<![CDATA[[caption id="attachment_115" align="alignright" width="300"] Parasailing in Destin[/caption] What is Parasailing and How did it come about? Parasailing is a popular recreational activity where a person is towed behind a boat while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that reminds one of a parachute, known as a parasail wing. The first ascending / gliding parachutes were developed in 1961 as a training tool for parachutists. The technique allows parachutists to train more efficiently by towing the parachutist to a suitable altitude, then releasing them to practice landings. This training method proved cheaper than and just as effective as an airplane. Mark McCulloh is the original inventor of modern day parasailing equipment, beginning with the world’s first stationary parasailing platform in 1971.
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