A few days ago I magically received my Paramotor wing / paraglider through the Mexican postal system, and have been excited to get kiting the thing.
For those who don’t know, kiting is where you fly the wing without actually leaving the ground. It is a great way to practice control so that when it comes to actually flying, you are less likely to land on your face during launch. It also helps you learn how your wing handles in different winds and how much pressure you need to control it, as well as being a lot of fun.
The only thing is to fly a powered paragliding wing, you need to have decent weather. You would think being in Playa del Carmen that wouldn’t be such an issue, but for a beginner Paramotor pilot like myself, you need winds between a couple miles per hour and about 10 miles per hour. Any lower and it is hard to keep the wing up, any higher and there is a good chance Sarah would be chasing me down the beach as I get dragged along screaming in a high pitched panic.
And of course there is the rain. On this particular day we drove out to Puerto Morelos just outside of Cancun as I remembered a fairly flat and fairly wide beach up there. On the drive up, it started raining, and it didn’t stop. We continued anyway and had a look at the beach, which is perfect for kiting (also the beach is one of the best places for launching and for kiting because there are no trees, buildings or other obstacles to make the wind ‘bumpy’, which is called rotor in the paragliding world). However you can’t fly a kite in the rain, well you can, but it is not recommended.
Unfortunately it looks like for the rest of the week, which happens to be our last in Playa del Carmen, the winds are sitting up around 15 mph, which as I mentioned before is too much for a beginner. So it looks like I will have to wait until we get to Guatemala to do some kiting, and then finally get up in the air again.
The nerves are fading and the pure thrill of flying is constantly on my mind. I cannot wait to fly again, it still feels crazy that I have the power to do so. I plan on getting ridiculously good at Powered paragliding, and unlike a lot of other people in the sport / passion, I have the free time to do so.
That is if the weather changes. Check out the below video for a drive around Puerto Morelos. Unfortunatley no paramotoring, but a nice drive anyway.
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