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Paragliding Skills: How To Cobra Launch

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Paragliding Skills: How To Cobra Launch



The Cobra Launch is an alternative launch technique for moderate to strong wind. It works by pulling the wing up from a crosswind position relative to the pilot, so the pull force is reduced. Join Flybubble Paragliding as we analyse the setup and control required for a successful Cobra Launch.

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14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Sergey Zambalov

    October 27, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Awesome! But it is for professionals, not for dumbs

  2. crohr1000

    October 27, 2017 at 10:10 am

    This is just for showing off.. nothing else. You just do reverse launch in those conditions, it's easier and better for a wing

  3. Jarek Warzecha

    October 27, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Good Job! Thanks 🙂

  4. Andrew Misplon

    October 27, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Awesome 🙂 Thanks. Loving the music. The DHV video on cobra launching is also worth a watch. Unfortunately, not in English. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-kqlRREID8

  5. Tommy Nilsson Hedman

    October 27, 2017 at 11:38 am

    I've loved all of the flybubble videos so far but this one just wasn't good. One should properly learn a technique before giving it bad cred. For example; you're not using your hips at all, even the earlier mentioned DHV video shows that. Also look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zadWVW1TrDQ
    Quite a few times I would have trashed a glider or myself without knowing how to do proper cobra launches.

  6. Roddy Milne

    October 27, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    well done m8

  7. Jonah Beale

    October 28, 2017 at 3:34 am

    When I first heard of paragliding, my single biggest concern was tangled lines… good to see it's not as bad as i thought it was.

  8. Peter N

    October 28, 2017 at 8:59 am

    What is your view of pulling the wing up in a "BIG EARS" configuration in strong wind conditions??

  9. Grégoire Michiels

    October 28, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    Cobra is easy with the brakes, i will try with the c risers, thanks for the trick 🙂

  10. Thermal Flyer

    October 28, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Hey, your videos are always instructive. I have no doubt that watching them is helping me to become a better pilot. Thank you. Keep them coming!

  11. Tom Dupree

    October 30, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Got any tips for the rock over? The bit where you bring the glider overhead from standing on a tip. My glider really seems to stick at that point. I did see you move laterally towards the lower tip in the first launch I might try that.

  12. Hubert Penn

    October 30, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    very nice instruction film

  13. mohamed saifi

    October 30, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    excellente video bravo à vous,thanks for the videos guys,

  14. gmy33

    November 16, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    cobra launch is basic launch for dunesoaring .. if people cant cobra they are not allowed on the beach .. (or they see the top of dunes far to quick) its definitely a strongwind start .. but off course we only use mini wings which makes it much easier … have fun everybody … !!!.

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