Horacio Llorens’ Dancing with the Northern Lights

Horacio Llorens, one of the world’s best acro-paragliders, has long craved to combine his passion for flying with the famed Northern Lights but the eerie lightshow at the magnetic poles had until now proved an unwilling partner.

In 14 years of professional paragliding, the Spanish acrobat has flown all around the world, checking most places off his bucket list. But travelling to Norway earlier this month to chase the Northern Lights was something he “couldn’t turn down”, he said.

Snow storms, bad visibility and frozen wires didn’t make it easy. To capture these images, Llorens was on stand-by for hours in -15°C, ready for take off in very cold, windy and damp conditions. And because he flew above the water, he also wore a wetsuit under his flying outfit in case he had to land on the 2°C water.

“I’ve found out that flying at night is difficult, especially this far north and during the winter,” he explained. “Tromsø was different from everything I’m used to. It was cold and dark, the wind was strong, and I was surrounded by water. So every decision was important.”

And even though the Norwegian city is a favourable location to see Northern Lights, the bright, dancing beams were elusive.

“Aurora is very shy,” he laughed. “I’ve asked her out many times, but every time she was a no show.

“It felt fantastic [when it finally worked out]. I’m very fortunate to have had this opportunity and to have this as a job. I will definitely come back to Tromsø, but the next time will be during the summer!”

Only the latest technology made this video possible. Up until recently, the moving images of Aurora Borealis could only be recorded in high quality by making time lapses. New light sensitive cameras have changed the game, and Dancing with Aurora is the first high quality clip showing the Northern Light combined with action sports.

[vc_images_carousel images=”8227,8228,8229,8231″ onclick=”link_image” custom_links_target=”_self” mode=”horizontal” speed=”5000″ slides_per_view=”1″ autoplay=”” hide_pagination_control=”” hide_prev_next_buttons=”” partial_view=”” wrap=”” img_size=”full”]

Hayco Volkers
Hayco Volkers
I have practiced a multitude of sports since my youth to the present. My first sports as a child were judo and athletics. Cycling, hiking, mountain biking, kyokushin karate, diving, baseball, golf and windsurfing, rowing and krav maga were added later.

LAAT EEN REACTIE ACHTER

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Deze website gebruikt Akismet om spam te verminderen. Bekijk hoe je reactie-gegevens worden verwerkt.

Lees ook

Gerelateerd

Recente artikelen

Het is lente! Tijd om naar buiten te gaan

Yes! De lente is weer begonnen. Het zonnetje breekt door, de natuur ontwaakt, krokussen en narcissen bloeien, bomen hebben bloesem. Ook wij ontwaken en...

Review: Cortazu Mountain Hardshell en Midlayer

De Cortazu Hardshell is een lichtgewicht drielaags hardshell jack. Gemaakt voor het skiën, wandelen of voor woon-werkverkeer. De DermizaxEV-stof is 100% waterdicht. Winddicht en...

Review: De Nordic Pocket Saw kettingzaag in zakformaat

De afgelopen jaren heb ik een aantal flexibele draadzagen gebruikt, waarvan het gros niet echt duurzaam bleek. De Nordic Pocket Saw is net even...

Schrijf je in voor onze onregelmatige nieuwsbrief