I have been a paraglider pilot since 2003. I live in Phoenix, AZ and fly locally at South Mountain which is in the middle of the city or at the Craters in Flagstaff.My favorite place to fly is Telluride, Colorado for the spectacular scenery. The best place I have flown for consistent thermals and great instruction is Valle De Bravo on a tour with Eagle Paragliding. My training is ongoing, really. The beautiful thing about this sport is the learning never ends. The guys from Eagle take special care to watch their “flock” long after they leave the nest, which sets them apart from other schools. The training hill in Santa Barbara is fantastic for getting your take offs and landings down pat as well as a great place to ground handle your wing. Santa Barbara also has some very accessible mountain sites once you are deemed ready by Rob and his staff. I can recommend Eagle Paragliding to anyone who is serious about flying.