|Conditions:||20-25mph, Slicks or Smooth Rollers|
|Pro Riders:||Dina Muldasheva, Daria Padenko,|
Peter Tyushkevich, Youri Zoon
|Spots:||Dahab, Egypt; Cesme, Turkey; OBX, NC;|
|Food:||Mediterranean and Russian Cuisine|
Alex's StoryI have been doing extreme sports for many years. Though I have tried many board sports, my main passions were snowboarding and windsurfing. My home, the Ural Mountains in Mother Russia, provided a long snowy season to rock the wild slopes. Turkey and Egypt always had excellent conditions for seaside windy getaways. As it happens in every story, one day it all changed! I saw a guy in Tenerife, Spain, who was trying to get on a surfboard while flying a big kite. However, he didn't have much luck, and I couldn't appreciate the vast power of this unseen sport. The revelation day came a year later in Egypt. I was windsurfing and saw a group of people riding small boards, flying kites, jumping high, and doing tricks. From my windsurfing standpoint at that moment, it looked absolutely amazing! That was it, the unseen sport of kiteboarding! It was easy to find what it was and where to learn it. I immediately started taking lessons and two weeks later, thanks to my instructor, I was already riding, doing transitions, and boosting my first jumps!
Later on, I came to America and moved to Kansas City, where I found a group of local kiteboarders. When I first met up with them at Smithville Lake, I saw a big green hill with a dozen kites and a few riders rocking on the water. The wind was blowing 25mph, and the sun was shining; it all looked like a hidden paradise! On that day, I met many great people with unique personalities, who soon became my best kiting buddies. Our diverse group of Kansas City kiteboarders constantly evolves and grows. It's always fun to hang out with them, chat, party, travel, and of course, kite together!
In addition to being a dedicated kiteboarder and certified instructor, I am a professional Software Engineer. I apply my analytical approach to address complex problems in engineering to teaching and learning kiteboarding; I divide tricky maneuvers into small, conceivable pieces and focus on each one individually.
As a vigilant Wind Hunter, I am ready to kite ANYTIME and ANYWHERE! Kiteboarding opened up a new dynamic world of fun and endless progression for me. My goal here is to never stop learning and to kite all over the world!
I choose kiteboarding because I can fly!
|From:||USA, South Korea|
|Kites:||North Vegas, Flexifoil Ion IV|
|Conditions:||18-24mph - Steady, Smooth, and Wavy|
|Pro Riders:||Andre Phillip|
|Music:||Boys Hits Car, Killswitch Engage, Incubus, Nonpoint|
|Spots:||Outer Banks North Carolina, Kansas City|
|Food:||Asian and Thai Cuisine|
John's StoryI have been kiteboarding a few years now, and I kite EVERY DAY as if it were my last!
Like yourself, I never knew that kiteboarding, snowkiting, or landboarding even existed in the Midwest - especially in Kansas City. Little did I know, there was an entire group of Kansas City Kiteboarders, all who were addicted as much as I was. Go figure! They are an excellent group of kiters whose dynamic personalities keep you intrigued as well as entertained. It's always a pleasure to kite and travel with them.
This has not only been the most exciting sport I have ever done, but also the most challenging. This is why I make it a personal goal to progress and push my limits every time I get the opportunity to kite. Maybe you will also become a "Wind Chaser" one day.
Kite Force Academy strives to offer all of our students the best kiting education. We have worked very hard in preparation of our course work to guarantee that you will have a memorable experience. In fact, we make it a personal goal to give you the best learning experience possible. We know that once you have your first flight, you won't look back.