Paragliding was invented by French alpinists in the late 70s as a fast way to come back down from mountain peaks. In the mid-80s it evolved into what we all know today as paragliding. Since then, many steps have been made in the evolution of this sport and there have been amazing improvements in safety and performance.
Paragliders are made of a special synthetic double material, with openings at the front, or leading edge, which allows the wind to enter and give the wing its aerodynamic shape. This material, the canopy, is connected with the pilot’s harness through special lines. The weight of the pilot hangs below and the speed he gives at the take-off makes the paraglider start flying. Some of these lines end in two handles, called brakes, and we use them to steer and brake the paraglider. These lines are constructed from Kevlar or similar materials capable of supporting large weights. All together, they can stand from 8 to 21 G’s virtually removing any chance of accident through material failure.