100 thoughts on “How I Learned To Reverse Launch.

  1. This is just what I needed Jesse. I'm still not totally confident with the reverse launch, but this feels really targeted to help me get where I want to be. Cheers

  2. When one starts paragliding, emphasis is put on kitting the glider, the ABC of the sport. That builds feeling the glider in any configuration (above your head, to the sides, frontal collapses, stalls, etc). If this video is trying to represent ideal vs real , then its ok. But mostly the conditions are far from Ideal (i.e. gusty winds, cross winds, smaller take-off areas, etc) in which case, one needs to adapt to those conditions and react accordingly. When the guy says "i did everything wrong" im scratching my head trying to see "whats wrong". Turning around too fast? Again, as long as the glider doesnt fall back, you are ok, you need to feel what the glider is doing, not to SEE it. Running too fast??? i rather have that problem than lacking speed,. I would say that people tend to use their brakes way too early and thus slowing the glider down. Getting picked up and set back down again?Normal,. the air can be lifty and sinky in a matter of seconds, just make sure you keep running until you are clearing the ground. Happens a lot at my site on my tandem, especially if its a steeper ridge. This video is good for beginner students but once you gain experience you realize that Ideal vs Real takes different approach.

  3. good film. but only one i misuderstood: why so much harders with connecting risers? why you dont connect it with direct positions, and turn after it? its much better and safe: you dont get mistakes with connect. also, what if you need connect accelerator? wery lot of moments to make mistake by your advice!..

  4. Hey, nice video. Iam paragliding myself, so just as a short, but important not: you souldn't put your hands THROUGH the steering loops. The risk: If your wing twists (for those who don't know: this happens, for example, when one half of the wing is collapsing, resulting in the whole wing to turn 180 degrees (or more)), there is a huge force pulling on the brake lines. I could be, that you cannot remove your hand out of the loop, thus you would be unable to pull out the rescue.

    I know for some people it still works. But since you are teaching some stuff with the videos, i would like you to adapt to the savest way of handeling the glider. In this case the best way would be to keep your thumb out of the loop:

    Open your hand, put the loops onto the palms, put you rfingers through the loop (not the thumb) twist your hands once (so the end of the loops are between the tip of your thumb and your index finger).

    As an added advice: for me it's easier to first clipp into everything and then turn around. This way i can check if i clipped myself in correctly before the lines are upsidedown (due to starting backwarts).

    Other than that, nice work mate.

  5. Well done video, well explained. I love the idea to show the different grip technique right one after another!
    I usually use the parallel technique, which works well for me.
    But I had also learned the "one handed technique" – good to know for that one: you hold the A lines with the right, and the left brake (it's wing-tip lying on the right, since you are facing the glider) with the left hand. If you are now taking a step to the left, the left side of the wing (still to your right) will come up first when pulling the glider up, you can then stabilise it using the left brake that you still have in your left hand.

  6. 4:25 is not like you do everything wrong. The launch you do is called touch and go and you do it right in at least one aspect: you keep the wing loaded by leaning forward. The mistake beginners (like me) do is run with the wing unloaded, which is exhausting and ends with pilot crashing in the harness. The speed is max running but the wing is unloaded and will sink while accelerating. In good instances is a touch of a scratch, in bad instances is a fast landing down the slope and on the bottom: nose plow. To conclude, maintaining load on the wing is the first thing a pilot should learn.

  7. Hey Jesse, thanks for the nice vid 😉
    Where exactly in the Stubai valley is this training place and is ist ok for public use?
    I am looking for a spot like this to do some training near Innsbruck and this place looks really nice!

  8. This is very informative. Your video help me to understand how to handle the wind. I start my training in Oct, so read and watching videos to go my homework in advance. 🙂

    Could you help me with a video or link me to a page where I can understand the aerodynamic of A, B and C lines on a wing and when to use what and how they work. Like I have read A line help to increase speed with a speed bar attached. And some where I read A line will also help to kill the wing in strong wind or if it gets out of control.

    I could be wrong I am completely new and start understand the theory.

  9. This is by far the most informative – best explanatory – well edited tutorial video in the history of mankind!! 🙂 well done my friend! Subscribed and liked from the first 5 sec!

