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    Default Paragliders treated to first ever flight over Mozambique sand dunes‎

    It is a true masterpiece of nature, constantly evolving with every gust of wind.
    Paragliders Jody MacDonald and Gavin McClurg have taken the first ever flight over the breathtaking Bazaruto archipelago in Mozambique.
    Miss MacDonald was able to capture Mr McClurg, 39, skimming the sand from 300 feet above the surface of the region's towering 500 feet sand dunes.

    Otherworldly: Paragliding pilot Gavin McClurg soars above a dune in Bazaruto, Mozambique

    The couple are on a round-the-world sailing expedition to kiteboard and paraglide in some of the world's most stunning locations.
    Each of the flights by Mr McClurg, from Seattle, and Miss MacDonald lasted only 15 minutes.
    They were attached to a line on their boat SV Discovery and individually winched out to 3,000ft before unclipping and gliding over the dunes.
    Using air currents and positioning of the paraglider they can control their direction and height.
    Miss MacDonald, 35, from Vancouver, said: 'It was a discovery we made as we sailed in from Madagascar.

    'The dune is known, but had never been identified as a flying site. There are very particular characteristics only a pilot would know and luckily we were the first to recognise its potential.
    'It's special not only because it was a first but because it's very likely one of the best coastal flying sites on earth. There was no need for a helmet or even shoes. It's a flying nirvana.
    'The archipelago is protected but flying has no impact on the area and we were very welcomed. The flying side of the dune - the ocean side - is totally uninhabited. We didn't see a single person. Twenty miles of sand and not a single footprint.'

    Shifting sands: The astonishing pictures offer a view of an untouched world with no human footprints for miles in Mozambique

    Miss MacDonald added: 'The landscape is surreal. It's one of those places that seems like it can't exist, even when you are standing on it.
    'The dune changes by the hour with winds sculpting the ridges differently every day. Any footprints we left were quickly erased as the sand comes and goes.
    'The huge tides makes the backdrop a constant source of amazement. It's like watching a masterpiece painting being altered for the better every few minutes.
    'It was like being in a dream world. Sometimes I couldn't believe what I was seeing. We are all very experienced pilots and have flown all over the world, but this site made us giddy like children. Like a giant sandbox that we had all to ourselves.


    Shadow land: The bird's eye view of the breathtaking scenery is the first ever voyage over the region by a paraglider

    'It came at a price though. We destroyed our dinghy motor, had to sleep in a tandem paraglider wing overnight as we were marooned on the island, and went quite a long time without food and water.
    'But it was worth it. Flying is always magical, but add the magic of a place right out of a fantasy and the combination is intoxicating.'
    The expedition was organised by the Offshore Odyssey company founded by the couple.

    The alien-like scenery of Bazaruto is carved by a variety of environmental factors including huge tidal flows around Mozambique.

    Photographer Jody McDonald, 35, from Vancouver, is on an expedition to paraglide and kiteboard in some of the world's most stunning locations

    Read more: Shifting sands: First ever flight over 20-mile beach sculpted by the wind and untouched by a single footprint | Mail Online

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    wow! I'm at a loss for words

    I would love to something along these lines, while I'm still younger like them, just see some things, but I'm a fearful type person

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    Quote Originally Posted by AliceInWonderland View Post
    wow! I'm at a loss for words

    I would love to something along these lines, while I'm still younger like them, just see some things, but I'm a fearful type person
    If I have the money, I am so doing this! Even if I'm fearful I will suck
    it up and hopefully the view will be to endearing to worry about anything
    else...

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    yeah, I'm sure when you do something like this, you experience some major philosophical experiences and life epiphanies - I'm a little scared of those too myself

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    Wow, the landscape is gorgeous!

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