Windoor Real Fly, Empuriabrava, Girona, Spain
I learned a lot about the Costa Brava region during my time in Spain. Little facts like Salvador Dali used to live there, there’s a restaurant where every dish incorporates edible flowers, and “Costa Bravans” sure do like their anchovies. Smithsonian Magazine even dubs part of this area The Anchovy Coast.
I also learned that the area of Costa Brava called Empuriabrava (they like their “bravas” too) is one of the top skydiving destinations in the world (brava means wild in case you’re wondering.)
Empuriabrava is blessed with ideal weather conditions for those inclined to jump out of planes. The Spanish national skydiving team even makes their home here. So it made sense that Richard — our host from CharmingVillas.net — took our team of bloggers for a spin in a wind tunnel to try indoor skydiving for ourselves.
Windoor Real Fly is the spot where both professional and aspiring skydivers perfect their craft. It’s also the type of place that caters to people like me — those who want the sensation of skydiving, but without all that fuss of planes and parachutes and paperwork.
Our instructor, Alfredo Fernandez, led us upstairs to the classroom to teach us about safety, hand signals — because you can’t hear anything but wind in a wind tunnel — and correct form (see Exhibit “A” above.) After suiting up in the kit room, we headed down to the wind tunnel chamber to wait our turn.
To get started, you basically just stand at the door and fall forward. The wind (and Alfredo) take it from there.
Jeff from FestivalXPlorer got it down pat.
The folks in the control room keep a close eye on what’s happening, so there was never any worry about safety. Besides, if something did go wrong, there was never the threat of the sensational splat real skydiving would ensure. Chalk one up for the wind tunnel.
Richard from Charming Villas got his skydive on too…
And April from Absolute Travel Addict was a pro from the get-go.
Much like I learned a lot about Costa Brava during this trip, I learned a thing or two about myself as well. Chief among them, I’m not the graceful swan I had hoped. I’d secretly aspired to be “The Baryshnikov of the Sky.” Turns out I’m more Barnum & Bailey material instead. Take a look for yourself…
It was nice to sulk about it at the Windoor Real Fly snack bar afterwards though.