In the month of July 2018, 21-year-old Sunith Rao embarked on a 2 month long flying trip to Italy, Spain & Macedonia his father’s blessings and mine. In the Gin Wide Open, he came away with the first place in the leisure class making the Fly Nirvana family proud and his hosts Nicky Moss and Geordie Pensalo of FlyAger very happy.
Sunith had a great start in the comp as he finished with a joint first with Gin team pilots Richard Bungay and Yuki Sato on the practice task , but …..
It was a convergence of friends old and new; paragliding pilots, surfers, entrepreneurs, adventurers and thousands of fireflies came together to celebrate Nirvana Adventure’s 20th Anniversary paragliding season end. Local drums got us all into a dancing frenzy, while the myriad fireflies lit up the trees around.
Now on a holiday in India with friends from NZ Sinchan organised for all of them to sign up for an Elementary Pilot Course. His close friends from Mumbai joined in too. NZ friends Miky, Arjun and Sean loved the paragliding course and had a lot of good things to say about it. As did Sonal Sharma, Manan Vora and Avik Das.
Once airborne and high above it i began to reminisced about the years gone by as i gazed out at the horizon remembering the many joyful times we have spent here and the amazing experiences we had here – juggling babysitting my son and first flights, leaving the hill and landing out, vulture and peregrine falcon spotting, interacting with the local kids, fighting summer fires, celebrating end of pg season parties,
Today we celebrate the Shinde hill , the opportunity to be awake to greet the new day, awesome sunrises, cool serene early mornings, breakfast at the site, shuffling up the hillside, easy gliding downhill and lots of fun excitement