Ricky De Agrela

Motivational Speaker - International
Ricky De Agrela


In 2004 microlight adventurer Ricky De Agrela and his best friend Alan Honeyborne set off for what has been described as one of the boldest adventures ever in aviation history. They embarked on an extraordinary attempt to break the world record for the longest journey in the smallest aircraft. 11 months, 32 countries and 64 000 kilometers later Ricky returned triumphant, but alone.

Subjects: Fear, confidence and complacency, Maintaining a positive vision in a changing environment, The Commitment and Choosing to Achieve.

Ricky’s adventurous spirit developed from an early age. Parachuting at 16 and after two years of air-force training, embarked on his first round-the-world trip in 1982, setting off with a backpack and only R100. “There were cold, hungry moments but the experience taught me about perseverance and determination.”

He has since established his own property development and building company and also excelled in many sporting disciplines - cycling, running, surfing, mountaineering, canoeing, swimming and hang gliding. His adventures include, climbing Kilimanjaro, swimming across shark infested False Bay, motorcycling from South to North America, skiing to the South Pole and his most publicised expedition of flying a microlight around the world where he established the record for the Longest Microlight Expedition in the world.

Ricky has re-established himself in business but says he maintains his priorities, regularly creating time to continue his adventurous travels and doing motivational presentations around the globe. His next adventure in the planning is to fly a microlight to the South Pole.

Freedom Flight is the inspiring story of the world record setting microlight expedition which spanned five continents in under a year. Faced with apparently insurmountable obstacles and fears, the pilot, Ricky De Agrela succeeded in his journey, establishing a record, the longest microlight expedition in the world - 64 000km in 11 months.

The experience as a whole, combined with the tragic death of his flying partner, Alan Honeyborne, has inflamed De Agrela with a passion and determination that shines through in his presentations. He tells the story with a passion that takes the audience beyond their perceived limits, exposing strengths and the determination that lies within and returns them to question their present boundaries.

De Agrela has delivered presentations in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, USA and to corporations throughout South Africa, including Pam Golding, Old Mutual, Young President's Organisation, Standard Bank and many others.

The hour long power point presentation with its dramatic aerial photographs of the world, highlights the “Flying Lessons” applicable to business and our daily lives.

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