Naked pilot: Richi Mantilla
Bastienne Wentzel

"I grew up in Bucaramanga, Colombia where we taught ourselves to fly paragliders in 1994. The first foreign pilots only arrived here two years earlier. There were no instructors or schools. I remember my first flight where my friend said: “Just run and when your down there, put your hands down!”

"A year later an instructor from Venezuela arrived, Leopoldo Turko. He offered a course and we learned how to fly properly. We were flying almost every day in those days. There were no local brands of paragliders. We flew Airwave, Bruce Goldsmiths former company. That's how I got in contact with him. Now I am a BGD dealer in Colombia." the full interview in Cross Country magazine 215, November 2020.