Let’s go surf a kite

kite surferToday, while out sailing on the bay (ok, riding on a sailboat as I cannot sail myself), I came across some kite surfers. I have never seen this sport before, so I was facinated. These guys are strapped into what looks like a cross between a surf board and a snowboard, and then hold onto a parachute-looking kite. And they book it! They were sailing as fast as us on our boat, with the added excitement of occasionally flying up into the air and flipping around. They seemed to notice that we were sailing next to them to check them out and take pictures, because they came up right by the boat and did some tricks for the camera and the cheering audience.
(more pics after the jump)

kite surfer and the city

artsy kite surfer

4 Comments so far

  1. Adam (unregistered) on May 28th, 2006 @ 11:23 pm

    That is awesome. I never learned to sail at Wisconsin; perhaps I will here.

  2. Swerbo (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 11:14 am

    Yeah, this sport has been growing at an exponential rate over the past couple of years. I’m actually surprised you have never seen this because the Bay Area is one of the forerunner locations of the sport. For the curious, I videoblogged about a friend of mine Kite Surfing at Ocean Beach a while back, and it came out pretty good. You can check out the videoblog post here:

  3. anna (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 3:21 pm

    So cool. When I was sailing we saw a kite-sailer floundering out in the middle of the bay and wondered if he was OK. You can go so far out on those, and I wonder if their muscles get tired. Pulling up the sail is so heavy. Anyways, there’s a lot of craft on the bay so no big deal, maybe.

  4. Swerbo (unregistered) on May 29th, 2006 @ 10:55 pm

    Their arms don’t get that tired because they hook the sail into a harness for most of the ride — but their legs, now that’s a different story…

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