Paragliding, an exhilarating sport that allows humans to soar through the skies with just a canopy and the power of the wind, has captured the hearts of many adventure seekers around the world.
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Kobe Michiels, a 24-year-old laborer turned paragliding pilot from the Netherlands, to learn more about his journey into this captivating world of flight. Join us as we delve into Kobe's experiences, his love for paragliding, and his aspirations for the future.
AG: Kobe, how did you first become interested in becoming a paragliding pilot?
Kobe: It all started when some of my friends introduced me to the sport. Their passion for paragliding was contagious, and I couldn't resist giving it a try myself.
AG: What drew you to paragliding? How would you describe the sport?
Kobe: Paragliding immediately captured my heart. It offers a unique sense of freedom and a deep connection with nature. Imagine the thrill of leaving the ground behind and gliding through the air, feeling the wind beneath your wings. It's truly an awe-inspiring experience.
AG: Tell us about your discovery of AntiGravity Paragliding. How did you find us?
Kobe: I actually stumbled upon AntiGravity Paragliding through a recommendation from a friend of a friend. After hearing great things about their school and instructors, I knew it was the right place for me.
AG: How was your experience with ground training during the basic course?
Kobe: The ground training was both enjoyable and demanding. One of my favorite parts was learning to control the canopy on the ground, a skill known as kiting. It was fun, but also physically exhausting. However, it was an essential step towards building a solid foundation before taking to the skies.
AG: Can you tell us about your first flying experience? How did it feel?
Kobe: My first flying experience was a mix of excitement and nervousness. Stepping off the ground and soaring through the air was slightly scary at first, but the feeling was absolutely incredible. It was a moment of pure exhilaration and wonder.
AG: What was your learning experience like with AntiGravity? Did you feel supported?
Kobe: My learning experience with AntiGravity was exceptional. The trainers at AntiGravity Paragliding genuinely care about their student's safety and ensure that we not only understand the technical aspects but also feel comfortable throughout the learning process. Their expertise and dedication made the journey both educational and enjoyable.
AG: How has paragliding impacted your life?
Kobe: Paragliding has had a profound impact on my life. It has opened up a whole new world of adventure and exploration. I find myself dreaming of traveling to breathtaking paragliding destinations and experiencing the thrill of flying in different conditions. It has given me a sense of purpose and connected me with a community of fellow enthusiasts who share my passion.
AG: Could you share with us your most memorable solo flying experience?
Kobe: One of my most memorable solo flying experiences was when I performed fast 360-degree turns in the air. It was an adrenaline-fueled moment as I executed these maneuvers with precision, feeling the exhilarating centrifugal force as I spun through the sky. It's moments like these that make paragliding truly unforgettable.
AG: What are your future plans for paragliding?
Kobe: I have exciting plans for my paragliding journey. I intend to further enhance my skills by undertaking additional courses and honing my abilities for cross-country (XC) flying, which involves long-distance flights. In a few years, I also aspire to explore the world of acrobatic maneuvers. Paragliding has become a lifelong passion, and I'm eager to see where it takes me.
AG: Any advice for beginners who want to start paragliding?
Kobe: For beginners, my advice would be to ask as many questions as possible. Seek guidance from experienced pilots and instructors, as they are there to help you navigate the learning process.
Building a strong foundation of knowledge is crucial for your progress and safety. Additionally, trust your instructors completely, as they have the expertise and experience to guide you safely through your paragliding course and journey.
Kobe Michiels, a young and passionate paragliding pilot, has embarked on a thrilling adventure that has forever changed his life. From the first moment he took flight, he fell in love with the freedom and wonder of paragliding. Thanks to the exceptional training and support from the AntiGravity Paragliding team,
Kobe's skills have flourished, and he now dreams of exploring new horizons and pushing his limits within the sport. Aspiring pilots can take inspiration from their journey and embrace the excitement and joy that paragliding brings.
So, spread your wings and let the wind carry you to new heights, just like Kobe Michiels.