Meet The Team
Our world-class team allows us to deliver safe, top quality experiences to our clients. These individuals are experts in what they do and exemplify our values at Northwest Paragliding.
Owner / XC Guide / Instructor
Matt Senior started flying 18 years ago and hasn't missed a good flying forecast in Washington since. He has set almost every site record in the state at some point, including the Washington State distance record in 2014, landing in Deary, Idaho from Chelan Butte. Matt’s Passion for paragliding has taken him all over the globe competing at the highest level of competition, winning multiple National Championships and a Paragliding World Cup Task win. Matt has organized and guided international paragliding tours to Bali, Nepal, India and Thailand since 2007.
Owner / XC Guide / Instructor
Austin Cox learned how to fly in Washington in 2015 and since then has dedicated his life to becoming a balanced pilot in all areas of the sport. Cross country, acrobatics, tandem flying are all disciplines he has spent time training and perfecting. These adventures have brought him all over the world to fly paragliders from World Cups in Argentina to multi day bivy flying trips in the Indian Himalaya.
Lead Mentor - Ozone Chelan Open, XC Guide, Ozone Team Pilot
Nick Greece is one of the most prolific and accomplished paraglider pilots in the world, and he loves exploring nooks and crannies most of us could only dream of reaching. He also flies farther and higher than most of his fellow pilots, earning him national and world cup titles during his career. He’s also collected multiple state, site, and U.S. national distance records, sometimes staying in the air for more than 10 hours at a stretch. But what he's most proud of is his passport full of stamps and his stories from the more than 30 countries he's flown in.
Luc LaChapelle’s obsession with paragliding began as a young kid while watching people fly around his hometown. After he learned to fly in 2019, much of his life has been dedicated to progressing as a pilot. He now spends every chance he gets flying XC in the North Cascades. Luc views safety as the top priority and believes that risk can be mitigated through training.
Tow boat / Winch Operator
Todd is one of the most experienced tow operators in the United States. He averages over 300 tows a year and has an impeccable safety record. He is a mechanical savant. His winch is a unique design he built himself that includes safety features most standard winches offered commercially do not offer.
XC Guide / Ozone Chelan Open Mentor
Marty DeVietti has been paragliding since 1991, and received the 2000 Instructor of The Year Award from the USHPA, making him the 2nd individual to receive this distinctive award. Marty is a natural teacher with the skill to present any aspect of the sport and the methodology always keeping things exciting and fun. Marty is a fixed wing, instrument rated pilot with a degree in Aviation Flight Technology from Central Washington University, and a Master rated (P5), and Tandem Instructor as well. He has instructed at schools in Arizona, California, and Washington.
Senior Advisor / Volunteer Coordinator for US Open
Scott has been flying paragliders and hangliders for 11 years. He graciously provided Northwest Paragliding with an unofficial headquarters before we set up our shop in Issaquah and has been supporting NWP since day 1. He is an invaluable member of our team, especially during the Chelan competitions where he operates as the volunteer coordinator. His videos covering the comps are fan favorites.
Instructor / Tandem Instructor
Robert Fitzgerald has been working as a Mountain Guide and instructor since 2015. Since the first time he heard of Paragliding he knew it would be the total encompassment of his mountain pursuits. After 3 years of listening to podcasts, reading books, and ground handling Robert took his first steps off of the hill in 2020 and has been fully engulfed in the sport ever since. He loves to combine his love for traveling with flying, taking trips to Mexico and Colombia and all over the US.