Paragliding

A Paraglider is a foot launched inflatable wing, constructed mainly of ripstop nylon with Kevlar or Spectra lines, weighing 15 - 20kg, a Paraglider packs into a backpack and can be unpacked and ready to fly within 5 mins.

A Paraglider is foot launched off mountains or cliffs, or can be towed up with a winch before releasing into free flight, the pilot sits in an upright position and steers by pulling control lines and gently shifting his/her body weight.

Using air currents and thermals it is possible to soar for hours, attaining altitude climbs of thousands of feet, and flying long distances.....the current NZ Paragliding distance record is over 140km.