- $495 for a paragliding or speed flying intro class for two ($700 value)
Training will introduce students to both paragliding and speedflying through information and a short lesson. At that point, students will decide if they would rather opt for the full paragliding or speedflying experience. All instructors are USHPA-certified. With launches ranging from 30 to 1500 feet, Speedfly California is the largest speed flying school in the world.
Soboba Mountain's steep face and large, flat landing area make it seem as though it were made for the sport of speedflying. The adrenaline sport is similar to paragliding, but—as the name implies—is much faster. Speedfliers launch themselves into the air from the top of a mountain and zoom down its face attached to a parachute-like wing that they steer. But unlike paragliders, they remain close to the slope the entire way down to preserve their momentum and keep the journey exciting.
Speedfly California introduces total beginners to the sport with a variety of comprehensive classes, too, plus traditional paragliding classes. Some run for a full day, while others, in which students earn their P2 and M1 solo flying ratings, might take around a week. Each session is taught by an experienced speedflier and gets participants into the air for hands-on practice.