Paul Guschlbauer

Made for the great outdoors!

Paul Guschlbauer soaring about mountains in Berchtesgarden, Germany
© Philip Platzer/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Paul Guschlbauer. My discipline is paragliding cross country. I was born on 25 December 1983 in Graz, Austria. My special talent is climbing but slacklining, skiing and cross-country skiing are great too. My philosophy of life is if you're born to hang, you will not drown. The most important person in my life is my father.


Paul Guschlbauer had an enthusiasm for outdoor activities since birth, and spent much of his youth absorbed by the mountain bike scene.

After he graduated from Episcopal High School in Graz back in 2002, he opted for a degree in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Graz. Around this same time he discovered paragliding and soon began training to become a paragliding pilot. As soon as he had his first lesson, he was hooked. His studies were sidelined, and to this day are still awaiting completion.

Early on, Paul mainly focused on cross-country flying and soon discovered that although it could be difficult finding the right thermals, he had a good feel for the forces of nature and was extremely conscientious when it came to dealing with hazards.

Before long, he was gliding to victory on the competition circuit. In 2010, he came first at Red Bull Dolomitenmann and continued in the same vein in 2011 by taking bronze at the Red Bull X-Alps competition.

In 2012, Paul took part in the project Altitude Experience, climbing Muztagh Ata (7,546m) in China after flying in Pakistan on a six-week trip along the Karakoram Highway in the summer.

Ever in search of a new adventure, in 2014 Paul and fellow pilot Tom de Dorlodot went on an epic odyssey; an 1,800km journey across six countries and three mountain ranges, finishing with a paramotor trip across the Adriatic Sea.

Behind the blissful, beautiful nature of gliding lies a lot of hard work – planning and preparation are key. “One of my strengths is to concentrate fully on my goal in competitions, it enables me to achieve my maximum potential,” Paul says.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. 1st Place: Red Bull Dolomitenmann

      Lienz, Austria

  2. 2015
    1. 2nd Place: Red Bull Dolomitenmann

      As part of Team Red Bull

      Lienz, Austria

    2. Project: Adriatic Circle

      Six countries, 1800km, three mountain ranges, finishing with a paramotor trip across the Adriatic Sea... and two paraglider pilots

  3. 2013
    1. 2nd Place: Atomic Waymaker

      Dachstein, Austria

    2. 1st Place: Red Bull Dolomitenmann Paragliding

      Lienz, Austria

  4. 2012
    1. Project: Altitude Experience

      Paul climbed Muztagh Ata (7546m) in China after flying in Pakistan on a six weeks trip along the Karakoram Highway in 2012.

      Xinjiang, China

    2. 2nd Place: Bordairline Lungau

      Lungau, Austria

  5. 2011
    1. 1st Place: Bordairline - Solo

      Radsberg, Austria