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Tell Me What’s Higher – This Kiters Jump or His Age?
January 08, 2010


While recently on holidays in one of the windiest places I have ever seen, I came across real life proof that kiteboarding is not limited to anyone. This month’s photo takes us over 50 feet in the air, by a kiter who is over 60 years old!


62 and Still Flying.

Bahia Salinas, Costa Rica, is easily one of the most challenging places I have ever kiteboarded. Strong winds around 25 knots that can suddenly gust upwards of 35 knots in 3-4 foot chop are common. I watched many people struggle to keep control on the water, and marveled at those who could gracefully handle it.

Of them all, there was one man that impressed me beyond belief. At 62 years old, this kiteboarder is living proof that kiting has no boundaries – especially not age. On a day where 98% of kiters didn’t even come to the beach, he took to the water with a 6 m2 kite and blew my mind. Without effort, he was hurling himself into the air over 50 feet high – as high as his age! He navigated extremely difficult chop, caught waves, went where he wanted, and caught huge air after huge air – impressive.

To me, the thought that I can still enjoy the sport that I love when I’m 62 really gets me going – and I can enjoy it on the snow, water, or land… anywhere in the world.

If you have ever wanted to try kiteboarding, but felt that you are too young, too old, too big, too small - stop! You can kiteboard no matter what. All you have to do is get out and try it – then you’ll see.

Do you have a photo that absolutely trumps this one? How about one that captures the true beauty of kiteboarding? Or even one that is just plain fun?! If so, I'd love to give it a chance to be the next Photo of the Month – just send it to

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