Offbeat Video

By Katy Gill


This daring paraglider looks to be having a brush with death as he skims at high speed over tufts of grass inches from the ground.

Jamie Lee was demonstrating his ability at ‘speedflying’ and zooming down the hills surrounding New Zealand’s Lake Wanaka just inches from the ground.

The skydiving instructor was filmed by his friend Malachi Templeton.

Taking off from a hilltop with a running jump, Jamie skirts just above the rocky ground for his entire three minute flight, reaching speeds of 75mph.

He shows off his impressive skills by weaving expertly through every small dip in the landscape.

Pic by Caters News

But despite seeming inches from a crunching impact with the ground Jamie, 25, feels ‘peaceful’ when he flies.

Jamie said: “It takes years of practice to learn to foot launch and fly these very small wings so close to the ground.

“I have been paragliding for over five years and I’ve been getting closer to the ground the more in tune with the wings I am.

“Sometimes I’ll brush the tops of the bushes when I choose to.

“We downsize our wings as we get more skilful to increase speed. When I started learning we began with 14sq metre wings and I am now down to six.

“This was a three minute flight, and we were getting up to 75 miles per hour.

“When I’m flying I feel very peaceful. It’s a flowing state of consciousness and no other thoughts enter my mind.”