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Bucket List Item: Paragliding (in Costa Rica)

Copyright Alex Badilla/Tandem Paraglide Costa Rica

Copyright Alex Badilla/Tandem Paraglide Costa Rica

I’ve wanted to go paragliding for about 22 years, basically when I first discovered it. Although I’ve been skydiving, it wasn’t one of those “I gotta do this!” activities that paragliding held for me. Anyway, having lived in Costa Rica for nearly a year and a half, on nice days I kept seeing gliders fly over our house from a launch just up the mountain.

I ended up getting in touch with Alex Badilla from Tandem Paraglide Costa Rica to set up a flight. Alex is super professional and another flyer told me at the launch site that he was known as “the guy” because of his working with one of the greats in Costa Rica named Grampa Ninja (recently deceased, though not from paragliding).

I brought a Go Pro and made a video about it. It’s definitely something I plan on doing more of, but with limited time for activities and my love of surfing, it may not take hold as much as it might otherwise. Flying gently through the sky in a chair made of nylon and webbing provides a perspective (and perma-grin) that is unmatched, I’d highly recommend it. To fly over the jungle and Pacific Ocean was truly magical.

If you have a bucket list or like me, are building one as you go, pick an item and go for it.

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac

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