Hang Gliding off the Cliffs of Blacks Beach at the Torrey Pines Gliderport La Jolla California





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Published on Apr 26, 2009

Come check out some of the paragliders and hang gliders at the Torrey Pines Gliderport at Torrey Pines Scenic Road just above Blacks Beach and cliffs in La Jolla California. Torrey Pines Gliderport
A Historic San Diego Coastal Landmark and Attraction

Soar from the cliffs of La Jolla Torrey Pines and float over 400 feet in the sky about beautiful cliffs and Blacks Beach on the Pacific Ocean . The Torrey Pines Glider Port provides some spectacular views 350 feet above Blacks Beach and the San Diego coastline.

Paragliding lessons (three to four days) cost around USD495 and hangliding lessons cost USD125 per hour. The fastest way to experience flight is to go tandem with an instructor for a 20-minute ground school followed by a 25-minute in-air flight, which costs USD150 per person. Reservations are required for lessons, none accepted for tandem flights, just call for weather conditions before coming.

The historic Torrey Pines Gliderport has been listed as a National Soaring Landmark by the National Soaring Museum, a San Diego City Historical Site, and is listed on the California Register and National Registers of Historic Places. It is the only gliderport adjacent to west coast of America that supports four different forms of motorless aviation; hang gliders, paragliders, radio-controlled model sailplanes and full-scale sailplanes. The cliffs along Torrey Pines have been used for soaring since at least 1930 and many famous aviators have earned their wings training at the gliderport. During World War II, the gliderport was used as part of Camp Callan for the training of U.S. Army cadets. After the war, sailplanes returned and have flown continuously at the location since 1946. Several national and international soaring records have been set at the site over the years.

The Executive Council of the Torrey Pines Gliderport Historical Society is known as the Torrey Pines Soaring Council. This Council is a collection of members from the various glider clubs that use this historic gliderport and has helped coordinate issues between the users and property owners of the site since 1978. Members on the Council represent the Torrey Pines Radio Controlled Soaring Society, Inc., San Diego Hang Glider and Paraglider Association, Associated Glider Clubs of Southern California, United States Hang Glider Association, the Soaring Society of America, Academy of Model Aeronautics, and the Torrey Pines Scale Soaring Society.

Torrey Pines Gliderport
2800 Torrey Pines Scenic D
La Jolla, CA 92037
Open Hours:Daily 9AM-7PM
Call for reservations for classes
1-858-452-9858 / Toll Free 1-877-359-8326
Website: http://www.flytorrey.com

For more photos and video of paragliders and paragliding at the Torrey Pines Gliderport visit the SoCal Beaches Magazine website at www.SoCalBeachMag.net

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