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This is parahawking​​



  1. Parahawking is very weather-dependent, and dependent on our birds’ condition and schedule. There are no guarantees of the weather being right on any given day. Participants need to commit to being at the Torrey Pines Gliderport from 12PM until at least 4PM to maximize chances of soaring with a bird.

  2. The flight lasts 20-25 minutes, and usually the falcons spend about half that time close to us in the air.

  3. The experience costs $400 per participant, of which $175 goes to the Gliderport for the tandem paragliding flight, and $225 goes to Total Raptor Experience for a private falconry lesson and use of the bird. The $225 must be deposited well in advance to reserve one of our falcons, and to let us prepare the bird with appropriate feeding and flying schedules in the preceding days (the deposit will be fully refunded if weather prevents us from flying with the bird!). 

  4. We typically schedule parahawking flights on Monday Tuesday and Wednesday. Spring and summer are the best seasons. Santa Ana conditions, more frequent in fall and winter and hard to predict, greatly reduce the chances of a successful flight.

  5. To negotiate a reservation during spring and summer, please send an email request here. Please include: name, phone, email, weight (see below) of all interested participants, if you can walk up a trail for 350ft gain, and requested dates (please send 3 dates that would work with your schedule). If we do not receive all required information we will not answer your email.

  6. During fall and winter, you can write us 2 days in advance to inquire about the current forecast. We should be able to tell you what the chances are to fly while you are in town. Keep in mind we typically fly Monday Tuesday and Wednesday. Please send an email request here. Please include name, phone, email, weight (see below) of all interested participants, if you can walk up a trail for 350ft gain, and dates you are in town. 

  7. The experience requires about an hour of preparation to learn to feed the bird in the air, learn to help launch and land the glider, and to fill out the somewhat onerous paperwork (waivers). 

  8. Participants need to dress warmly in appropriate clothes - long sleeves and pants, shoes with good grip and some ankle support, etc. If there’s not enough wind to soar, we may land on the beach and need to hike back up to the Gliderport (moderately strenuous 350 foot hike). 

  9. Our chances of “staying up” are somewhat dependent on our total weight. For these reasons, we need to know how much each prospective parahawking student weighs, and how able they are to make the hike back up from the beach if that is required. We can accommodate anyone with enough consistent wind, but that part is controlled by the weather gods.


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