Fabio Zappa was born in Como in 1982 and approached paragliding about 15 years ago. After having always practiced mountain sports, such as skiing and mountaineering, he decided to try the flight also thanks to his father, a mountaineer, and paraglider: "The mountain, freedom and the open air are dimensions that unite us and so I followed him and I started to fly".
Today he works in Switzerland, and he is lucky: so he can do paragliding during the week waiting for the weekend when he returns to the mountains near his home where for the first time he discovered his passion. There is good news for those who have always wanted to try paragliding: you can start from scratch, without any preparation from an athletic point of view and after a course that goes from 6 to 8 months you go out ready to drive in different weather conditions and with the basic notions of micro and macro meteorology.
The beauty of paragliding flight
Fabio Zappa assures that "As in all sports, you will have the experience as you practice it, but let's also say that any person can go flying in paragliding. Of course, there is a way and a way to do it: simply flying down the mountain taking off and landing is something that everyone can do, for longer and more structured flights you need more experience".
Yes, because with paragliding, which is the simplest means of free flight existing you can make flights of up to 200-300 km, but you start in steps. First, you try on the fields, where you become familiar with the means of transport, then you start to raise your feet from the ground and make the first flights from 10 to 20 meters and, once the course is over, begins the real fun.
When you start flying from one mountain to another, you start to understand how the winds work, how the sun works on the ridges and you start flying from a distance, says Fabio Zappa. Fabio Zappa often returns to Italy to follow his passion for paragliding: the last time he flew in the Chiavenna area with friends, flying for 80 km to the Maloja Pass and then returning to the base. We flew among the Eagles in isolated places, where everyone is looking for a bit 'of himself, despite the fact that we all leave together.
Fabio Zappa says: Well, every time I fly I live the same thing: I take my feet off the ground and it's as if they took off my wheels, and every time since 15 years I live every take-off as if it were the first. I go flying with my problems, with the weight of the days, but then I have nothing more, I fly and I'm fine.