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RbGar 04-09-2008 09:10 AM

CJ's a super hottie, hey CJ , you need a big dog? I fetch and roll over too, plus I hardly ever wet the floor!

ricki 04-09-2008 09:57 AM

It's all about the water, and the wind. Still the water part is pretty important and for lots of us there are few barriers to heading beneath the sea for a look around. With the coming calm days of summer, this is a good option to keep in mind.

This image is of William Winram, a free diver swimming down to the Arch at the Blue Hole in Dahab, Egypt. I think it is about 60 m (197 ft.) deep, perhaps a bit more. Used to like to do this sort of finless free diving with just a mask for a long time. Never went below 50 ft. though!

NOTE: We have a forum on this site dedicated to diving perhaps more accurately some of the more unusual types of diving in Florida and beyond. Other interests are good to help get you through the calm months so check it out:

ricki 04-10-2008 09:11 AM
Too close to shore?

Least he didn't seem to break or paralyze anything.
From the Jupiter Kiteboarding Invasion 2008.

Photo: Rick Iossi

kalapana 04-11-2008 02:45 PM

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Danny Albertson shredding on his forehand and backhand @ kite beach, FL. (Jupiter?)

Photographs by Lisa Jefferson wife of kiter Mark.

ricki 04-13-2008 08:14 AM

Kiteboarding Masters 2008 kicked off yesterday. I think something like 46 participants registered to compete. The wind eased off a bit in early afternoon, still it was a great time and event in an excellent setting.

There was a sailboat regatta as back drop in the morning.

Photos: Rick Iossi

ricki 04-14-2008 07:55 AM

More from Kiteboard Masters 2008
Damien Leroy wins first place
Kent was giving advice about course racing boards a while back. What was he saying?
... will inherit the earth, but only if they're awake! I liked Neil's Capt's. briefing too, go figure?

Photos: Rick Iossi

eclipsedave 04-14-2008 05:44 PM

There are some more photos here there is a really good one of kent with the sailboats in the background

BigR 04-14-2008 06:21 PM

some of those directionals are looking HUGE!

esp. wide too, dang . am I the only one using as small a board like 5' 9" X 18" X 2.125" ?

kent 04-14-2008 07:04 PM

18 inches is fine Big R. The length really only matters when heading off the wind in large chop. A longer board allows you to draw out the nose scoop enough so that there isn't an abrupt change of angle causing the board to stick in the troughs. The key is the straighter outline and the flatter tail rocker. Damo's board is really only 18.5 inches wide.

We just got back from traing in Texas and learned quite a bit about new race boards. I just hope a few more people get them so that racing can take off in Florida like it has elsewhere. The added benefit is that most rider will be fully powered in 10-12 MPH. The event this weekend had lulls to around 8 and we could still plane through them.

I like the shot of all the kites in front of the sail boats. That pic is almost perfect, if only we could delete the orange kite it would be a work of art! Great pics Rick. Maybe we will see you next week.


ricki 04-14-2008 08:19 PM

Special thanks to Mark Haworth, for loaning me a long lens. He shot a ton of great images too. Left mine at home, normally don't need it but the course race this time demanded one.

Have so many shots still in the can. Obsessed about the sailboats in the background, must have dozens of those alone. Given the poor viewing rate debating about doing a big writeup per usual. Still, will likely do something highlighting the great event and all the intriguing visuals.

Thanks Kent, sure hope to make it.

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