Hey there, fellow paragliders! Ari in the Air here, and I’m stoked to share some advanced speed bar hacks with you today. But before we dive into it, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for all the support I’ve received. Your encouragement means the world to me, and I’m thrilled to have you on this paragliding journey with me.
Now, let’s get down to business. Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to break the Oregon state distance record with a mind-blowing 369 kilometer flight. It was an exhilarating experience, and I promise to make a video about it soon, so stay tuned!
But for now, let’s focus on these three game-changing tips that will take your paragliding skills to new heights. These hacks involve using rear risers and the speed bar to fly more efficiently and gain better control. Trust me, once you master these techniques, you’ll be soaring through the skies like a pro!
Tip number one: Flying with Speed Bar and Rear Risers. When flying cross country, it’s crucial to know how to push and negate the speed bar with the rear risers. Instead of feathering out the speed bar slowly, I recommend pushing it all at once while simultaneously pulling down on the rear risers. This action shortens the risers and allows for progressive acceleration. It might feel like a quad workout, but the results are worth it!
Timing is everything, my friends.
Tip number two: Applying the speed bar in different situations. When transitioning from lift to sink, the glider pitches forward, and you swing under it. That’s when you push the speed bar, just before arriving under the glider. This progressive push creates a smooth pendulum motion, optimizing your flight experience. And if you’re already flying on speed bar and the glider pitches behind you, respond accordingly to maintain control.
Now, let’s talk about tip number three: Timing of using the speedbar. When the glider pitches behind you, indicating lift, your instinct might be to release the speed bar. But hold on! Wait until the glider is about to arrive overhead before dumping all of the speed bar at once. This technique helps control the pitch without having to use the brakes excessively. It’s all about turning energy into lift and speed while avoiding excessive penduluming.
I encourage you to experiment with these techniques and share your own tricks in the comments below. Paragliding is a constant learning process, and we can all benefit from each other’s experiences.
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Thanks so much for watching, my fellow paragliders. Remember, the sky’s the limit, and with these advanced speed bar hacks, you’ll be soaring like never before. Stay tuned for the next episode, and until then, keep chasing those thermals!
Fly high and fly safe!
Ari in the Air