Glide through these fantastic aerial images

Check out our selection of five breathtaking shots from the awesome world of gliding.
By Khalil Emede and Martyn Thomas

We've all seen their wings in the sky on a blue summer's day and wondered what it would be like to take off ourselves. Well, now you can get a better idea about the world of paragliding without even leaving your room. Just have a glance through these epic images...

Paraglider Horacio Llorens gliding over Victoria Falls in Zambia, during a 10-country expedition across Africa in 2012.
Gliding in the mist © SEARCH Productions

We start with a truly awe-inspiring shot from Horacio Llorens and Thomas de Dorlodot's four-month, 10-country trip across Africa in 2012. Here Llorens is coasting over Victoria Falls, and you can clearly see why de Dorlodot called the journey a "life-changing experience". Wow!

Horacio Llorens performs during the Paragliding World Cup Superfinal over the valley of Roldanillo, Colombia on January 16th, 2013
A head for heights © Camilo Rozo/Red Bull Content Pool

People may think paragliding is dangerous, but it's an exhilarating sport. Llorens can't keep the smile from his face as he performs a trick at the World Cup Superfinal in Colombia last year.

Francois Bon Speedriding on the Mount Cook range, South Island, New-Zealand.
Carving his own path © www.TristanShu.com

A hybrid of paragliding, parachuting and skiing, speedriding proves that gliding isn't always done in the sky. Francois Bon took on the Mount Cook range on New Zealand's South Island to produce some stunning shots, such as this one. You'd have to be pretty handy on your skis to even contemplate it though, surely.

Horacio playing above Toau's atoll
Ocean view © Horacio Llorens/Search Projects

What happens when you mount a camera into your wing? You get a stunning insight into what goes into these amazing acrobatic moves. Made all the more compelling by the beautiful Pacific panorama.

Paragliders Horacio Llorens and Tom De Dotlodot doing some flying above a coral reef in Tahiti.
Lost at sea © Joh Stapels

We finish back where we started somewhat, with Llorens and de Dorlodot having fun as only they quite know how. Here, the intrepid duo pull some serious tricks over a coral reef in Tahiti. Who's for some gliding lessons?

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