ACTION MAN: Andrew Polidano, of Lennox Head, recently travelled to northern Australia on a mission to ‘surf’ one of the enormous Morning Glory clouds.
ACTION MAN: Andrew Polidano, of Lennox Head, recently travelled to northern Australia on a mission to ‘surf’ one of the enormous Morning Glory clouds. Contributed

On cloud nine but no glory

WHEN Lennox Head man Andrew Polidano headed to northern Australia earlier this month, his mission was to be the first person to paraglide on a huge Morning Glory cloud.

These clouds can be 1000km long and 2km wide, with winds of up to 60km/h.

Unfortunately for Mr Polidano and his team, a differ- ent group of paragliders beat him to it, and they flew a Morning Glory cloud before he even got to Burketown.

But he says the experi- ence was still incredible.

"The weather wasn't on our side," Mr Polidano said.

"We had to fly out to sea to try to get a big cloud, which was really dangerous.

"The whole mission was really dangerous, actually. It's a risky time of year because you're flying right over the top of these river systems and it was crocodile breeding season.

BEAUTIFUL SCENES: Andrew Polidano, of Lennox Head,in his glider at the mouth of the Albert River in northern Australia, waiting for an opportunity to ride a huge Morning Glory cloud. Photo Chris Allen
BEAUTIFUL SCENES: Andrew Polidano, of Lennox Head,in his glider at the mouth of the Albert River in northern Australia, waiting for an opportunity to ride a huge Morning Glory cloud. Photo Chris Allen Contributed

 

"We didn't get a Morning Glory, but we got what we called a Bue Glory.

"The way I put it is like this: It's like paddling to catch a wave, but you don't see the wave until you're suddenly just hit by it.

"It was a really weird feeling."

The Morning Glory clouds remained offshore and therefore off-limits, in case the paragliders were forced down in the shark and crocodile-infested waters of the Gulf of Carpen-taria.

But Mr Polidano hasn't given up yet.

"I'll definitely be going back up there to try again," he said.

"I will get one of those clouds."



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