By Joshua Rapp Learn, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - After a mere four steps for take-off, I was soaring over São Conrado Beach. For a second I was dumbstruck. We had been killing time for ten minutes at the top of the cliff waiting for a headwind and it was hard to believe we were now suspended in midair.

I gazed at the treetops of the Tijuca National Park 520 meters below me before I became conscious enough of my exhilaration to let out a whoop of joy that nobody but my pilot Paulo and I heard.

Paulo . . .

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