Horacio Llorens

A legend of the skies – world record holder and world champion

Horacio Llorens performs during the Aurora Borealis in Tromsø, Norway on January 12, 2016
© Frode Sandbech/Red Bull Content Pool

Hi, my name is Horacio Llorens. My discipline is paragliding aerobatic. I was born on 1 October 1982 in Madrid, Spain. My special talent is great physical strength and maximum concentration. The most important person in my life is Hernán Pitocco, my synchro partner.

Bio

A pioneer of aerobatic paragliding, Horacio Llorens began his life with wings at 14, when watching his cousins fly at his uncle’s paragliding school in the Spanish industrial aviation hub of Albacete.

After training with his cousins Raúl and Félix Rodríguez, he took to aerobatic paragliding, and together they set up the SAT (Safety Acro Team), a team which would travel the world, achieving great success.

At 18, he entered his first competition, one of the very few synchronised aerobatic paragliding tournaments that existed in those days, as the discipline was regarded as too dangerous.

Despite the lack of events, Horacio persevered, attempting complicated manoeuvres in a bid to develop the sport. His work paid off; in competition he had advanced much further than anybody else. Not long after placing second at Red Bull Vertigo in 2002, he found his synchro partner, Argentine Hernán Pitocco.

Step by step, Horacio has helped aerobatic paragliding to have a solid place alongside the rest of aerial sports. He always pushes himself to the limit.

In 2012, Horacio smashed the world record for infinity tumbling – achieving 568 revolutions after jumping from a helicopter at 19,700 feet above the Mayan ruins of Takalik Abaj in Guatemala, and experiencing up to 6G with each rotation.

He’s also ta five-time world champion and in 2016 Horacio experienced something unique – night flying in cold temperatures at the Aurora Borealis in Tromso, Norway. 

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. Project: To paraglide at the Aurora Borealis

      Battling -15 degree temperatures on the ground near Trømso, Norway,Llorens donned a wetsuit and battery-heated gloves, powered up his paramotor, and flatland-launched himself into the amazing a night flight with the ethereal green waves of the Aurora.

      Tromso, Norway

  2. 2014
    1. Stunt: Slingshot 2014 with Hernán Pitocco

      They jumped in tandem from a hot-air balloon at nearly 5,000m, started an infinity tumble and slingshotted away from the paraglider to skydive to earth

      La Molina, Barcelona, Spain

  3. 2013
    1. Aerobatic Paragliding World Cup Champion

    2. 1st Place: Sonchaux Acro Show

      Villeneuve, Switzerland

  4. 2012
    1. Aerobatic Paragliding World Cup Champion

  5. 2011
    1. 4th Place Overall: World Cup - Synchro

      With 5th Place in Solo

    2. 1st Place: Sonchaux Acro Show

      Villeneuve, Switzerland

  6. 2010
    1. Aerobatic Paragliding World Cup Champion - Solo and Synchro

      Horacio had already won both titles in 2008. In 2009 he won the Solo title and in 2007 he won the Synchro title. Before that he had been in the top 4 since 2002