Chasing the Wind

2013-7

Chasing Blaine Daniel seeks wind and water for an activity that keeps him coming back, assembling his kiting equipment year-round. While onlookers are dazzled by his vibrant kites and aerial transitions, Daniel says he and other local kiters must draw strength from within to address the mental and physical chal-lenges of the sport. An understanding of how to control the kite in different wind patterns and directions is crucial, as are physical strength, balance and agility to maintain control of the kite in heavy winds. Kitesurfers can reach 30 miles per hour on the water, which is roughly equivalent to 60 mph on land. But speed is only half the thrill, the other being air time. A kiteboarding jump requires intense concentration, exact timing and kite placement. The payoff is huge. A kiteboarder looking to increase his or her air time must practice holding the kite at a 45 degree angle and making sure the kite is directly overhead at the time of the jump. Once the skill of jumping is mastered, board grabs and midair turns are next. Huge jumps are generally considered to be anything above 15 feet. Yuichi Murakami from Scratch Kiteboarding flies the 2013 12m Switchblade low and powered up. 50 july 2013 WBM


2013-7
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