My brother and I started kiteboarding a few years ago on trips we took with our family to Hatteras, North Carolina. When we were there, the guys at Real Watersports were having their annual Triple S competition where we got to see kiteboarders from all over the world. The event includes free style riding on flat water, big air events and wave riding. It was amazing and we were hooked.
We live in Florida and usually kite on New Smyrna Beach or on the 52 0 slick in Cocoa Beach. In addition to Hatteras, we’ve had the chance to travel and ride at some of the great spots around Florida and elsewhere including Hood River, Oregon, Turks and Caicos and Maui, Hawaii.
We aren’t pros. We aren’t even particularly good. We just really like to ride. And although we’re young my brother and I are still in high school we also really enjoy being part of the kiteboard community. From our first time at Real during the Triple S, everyone was incredibly cool. Pro riders were down to earth, helpful, and friendly... even though we were brand new to the sport.
We’ve also been lucky to have had instruction from some amazing instructors at some of the places we’ve visited. With a few exceptions, it seems like the people who teach kiteboarding are really interested in helping even after the lesson is over. Help with questions about gear, questions about where to ride, and even about whether the wind is blowing hard enough to drive over to the beach for a session. Which seems to be the case with almost all kiteboarders and the kiteboard community. Which is one of the main reasons why we love the sport.
-- Gracie N.
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