Back in the day, it was all about the speed star. 4-way. Big ways. Then free flying came along and people started migrating over to “the dark side”. Then swooping caught on and eventually moved away from sketchy toggle-hooks over the beer line and into a permanent home on the pond. A whole new generation of jumpers came up that elected to flat-out skip freefall(!) – and the professional canopy pilot was born. We were parachuting again, in a way.
As manufacturers keep on bringing out higher performance gear, capable of pushing the envelope even further, it seems as if if we are daring to enjoy the canopy portion of a skydive as much as the freefall. More and more skydivers have started to flirt with paragliding. Some stick with the traditional, but other move right on its latest offshoot – speed flying (speed riding/ground launching). And then, there is Acro. If you are into dizzy dizzy whoosh whoosh, that might just be the sport for you.
Enough talking – let’s watch this short video on speed flying from the 2014 King of Speed.
If you want more, here is also a happy chap that has just gotten into acro. He seems to owe beer, although he’s probably ignorant of that outstanding rule.