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54 WBM july 2013 internationally. For Maramenides, taking lessons is a necessary pre- requisite to handling kitesurfing equipment on the water. “Kitesurfing is an extreme sport, he says. “Kitesurfing is a dangerous sport. And that’s the reason we get some of the beaches closing us down. People watch us and they think, ‘Oh, I can do this. Let me purchase the equipment on eBay.’ Sometimes they buy used equipment. They try to set the equipment up. They try to launch it at public access points where people are and then they start getting in trouble. They can even hurt someone else.” Maramenides says trying to attempt the sport without lessons would be like trying to fly an airplane without proper instruction. “Kiteboarding, while certainly not in its infancy, is a relatively new sport to the majority of the world,” Daniel says. The town of Wrightsville Beach has restrictions on kitesurfing, so beachgoers will mainly see kiters on the north and south ends of the island. Kiters are required to follow the same laws as surfers regarding beach safety. The goals of kitesurfers are the same as those of other ocean enthusiasts: to have fun and be safe, Daniel says. It’s this idea that Daniel and Maramenides hope to instill in others, as well as their passion for kiteboarding. Kitesurfing requires a significant amount of time, considering the time Oliver Klokman, a Scratch Kiteboarding instructor, heads out for a kitesurfing session during Tropical Storm Andrea. To receive a free bumper sticker or sponsorship information: The Dove 89.7 FM PO Box 957 • Wilmington, N..C 28402 Tel: 910-763-2452 Fax: 910-763-6578 www.life905.com • life@life905.com POiNT OF GraCe Paul BalOChe 4 him Jars OF Clay miChael W. smiTh merCyme sTeVeN CurTis ChaPmaN Chris aNd CONrad sideWalk PrOPheTs Chris TOmliN The goals of kitesurfers are the same as those of other ocean enthusiasts: to have fun and be safe, Daniel says.


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