Paragliding is a sport in which you can compete for gold, or you just enjoy fun. To take off, you need to jump from a good point-best spots to do so are mountains, or hills. The direction of your flight is actually on up to you. Paragliders are equiped with kevlar and they are sitting under the fabric wing,whose shape is formed by incoming wind and special carved lines.
History of Paragliding
1952 was the year when Domina Jalbert made the controls for lateral guide,he was also the one who developed ram-air design, and he pattented it on January 10,1963.
1954 was the year when Walter Neumark wrote about timing to take off from the mountain.
1961 was the year when Pierre Lemoigne produced more sophisticated designs which led to Para-Commander-this led to parasailing/parascanding.