Anyone out there hang glide?

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Anyone out there hang glide?

Postby sfbaysmells » Mon May 06, 2013 12:04 pm

Hang gliding has been on my mind forever. If you're willing to give some introductory advice and share the stoke i would love to pick your brain about it.

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Re: Anyone out there hang glide?

Postby NCKite_Ryder » Mon May 06, 2013 12:30 pm

Saw some girl take her first solo jump off tam last year, kinda sketchy but sure its freaking awesome!!
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Re: Anyone out there hang glide?

Postby TomAUSTRIA » Mon May 06, 2013 12:43 pm

Would you consider paragliding instead of hang gliding? Less gear, more fun.
PM me if interested and I can put you in touch with an instructor etc.
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Re: Anyone out there hang glide?

Postby kitenaked » Mon May 06, 2013 3:41 pm

Paragliding lessons in Benicia....give me a shout.

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Re: Anyone out there hang glide?

Postby kitewing » Mon May 06, 2013 4:02 pm

Paragliding is definitely the way to go IMHO. There are quite a number of kiters / pilots on this forum, and the Bay Area is a great place to do both sports. There are many days in spring/summer where you can do both in the same day - fly at the coast, and then hit 3rd when the thermal wind kicks in!
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Re: Anyone out there hang glide?

Postby sfbaysmells » Mon May 06, 2013 7:45 pm

Thanks for the feedback. I'll give it shot
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Re: Anyone out there hang glide?

Postby Loscocco » Mon May 06, 2013 7:57 pm

I am def looking to get into Paragliding also
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Re: Anyone out there hang glide?

Postby kitewing » Mon May 06, 2013 11:04 pm

Each sport is great in its own way and they complement each other a little bit in terms of understanding the wind and weather conditions, but the skill set is actually quite different. Kiting is much faster and more of an adrenaline rush, paragliding can be calm and peaceful at the coast, or intense and adrenaline inducing when you're working big thermals in the mountains and getting really high.

Kiting is generally a much better workout, unless you are hiking and flying, which is really good exercise.
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Postby tgautier » Tue May 07, 2013 8:04 am

I was learning hang gliding before I took lessons for kiting. Dropped it instantly.

The gear requirements are insane. Unless you fancy having a beat up pickup truck with a modified top rack to carry 10ft+ poles you will not be into it.

Paragliding seems to be much more inline with kiter mentality and tolerance for gear size.
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Re: Anyone out there hang glide?

Postby sfbaysmells » Tue May 07, 2013 2:39 pm

Alright. Y'all succeeded in dissuading me from HGing. Hiking in opens up way more possibilities. Seems like hang gliding is a FULL time thing. I have one. Kiting.
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