Currently ousting water-skiing and surfing as a top American water sport is the newly developed art of Para-gliding.
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GV Bay and beach (2 shots)
SV Girl putting on parachute harness (2 shots)
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AERIAL VIEW Two launch from harness
SV Boat pulling parachute (4 shots)
AERIAL VIEW - Beach from harness
LV Girl coming into land
AERIAL VIEW Young men running to help
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Background: Currently ousting water-skiing and surfing as a top American water sport is the newly developed art of Para-gliding. At Mexico's Pacific coast resort of Puerto Vallarta, even bikini-clad girls are strapping on parachute harness to enjoy the thrills of the new sport.
Para-gliders take to the air with the aid of a slatted parachute towed by a power boat. The parachute canopy was designed in France. When the wind blows over it, it creates lift -- on the same principle as a kite.
The para-glider rides at the end of 325 foot line attached to the power boat.
The new-glider rides at the end of 325 foot line attached to the power boat.
The new sport mainly attracts United States tourists visiting the Mexican resort. And though they claim para-gliding is an exhilarating experience, it also has its dangers when the gliders swing inshore and skim over rocks and trees.
So far, there have been no serious injuries in Puerto Vallarta. And a few unexpected dunkings caused by power failure in the tow-boat have been taken care of by the life-preservers worn by the gliders.
Para-gliders can get up to a height of about 100 feet, and they are able to steer and land by use of shroud lines attached to the canopy.