I recently moved from a major kiteboarding destination, to a much smaller one. In fact, I was feeling downright depressed because I thought I couldnít kite at all - boy was I ever wrong!
Once again, this months photo shows the true diversity of kiteboarding.
Is Winter a Lemon? It's Up to You.
The truth is, I had gotten lazy with my creativeness. I had almost forgotten the possibilities available with a kite and a board. It wasnít until I shook myself out of this slump that I really started to re-live the possibilities!
This frozen lake provided me the perfect place to practice, and I made it out on a 9 m kite in just 4 knots of wind! It wasnít until I was out riding that I remembered the true benefits of kiting on snow. Not only is it incredibly fun, but itís the perfect place to practice moves in a semi controlled environment.
Within 20 minutes I was nailing tricks that I have never been able to do on the water. Itís not that they were too difficult, but that the addition of waves made them that much more challenging to do. On snow, you have no waves. You have no chop, shore break, rollers, or swell. You have a static environment that makes improving 100 times easier. No water start, no lost board, no body drag... Nothing! Just riding and improvement.
Not to mention all of different places you can explore! Back country ski spots, mountain tops, plateaus, fields, lakes, etc... The world really opens up.
So the next time a snowstorm threatens to keep you indoors, look on the bright side. Even a few hours kiting on the snow will push your water game to new levels - and itís just as fun too!
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In the Works...
Watch out for these up and coming additions to KiteboardingEvolution.com
- -- DONE! -- Trainer Kite Field Guide. - DONE! Every single question, problem, and difficulty from the Trainer Kite Reviews is being documented and answered in a 20-30 page trainer kite field guide that everyone can take out and use when flying their trainer. There will be full photo walkthroughs and exercises, much like on KiteboardingEvolution.com, all contained in a ultra-compact and portable booklet. Watch for it soon on the website, and if you're getting this email, keep your eye out for a special offer!
- Intermediate Kiteboarding Practice. How-toís and walkthroughs for intermediate riding skills like: riding upwind, jumping, and powered-up transitions.
- Better and More Detailed Photos on the Website. Watch out for new and more descriptive photos of hard to explain exercises coming soon to the website.
Thats all for this edition, thanks for tuning in!