Malachi Templeton

Do you have a nickname that you go by? Mal or Malachi (often said ma-laa-che)

Where do you live? Wanaka, New Zealand.

What do you do for work? Tandem Skydivng.

What year, and how old were you when you started flying? First Speed flight 2006 Christmas Day, i would have been 23.

Did a family member introduce you to paragliding? Does anyone else in your family fly?
My Father, The ledgend, dragged us around airfeilds skydiving as kids. Before speedflying was a thing, there was a group of us experimented with skydiving gear in the hills. Last year Dad at age 69 learnt to paraglide and actually brought a Speedwing , God help us all.

What other passions do you have, or activities do you enjoy? Surfing and The Ocean, I have also this year started paragliding (XC) and am frothing on it (Scary stuff) .

Why is flying important to you, and what does flying mean to you? Flying has given me so much, from friends, time in the outdoors and freedom. It’s an amazing way to get away.

Flying Achievements
One of the most memorable missions was up in the north of Norway, with the 24 hr sun. A friend and i got a great weather window and spent a week walking up different peaks, sleeping in our wings and then flying. Was a special time. Other than that We have been opening up new lines left right and centre here lately, scouting those lines, assessing them and then flying them always feels like an achievment. Personally surving my first season on a paraglider without having a heart attack is my biggest achievment.

Do you have any goals, dreams or plans for the next 1-2 years that you want to share?
I’ve Actually been focusing of filming speed flying this season and have been loving the challenge. I’d love to explore a few more exotic places and capture someone flying through them.  Also XC Vol-Biv, Loving it.

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