The History of Parasailing


Visitors: 119

Pierre Lamoigne couldn't have known that he was making aviation sport history when in the early 1960's he attached a parachute to his moving car and invented parasailing. Lamoigne was a parachute teacher, and the easiest method then to teach the use of a parachute was to raise the “pilot" into the air to a certain height and then untie the parachute to let the pilot float free. People often confuse this method called parascending with hang gliding. But when Lamoigne did not release the parachute and pulled the pilot along in the air behind in a high-speed vehicle, parasailing truly began.

Higher standards for parasailing were set in the 1970s when a man named Mark McCulloh made history by using the parachutes at sea. He started first by raising parachutes from the shore but then went on to design a motorized platform, then a boat to pull the parachute back to the ship. These days there is even a specially designed ship with a built-in platform for take off and landing.

The Pioneer Parachute Company started making parachutes under the protected name of “Parasail" back in the 1960s after Lamoigne's first successes. Parasailing historically has enjoyed most of its popularity as an air and water sport, but there are now land-based parasailing competitions that are especially popular in Northern Europe and Finland. History was made again with the first international competitions being held in 2004.

Parasailing does not have to rely on competitions to be a popular sport. History shows that the thrill and excitement of being airborne has made the sport of parasailing very popular with families. But caution and good judgment should always be used, especially with the equipment and weather conditions for flying. Everyone should get training from a certified parasailing instructor before attempting a first flight.

Planning a trip to Las Vegas? Or any other destination for that matter - be sure to check out the resources, information and travel deals listed in our travel resource directory . Interested in taking a scuba diving vacation or a fishing trip to the Bahamas ? Visit A1scuba and Nassau Fishing for more information.


Article Source:

Rate this Article: 
I Love Lucy History Goes on Making History
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes

Related Articles:

Key West Parasailing services and discounts for the summer

by: Jean Francois (February 28, 2012) 
(Travel and Leisure/Vacation Rentals)

Canadians Give United States History A New Slant - Revolutionary War History

by: Lindsey Williams (April 13, 2007) 
(Reference and Education)

Erase Web History and Clear Internet Search History Tools

by: Sam Robert (March 17, 2007) 
(Computers and Technology)

The Fall of Eagles - A History Teacher's Suggestion For Studying 19th Century ..

by: Lynn Marie Sager (December 13, 2008) 
(Reference and Education/Home Schooling)

Orange County Regional History Center: A Great Introduction to Central ..

by: Susanne Pacher (December 30, 2005) 
(Travel and Leisure)

Prototype Machining History and Rapid Prototyping Assembly History

by: Ryan Rounds (June 17, 2008) 
(Computers and Technology/Software)

The History of Forex Trading, Or a History of How to Make Money Fast

by: Kelly Laren (June 21, 2008) 
(Finance/Currency Trading)

Reenacting History - Living Out History For Fun and Discovery

by: Alistair Hammell (July 01, 2008) 
(Arts and Entertainment/Humanities)

History of the NYSE - A Brief History Of The New York Stock Exchange

by: Mike Singh (March 22, 2007) 

I Love Lucy History Goes on Making History

by: Wendy Pan (September 24, 2008) 
(Arts and Entertainment/Movies TV)