Paragliding Techniques & Instruction for Beginners : Setting Up a Paraglider


Welcome to expertvillage.com. My name is Patrick
Eaves with Wingency Paragliding. In this clip, we’re going to be talking about how your risers
are setup, what they do, and how they hold your brakes. Here you hae one set of risers.
Let me show you one thing abou the risers. First, this is where your risers connect to
your harness. Some risers will have 3 sets of risers, but most new paragliders have 4
sets of risers. There’s the A riser. You know it’s the A riser because it’s on top of the
risers. This leads to the leading edge of the wing or the front edge or with the edge
with the opening. Then you have your B riser, your C risers and your D risers. Now your
D risers lead to the trailing edge or the back end of your wing. Your A’s are what you’re
going to use to bring your wing up when you’re kiting. Your D’s are what you’re going to
use to bring it down in the AD method, or in the AC method, here are your C’s. A lot
of modern paragliders will have a speed system. That’s this pulley device on the front of
the risers. This connects to an attachment that your feet push down to make the wing
go faster. Your instructor will help you figure out your speed system. Also on your risers
are your breaks. There’s a couple of different ways to hold your brakes in flight, so let
me show you a couple of ways to do it. One is to put just your hand just half way through
the break and you’re going to put your forefinger and thumb on the lines just at top of the
brake. This will give you a lot of feeling for what the wing is doing. Another popular
way to put your hands is all the way through the brake and then again come back so that
you have your thumb and your forefinger on the lines at the top of the brake. To get
your hands out of this configuration, just close them up and pull them out.

6 thoughts on “Paragliding Techniques & Instruction for Beginners : Setting Up a Paraglider

  1. I don't get my fingers on the line when holding the brake. I just hold the part where the line begins, in a handle like way.

  2. The second method for holding brakes that you show is dangerous as it's difficult to get your hand away from the brake in an emergency! If you need to deploy your reserve you will be still attached to the brakes and may make your situation worse than it needs to be. Personally I just hold the brake handle with my finger tips and don't go anywhere near the lines! gives me plenty of feel for the glider with just a little pressure kept on during flight!

  3. @mcdudley Oh, man! I couldn't believe he recommended that method for holding a brake line. Like you say – that could be fatal. Crazy!
    It's a great pity he suggested that.

  4. fuk me i would advise you all not to listen to expert village on how to set this up please this may have saved your life.

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