Paragliding – The Best Thing I’ve Ever Done

While in Tenerife in December I got the chance to go paragliding with Airsports Tenerife! After the initial excitement had worn off I began to wonder exactly what I had said yes to…

At 15:30 on the day of the paragliding I met my pilot Simon at La Enramada beach near La Caleta. Yes, I wasn’t going by myself, I had The Best Pilot for my tandem paraglide. There is a great bar at this beach called Coqueluche, and while I was offered a drink before my flight, I thought it better to decline.

The vans were packed with all the gear, and the different pilots and other guests like me jumped in, and we were on our way up into the mountains. At the top, we unpacked the vans and hiked a little way to the Los Pinos take off point at around 800 metres high. Simon and I would be taking off first.

I was strapped into the harness and attached to Simon, and while he was watching for the best conditions for take off, I was standing there utterly terrified.

Suddenly the conditions were right, and Simon told me to run and then we were up in the air. It really does feel like you are a bird in flight just gliding over the mountains, and I soon relaxed and started enjoying myself. The views were amazing and like nothing I have ever experienced before, even though I do a lot of mountain hiking. This was a totally different feeling.

After a while Simon took us up into the clouds and allowed me to have a go at flying the paraglider myself. I don’t think I was very good at it, but I’m so glad I got to give it a try. I’d love to tell you more about what happened in the clouds, but like Simon said, ‘What happens in the clouds, stays in the clouds’.

We went up to around 1450 metres and to be so high up and flying free is surprisingly peaceful and relaxing. It was an amazing sight to look down at the other paragliders way below us.

We began heading towards the coastline and out to sea. We were still around 800 metres high once we were over the ocean. Then Simon said it was time for some fun and let’s go upside down! This I was not brave enough for…maybe next time. So instead Simon did some crazy turns, and yes, I admit it, I screamed on almost all of them!

It was time to head to the landing point back at La Enramada beach. As we were coming in to land I said that I needed to stay on my feet and look cool in front of all the people watching. This didn’t happen, and instead I went down on one knee as though proposing to Simon. Afterwards it was time for a glass of cava while watching the most magnificent sunset I have ever seen.

The whole experience is recorded on a go pro camera and you get the SD Card after your flight. What a great souvenir to take home. You can read more about what to expect by visiting the website at airsportstenerife.com.

If you are a little unsure if you want to try paragliding then head to La Enramada beach at around 16:30, have a drink at the beach bar, and watch the paragliders coming in to land over your head. Make sure to do this near the start of your holiday, as I can almost guarantee that you will be begging the pilots to find
time to schedule a flight for you.

Though I was terrified at the start, I soon discovered that paragliding is simply fantastic, and I highly recommend everyone to give it a go while in Tenerife. In fact, this paragliding experience I had with Simon and Airsports Tenerife is The Best Thing I have ever done!!

Text and photos by Lynne Knightley

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Why You Need to Try Paragliding with Airsports Tenerife

If you’ve never been paragliding before (or even if you have), then you definitely need to try with Airsports Tenerife for an absolutely epic experience! Tenerife is almost certainly one of the best places in the world to enjoy this amazing sport, with a wonderful climate all year round offering excellent conditions and breathtaking views.

Don’t worry if you are a complete beginner though as you will not be alone! These are tandem flights with an extremely experienced, professional and safety conscious team. There is an international mix to the team, representing the best from the UK, Sweden, France and Italy with a combined flying experience on Tenerife of almost 30 years!

Clearly with this much experience you are in extremely safe hands and as should obviously be the way, your safety is the number one priority for the team, followed closely by providing you with the best possible flight experience. There are a number of different competing companies on Tenerife, due to it being one of the best paragliding locations. Despite this, Airsports Tenerife certainly stands out due to their exceptional service and consideration for the safety and enjoyment of their clients.

Whereas other companies take a more rushed approach, sometimes taking off in less than desirable conditions, while aiming to maximise their profits, Airsports Tenerife owner Simon Fulford and his team on the other hand are not purely driven by profit and instead offer a more personal experience. They will only take you on a flight if the conditions are optimal for safety and the best views/wind speed etc. This is achieved by not trying to pack so many flights in per day.

Pre flight pic!Simon and his friendly team are also happy to have a drink and chat with clients at the wonderful beach bar next to where you land. Depending on the time of day, you may even be greeted with some live music and a gorgeous sunset if you’re lucky. It’s these more personal touches that really make the difference between a company being average or even good and one that is great like Airsports Tenerife.

