15: Advanced Ground Handling
It’s surprising what can be done with these wings when you know how, and how skilled kiter makes it look so effortless. This chapter and these extras provide tips that can help towards that end. Even for experienced pilots, some of these techniques may offer fun new things to conquer.
A bonus is that mastering the wing means mastering launch. A powered paraglider is far more about the paraglider than it is anything else and these skills dramatically broaden the conditions you can accept. Even for those who don’t plan on flying in rowdy weather, learning these in a safe environment will help cope with surprises.
Sometimes, adeptness at light-wind handling that will save the day. And sometimes specific techniques, once mastered, can serve as tools to solve a nettlesome launch problem.
As long as there’s nothing to get dragged through, pull your wing out and take a stab at improving high-wind technique. Take it slowly: if you haven’t mastered the 12 mph breeze, don’t go to the 17, master the 12 first then go to the 15. High winds are risky! Use wide open areas with nothing dangerous downwind to get dragged through.