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).