Jacques du Plessis
Jacques is the owner of Icarus Paragliding. He saw his first paraglider at the age of 12 and wished he could be that pilot. At the age of 25 he handled his first wing and went on his first tandem paragliding flight, his dream came true, he was flying and was hooked for life.
Paragliding turned from his hobby into his career and he moved to Cape Town. He met his wife, Louise flying her from Lions Head, love at first flight. In 2009 he ranked 2nd in South Africa for Tandem Paragliding. In 2011 he ranked 1st. His passion for paragliding is contagious.
Jean van Niekerk
In September 2007 Jean saw paragliders flying off a hill in Krugersdorp. He was in awe and quickly found a paragliding school. Next step was a paragliding weekend, quickly learning the basics and ground handling; by Sunday afternoon he did his first solo flight. The rest is history. Another paragliding junkie was born.
Jean’s first few years of paragliding were influenced by Jacques, his mentor. Jacques advice was “Never Leave Lift! Never Quit!”. There is no better way to mould a friendship for life than sharing a passion and a hobby.
His personal best distance is 100.9km cross country in De Aar and an 85km task in Bulgaria.
Louise du Plessis
Louise is the lady behind the scenes. She fell in love with paragliding during her first flight with Jacques in 2010, she had no idea she would land up marrying her pilot. Jacques loves to brag to his passengers about meeting his wife when she was a passenger and asking her to marry him four minutes after meeting on the walk up Lions Head.
She looks after all the admin while the boys enjoy their office on Lions Head, most importantly she keeps the guys in check.