These days there are many different types of wing to choose from. Speed flying wings and speed riding wings, freestyle and acro wings, hike-and-fly speciality wings including lightweight wings and single surface wings and multiple combinations thereof; the list goes on. Perhaps you’re already interested in pursuing other niche areas of paragliding, but please don’t be fooled into thinking you’ll find one wing for all disciplines. The “do-everything-wing” simply doesn’t exist.
I would strongly suggest that when starting out you go for a standard certified paraglider. By choosing a standard and certified paraglider you’ll progress more quickly and safely.
Standard paragliders are certified as EN (European Norm tested for safe flight characteristics) A, B, C or D; where an EN-A certified glider is the easiest and most forgiving and an EN-D glider is the most difficult for use by very experienced pilots only. (There are also “CCC” gliders used to compete at the highest level by world-class competition pilots).
When learning to fly, you probably took to the skies on an EN-A glider. For most pilots this is the perfect glider to buy as a first wing, particularly if you feel nervous or live in a world with family and work commitments that might preclude you from flying more than the occasional weekend.
For pilots that have fallen head over heels in love with paragliding and expect to devote more time to the sport and for pilots who have shown a particular aptitude (often but not always younger pilots) you might consider starting out with an EN-B glider.
But please beware!! The EN-B category can be a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
The EN-B class is a very wide category. It is by far THE widest category. The difference between “low-end” (easy and forgiving) EN-B gliders and “high-end” (more demanding) EN-B gliders is considerable.
Even if you fancy yourself as the next world champion, never start with a high EN B glider. They require far more skill and awareness for only minimal performance gains.
In summary…. if in doubt, start with an EN-A glider.