Best Paragliding Documentaries/Movies & Podcasts/Webcast

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Never Ending Thermal

Sean White’s amazing “Endless Summer” of paragliding around the world. Two top acro-pilots travel to spectacular aerial locations, from Angel Falls in Venezuela to the Himalayas all in search of the perfect thermal.

Something Between

This is the documented road trip of young and talented pilots from the world of acro paragliding. They will cross a large range of scenery throughout Europe (France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland)

Paragliding Miracle

On 14 February 2007, in spite of weather reports heralding the presence of violent thunderstorms, Wiśnierska decided to try to fly in order to train for the 2007 paragliding world championship near Manilla, New South Wales, Australia. She got trapped in the updraft of two joining thunderstorms. Unable to get out, she was lifted to an altitude of 9,946 metres (32,631 ft), according to her GPS. The GPS variometer also tracked vertical speeds of up to +20 m/s (77 kilometres per hour (48 mph)). She landed 3.5 hours later about 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of her starting position.

In the same weather event, the Chinese paraglider He Zhongpin was killed by a lightning strike.

Higher Ground: Paragliding in the Himalaya

Tom de Dorlodot and Horacio Llorens go paragliding in the Indian Himalaya. Leaving from the popular site of Bir/Billing they fly first to Manali, then cross the Rohtang Pass before flying to Keylong. They then enter the remote valley of Spiti, where they experience some spectacular flying

I Would Land In Your Backyard

The concept is simple: Fly across the entire length of the Alps, solo, and go for a swim in the Adriatic Sea. Following in the footsteps of Didier Favre, Antoine Boisselier embarks on a massive Alpine vol-biv adventure with the goal of sharing his experience with as many mountain locals

Forgotten Island

A group of professional test pilots explore the remote and rarely visited Island of Socotra off the coast of Yemen in the heart of the Middle East. Join them as they thermal up to 1000m over the Indian Ocean, battle 40km winds, and fly from the longest caves in the orient.

Surf The Line

Have you ever dreamed of surfing in the sky? To experience this ultimate sensation of freedom and limitless movement? The Flying Frenchies did it!

Surf the Line is an immersive documentary that tells the behind the scenes story of a wild and crazy project, which required two years of preparation, complex calculations, the creation of a kilometer-long cable and a custom surfboard to the delight of our imagination! In order to live this extraordinary adventure, it was necessary to overcome the most difficult tests of life, self doubt, and engage in deep reflection.

Extreme sports, buffoonery, genuine inventions and a lifestyle close to nature: plunge into the extreme and bohemian universe of the Flying Frenchies !

Alchimie

Using a paraglider as a ski-lift is not a dream anymore, it’s a reality! During a full spring all the Blues team played in the mountains to find some incredible lines from the sky to then enjoy it on the snow!

Fledglings

What happens when The North Face climbers Cedar Wright and Matt Segal become absolute bumbling beginners at an obscure and adventurous air sport called paragliding? The Answer: Hilarity ensues.  Follow Matt and Cedar on a perilous, beautiful, light hearted, sometimes intense journey to fly off of the highest peak in Mexico with less than a year of experience.  Just because you are a beginner doesn’t mean you can’t dream big.

Red Bull X-Alps 2019: Full Documentary

As snow settles across the Alps it seems crazy to think back to just six months ago when 32 of the world’s top adventure athletes set off from Salzburg to race to Monaco.

Athletes have been quick to move on with their lives, back to the day jobs as teachers, engineers, guides, instructors and full-time adventurers now skiing and flying. But for many of us, fans and athletes included, the memories are still fresh – the pain, the glory, the exhaustion and elation.

With this documentary on the race, we take a look back to remind ourselves of some of the golden moments and unique trends from the 2019 edition.

The race may be six months ago, the pain may be long since forgotten. But as the saying goes, the glory lives on.

Relive the World’s Toughest Adventure Race | Red Bull X-Alps 2017

In July 2017, 31 world-class athletes from 20 different nations embarked on a grueling hike and fly adventure across the Alps. Filming the race was an 18-man camera crew, equipped with the latest technology and a helicopter. Just in time for the holidays, we’ve put together a 52-minute documentary showcasing the most epic moments of this year’s edition.

