Parasailing, also known as parascending, is a recreational
activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually
a boat) while attached to a specially designed parachute,
known as a parasail. The boat then drives off, carrying
the parascender into the air. If the boat is powerful enough,
two or three people can parasail behind it at the same time.
The parascender has little or no control over the parachute.
What is parasailing?
Parasailing is the recreational sport of
being pulled by a motorized vehicle while being
attached to a parachute or canopy.
Other Names for Parasailing: Parascending,
Parakiting, Para Sailing
Parasailing in Foreign
French: parachute ascensionnel
Spanish: parapente, vuelo en el
paracaídas, andar en el paracaídas
Parasailing History: Parasailing originated
in the 1960s when Pierre Lamoigne a parachute
teacher, pulled a parachuter along in the air
behind in a high-speed vehicle, rather than
simply pulling and launching them into the air
(as was traditionally done at the time to teach
parachuters). In the 1970s a man named Mark
McCulloh modernized parasailing by pulling a
parachuter at sea. Mark McCulloh went on to
pattern varies equipment for the modern parasailor.
Parasailing Competition History: Land
based parasailing has also been formed into
competitive sport in Europe. No ocean parasailing
competitions currently exist.
Modern Parasailing: In modern day parasailing,
a rider (sometimes two) is put into a harness
that is attached to a parachute. As the vehicle
goes faster, the chute fills with air and the
parasailer is lifted up, but remains attached
to the vehicle by a tow line.
Types of Parasailing: There are two
types of parasailing aquatic (ocean based parasailing)
and terrestrial (land based parasailing).
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