  10. That's how an instructional video is made!
    Short, to the point, clear graphics, clear explanation.
    I hereby appoint you King of YouTube Instructional Videos!

  11. my instructors never told me to load the wing.. i figured that shit out myself.. i ran correctly.. i had the right stance, yet i felt no lift or pull from the wing.. got it up.. pulled breaks to stop it..let all the breaks go.. started running.. and i could run like that down our school-hills..
    i had no breaks on whatsoever.. none.. and my instructors never corrected me.. when i started holding a little back on the breaks and feeling the wing tug on my harness.. i started flying.. but i lost like 1/3 of the basic lessons because i struggled to get into the air

  12. huh.. wish i saw this video prior to taking my lessons.. or atleast during my lessons.. i made running mistakes that my instructors didnt catch.. loading the wing being the biggest one..

  13. this is very informative ! thanks for the video dude ! and seems like the perfect spot to practise at ! where is it?

  14. P.S. I would emphasize leaning back and lifting the wing a lot with sinking into harness as you face it. Much better control and loads the wing immediately. Will try to find one of my videos to show you.

  15. Excellent tutorial on reverse launching. I just returned from the BlackHawk Ranch. Although I went there for Quad training, they gave me an excellent foundation of Ground Handling as well. Forward and reverse launching is even important for Quad Flying. Thank you for sharing. You did an excellent job in elaborating on the Reverse Launching technique. They are several ways to reverse launch. I like about 2 or 3 methods. All good, mind you. We covered the one you show too. Thanks! You Tube should be a refresher, not your instructor. Later!

  16. Great informative video. Thanks, I found this very helpful. I'm just starting off with my ground handling and I'm having so many issues getting the wing up properly, but know I can point out some stuff in doing wrong so thanks a ton.

  17. ありがとう😊参考になりましたー!まだ、2回しか飛んでないですが!

  18. Nice video – especially the explanation of the common mistakes during the acceleration and take-off phase.

    But I do not like the preparation phase.
    I consider it really dangerous (especially for beginners and people starting with the reverse launch) to start with connecting twisted lines facing to the paraglider. This way you are missing important the visual control that all lines are straight up and not twisted.

    There is so many things that could go wrong un-noticed. You can see it quite often on the hill.
    Like accidentally putting the speed over from the other side (step on speed will either be cutting
    the harness or even cause front collapse because it pulls longer path / asymmetrical with the other side and doesn't return properly).
    Putting/grabbing the break over the other lines (movement of breaks could be cutting other lines
    or might not return up correctly when released).
    Twisting all lines 180° or even 360° degrees totally opposite side.
    Having just one line (like D line) twisted all over the others.

    The right way to prepare:

    1) prepare for front start
    put all lines straight and prepare yourself to harness the same way as for the front start

    2) breaks to hands
    take breaks to both your hands same as with the front start (this makes sure that you hold
    the breaks right and not twisted over other lines)

    3) lines from one side over the head to the other side
    grab and hold with one hand also all the other lines in one had and slide your hand up
    in the direction from harnes towards the paraglider. Slide as far as you can reach
    Now raise this hand up an over your head with all the lines from that side and turn around with that movement to face the paraglider

    4) grab the "A" straps
    Release the lines and hold only the breaks over your palm – do not exchange the break handles,
    simply hold in left hand the break from left side of harnes
    and hold in your right hand the break handle from the right side of your harness

    Now grab with fingers also first "A" strap of the lines –
    left hand from the left side of harness
    and right hand from the right side of harness

    5) you are all set to reverse launch to five point control at this point – from body to far away:
    check A) check your helmet / harnes – all strapped on correctly
    check B) check your lines – connected properly to carabines, speed connected to lines and going freely, lines from each hand to paraglider should be pretty straight although arms are crossed
    check C) check paraglider – should have correct shape and be getting the wind from correct direction
    Tip: at this point you can try to estimate which side of the paraglider is better positioned to the direction of the wind and which will be probably faster going up, once you start moving
    check D) check the weather conditions, direction of the wind, gusts of wind coming up the hill visible as waves in the bushes and grass
    check E) check the air, make sure no other paraglider is flying around, landing or starting at the same moment
    Tip: your head and body can twist to each side to see better what is happening behind you 🙂

    6) start the movement walking back, you can help by lightly pulling the "A" straps up by almost fully extended (crossed) arms
    Tip: People often mistake here by pulling the "A" straps towards their body, but this will damage the shape of paraglider or even collapse the front on one side or both.

