Jon Rahm, shown on the 17th green at Torrey Pines South, says he won't follow his father's footsteps when it comes to paragliding. Photo: Donald Miralle, Getty Images
LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA | At the U.S. Open last June, Jon Rahm and his father, Edorta, were walking along the fourth fairway at Torrey Pines’ South Course as the paragliders floated above the nearby cliffs that tumble into the Pacific Ocean 300 feet below.
This plaque at the Torrey Pines Gliderport honors the "spirit, ingenuity and enthusiasm" of long-ago paragliders. Photo: Scott Michaux, Global Golf Post
The paragliders are a part of the Torrey Pines scenery, taking off from the gliderport just beyond the 12th green on the South Course and skimming their way up and down the craggy coastline, pilots hanging beneath their multi-colored wings, riding the wind like birds.
They tend to hang out alongside the long par-4 fourth hole on good days, sometimes five or six at a time, creating a pathway in the sky just above the ocean.
Edorta Rahm was once a paraglider ...
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