Jam-packed with incredible paragliding and almost impossible feats of Alpine adventure. Narrated by race reporter Tarquin Cooper, the documentary features veteran pilots such as reigning champion Chrigel Maurer (SUI1), Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) and Romanian running man Toma Coconea (ROU), as well as rookies like Benoît Outters (FRA4) and Simon Oberrauner (AUT4).

Red Bull X-Alps 2015: The Documentary

Red Bull X-Alps 2015 saw fierce competition, tough weather conditions and athletes pushing themselves to the limit to make it to the cool waters of Monaco. Relive the race with ‘The Documentary’.

Best Moments from Red Bull X-Alps 2013

Monaco welcomed its tenth and final athlete, just hours before the Red Bull X-Alps came to an end at 12:00pm local time. It is perhaps fitting that on the ten-year anniversary of the first Red Bull X-Alps, it should be Toma Coconea (ROM) to arrive in 10th place as he has competed in every edition of the race since 2003.

X-Alps Ends with a Bang – Event Recap – Red Bull X-Alps 2011

It was a spectacular end to the world’s toughest adventure race today with a close duel between two athletes sparring for second place.

The Red Bull X-Alps finishes 48 hours after the winner arrives in Monaco. Christian Maurer clinched victory at 16:22 on Thursday, and at that time, his nearest followers were over 150 km away.

However, by last night, Toma Coconea and Paul Guschlbauer were lying neck-and neck, around 65 km out from Monaco. They had both flown spectacular flights at heights of up to 3500 m through the southern Alps putting them within range of goal.

As dawn broke, Coconea set off. He ran fast through the twisting valleys that lead to Monaco, sometimes averaging 10 km/h and living up to his nickname, ‘the raging Romanian.’

Meanwhile, Guschlbauer took his time. He knew good flying conditions were forecast, and elected to hike to the same launch place above Isola that Maurer had used two days ago.

Chrigel & Michael Maurer – 6h XC

SRF SlowTV presentation of an epic end-to-end cross-country paragliding adventure XC flight from Zermatt to Klosters, Switzerland on 2015-06-03.

Alps Paragliding VolBiv 2019: Nice to the Dolomites

An 11 day paragliding VolBiv trip, covering 750km in the air, from Nice to the Dolomites.

Me and Tony shared the first seven days of the journey together, carrying everything we needed for the journey, and then I continued on my own.

Paragliding. “Dream. The feeling of flight”

The film is about th­at, and old man and man with multiple so­res can be engaged in extreme sports. It brings great feelin­gs. Main characters – a young instructor Paul Mityuklyaev (o­ne of the most exper­ienced Russian parag­lider), and old stud­ent Peter Maximov (w­ood sculptor, speleo­logist, mountain-ski­er and snowkiting-ma­n) and many other Ru­ssian and internatio­nal paragliders.

Magikistan – Paragliding into the heart of Tajikistan

In spring 2018, paragliding acrobatic world champion Christina Kolb and paragliding instructor Gypaetes Alain Lehoux, went on a vol-biv trip to the mostly unexplored country of Tajikistan… Here is the story of their journey.

Film about Paragliding Vol Biv Pamir – Tian Shan 2019 Russian Team

Jean-Baptiste Chalendier cinematic paragliding

Philip Brugger cinematic paragliding

Hang gliding movie “Free Flyers” (full movie)

World famous hang glider pilots launch from Utah’s most iconic flying sites.

Starring John Heiney, Zac Majors, Wolfgang Siess, Alex Tatom, Dan McManus, Todd Weber, Joe Bedinghaus, Beau Buck, Jackson Menius, Jeff Davies, Jeff Parrott, Bob Lenc with many other pilots and even a dog named Shadow.

Wind Rider (Hang Gliding Documentary)

Extreme athlete Jonny Durand attempts to break a world record flying a hang glider across the American State of Texas with no engine. Dave Malkoff follows the journey from Mexico to his landing site hundreds of miles away.

Speedraid – The First Documentary About Speedflying (Full Movie)

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