Sanjay Pendurkar (parapendu) has been an adventure enthusiast for almost 25 years. He has participated in Himalayan mountaineering expeditions scaling some of the great summits like Mount Norgu, Mount Kanamo and Mount Mon. He was also member of expedition team to Mount Kamet, Dharamsura and Matri. In the Western Ghats he has taken part in various Sahyadri Rock climbing Expeditions including Duke's nose, Bahiri, Nagnath, Khada Parsi, Bhairav gadh and Kokan Kada to name a few.
While continuing his mountaineering activities in Himalayas, Pendu was introduced to Paragliding by a British Pilot. He got completely hooked on to this sport and ever since has been practising paragliding and flying all over India. He has the credit of exploring flying sites like Pavna Lake, Shinde Hill and Ratnagiri Bhate Beach.
In the last ten years as a Paragliding Instructor Pendu has trained more than 600 students from all walks of life and various parts of the World. Pendu has also done his SIV course at Oludeniz-Turkey and Acro course in Nepal. He has been visiting Bir-Billing for paragliding holidays since 2000. As Paragliding Competition Pilot Pendu has upgraded his skills to fly with some of the bests in the world of Paragliding by participating in various International competitions including the FAI [Category-II] Pre-PWC in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He was adjudged No. 4 in the International category and No. 2 in the Indian category at the ‘Nikolai Experience Cup’ held in Bir-Billing in 2006.
Sanjay Pendurkar was part of the 5 member Technical Committee appointed by PWCA (Paragliding World Cup Association) hosting the Himalayan Pre World Cup at Bir-Billing, Himachal Pradesh from 14-20 October 2008. He also participated in the competition and placed No. 23 in the overall championship.
In the serial class he was ranked No. 5.
In Indian category he was ranked No. 5.
Serial Class Results - Himalayan Pre World Cup 2008
||ROBINSON, Julian, (Gradient AVAX XC)
|| PISKAREVA, Svetlana, (Gradient AVAX XC2
||CHERNYAK, Dmitry, (UP Summit XC)
||DMITRIEVSKAYA, Elena, (MAC MagusXC)
||PENDURKAR, Sanjay, (Niviuk Peak)