Was an unexpected but fun event to be a part of! The Xsenser case had me at 49 feet on my biggest boost… Pretty cool to know exactly how high you’re going!!
Here are a few shots from Stance Magazine’s French and International online issues. Thanks to Bryan Elkus Photography for getting the shots!
The crossing itself was one LONG, slightly upwind starboard tack that took about 2 hours in the end. I rode my 9m Liquid ForceEnvy and 5’10” strapless kitesurf board. It was pretty cool to look back every once in a while and see Antigua slipping away below the horizon. The majority of the ride was pretty uneventful but I did have an ice-cold, half-way-across beer which was delicious and helped to keep my morale up. As we got closer to Barbuda and we spotted the first mast of a sail boat off the coast, things got a little more exciting. Out of nowhere i picked up something shinny streaking through the water in my peripherals. As it crossed in front of me, I could make out the unmistakable shape and colors of a Mahi Mahi! That was the first time I’ve seen one of those fish in the wild not attached to some guys fishing pole. From then on I just kept seeing more and more wild life. Next, I was inspected by a pod of dolphins, and passed by two of the biggest green sea turtles I’ve ever seen.
Finally, we made landfall near Coco Point, at the southern end of the island. We set up for a picnic lunch on the boat and it wasn’t long before the amazing flatwater and scenery tempted us all back onto the water. We had a nice session and then packed everything back onto the boat and headed around to the west side of the island to set up camp and have dinner. In the morning, the wind was already up, so we had breakfast and got right onto the water. It was absolutely nuking – the most wind I’ve ever seen anywhere in the Caribbean. I was so lit on my 7m that I couldn’t stay out for more than about 45 minutes at a time because it felt like my back was going to explode! The sessioning continued for most of the day before packing up camp and heading back to Antigua through some seriously rough seas.
Here’s a little video from the trip that I made quickly while traveling back to the states.
REAL just announced the list of invited riders for the upcoming SSS competition in June (http://www.realwatersports.com/news/2012-triple-s-invited-riders/). I’m stoked to have made the cut once again and to see so many great riders/friends on the list! Team LF has a strong showing on the invite list: Brandon Scheid, Chad Worrall, James Boulding, Jason Slezak, Lulu Vroman and Mark Miedama all invited!
Follow all the updates before, during and after the event:
Here’s a short little video from recent winter trip to Puerto Rico. We scored great conditions and I kited almost every day on my Liquid Force 7m envy and 5’10″ kitesurf board.
Filmed and edited by Lewis Hunt. Additional filming by Pete Hardie.
Also – Check out this news item that REAL just put out about my switch to LF: