Denis Cortella

Denis Cortella came to flying from mountaineering, inspired by watching pilots learning to predict the invisible movements of the air. What Denis loves most about paragliding is, "50% to race with my friends; 20% to be free of the ground problems; 20% the light, and the view of the terrain; 10% to be different than normal people".

3 times French champion and accomplished World Cup Pilot, Denis is also the founder of Kortel design. When he's not designing harnesses or flying, Denis climbs, sails and tends to his vegetable garden and wine cellar.

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Career highlights

3 times French champion: 1998, 2004, 2005

Vice world champion (team) Australia 2007

Top landing on Mont Blanc 2009

5th overall PWC 2005

2nd PWC La Bresse 1999

2nd PWC Korea Munyeong 2009

3rd PWC Slovenia Prevedor 1997

1st Pre world cup Canada 2012

1st Pre world cup Colombia Roldanillo 2010

2nd Pre world cup Macedonia Krushevo 2011

Instructor: Rock climbing, ski, paragliding , mountaineering