Take-off Location: Hinterstoder / Austria at 1800m facing North-East. It is July. And it looks like good thermal day. I am ready to launch with my EN-A certified glider Advance Alpha 5 flewn at 100% load. Today, is my 20th flight after paragliding school. I am still a beginner. But on this day, I am not aware of this. The soft thermals work, and a few moments later, I am well above the take-off. I cruise along a broad ridge to “Schrocken”. The wind is coming from the left, lee-thermals develop on the right side from the west. Suddenly, a big suprise! I loose control due to a stall on my right wing side. As learned in school, I release all brakes. Luckily nothing bad happens. But I ask myself: What the heck was that? Slow Motion unveils the problem. I touch a lee-thermal on the right side. Instead of releasing the brake, a try to stabilize the wing with the right brake. The right wing side stalls and spins. Due to the high load of the wing, the reaction is a bit dynamic. Releasing the brakes, brings me back to a normal flight. This experience showed me, that I should take a S.I.V. course to practise this spin stall situation. At this time, I could not image, that things can get even more worse. Two weeks later. SIV in Tyrol. Again with my EN-A Alpha 5. [Instructor] Hands in position about to the height of the mouth. [Instructor] Well. [Instructor] And now pull one hand down until the spinstall starts. [Instructor] Make it so. [Instructor] Down, down, down… [Instructor] Back to the other hand! [Instructor] Back to the other hand! [Instructor] Back to the other hand! [Instructor] Hands up! [Instructor] Hands up! Brake left! [Instructor] Brake left! [Instructor] Throw your reserve! Come on! [Instructor] Throw your reserve! [Instructor] Throw your reserve! [Instructor] Very good! [Instructor] Shake the reserve! [Instructor] Shake the reserve!! [Instructor] Shake the reserve!!! [Instructor] Come on! [Instructor] Pull both brakes! This was a big surprise to me. The slow motion reveals all the mistakes I made. Firstly, I start the spin stall with the right brake. I think: Hmm, strange. Nothing really happens. WOW! The wing reacts dynamically. A am suprised and I react with both hands up (this worked before)… At the wrong moment. The wing is behind me, and shoots with much energy in front of me. I am jumping into the lines facing head down. I am thinking: Wow, something runs really out of control now. I completely loose my orientation. I can hear: [instructor] Throw your reserve! I have practised the reserve-throwing on ground before. Therefore, this works fast! And now I am waiting, that the reserve saves me… But… bad luck. The reserve tangles in the lines and doesn’t open. I can hear: [instructor] Shake the reserve! At this moment, I have no clue where’s up or down. Finally, I realize that I should grab my connection line to the reserve. … I already hit the lake. Analysis shows, that a chain of mistakes brought me to that point. Hands up, in the disadvantageous moment. I didn’t bury the brakes, when the glider shoots. I didn’t stabilize the cravat. The direction of throwing the rescue was not the best. Better: down and back. I didn’t realize, how I can grab the connection line to the rescue. Hours later, adrenaline punches my body. And I realize, I have to practise this spin stall again, tomorrow. Otherwise, I will quit paragliding. The next day… My personal trainingplan says: Spin Stall! Better – but far away from perfect. I hope you enjoyed this video. And you can profit from it. Today, after 300 flight without accident, I look back… and I can recommend a S.I.V. to really everyone to get in touch with extreme flying positions.