I finally did it: Paragliding over Harissa after telling myself I want to for over ten years – wow I am getting old
I cannot find the reason of why I did not do it before, but I would definitely do it again.
I have answered below some misconceptions about paragliding that I wish I knew before:
Misconception 1. It is boring, you just go down the hill and that’s it!
Actually, you don’t. The paraglider can move the way he likes, up down left and right. We actually went horizontally all the way to Harissa then stayed on top of the sea for quite some bit.
If you like Adrenaline and you fly with someone as good as Walid Medawar from @flylebanonparagliding you can get your own share of Adrenaline Rush with tricks like the 360 degrees we did.
Still, It is not sky diving. You are floating in space, but you can float the way you like; you can stay as much as you like; and you can go as crazy as you want to go
Misconception 2. It is so scary
Well, I’ve loved crazy rides ever since I was little but let’s just say that if you ever tried parasailing you might as well enjoy paragliding. But yes, paragliding is much more interesting and ‘free’ – you are not stuck on a pillar
Misconception 3. Flying with a professional is uncomfortable
It all depends who you are flying with. I flew with Walid Medawar for more than 24 minutes, and I was not bothered at all. On the contrary, I was lucky to fly with him because of his noticeable passion towards paragliding. The fact that Walid still enjoys flying after doing so for over 20 years made me enjoy it even more! He is interactive and caring – and somehow intellectual. I felt safe and in good hands. That is all you should feel when you’re flying up in space right?
Of course you are freer when you fly alone if you practice it well, but flying with a reputable paraglider is not bad at all – it actually keeps you company!
Misconception 4. The Take Off and Landing might get challenging
Just focus and listen. Even though I have wanted to do it for a while, I did not read any blog or book before going paragliding. I just listened to my instructor, and I did not face any difficulties.
In the take off, you just walk then run facing the wind that is blowing you back.
In landing, you just stand up when your instructor counts “3”.
I did both exactly as told & hey! I love it!
Do everything you want to do before you’re fat, old, and annoying.
Note: Walid gave me a GoPro which took pictures automatically every 5 seconds. Check out the edited footage I took:
Enjoy the winds & the view – and my video 😉