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WakeboardCayman 02-24-2014 8:36 AM

Pretty sick kite tow up
 
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Last weekend we were able to sponsor the TRIO, a kiteboarding competition on the island. We got to take a bunch of the kiters out wakeboarding a couple of the days and those dudes can rip! Everyone of them can throw all of their tricks regular and goofy. Even the ones who had never ridden behind a boat before. Also towed one of the dudes up about 150 ft with his kite behind the boat. Thought I would share a couple shots of the action.

awakewilson 02-24-2014 9:26 AM

That's sick! Sure would hope that hole thing about never being behind a boat works vise versa. Gonna try kite boarding soon and have no idea if I will be able to do anything on a kite.

WakeboardCayman 02-24-2014 10:04 AM

I wish that were so Andrew. Having your board skills down helps a ton though! I have taken a couple lessons so far and the only tricky part is the kite. And riding switch because there is no toe side as a beginner. Try to get ahold of a trainer kite first and play around with that for a couple hours before you get a lesson and that will help you out a ton. It's a blast though you'll get hooked!

phathom 02-24-2014 4:10 PM

That looks like fun. How did you rig it up to run the guy up on his kite like a parasail? I'm guessing a tow strap was hooked to his harness or something and he wasn't just holding on to a wakeboard handle right?

pprior 02-25-2014 6:08 PM

That is so crazy - we were down in Cayman that week and my kids were at the hotel where the kite boarders were staying. the wind was so low a lot of the competition was delayed so we didn't get to watch them. We actually talked about the wake boarding business model down there as the petrol is so freaking expensive. Would have loved to meet up with you guys to see this go down.

nuckledragger 02-25-2014 8:23 PM

Awesome and the water down there looks so sick!

Dustfarter 02-25-2014 10:13 PM

Have fun with the tow ups. Here's what happens if things go wrong...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INN_Shp3Kqg

VinnyA 02-25-2014 10:19 PM

This is the opposite -> lots of wind and a static rider vs no wind and moving rider but in essence the results are the same
https://vimeo.com/76499906

WakeboardCayman 02-26-2014 12:23 PM

@surf addict - he hooked the tow handle around his arm. @ Stuart - This is not something we normally do and fully understand the risks that were involved. Had he not been one of the top kite boarders in the world and experienced in doing this in addition to very low winds, we would have never attempted it.

@pprior - would have loved to meet up with you and your fam. Get in touch next time in Cayman.

phathom 02-26-2014 1:03 PM

That's crazy! I would not have thought someone would attempt that, but then again we all do crazy stuff from time to time. It looks sick. Glad it turned out ok.


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