[kitesurf] ...like riding a bicycle
- My good friend, Randy, just returned from 6 months with the US Air Force,
studying to be an emergency medical technician. Randy had always been one of
my favorite kiteskiing buddies, because he carries more speed than anyone
else on the water. I remember one particular heat of slalom at the first or
second Kiteski World Championships in San Francisco. The wind picked up a
notch. He kept his biggest kite when others were reaching for smaller
stuff. Then he completely left us in his wake. His lap time was something
like 30 seconds faster than the second place guy. Anyway, back to the
After a 10 month recess from Kiteskiing (winter season and school combined),
Randy jumped in the water, and sailed circles around the crowd at the Hood
River Marina. He rode a few waves and even jumped with remarkable control.
I raced along beside him for a while, and we exchanged the spirited
"Whoooohooo! and Yeehaa!".
I was enjoying the warm morning session with a good old friend doing what we
love. (Little did I know the afternoon session would involve my wife,
Terese, and I kiteskiing from Viento State Park to the Hood River Marina for
a super fun downwinder, but that's another story.)
Randy hadn't lost a step. He was the old Randy if only for a 1 hour
session. As the wind built to 30 knots you could see a bit of fatigue
setting in. Randy's big kite was straining against the growing gale. You
could just see the hard carving fun board bear off as he headed back to the
beach. Upon returning to shore he explained, "It's just like riding a
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