Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Kiteboarding

Have you ever heard of kiteboarding? Otherwise known as kiting, snowkiting, etc?

I hadn't. Until hubby came home one day a couple of years ago and told me he wanted to buy a kite. A kite?

Basically, you have a huge kite -- like a specially designed paraglider (and sorry, if I'm explaining this wrong, don't shoot me!) with long long lines and you strap skis or a snowboard or a variety of other contraptions to your feet and use it to propel you along the ground. If you move the kite the right way, it lifts you up into a jump. So this is DH's current favorite sport, especially in winter.

You know those days when it's minus stupid and the wind is blowing so hard it makes your ears hurt? Those are the days when we curl up with a good book and some hot chocolate and stay inside, right? Not the kiters! They are outside in a field, harnessing the power of the wind, jumping and spinning and getting a huge adrenaline rush.

I love watching DH kite -- but I have to admit I'm a chicken and it is way too cold for me! But this weekend, the wind was up and it was warm, so DH convinced me to come with him and take pics of him kiting in the hills nearby our town. The kids brought their toboggan and played in the snow and I played with my new camera and DH played with his kite. LOL It was actually a fun afternoon...and I managed to get some nice shots! Here's some of them:


Here's kudos for all the kiters out there -- you guys are amazing and very talented! And if someone is reading this and wants to get into kiting, check out www.escapesports.ca. This is the place where DH gets his kiting gear. When I went in to buy him a Christmas gift (kiting gear, of course!) the owner, Johnny, was so helpful and friendly -- it was fantastic. They have a forum there too, which I peek at every once in a while just to see what's new.

9 comments:

Melissa said...

Now, that actually looks like a LOT of fun!! Except how do you keep that thing from taking you up..up..and away??

very cool pics!

Isabelle said...

i guess this is as close you'll get to downhill skiig for the thrill, you know since SK is so flat (you know my sis would kill me if she heard me right now!)LOL!

looks like fun though!

Anonymous said...

i am NOT showing dh this!

michelle @ morden

coRinne not connie said...

great photos!

Friday night? or next Friday?

Michelle said...

Looks like FUN!

I've seen people do this in the ocean, only instead of skii's they use a surfboard that your feet strap into!

kris & kyle said...

A fellow scrapbooker here, love the pics, and our friend is the who owns Escape! Small world. We're originally from Stoon, now living in Fernie BC. I had a gift certificate for kite lessons but never had a chance to use it before we moved. I still want to get into it though. Looks so fun! Never seen in on skiis before though, looks sweet! See on snowboards, mountain boarding, and of course the original wake boards in the water! Saw it on TV in Australia or MExico many years back! Good for your husband!!!!

jessi said...

that looks like soooooooooooo much fun!!! wow!!

have a fabulous evening!

Ronda P. said...

Very nice shots! They do this up in the Resort town I used to live in. It looks like fun but I am with you....too cold for me. I'll stick to my book & hot chocolate!

Julie said...

Another creative sport for Saskatchewanites...hey if you don't have any mountains but you have wind - go for it. Looks like fun..thank goodness we are way too old to take up this sport! hehe we will stick with golf and scrapbokking!