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Photo taken by my wife of myself flying on the island of La Palma.

5 responses to “Paragliding”

  1. Martin says:

    Wow! I search for info about paragliding just the other day. I don´t know anyone who´s doing it, but I wanna know more. Do you have any good links with basic newbie info somewhere?

  2. Stefan Schwarzer says:

    Hi Martin,

    there are lots of sites – official and unofficial ones. What are you exactly looking for? For which region?

    I myself have stopped flying…. Just took too much of my time, especially because having two babies meanwhile….

  3. Martin says:

    I´m looking for used equipment and I live in Sweden. Not sure yet if i´m buying or not, but I want to know the price. What exactly do I need… a wing, winch, spare, i´m clueless. I´m gonna research this some more in the holidays.

  4. Stefan Schwarzer says:

    I bought quite some while ago a Mistral ( http://www.swing.de/index.php?lang=en&main=produkte&sub=mistral4 ), which is a great model; perhaps not a classical beginner’s model. But fits even to the less experienced user. You can find older models (I think I had version 3) for max. 1000 Euros. I only went paragliding in the mountains. So, no need for a winch. You would need a rescue-parachute. But I wouldn’t recommend starting this sport without taking a course before; even if you manage correctly the material, it still is a rather “dangerous” sport (more dangerous than running, cycling, climbing etc.) . Usually, this is a 6-day-course or so. But it’s a great sport! Really is!!
    Here is another shot from the same scene: http://photoblog.la-famille-schwarzer.de/?p=101
    And one from the mountains: http://photoblog.la-famille-schwarzer.de/?p=21

  5. Martin says:

    I´ve read a little about those beginner courses, I definitely gonna need one of those. Will read your links after work. Thanks!

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