Today I would like to talk about the two ways to take-off with a paraglider.
The first, also called Italian take-off, is the simplest way to learn how to take-off: The paraglider is flat and well opened on the ground, linked with the harness. The pilot gives the shoulders to the wing, so he is looking forward. Take off starts when the pilot run 2 or 3 steps forward, so the wing start to raise from the ground. When the paraglider is above your head, you have to control it by moving the airbrakes you hold in your hands (left or right airbrake) When the wing is over control, the pilot needs to bend himself forward, to charge the A suspenders to give more pressure to the wing. As one can see, this type of take-off is easy, but do not allow you to follow the entire arch of the wing, when it is raising from the ground.
The second type is called French take-off and needs time to be learned. In this case the wing is always flat and opened on the ground, but the pilot must turn to have the wing in sight (turn 180° on the left or right). In my case, I turn on the right, so I have to move my left arm above and pass the left suspender over my helmet. In this position, I can lean the left suspender over the right one, when I start to move myself backward, arching my back, the wing start to raise up from the ground, when it is over me I just have to turn myself to the left, control the wing and take-off.
The French take-off seems difficult to apply, but it permit you to have the wing always in sight and to correct her position when raising up. Also if this type of take-off is advised for strong wind conditions, it may be currently applied. It's a safer way to take-off from mountains and hills, 'cause you can see the entire wing in every moment.