If the guy had hang glider training wheels he wouldn't have come to such an abrupt stop.
I found out about this the hard way. I caused a perminent injury to my lower back trying to teach myself how to hang glide.
Hang gliding is incredibly fun although the risk of broken bones on a botched landing is fairly high. The risk is fairly minimal if one finds a good instructor. You simply cannot imagine what a thrill it is to be soaring for hours in the mountains after jumping off a cliff. Our airplanes are a lot of fun but hang gliding is the most pure form of flying as far as I am concerned.
I have tried paragliding but I don't find it to be nearly as enjoyable although it is easier to learn.
I know you speak the truth. I dream about flying several times a week.