our history


Cloud 9 Hang Gliding & Paragliding was born out of Cornwall Hang Gliding & Paragliding Services, which in turn grew from Cornwall Hang Gliding Services, which was set up in 1981 to serve the needs of pilots local to Cornwall and the Southwest.


Starting as a part time school it has developed into a full time operation with a National reputation for quality, safety, honesty and fun. Throughout its development the business has kept it's focus on providing top quality tuition and equipment resulting in a loyal and ever expanding customer base.  Operating with low student to glider / instructor ratios ensures not only plenty of attention but also rapid progress for students.


Originally a hill based school we moved over to tow training  in 2005, which transformed the teaching of both Hang Gliding and Paragliding, giving at least a six fold increase in teaching days and reducing the time and effort required to learn.  Hill teaching still takes place when conditions dictate and with a good selection of local sites hill conversion are carried out regularly.


2008 saw the addition of Paramotoring which is greatly assisted by the use of the tow training in the early stages and has proved popular.


2009  was another move forward when the business became truly full time with Phippsy (Graham) and Kaz Phipps both giving up their part time jobs to be able to make the most of the weather.


 With an eye to the future and constantly reviewing the sports Coud 9 will continue to move with the times so ensuring its customers the service they deserve.