See 3 pilots set a paragliding record together

Three pilots perform a record-breaking infinity tumble in sync, surrounded by hot air balloons.
By Alison Mann

Setting a new world record for the infinity tumble while giving hot air balloonists the show of their lives above the unique settlement of Cappadocia is all in a days work for Veso Ovcharov, Ondrej Prochazka and Petar Lončar.

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Watch a record breaking infinity tumble

The guys took a trip to the Turkish site, which is renowned for its incredible pillar-like structures, and managed to set the world record for three pilots completing an infinity tumble in sync. They also managed to launch from the basket of a balloon.

The idea originally came from Petar Lončar, says fellow pilot Veso Ovcharov: "He wanted to go to this unique place where you can see many balloons all at once. They were really open to hosting us and our permit to fly in this area with the balloons was accepted."

See the trio’s synchronised spinning

Taking part in the challenge was different to previous flights as spectators were looking at them from the sky. Ovcharov explains, "The cool thing was getting to perform our acrobatics for spectators who were not on the ground, but in the air. It was a 3D moment, and nice to present for them."

The trio were able to make Cappadocia their playground and use the site to fly around and launch from. They managed 126 turns during their synchronised infinity tumble. It took an incredible amount of skill to be tumbling so fast, with other pilots close-by.

It takes good coordination, it’s pretty extreme

– Veso Ovcharov

"It takes good coordination of safety and you need to be extremely conscious of your friends movements as it's pretty extreme," says Ovcharov.

"The manoeuvre has become pretty mainstream over the past year, with hundreds of people completing it but no one had performed it three guys side-by-side. It was exciting to perform. We entered the manoeuvre correctly but there was some interference in the trajectory and I could see my friends getting closer, so it was an emotional moment trying to ensure I could move and we were all safe," he added.

There is a lot of possibility with this manoeuvre

Ondrej Prochazka paragliding above Cappadocia, Turkey, amid hot air balloons
Enjoying the sky above Cappadocia. © Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

Now they have completed the effort with three pilots, the team are already thinking about adding more and more pilots to the mix – only the most skilled of course.

Ondrej Prochazka said the amount of turns wasn't as important as setting the record and seeing what will follow. He is enthusiastic about the potential there is to add more pilots into the mix: "We could go for 500 turns, but that's not the point, we wanted to establish the record in this amazing place. So we tried to deliver and turn in sync and hopefully in the future we can go for four, five, six, seven or more.

"The limit is only getting the pilots together as the greater the number the more technical it becomes. Four or five for me is definitely possible and we are doing a lot of training here in Norway at the moment. But we could do a lot more. Lets see if time and skills will get us there."

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