Week #9 – Paragliding @ Shelly Beach

One of the hardest decisions I had to make in putting this post together, was regarding what images not to include.  Too many good images can sometimes be a bad thing.  Who would have guessed?

Shelly Beach, situated in the West Cape Howe National Park, is approximately 35 km west of Albany.  Jiri and Sylvie from the WA Paragliding Academy let me know that they were heading out to conduct a few tandem flights.   Sitting at the top of the lookout, it was a beautiful day for pictures.  It was also great to just to sit and watch these guys and gals do their thing.  It’s one of those activities that looks simple enough – I say that because it looks like a calm and peaceful, sitting there watching the world drift by – yet you know that there is a lot of experience and knowledge that goes into making a safe flight.

Kelly, age 57 (below), travels from Perth with her husband, just to go paragliding.  It is a long trip but Kelly responds by saying “Oh look at the view.  How can you complain about that.  It’s lovely.”  With 17 years paragliding experience she says that it is “all about the view and the freedom.”