    7) control the sides of paraglider by full body turns not just pulling hands

    Then as explained in the video
    8) pull and center the paraglider up
    9) turn around
    10) continue as if would be frontal start

    Tip: People usually strongly prefer to turn around pivoting standing on one particular leg only. For the beginning it is good to find which side is your's preferred one and turn always to that side.

    Are you having problem to find your side?
    Imagine you would be sliding and ice slide, or riding skate-board or jumping over something
    … you run for couple of steps and then you place one leg in front (foot facing front with your toes)
    and the other leg standing back (with foot rotated 90° to the axis of movement).
    Front leg is giving the direction and back leg is almost standing during the procedure.
    So imagine standing in the front start position. Stand still on your "back leg" and turn around moving forward with your
    "front leg".

    For example my "front-leg" is left and "standing leg" is right.
    During preparations – When in normal position, I would be grabbing lines and putting them over my head with the left arm.
    During launch I would be having extended crossed arms with left arm upper crossed over the right one.
    My left "front-leg" would be rotating clock-wise to turn me back to face to the paraglider.
    When executing the reverse launch I would be turning counter-clock-wise.


  19. Great instructional video! One of the best edited,well prepared paragliding instructional videos out there! Kudos!

  20. Good video with useful information. However, I personally find the way you connect your risers rather scary, open to serious mistakes. Another thing is, the controlled way you pull up your wing, taking time to turn etc. is exellent, but only works if there's enough wind to keep the wing over your head for a few seconds.

  21. Thanks, Jesse. Really useful video. I just wish you did not put your hands completely through the toggles to avoid throwing in a bad habit with a bunch of good ones… Thanks anyway, though.

  22. Beautiful and such a concise informative video. Cudos. The art is in telling everything clearly in shortest possible time. Gr8 video

  23. Great Video!!!! But… which technique do you prefer to bring the glider up? You showed a lot of them, but which one is best?

  24. A few new things to try out. I also tend to try and get lift with not enough load on the wing. Thanks for the tips. Great vid!!

  25. Brilliant vid. It looks like you've been doing other things since you made this one. You have a knack for it., don't give up. You have 2k subs in two vids. Impressive!!

  26. Without doubt one of the most leaning video on paragliding!!! You are a master Jesse!!! From an Italian 30 years paraglider and professional Pilot.

  27. I agree with my predecessors. This video compactly contains all the most basic, valuable knowledge needed. I always use the reverse launch procedure. Even before starting forward.

  28. Wonderfully informative video, lots of tips to take to the ground handling site. well produced and clear Thank you

  29. Now I see the big picture, you make it really clear and obvious , outstanding and I hope you keep it up looking forward for next lesson 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  30. Ok. I told Geti G that I missed his videos last night, and today he uploaded a new one for the first time in 7 months. So maybe my Mojo (intended pun) will work here as well. Where are you Jesse. I miss your videos. It's a shame you took all the others down.

  31. Another tip is try to feel the wing instead of looking at it all the time. You can also keep your chin down and look at the risers instead of up at the wing. It's good to check your wing out make sure there are no cravats or sticks or anything, but once you check it out, put your chin down and keep your eyes on the horizon. You don't need to look up at the wing and wait for it to come directly over your head, you should be able to feel it.

  32. Outstanding explanation and demonstration with good video angles, clear and provides good description of the three basic setup techniques. Congrats.

  33. Great Vídeo. Is the best to show to beginners. ¡¡ REALLY THANKS A LOT. You save a lot of people, for sure¡¡¡ ¡¡¡

  34. it helped me to hear English by a not so English-man. No cutesy sayings to add confusion , thanks.
    The many ( 4 ? ) riser grip methods could use more elaboration as to why or preference. a lot of good schooling in 5 minutes. the less BS'g the better when trying to get some basics to get out on the training hill for first experience and developing good habits.

  35. Dear Jesse Kent, Thank you for your efforts. This is most well explained video my ever saw. I'd added turkish subtitles almost 6 months ago but it's appearing not approved by you. I really appreciate if you done it. Because some friends and peoples asked for this video translations. It will be help them too. Thank you very much.

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