Luis Rosenkjer with Atlanta Paragliding Enterprises and Todd Weigand with Wallowa Paragliding organize international paragliding tours as a joint effort. They are both seasoned international pilots, competition pilots, instructors, and have an incredible amount of experience leading tours to Chile, France and Turkey.
Luis is the founder of Atlanta Paragliding Enterprises, and has been flying paragliders for over 24 years with no injuries. He has been a paragliding instructor for over 21 years, having instructed over 480 students and conducted over 650 tandem flights. He has been leading tours to Chile for 10 years and the European Alps for 11 years, plus many other international destinations.
Luis has a long list of competition victories and finishing 4th at the Rat Race 2005, 5th at the US Nationals 2005, 1st at the Tater Hill Open in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and 1st at the Florida XC Challenge 2009 are just a few of his competition successes. As an Argentinean native, Luis has been the Argentinian Paragliding champion several times, and held the Argentinian Open Distance Record for many years. He is also a USHPA certified Advanced Instructor, a Tandem Instructor, Instructor Program Administrator, Surface Tow Administrator, and Tandem Administrator.
Luis first flew in Iquique, Chile in 1993 when he won the Iquique Open by flying further than any other pilot. In 2008, Luis again proved his flying skills and stamina by flying 207 km in 9 hours to claim the Chilean Open Distance Record.
Todd is the creator of Wallowa Paragliding and has over 15 years of paragiding experience. Although he still claims Oregon as home, Todd has a hard time staying in one location for more than a few months. He spends a normal year traveling between New Zealand, Canada, Europe, and Chile while flying tandems, competing, instructing, or leading paragliding trips. When he isn’t traveling, which isn’t very often, he can be found at his local site in the beautiful Wallowa Mountains.
With a year around flying schedule, Todd has flown nearly 3,000 tandem flights, competes internationally in both XC and Aerobatics, and enjoys adventure flying such as high altitude flights off 19,000 foot Peruvian Volcanoes! Recently, he finished 1st in the Iquique Open 05 & 08, 2nd and 3rd in the New Zealand AcroFest 09 & 10, 1st in the New Zealand AcroFest Accuracy tip touch raft landing 10 & 11, 2nd at the Pre Paragliding World Cup Colombia 07, 3rd at the Canadian Nationals 05, 1st at Miraflores Peru 05, 1st at La Serena Acro 05, 1st at Patchacamac Peru 05, and 2nd at Tater Hill 06.
Todd learned Spanish while living and working as a tandem pilot and local guide in Iquique for 4 seasons. He held the Chilean Open distance Record with a 193 km flight until Luis flew further! He is also a USHPA certified Tandem Instructor, Instructor, and Tow Technician. And if you go to Iquique, you will probably see him skiing across the sand with his paraglider and mini skis! He likes to play with his glider more than anything! And, you might even get the master kiter to flip your wing upside down and clean all the sand out of it!