The dream of flying
After you have gained an insight into Salvenmoser's professional career, it's now time to fly high. He fulfilled his dream of flying and takes you on an exciting journey.
After Seppi's return from Hawaii, windsurfing here was unfortunately not that exciting anymore. This is no wonder when you were used to the greatest and biggest waves for years. Seppi's brother and his circle of friends have been known as enthusiastic hang gliders for quite some time and Seppi joined them, because he also wanted to get into the air.
In the beginning, a second-hand glider was bought, which he told no one about, because his mother was less enthusiastic about flying.
The wind at your back
"As a windsurfer, you automatically have a feel for thermals," Seppi was convinced of this from the start. After only one year, he won the Kitzbühel Club Championship in 1988. The surprise was great when his mother saw him smiling from the newspaper!
Seppi talks about the 70s and 80s, because there were many top pilots in Kitzbühel at that time, like Herbert Kühr or Helmut Lorenzoni from Kirchberg. They belonged to the world class and of course you could learn a lot from them. A few competitions later, Joseph was promoted to the Austrian national team in 1995.
Many titles collected
Again and again, Joseph took to the air whenever possible, although at the same time he was very successful with his glass collection. From 1999 on, things really took off, as he was able to fly in his first world championship title in 2001. This did not remain the only title of the exceptional talent. Another highlight of his life was the organization of the speed run over the Streif, for which he worked together with his friend Axel Naglich.
Speedrun over the Streif
In 2001, the very best flyers were out and about in Kitzbühel, venturing down the Streif at high speed with four low-flying gates. Seppi enthusiastically recounts how the pilots went downhill at the absolute limit and at full risk. The victory at that time went to three-time world champion Manfred Rumer with a time of 2.34 minutes. There is a worry about the new generation, because many pilots start with paragliding and then often stay with this passion. The goal of any competition is to keep the aircraft flying in the air for as long as possible, and tactics play a major role.
In the air as long as possible
Seppi has experienced a few dicey situations himself. In these moments it was important to act quickly in the air, which he did at the European Championships in Greifenburg. It is true that every aviator wears his rescue parachute in his harness, but Joseph still had to struggle for a long time to come to terms with his crashes.