Monday, December 14, 2015

Paragliders in the sky over lunch

Carlo Sand Blow is a very popular spot from which paragliders launch, and Scribbly Gums is under the flight path as they ride the updraft along the sand dunes on their way to land down near the Surf Lifesaving tower.  It's pretty special to spot their colourful canopies while eating lunch.

According to Paragliding Rainbow Beach, a paraglider is a lightweight foot-launched glider with no rigid primary structure. The pilot sits in a harness suspended below a hollow fabric wing whose shape is formed by its suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.  Paragliders can fly for hundreds of kilometres and many hours.  Carlo Sand Blow is one of the top 10 coastal launch sites in the world.

 Lunch on the deck at Scribbly Gums.

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