, before the third teammate flies down (and occasionally runs back up) all the way back to Talloires. Finally, the last sport is mountain biking with a demanding circuit. Lots of action, lots of emotions and everybody giving it their all, which is what really attracts me to this kind of event.

Enjoy my gallery from the day!

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