Rio de Janeiro... Flying With The Wind... Parapente (Paragliding)
On a clear day in Rio de Janeiro one can look across the bay... and in the distance... one can see on the other side... the city of Niteroi. In Niteroi... there is a hill where people jump off the edge... and parapente (paraglide). I had to go check it out.
There are various ways to travel across the bay to Niteroi. One can take a bus, a car, a slow ferry or a fast ferry. We chose the fast ferry.
Not such a bad view from the City Park.
And at a certain place within the park, there was a scenic overlook point... and a ramp to paraglide.
We met a man named Luciano, who was a former military airplane pilot, but now is a paragliding pilot. He provides instruction courses and tandem flights. In this photo Luciano was demonstrating that the wind was not very strong and blowing from the wrong direction for a good flight.
His flight did not end up so well. He launched off the cliff... did not catch a good air current... could not direct himself toward the beach... and splashed down in the water. He struggled for a while with the weight of his clothes and parachute impeding his ability to swim. It was a serious situation for a while. Two people jumped in the water to rescue him. Luckily there was a lifeguard at the nearby beach and he completed the rescue.
The bomberos were hanging around for a while talking.
So this nut thought that it would be a good time to try to fly. Let's get it on!
Luciano gave me some instruction. One usually starts with the parachute behind and uphill of the pilot. The lines are actually twisted 180 degrees from the harness.
Then one needs to twist the lines to get the parachute to flip around.
When the parachute gets twisted or collapses it is ugly.
There is a fine line between flight and folly.
Okay, let's try this again.
Parachute inflated... lines untwisted...
Approach the edge of the cliff.
All systems go!