So if you are visiting Tenerife or living here on the island and want to give paragliding a try, you should absolutely contact Simon and his team. Don’t hesitate, get in touch with them today!

You can find all their details on their website: http://airsportstenerife.com/

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Paragliding in Tenerife is an Epic Experience not to be Missed

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of a holiday here in Tenerife, then you’ll know already that it’s the ideal destination if you are looking for somewhere to get away from any stresses you have back home. There are beautiful beaches, a calm, tranquil atmosphere and plenty of gorgeous sunshine to soak up. Of course not everyone is looking for that type of super chilled-out holiday though which is why Tenerife is perfect because you really can have it all! You can combine a relaxing holiday lounging by the pool or chilling at the beach topping up your tan, with more energetic activities. For those of you who love a bit of an adrenaline rush, then we have the perfect option for you: paragliding!

You will absolutely adore a paragliding experience if you’ve ever wondered what it must be like to be a bird gazing down at the ground from high up in the sky. You can experience a bird’s eye view and take in the incredible sights of Tenerife from a totally different perspective. Tenerife is a beautiful island of contrasts, even from normal human eye-level, but to see it from high up in the sky it becomes something truly spectacular.

The team at Tenerife Magazine and some friends recently took up the challenge to overcome their fear of heights and try paragliding with the excellent Tenerife Paragliding. We’re not going to lie, we were nervous at first, some of us more than others, because this was the first time for most of us trying paragliding. Some of us had been parasailing before, but this was taking things to a whole new level of excitement. Instead of being strapped to a boat and flying above water which seems relatively tame looking back, we were set to be soaring high above the land. This was certainly not a natural thing for humans to be doing and we would be putting all our trust in the professional abilities of our paragliding pilots.

Luckily for us we were in completely safe hands though as each of us were assigned a professional paragliding pilot to fly with, who each had decades of flight experience. Daniel Crespo had been paragliding for over twenty years and had competed in many competitions; he has even been the champion of Spain, so clearly knew what he was doing. For all of our pilots, their passion and love of flying was obvious right from the start and to them this is so much more than a job. They were getting to do something they love everyday of their lives which is something many can only dream of. We were to find out what all the fuss is about!

The number one concern of the team at Tenerife Paragliding is their client’s safety and if the conditions are not entirely right, then they will not risk taking you up for a flight, because the right amount of wind is paramount for a successful and most importantly, safe flight. So that you can enjoy the safest and most enjoyable experience possible, the team will simply reschedule your flight for another day if the speed or direction of the wind is not quite right. They are a professional and safety conscious team and will not take any unnecessary risks.

The spot where you will be taking off from is high up in the hills and distinctly colder, so we definitely recommend wearing warm clothes. In this part of Tenerife there are pine forests and other vegetation, that will make you feel like you are on a completely different island! Up here you will already notice how amazing the views are out across the island to the coast and ocean in the distance. You can see how spectacular Tenerife really is from that height with its amazing volcanic landscape, deep gorges, golf courses, impressive hotels and beautiful beaches. The deep blue ocean sparkles in the distance and you will get a glimpse of La Gomera on the horizon. Even before take-off, this is a stunning sight!

Following your arrival at the take-off zone, the team will unpack all of the gear and get everything prepared. This is when everything starts to feel really real. Before it seemed like a kind of abstract thought, but once you see all of the paragliding wings laid out with the harnesses and other equipment you will know it is almost time to be flying above through the air. Following this our individual pilots attached our harnesses to the wings and gave us some clear instructions as to what to expect and how to achieve the best flight experience, one of which is that when it is your time to take-off you have to just keep running to the edge, don’t slow down at the edge of the cliff! We were also handed Go-Pro cameras on selfie-sticks to record the flight.

One by one we watched the others run to the edge with their pilot and then up and away they went. Even watching from the ground was spectacular. Then when it is your individual time to go and you are just about to run to edge, it will feel quite surreal. You will quite probably be thinking (as I was), what the hell am I doing here. There is not enough time to think too much though, as once your pilot shouts run then you go without looking back and before you know it, you are soaring through the sky like a bird.

Before take-off it seems difficult to believe, but once you are up in the air you can almost totally relax. You can sit back as you are suspended in the harness as your pilot does all of the work. Your nerves will go and you can just take in the incredible sights of Tenerife from the air, while also taking video on the Go-Pro.

From the heights you reach everything looks miniature including people, cars, buildings, hotels and even the golf courses and giant gorges. Seeing the people wandering around is like watching tiny ants and must be how birds see the world while they are in flight. You can enjoy a completely panoramic view as everything spans out around you spectacularly, with the land below, the ocean surrounding and La Gomera in the distance.

