Advanced Paragliding


Over 3000 copies sold in its first 10 months on sale – and nothing but praise from everyone who’s read it. Whether you’re wanting to fly more efficiently, want pro thermalling tips, or simply trying to recover from a setback, this book is for you. Get learning from the world’s best!

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Written by Gavin McClurg, edited by the Cross Country team, and packed with insight from the very best, Advanced Paragliding is aimed at all intermediate pilots up, to help them build on their foundations and progress. There’s a big focus on aerology, meteorology, psychology, safety and risk-management. If you have 100 hours or more and want to go places in paragliding, this is for you.

Advanced Paragliding draws on over eight years’ of in-depth interviewing with over 100 of the world’s best pilots. With Gavin’s incredible popularity among a listener base of 30,000+ pilots, this book is set to be a massive worldwide success.

“This book is an international curated collection of voices, experiences, perspectives, and approaches to the sport that we all love. It is the undeniable power of the lead gaggle, with the best pilots in the world sharing their knowledge. And it is not just about techniques. It is also about the philosophy of adventure, the value of accepting risk and managing it, and the importance of training the mind as well as the body. It is about the flying life.” – Bill Belcourt

18 ‘secrets of champions’ chapters include incredible insights from Adel Honti, Alex Robé, Armin Harich, Bruce Goldsmith, Chrigel Maurer, Cody Mittanck, Dustin Martin, Honza Rejmanek, Jeff Shapiro, Jocky Sanderson, Kelly Farina, Maxime Bellemin, Nick Neynens, Pál Takáts, Rafael Saldini, Russ Ogden, Thomas Theurillat and Will Gadd

“Every 20 years a seminal work is published that pushes the measuring tape forward in terms of knowledge base. When I first started flying, Dennis Pagen’s ‘Secrets of Champions’ gave me glimpses into the minds of the best hang glider pilots in the world. It helped me improve drastically. ‘Advanced Paragliding’ is a ‘Secrets of Champions’ on steroids. It features a true treasure trove of stories, teachings and other gems. Many of my paragliding idols reveal ultimate tips and tricks to fly far, fly safe, and fly fun. If you fly paragliders this book will make you better. Kudos to Gavin: this is a resource that will better our community.” – Nick Greece

Over 14 technique chapters include:

  • How to Thermal Better
  • How to Glide Better
  • How to Navigate ‘Intermediate Syndrome’
  • When to Step Up – and When to Step Down
  • How to Tweak Your Mental Game
  • How to Avoid Accidents
  • How to Kill Complacency
  • How to Throw Your Reserve
  • When and how to approach SIV training
  • How to Fly Competitions
  • How to Fly Big XCs – learning to fly faster
  • How to Recover from Frightening Experiences
  • Threat and Error Management: what we can learn from other aviation disciplines

The book also includes pilot self-assessment and gives guidance on personal progression, using mentoring techniques. In terms of skills development, Advanced Paragliding sits at the top of the stack of Cross Country’s existing range of books, which includes Paragliding: the Beginner’s Guide, Fifty Ways to Fly Better, and Mastering Paragliding.

About The Author

Gavin McClurg is an outstanding writer, pilot and communicator, who enjoys the respect and appreciation of tens of thousands of pilots worldwide for his Cloudbase Mayhem podcast series. Gavin is an established adventure pilot and Red Bull X-Alps pilot.


  • 254 pages
  • Full colour
  • Easy to understand text
  • Hardwearing ‘flexibound’ format



Additional information

Weight 628 g
Dimensions 24 × 17.5 × 1.8 cm


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