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Cape Town’s High Flyer | Alois Marume

by on 21/04/2014
 

Paragliding has provided an unlikely career escape route for one man in South Africa:

Alois Marume came to South Africa from Zimbabwe looking for work. He found a part time job as a porter for tandem pilots in Cape Town, and while watching them fly off Alois developed a deep passion for Paragliding. After one of the tandem pilots took him for a flight, there was no turning back, Alois was in love: ”This is real freedom!”

Always in a contagiously happy mood, Alois quickly earned the nick-name Smiley and it was his friendly nature that captured the attention of Pete Wallenda, of WallendAir, a long time instructor who saw great potential in young Alois and took him under his wing.

Alois is now a qualified solo pilot with lots of flights under his belt and an ambition to become an instructor and tandem pilot. He has come a long way already but it has not been an easy road. Alois hopes that his story will inspire others and says that when circumstances are difficult it should never discourage you from fulfilling your ambitions.

Happy flying Alois, you inspire us!

Alois was one of the most hard working porters on Lions Head. Though, normally carrying only one tandem kit (weighing in at about 25kg), he was once spotted with these three ;-)

Alois was one of the most hard working porters on Lions Head. Though normally carrying only one tandem kit (weighing in at 20-25kg) on his back, he was once spotted with another on his head and a solo kit dangling on his arm 😉

Alois Marume groundhandling

Alois and his ever present warm smile, showing Pete’s students how to pull up the glider. Wilderness, South Africa.