Flying Kings Kiss Enormous Desert Dunes of Namibia

Watch two paragliders take an epic flight in the middle of the Namib Desert.
By Francois Palissarde

"I wish I had a magic door at home. Whenever the weather is bad, I could go through it and arrive in one of the most amazing spots on Earth."

Jean-Baptiste Chandelier

Don’t worry Jean-Baptiste Chandelier, we're here to make your dreams come true. The lastest episode of our Namibian trip tells the story of how this paraglider was catapulted (well, virtually) into the middle of the desert with the best acro-pilot in the world, Tim Alongi.

Together, the French flyers experienced sliding along the big dunes while having their feet heated by the hot sand below. "Namibia is a dream spot to fly close to the ground. With hundreds of miles of dunes, you literally burn your feet while flying at full speed," says Alongi.

JB Chandelier, the flying king of the desert

JB Chandelier like a king in the desert
JB Chandelier like a king in the desert © Fabian Equey

"Conditions were tough on this trip, but that’s part of the job. Otherwise, we’d stay at home watching TV," says Alongi, who won the World Air Games in 2015.

Flying in the middle of the desert is definitely a big challenge for paragliders — wind conditions change constantly. The reward is even bigger once you manage to take off and follow the lines of these mountains of sand that can reach more than 1,000 feet high.

Tim Alongi and Jean-Baptiste Chandelier are two of the world’s best paragliders

End of session for Tim Alongi and JB Chandelier
End of session for Tim Alongi and JB Chandelier © Fabian Equey

"The dunes are so huge in Namibia. You have the feeling they never end. You can stay flying for hours with the feet sliding on the ground," says Alongi.

Step inside Jean-Baptiste Chandelier's world by watching the video in the player above, and get lost in the desert dunes!

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