I walked down to the beach at Tel Aviv to take some sunset photos and found a group of kitesurfers enjoying the waves.
If I’d brought my camcorder I could show you how kitesurfing works, but I didn’t, so I’ll have to make do with this wikipedia definition:
Kitesurfing, also known as kite surfing, fly surfing, and kiteboarding, involves using a power kite to pull the rider through the water on a small surfboard, a wakeboard, or a kiteboard.
A kitesurfer uses a board with foot-straps or bindings, combined with the power of a large controllable kite to propel himself and the board across the water. However, this simplicity also makes kitesurfing challenging. A kitesurfer’s body is the only connection between the kite and the board. The kite is piloted in the sky while the board is steered on the water.
According to the kitesurfers I talked to, some hours of lessons and lots of practice were needed to perfect the tecnique of combining flight over water. Snowboarding is difficult enough – imagine combining that with kiting and surfing.
One kitesurfer, Avri, demonstrated this jump (click on photos to see larger images)
It would take a lot of time and effort to learn how to soar like that, but it would be worth it.