Hey Joey, I have been Hang Gliding for a little over a year now, and it is Awesome. I have been Kiteboarding and then Surfing for the last six years and HangGliding is a perfect match. The Learning experiences you get from Kitesurfing and Kiting prepare you so much for HangGliding. I always told myself that Paragliding is alot like flying a kite. I do it so much and can push it to the limits on water, that it would be scary to become that comfortable on a paraglider. Lastly if you live near or in Southern California, especially bay area, you live among some of the best flying in the world! I can't wait to visit, but I hear the Thermals get quite strong and a hangglider does handle the winds the best. Shoots, brain pick away I love my sports!