Honorin Hamard is a multiple world record holder in Paragliding, and has been both FAI Paragliding World Champion and FAI Paragliding European Champion.
He got the flying bug aged 14 from his father, who had been a pilot since the late 1980s but had given up the sport when his son was born. “For my father it was fun. He liked the social side, but for me, I wanted to win,” Honorin has said.
He learnt to fly on the coastline and in the flatlands of Normandy, France, but moved to the Alps to focus on flying as he became more involved in the sport. Once there he soon found his way onto the French national paragliding squad, under the direction of legendary French hang gliding and paragliding coach Didier Mathurin.
He rose quickly through the ranks, coming third in the Under-21s French Paragliding Championship in 2008, and becoming French Under-21 Champion in 2012.
Three years later he won the FAI Paragliding World Championships in Colombia in 2015 when he was just 24-years-old. He went on to win the FAI Paragliding European Championships in 2016, too.
Away from the competition circuit Hamard has also set several paragliding world records. Flying solo he set a declared flight to goal, 423.5km, in Brazil in 2013. Also in Brazil he set three tandem records flying with his girlfriend Karine Gras, on flights that took 11 hours. They also pushed the record for longest straight-line tandem paragliding flight to 403km.
A professional paraglider test pilot he flies 600 hours a year.
2016: FAI European Paragliding Championships, gold
2015: FAI World Paragliding Championships, gold
2015: Three FAI Tandem Paragliding world records
2013: FAI Paragliding World Record, Declared flight to goal, 423.5km, Brazil