It’s back to the skies with this extreme sport. Paragliding is an extreme sport that doesn’t have the “rush” that most others have, but more of a relaxing feel; if you aren’t afraid of heights! Like base jumping and bungee jumping, paragliding is an extreme sport that I have yet to try, but it’s right up there on my list of what I want to do next.
What is it?
Paragliding is a motorless extreme sport that uses an inflatable wing and a harness. The rider sits in the harness and launches the glider by running off inclines, hills, or mountains. To steer while you’re in the air, the glider adjusts their weight back and forth to make it go left or right. It is made to use the power of wind currents. A lot of people get paragliding and hang gliding mixed up but they are two totally different sports. While skydiving and base jumping involve jumping off of high objects and free falling, paragliding has the chute open straight from the beginning so there is no free fall. This sport can be enjoyed by anyone of any age.
There is also a more advanced version of paragliding called powered paragliding. This version involves a small engine that keeps the glide going on faster speeds and doesn’t make it rely on the winds as much as traditional paragliding.
Like most other extreme sports, paragliding takes some practice and certification before you can go out and do. It also has a list of materials needed to have a successful flight. Eagleparagliding is a great website that has all the equipment needed for beginner paragliders. It also tells you have to get trained and what the certifications are to be able to paraglide on your own. Here’s a quick look at what materials you’ll need to start off.
5. Leg holsters
Best places to paraglide
One cool thing about paragliding, there are places all over the world that are great spots for it. According to Aviacamp, here are the 10 most scenic places around the world to go paragliding.
1. Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
2. Dune Du Pyla, France
3. The Alps
4. Byron Bay, Australia
5. Oludeniz, Turkey
9. Cape Town, South Africa
10. Tuscany, Italy
1. Do you think paragliding is a good start to your extreme sports adventure? Or would you rather start with something with more of a rush?
2. Out of the 10 places listed above, what would be your first choice for paragliding and why?
3. Have you ever been paragliding or hang gliding? What was your experience like?