Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
The owners of Parasailing Adventures are dedicated to improving the traditional parasailing experience. They believe that the trip into the air should be exciting, comfortable, and a shared experience. First, they installed a winch that assists in take-off and landing, meaning that groups of up to three parasailers can take off right from the deck. This comes with another amenity: people waiting their turn to ride the parasail get to enjoy a ride in the speed boat, as opposed to waiting in a raft on still water. All of this helps people get up and down more quickly, so they can enjoy their in the air. The owners describe the experience as being "300 feet up in a lounge chair," a feeling that inspires awe, relaxation, and relief that you never have to mow the sky.
A colorful creature soars high above Rocky Point's coastline. Its rainbow sail lifts, dips, and turns over sandy beaches and a blue ocean that stretches as far as the eye can see. The gliders in question belong to GMI Paragliding School, which makes its home along Rocky Point, a site insured by the United States Hang Gliding Paragliding Association. The school’s skilled instructor introduces beginners to the basics of paragliding, which include ground control, monitoring the weather, theory, and techniques to avoid attracting amorous vultures. After mastering beginner skills, new flyers can join Long Island Paragliding Club to pursue dreams of someday touching the sky’s ceiling.
Staff Size: 3 people
Average Duration of Services: 3 hours
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Brands Used: Skywalk, Ozone
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Pro Tip: Bring snacks, water, and good footwear
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Paragliding
Q&A with Ray Leonard, Instructor/guide
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
Years of past experience allow us to better anticipate the unexpected.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Our loyal customers.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We do everything we can to make sure everyone has fun.
Situated at the foot of the Ellenville Mountain site, Mountain Wings has readied students for safe, engine-free flying since 1981. A staff of USHPA-certified instructors shares much of its knowledge on the facility's two training hills—a grassy, gently sloped concave for beginners, and a 180-foot hill used by intermediate gliders and a handful of pretty insane paper-airplane competitors. Sprinting, stumbling, and hovering across those hills, groups practice with Condors—slow-flying, easy-to-handle training gliders that work in zero-wind zones. Upon ascending to greater heights and skill levels, students can also snag their own equipment at Mountain Wings' full-service aero-sports shop.