Dust Devil Takes Paraglider for Wild Ride

Talk about a wild ride! An experienced paraglider had a whirlwind experience when a dust devil launched him at Manilla, New South Wales, on January 2.

We’re not sure exactly who “Ricky” is, but the man rides a paraglider like a boss!

According to a YouTube post by The Sun, Ricky (we know his name because of the screaming) was “one of 40 paragliding pilots setting up to take off for a cross-country flight from a popular launch spot on Mount Borah in northwestern New South Wales.

“A dust devil rapidly formed and raced across the launch area, catching the paraglider and flinging him into the air.

“In this video, filmed by the man’s wife, the paraglider is lifted up and swirled around for a few seconds before being ejected out to the side of the fast rotating dust devil.”

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.