Choreographing multiple paragliders to fly in sync is critical to ensuring safe flights for all involved, but what if you throw a couple of wingsuit flyers in the mix? And what if you do it all over an ancient, scenic castle in France?
That's exactly what paragliders Horacio Llorens, Theo De Blic and Rafael Goberna did when they joined the Soul Flyers — Fred Fugen and Vince Reffet — to swoop Peyrepertuse Castle and produce the incredible video that you can watch in the player above.
The project, called Higher Limits, was created to celebrate Peyrepertuse Castle becoming a UNESCO heritage site — and it certainly was an epic celebration.
Llorens explains the amazing days of flying: “We had two really perfect flying days. The first day we had six hours. We flew all around the castle doing acrobatics and playing.
“The second day Fred and Vince started jumping from the helicopter in free flight. In the afternoon we could play together with them in the air. I did an infinity tumble and they passed close, at [almost 125 mph]. It was a super-nice experience.
“We did a formation in the air and they passed again super-fast, like bullets. I was in the middle and they sped direct to me. It was cool.”
The pilots were able to land and take off from the ruins of the castle, a unique experience. The tourists visiting definitely got a thrill when the pilots all flew close to the castle grounds.
“It was a pleasure to fly at the Peyrepertuse Castle and be part of the project," Llorens adds.
But it’s not any group that could pull off such a technical stunt. It only worked because they know each other incredibly well.
“First of all you need to know everyone perfectly,” stresses Llorens. “I’ve known Rafael Goberna since he was 15 and Theo De Blic is my acro-partner.
“You try these things with people you trust 100 percent — not even 95 percent. You need 100 percent trust.
“So this is the most important thing, then we can plan together.”
The group is passionate and already talking about future projects they could pull off.
“At the end of the celebration, we were already speaking about our next projects," says Llorens. "We have a lot of really cool ideas.
“We can really play together. Create gates in the air for them to fly through, for example. For sure in the future we will play together more.”