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.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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: