Giuseppe “Jo” Mastromichele
FOUNDER OF FLY THE APENNINES
Italian, cross country instructor, tandem & competition pilot
Born in 1977 and raised in a city close to Rome and the Apennine mountains. Since a kid I was attracted by paper kites, floating in the air. One day, at Easter time, an old neighbour showed me how to build kites with the paper of Easter eggs and bamboo sticks. The kites were getting bigger and bigger until the day I asked him if we could make a really big one so I could fly with it. This question made him really smile.
I’m grateful I could always live my life following my passions. At the age of 20, I moved to Greece and later the Canarian Islands for windsurfing. In 2001 I decided to quit windsurfing and to focus on paragliding. I love to be in the air and to understand how the fluids move.
I build up many years of experience working as a thermal and cross country instructor, test pilot and tandem pilot. Also competing on Italian and international level, like PWC, made me grow a lot. In 2016 I participated for the 1 st time in the X-Pyrenees, a cross-country endurance competition like the X-Alps. This was an incredible experience for me. I like to share my knowledge and experience with others.
Besides paragliding I’ve been teaching in ski, snowboard and windsurf. As an outdoor sports lover I also like trail running, skiing, ski touring, downhill mountain bike, climbing and hiking.
I can guide you in Italian, English, French, Spanish, Greek or German.