Recently, I've invested ina kite boarding system because I'm so very excited to learn how to fly! We are lucky enough to be in a location that is known around the world to be one of the best spots to take your kite and tear into the wind.
Rodrigo (our awesome sherpa editor / photographer / all around amazing guy, is taking this learning experience with me as we go on our journey to become kite surfers. Our kind and gentle hearted amigo, Marcos (from Artevelas) has taken us under his wing and been giving us lessons.
We took off last week when there was a North Wind to this special place called Playa Blanca. Its a location about 20 minutes or so North of Cancun where the ocean meets the lagoon, literally only a small width of land separates two huge bodies of water. The lagoon might as well be an ocean as you can barely see the other side if at all. Its ideal for surfing because the depth is very very shallow and you can always stand up and try to correct your kite, if you crash it.
Newbies always crash kites when they are learning....Rodrigo and I get special lessons from Marcos about flying the kite and reading the wind and I must admit, the power of the wind and these huge kites is rather mindblowing. With the correct wind, it can drag you across the ground completely powerless, if you don't take control! Needless to say, I'm only in the practicing mode, not yet have a full experience with the kite on water..
As Marcos says, there is nothing like being out on the crystal blue ocean with nothing but the you, the wind, and the ocean traveling super fast, watching the bottom skate past you... Its honestly one of the most exhilarating things he says he has ever done!
Here are a few shots from our trip...
The gear pile... we are alone in the middle of nowhere.
Marcos and Rodrigo study the wind
Rodrigo gets his kite flying
I traveled a few thousand feet out into the lagoon to take some snaps of the practice session.
Marcos getting ready to go!
Notice the concentration here.... These kites, when directed into the fast current of wind, will take you off your feet, for a crazy crazy ride. Intense is not even a good descriptive.
Sunset at Playa Blanca!
A final shot of the crew!
Thanks Marcos for taking time with us! Can't wait for the next round!