Wednesday, June 22, 2011

KITESURFING/KITEBOARDING - WHAT A RUSH!!!

This is part two of our trip to the Florida Keys. In these images, I was able to capture some amazing actions by Aaron, a kitesurfer who was determined to perfect his craft. From the preparation to the event, kiteboarding is a labor intensive activity. Surfers, like Aaron prepare the lines, adjust the control bar, straighten the harness and check the wind strength, all for a chance to turn, grab, jump and fly with the wind at their backs. 


Sharing some info about kitesurfing may be helpful to readers: Kitesurfing or kiteboarding is an adventure surface water sport that has been described as combining wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding and gymnastics into one extreme sport. Kitesurfing harnesses the power of the wind to propel a rider across the water on a small surfboard or kiteboard similar to a wakeboard. The terms kiteboarding and kitesurfing are interchangeable.


There are a number of different styles of kiteboarding including freestyle (most common and utilizes a standard kite and board), wake-style (flatter water using board with bindings) and wave riding which is focused on big waves using a board designed specifically for wave riding.


From these images, I hope you will be able to join Aaron and me on this incredible and magical ride. SURF'S UP!!


  
      




















   As I was leaving the beach, I caught one  
   more image of a jumper!! AMAZING!!!!



18 comments:

GeetS said...

amazing pics

Kriti said...

Magical journey for sure. This must be so much fun. Amazing pics as usual Jim : )

FAYE said...

Looks cool! I really want to try that! How I wish I could =)

Hostel Tinktinkie, Santa Rosa de Calamuchita said...

This looks very difficult! I have often see and admired them in South Africa. Did you see the muscles this guy has? Wow!!!

Farfalla Dreams said...

WOW!!! That looks so fun. The pics are beautiful, as usual. ;)

forjenssake said...

Spectacular images. I know I am suppose to be in awe over the man's kitesurfing skill but, all I could focus on was his sculpted muscles and arms. Whoa, kitesurfing looks like it takes some big guns to pull it off. lol

Rimly said...

Spectacular! Kitesurfing sure looks fun but one needs to have rel control

Kerry-ann said...

You have really captured the essence of fun, difficulty, passion and focus of windsurfing. I love watching them twist and turn in the air. One day I might even be brave enough to give it a go.

sulekkha said...

fantastic moves and wonderful pictures,JIm

Simran said...

Wonderful JIM:)..Amazingly captured!!

Finding One's Way said...

JB,

I lived in FL all my life growing up.. I have always wanted to try kitesurfing but never had the chance..
Total bummer.. I need to do it while I am down here..
xoxo
Jess

Maria said...

WOWWWWW Bellissime!!!!

JP Brandano Photography said...

Thanks to all of you who commented on my blog!! I'm glad you were as pleased as I was.

Phyllis

Hajra said...

The photographs are amazing! You should consider putting them on shutter shock!They are way too good!

melissa said...

I love the clear blue sky...I love the water, it's color...the splashing...the action...I love kitesurfing (thanks to this one, I'm contemplating on trying it, if we ever have one in my country :P)...I love the model too :P...can't take my eyes off the images :P...so it took me three days to write this comment...

It's like being there watching everything...you have captured the most exciting parts esp. the last image of a jumper...supercool!


I love every image you took Phyllis :)...YEY!

alejandro guzman said...

sorry Jim which one was you? lol

A

Ravenmyth said...

Jim I have watched this sport often on the beaches of California, Victoria B.C. and Kauai...this is the first time I saw that they wore boots. It is very similar to snowboarding..which is such a big sport here at Whistler Mountain and our local Vancouver Ski Hills. You can see what a physical sport it is...but yes, what a rush! Flying over the water..very similar to flying down the sloaps...on skis...which I did for years.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

Your images really hit the spot! I miss seeing kite surfing and surfing in general at the So. California beaches where I lived for 25 years. This sport is so much harder than it looks and your photos do these athletes real justice. Beautiful!