David Spildooren and his teammate Steven Vlegels from Sinaai will compete against 100 other teams from all over the world. They will has to complete a number of tasks and will be given points according to precision with which they complete them.
"The World Championships is something special”, David Spildooren told VRT Radio 2 East Flanders.
"I would be satisfied with a place in the top 30. It won’t be easy, but you never know. I started flying balloons when I was 16. It’s a true passion. The peace especially is just heavenly”.
Each country is entitled to send a number of balloonist to represent it at the World Championships. The competitors don’t fly traditional round-shaped balloons, but rather egg-shaped competition balloons. These are able to ascend and descend twice as fast as traditional balloons. This can be as fast as 9 metres per second.