Launching a paraglider

 Launching a paraglider is potentially the most hazardous part of paragliding. Launch conditions need to be right for the launch site, and the pilot needs to be well versed in preparing the wing, setting up, then committing to a clean inflation. Always ready to bring the wing down again if something is not right. In gusty wind conditions it frequently occurs that the pilot is lifted off the ground while still facing the wing. They then simply allow themselves to spin around while maintaining careful control of the paraglider wing.

 

 Here is a great video showing a bunch of takoffs in ideal conditions. Later in the video a "big ears demonstraton is shown and a perfect "top landing".

Here is another video showing when conditions are wrong(wind much too strong), and the pilots decision making could be better. (pack up and have a beer!)