CLUB: WindSwell Kitesurf­ing and Standup Pad­dle Board­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

How long have you been do­ing SUP and kitesurf­ing? I first thought of kite surf­ing when I was 15, five years be­fore we saw the first in­flat­able kite, so yeah I had to wait for the first kite to be made. Why did you de­cide to take up th­ese sports? For me I was fol­low­ing the nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion from my surf­ing back­ground. I also like the fact that when you’re kit­ing you’re ac­tu­ally surf­ing the board the whole time, so no sit­ting around wait­ing for a wave. What is the best thing about them? All the ele­ments com­ing to­gether, the lo­ca­tions you go to are al­ways nat­u­rally stim­u­lat­ing in­clud­ing head­lands, bays, points, river mouths and sand bars and many of the is­lands and reefs on the Great Bar­rier Reef. Tough­est thing about them? I guess it’s just the money side of things. I would like to make it more ac­ces­si­ble for ev­ery­one, as it’s im­por­tant to get the right gear to keep you on the wa­ter rid­ing no mat­ter what the con­di­tions are and it is not too cheap in Aus­tralia and up here in FNQ es­pe­cially. What skills are re­quired? Any type of surf­ing sail­ing wake­board or other board sports back­ground is all good how­ever there’s a proven set of skills and knowl­edge that you need to do to kite safely and to make you a safe and in­de­pen­dent kite­boarder. Any awe­some in­jur

ies?

Be­cause I learnt at the WindSwell school I haven’t had any in­juries. As rel­a­tively ‘‘new’’ sports, would you like to see them be­come more main­stream? You pretty much see kites and SUPs now every­where you go, you can now ride ev­ery day no mat­ter what the con­di­tions.It still sur­prises me why there aren’t more peo­ple on the wa­ter, we are spoilt with awe­some trades winds all win­ter plus we have Four Mile lined with palm trees and there are all types of rid­ing con­di­tions out on the wa­ter. Have you been in any com­pe­ti­tions? I’ve en­ter a few and done OK , I’ve or­gan­ised a few a had a few peo­ple turn up. I’m plan­ning a more se­ri­ous kite and SUP down­winder rally-style race off­shore of Port Dou­glas. Why should peo­ple take up one of th­ese sports? Both sports are re­ally good for fit­ness and are a great way of meet­ing peo­ple. Most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment? Prob­a­bly af­ter land­ing a big air, trip­ping an edge and los­ing my shorts while try­ing hang on to the

the kite.

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