This really is an incredible experience and is likely to be different to anything you’ve ever tried before. It’s also quite the adrenaline rush, with the wind in your hair and nothing but an oversized kite keeping you up in the sky. Don’t worry though as it’s really no-where near as scary as you might think and is actually quite relaxing, as you can sit back and let the pilot take total control, as he navigates you towards your landing spot on the beach.

The landing is really fun as you head towards the coast, over the top of hotels where you can see people lounging in pools and eating meals. You head out to the ocean and then your pilot will navigate you back towards the beach where you will land right next to a beach bar with onlookers staring in amazement. After you land you can even enjoy a quick drink yourself.


If you are looking for something completely out of the ordinary and incredibly memorable on your next trip to Tenerife, then you should definitely try paragliding with Tenerife Paragliding. Even if you have a lot of nerves beforehand like some of our group did, you will feel amazing afterwards and buzzing with energy. Any holiday in Tenerife is awesome even if you just want a relaxing holiday by the pool or at the beach, but if you’re looking for that once in a life-time experience to amaze all your friends and family with, then this is definitely the excursion for you!

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Paragliding with Skyparafly in Tenerife: Interview

What is Skyparafly?

Experienced and qualified team of paragliding pilots, fully insured institution, flying attraction in Tenerife.

About a pilot Denis

How long have you been paragliding for? How did you start? And why?

I’ve been doing this for 14 years, started when I was 15 with my father who also flies. I’ve spent 5 years flying alone, then started tandem flights. I never lost the joy of flying because every flight is a new start.

Unlike para-motors, there is no distracting noise, no motor, no vibration, no other construction, it is all natural. You only hear the wind. It’s also comfortable and feels like sitting on a sofa at home.

Why choose paragliding while on holiday in Tenerife?

It is a truly interesting attraction, definitely worth trying for completely new sensations. Paragliding is the closest humans can get to the feeling of flying like a bird, gaining height in thermals; hot air waves. It is a fun, safe way to experience flight in its simplest form.

You simply lay out a wing on a mountain, inflate it over your head like a kite, run a few steps and before you know it you’ve stepped off into the sky. Once in the air, a pilot is able to maintain and even gain altitude using lifting air currents and thermals. Landing a paraglide is extremely easy. A pilot simply steers it into the landing area, and glides down for a very gentle touch down back on to earth.

If it is safe, the client is offered to take over control and try steering. We also offer performing acrobatic flights for better sense of G force for those hungry for adrenaline.

Is it safe?

Yes, it is, and it is safe for all ages. We are a team of responsible pilots who perform no more than 3 flights a day so pilots don’t get tired. We care about our customers and their comfort. Paragliding is also safe for disabled people and children, we provide special seats for kids.

Landing is just like jumping of the chair, it does not require much effort at all. The scariest part is usually a take off, but once up in the air, people normally relax and once landed wish to fly again.

Our customers are fully instructed prior to the flight. There’s always a reserve parachute in case of emergency landing which is highly unlikely. Fear is a sense of precaution so it is absolutely normal to be afraid.

Be cautious of illegal, uninsured companies, who offer cheaper services. There are quite a few here in Tenerife. They offer launching from higher, but insecure hills for additional price, later adamantly selling videos and photos for a double price. So don’t be fooled by cheap low-quality services, as later you will end up paying more. Safety first.

What height is it possible to get up to?

Depending on weather conditions and the type of flight, it is possible to get up to around 1.5km.

How long does the flight take?

Standard flight from Taucho or Ifonce, takes about 20 minutes, Height Performance flight takes about 45 minutes, but overall it takes around 2 hours. A VIP flight from Izana at the Teide National Park takes longer and it usually depends on weather conditions. For VIP flight there should be at least two people flying, so be ready to provide 4-5 hours of your day.

How much does it cost?

You can find prices in our website www.skyparafly.com. We are about the quality. It’s always best to buy directly through the company you’ve researched rather than an excursion selling agency.

What is seen from above?

It depends, in good weather conditions you can see anything from Los Cristianos to Los Gigantes, beautiful Adeje gorges, hills, sister islands La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma.

Is it cold above? What should I wear?

Depends on a season, warm in summer, cooler in winter, jumper and sports shoes are advised. Not to worry if you forget a jacket, we will provide you with one.

 

Skyparafly pilots speak in Russian, Lithuanian, English, French and Spanish languages, so wherever you’re from, they will talk to you.

Visit their website www.skyparafly.com for more information.

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