James Borges - Team Wing It

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United Kingdom | 35 | Company Director

James has been flying a Paramotor for a year. In that time, he has clocked up clocked up 124 flights but life and weather often come between him and his best intentions to fly more.

Before discovering paramotoring, he describes himself as being obsessed with other sports.  First it was windsurfing which he took all the way to becoming a RYA Windsurfing Level 3 Instructor and teaching in Narbonne, France and Tossa de Mar, Spain. He is also a sailor and has sailed on UK coastines as well as in Gibraltar, Morroco, Portugal and Lanzarote. He holds a RYA Yachtmaster Certificate of Competence. 

With friend and Icarus Trophy teammate Jason Taylor, he has competed in the discovery group at the British Open and flown at Parafest.  When applying for the Icarus Trophy, the furthest he had flown was a 90 mile cross country from Mersea Island, Essex to Cromer, Norfolk. He describes this as "terrifying in almost everyway it could be. Flying down wind of Norwich city really tested my bump threshold to the max."

When I was 5 I took on a much older Austrian kid donned in race gear for an impromptu skiing race. It didn’t stop me being outmatched and under skilled then and it won’t stop me now.

Obviously spiral fractures to your legs do slow you down so I will endeavour to avoid this as best I can.
— James

James will be competing in the Icarus Trophy as part of Team Wing It with Matthew Crackett and Jason Taylor.