Is it really that easy? Yes, and no...
I started working on a paragliding rating several years back. I had about 50 flights in before life and work distracted me. If you're learning in a good location and with a good instructor, it is remarkably easy to get started and reasonable in cost. (I can be more specific about where and who if anyone is interested.)
In the other hand, Jean Baptist Chandelier is incredible. Watching him dance with the wind takes my breath away. His precision is mind boggling. I sometimes search out his latest video just to experience the wonder of it.
To give some perspective... One requirement for a P2 rating (minimum level to fly without instructor supervision) is a specific number of flights. Another requirement is to have at least five flights in which you pick a landing point before takeoff, launch from at least 500' above that point, and land less than ten yards from your chosen spot. I've accomplished the precision landing requirement only once despite flying more than double the minimum required flights for the rating. So, when I see him touch and go on tops of posts, skim the ski slope, or hover above the unaware family at the beach... I'm simply breathless.
Thanks for sharing that video. I needed that today.
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