Go Fly a Kite

On the island of Ko Phangan in Thailand, Courtney and I waited for enough wind to allow us to take kitesurfing lessons.  All of our waiting (4 days!) was in vain–you need at least 10 knots to fly these kites!  I’ve been wanting to try since seeing the huge and colorful kites on Lighthouse beach in Chatham. 

Enter Mui Ne Beach in Vietnam where the wind blows everyday.  From about 10:30 to 4:00, one can count over 30 kites in the air.  We decided to take the plunge (quite literally at times) and spent the next few days (5 hrs of lessons) learning the basics of kitesurfing.  It is definitely not easy, and the sheer power of the kite can be intimidating, but it is a lot of fun.  The lessons progress from flying a small kite on land to “bodydragging” in the water with a larger kite and longer lines before finally trying to incorporate the board.  My attempts at getting up on the board resulted in a lot of swallowed sea water, but I think if I have another day or two I’ll get it.  It is one of the more fun sports to watch–check out this video below.

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4 Responses to “Go Fly a Kite”

  1. Mom and Dad Says:

    Hey Ed,

    Looks like a great challenge! Will we see you doing this on Lighthouse??! I can only imagine the strength, agility and athleticism is requires. Love you. Hello to Courtney.

    Mom and Dad

  2. colette Says:

    ed and courtney,

    i’m beyond jealous. amazing adventures! the photos are beautiful too. looking forward to reading more.

    all the best!!
    ~colette

  3. Cousin Beth Tawfik Says:

    Hey Ed,

    Looks like fun….for you! I have some friends who are in Jupiter, FL right now in a kite boarding competition. It’s probably over by now, but they pretty much LIVE for the sport. There are people all up and down Cocoa Beach with their kites flying over the waves. Looks like a lot of fun, but something, I am sorry to say, I may never actually try to do.

    Anyway, keep up the fun. Love you cousin, and looking forward to hearing about your adventures!

    Love, Beth

  4. Auntie Annette Says:

    Hi Ed,
    Been a while since I’ve left you a note. Getting over a good case of Bronchitis (finally).

    Love reading all your adventures and just read your latest regarding Turkish Cooking. Can’t wait to try some of your newest recipes. You will have to demonstrate!

    We are looking forward to seeing your Mom, Mary, Caroline and finally –meeting Luke in March. It will be wonderful to have them visit us here in Miami. Hope we get to see you this summer!

    Keep enjoying and keep safe. What wonderful experiences! Nothing can ever take this away from you.

    Love you always,
    Auntie

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