Cloudbase instructors have many years of experience flying locally and overseas (between the two they have 50 years experience!). . The owner of Cloudbase is Grey Hamilton and he has been flying for 26 years and instructing paragliding since 1996. Our Chief Instructor is Jean Brossard and he brings a huge amount of knowledge and enthusiasm to our school.
Among many flying expeditions over the years some of Grey’s most memorable have been vol biv (flying/camping) expeditions to Pakistan 2010/12, flying across the Himalayan mountains 2016 (north to south) attaining an altitude above 7000m! along the way, vol biv expedition to eastern Indian Himalayan mountains in 2017) and being a member of the NZ team to the World Paragliding Championships (Pyrenees, Spain 1997).
Last winter 2018 in July Grey and Jean vol bived from Germany to Slovenia and back to Austria. Even though the weather wasnt the best they still managed a number of 100+ km flights along the way :).
Grey previously owned and ran Nimbus Paragliding in Christchurch and has been the past president of the Canterbury Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club.
In the recent past, over a number of years, Grey has been Chief Tandem pilot for Wanaka Paragliding before deciding in 2017 to start Cloudbase Paragliding NZ. Both Jean and Grey welcome you to our Cloudbase school 🙂