I've been kitesurfing for 12 years but since I moved to a less windy area I can't kite as much as I'd like...
Powered paragliding sounds like a good alternative for me. I could fly when there's no wind, equipment is not as expensive as I'd thought and fits easily in any trunk, 2-3 hours flight autonomy, no crowded spots...
Any PG pilot could tell if it is as good as it sounds? I know that lessons are mandatory, but I suppose my kiting experience will help somehow...
As a former paragliding pilot. If I could do it all over I would probably pick PPG for many reasons. Number 1 is flight time. go whenever you want as long as its early morning or nearing glass off evening time as you progress I'm sure running midday and thermaling would also be an option.
As far a kiting goes I got sucked into the what to do with no wind. although similar they do not transfer much in skills other then understanding wind and weather which becomes mandatory that you are a certified METEROLOGIST . Paragliding inputs are the opposite of kiting both with forward launching and reverse launching. Unless you've dabbled with forward gliding off a hill with a kite then it might be a tad familiar.
Both sports especially in the beginning will be very demanding of your time. add in flight lessons that maybe out of reach in your area be prepared to travel and dont rush the lessons. you will need to practice your "kiting skills" or ground handling skills in light winds alot when learning. I'd be tempted to foil during that time.
know there is risk and most accidents are pilot error. I made the mistake of trying to thermal too close to a mountain and tried an almost deadly side hill landing and broke my leg all of which was certainly pilot error. although it didn't stop me from loving the sport and continued flying after my accident I ultimately decided on what my priorities were and kiting won.
Being a PG pilot in the EU. Not for me any more. To many good people lost, ppg and pg, one of the best did not see an unmarked power lines. Enough said.
Saw the same thing here too! The guy next to you in training with the wife and small children might not have a dad from one mistake!
It certainly is breathe taking and many pass on to the higher levels in the sport and have successful careers of 20 + plus years of awesomeness. Just don't fall for the its as safe as horse back riding, shit kiting is safer then horses anyday. The risks are real and the stakes are high! The old timers are usually always HG pilots there is a reason for that. Even they have experienced the issues that come with PG's and will only use them for ideal conditions or something for excersing as you can't climb a mountain with a HG on your back.
I watch the tucker gott YT channel and remember when I was his age with kinda the same dream and just today he's suiting up for base jumping. I hope he stays with us for awhile. there are a few lucky ones that do make it look easy just like with kiting.
I was warned by many and until its your turn for injury you might not get it. I got lucky, but never a day goes by that i don't wish i could fly again!