Horacio Llorens was born on October 1st, 1982, in Madrid. Soon after, he moved to Majorca. There, climbing several of the highest mountain peaks of the island together with his father, Horacio developed his love of nature. At only 12, he had the incredible opportunity of realising his dream — flying. He did so with his uncle Félix Rodríguez in a tandem, flying at a height of more than 1,000 metres above the ground, at a famous flying spot known as El Yelmo, Jaén.
At the age of 14, Horacio moved again, this time to Albacete, where he took an induction course at his uncle’s school.
By the age of 17, he had already started to begin to show, so he took the first steps in distance competitions. Several national leagues and a competition in Portugal signified his initiation into paragliding, even getting to compete in a PWC (Paragliding World Cup) in 2000.
However, it was in the year 2001, after intensive training all the winter round in South America with his well-known cousins, Raúl and Félix Rodríguez, that he entered the acrobatics world circuit. Soon, with his skill, Horacio earned an important place in this modality, until in 2002 he got the 2nd place in the RedBull-Vertigo Competition – the most important competition then – in the syncro modality together with the Argentinean pilot, Hernán Pitocco, who will become his friend and companion for several years.
Since then, Horacio has been enjoying considerable success, taking the podium several times until he achieved the roaring success of becoming the world champion in 2008, both in the solo and syncro modalities. He repeated the triumph by holding the world championship again in 2009 and 2010.
To top it all off, in 2009, he managed to break the Infinity Tumbling world record – the most extreme and difficult manoeuvre in paragliding – jumping from a helicopter from the great height of 5,300 metres and making 281 consecutive revolutions. It was opposite the highest summits of the Himalayas, in Nepal.
At present, Horacio’s main aim is embarking on pure adventure, succeeding in the discovery of the most beautiful places on earth in his paraglider.