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ricki 03-22-2008 08:53 AM

Photo Of The Day!!!
JP Robinson passes on a view of TGIF from Biscayne Bay with the Brickel Skyline as a backdrop. Great comp JP!

ricki 03-22-2008 08:59 AM

If you have suggestions for the Photo Of the Day, send 'em in! No end of intriguing images around us, grab some and pass 'em around.

ricki 03-23-2008 10:31 AM

Neil submitted this image of the start to the 2008 Jupiter To Ft. Lauderdale KB Race. It was taken by Paul Porter, SS and X-Rated rider shooting from the helicopter Neil laid on for the event.

kiwiar2000 03-23-2008 11:27 AM

nice pictures!

kiteboard9097 03-23-2008 06:54 PM

Hey, I'm the one in the photo of the day, and I was wondering if there is any way that I can contact JP to get that pic.

ricki 03-24-2008 08:16 AM

JP should get in touch with you about the photo.

Any other submittals for photo of the day? Email to flkitesurfer(at) if so.

500EPILOT 03-24-2008 08:30 AM

Kiteboard9097, check your private messages.

RbGar 03-24-2008 12:56 PM

suggestion: any pictures of Clarrisa for this frozen yankee!

ricki 03-24-2008 01:46 PM

Here you go, one from a couple of years ago. There are so many!

That is Alex heading in off to the right. Not sure who the guy coming down from the handle pass is. Any ideas?

ricki 03-25-2008 09:42 AM

Just came across this one from the recent State of Florida Championship. Reminded me of an old windsurfing shot from the 80's with a bunch of unusual board designs (below). What is old is new and lots of fun to be had at it as well.

More at:

ricki 03-26-2008 08:33 AM
Photo credit: Red Bull
Neil sets off on the way to Cuba, December 21, 2001. Other riders included Kent, Fabrice, Paul Menta and Oliver.

Here is an article from 2002 about the World Record Run:

Kiteboarding Magazine, May 2002

Behind the scenes of the Red Bull Cuba Crossing!
By Ryan Riccitelli

No one can deny that Neil Hutchinson, Kent Marinkovic, Oliver Butsch, Fabrice Collard and Paul Menta are CORE for even trying something like this. After 8 hours and 48 minutes, 88 miles, Paul Menta almost dying, Oliver Butch slamming his kite into one of the rescue boats and the variety of other political and weather-related set backs, it's a miracle these guys pulled this off. Despite the media hype and the significance of the accomplishment itself, there is another story to be told. These five guys trained for months and built a brotherhood of respect among each other, which ultimately helped them to achieve their goal. I caught up with Neil Hutchinson via phone, as he was just about to leave for the Gorge. RR: You guys are nuts, bro. How did you get involved in something like this?

NH: I was over in Maui for the Red Bull King of the Air and I received a phone call from Miami and half an hour later I was confirmed to join the team. It was a definite surprise for me to participate.

RR: How did you train for this?

NH: Gilles, the organizer of the event, did an excellent job getting all the right people involved. Red Bull assigned each of us a nutritionist to make sure we were eating right and prepared for the journey. As for riding, we did several down-winders--the longest from Miami to the Keys totaling 120 miles.

RR: I heard you were dodging the nutritionist because you didn't think she would approve of your diet.

NH: Mate, I wake up and have a cup of black coffee and three to four cigarettes. It's a breakfast for champions. I usually ride all day and do not have time for lunch. At about 7 p.m. I am so starving I look for the biggest steak you could imagine and wash it down with about six beers. Oh yeah … I smoke two packs a day and hate vegetables.

RR: What did she think about it?

NH: She was shocked, to be quite honest. She really tripped out on me when I told her I did the practice run to Key West drinking four bottles of Gatorade and eating two Snickers bars.

RR: What were you thinking about while you were kiting through the 10-foot-plus swells?

NH: I should have listened to Fabrice's weather report. Everyone except Fabrice rigged too big of kites, and we were overpowered and getting launched through the swells as the winds grew stronger off the coast. The hours seemed to melt together as the chase boats lied to us about how far we had come to keep us on track.

RR: Did Paul Menta really almost die?

NH: Yeah, mate! Each chase boat had a rescue diver. Gilles, the event organizer, saw Paul lying face down with a death grip on his bar. He was the first to jump in the water to rescue him. It took him three tries to grab him because his kite kept powering up and pin-wheeling, which ripped Paul from his hands. It was a close call!

RR: What was the first thing you did when you hit land?

NH: At this point my legs had pretty much given out. We couldn't actually kite to the shore due to Cold War obstacles submerged off the coast. I fell off the boat and laid with my back flat on the dock and proceeded to drink a nice cold Corona while, of all people, the event's doctor brought me my cigarettes. The rest of the night was blur of beer, tequila and Cuban rum. The local people were very hospitable.

RR: Do you still the ride with these guys?

NH: I ride with these guys all the time. Our friendships have grown stronger through what we have accomplished in breaking the world distance record for kiteboarding. The feeling that Oliver and Paul couldn't complete the mission only helped drive us to conquer our goal. For us, this was like conquering Mount Everest.

RR: Do you have anything else you want to say?

NH: There is NO DOUBT IN MY MIND that Paul and Oliver could have finished this.
Paul was bitten by a shark weeks before, suffered from food poisoning and was flown out of Cuba shortly after we arrived. Oliver made a simple judgmental error at the beginning, which jeopardized his success. He was so pissed that he did not make the trip he threw up his kite and took it out on the Cuban waterways. I remember seeing the local faces of unbelief as piles of 1950 Fords started rolling up as they watched Oliver inverted 40 feet up, smiling back at them on their normally quiet intracoastal waterway.

neil xrated 03-26-2008 08:58 AM

WOW! That brings back some memories. Cheers Neil

b-rad 03-28-2008 07:18 AM

yes it does...

ricki 03-28-2008 08:48 AM

Strapless ...

Neil just sent this one in of Hamish, captioned "East at 15-20 Hamish at Tiki Beach. Photo Ian Hutchinson"

(Hey Neil if you have a larger file send it in and I'll put the larger image up)

I have a lot of good shots of Hamish going off unhooked and otherwise over the years. The one below came to mind, the time was early in 2003. Kite leashes were still for "kooks" or responsible riders depending on your outlook. Kites were flying off downwind frequently as a result threatening others and our access prospects.

Hamish showed another way and at the start of the wakestyle kiting movement. Guys don't want to be chasing their kites all day while trying to learn demanding tricks so a lot of pressure went on for leash development. I think Hamish was one of the first as captured in this photo from the 2003 Islamorada Invitational. It must have made an impression, I recall it had over 1800 hits worldwide in just 24 hours. Way to go and a positive move for the future of the sport!

ricki 03-31-2008 08:55 AM
Here is another great shot from Neil. Captioned ...
Alex B on a down winder. Photo Paul Porter

Keep 'em coming. Anyone else have candidates for the Photo Of The Day?

p.s.- Hey Alex, just go around the pier next time. No need to blast a hole in it first!

ricki 04-01-2008 09:14 AM

An incredible shot, one of many captured by A. Patterson on the far side of the waterway of this serious lofting in the Great Lakes. The kiter survived the experience despite being dragged unconscious underwater while not breathing for a considerable distance. He came through in a large part thanks to the solid intercession of his kiting friends ably performing CPR and a fortunate twist of fate. It is a dramatic story of survival worth reading at

ricki 04-02-2008 08:44 AM

Beware the tooth and claw of the Fashion Police. They are unrelenting and uh short?
CJ takes things in hand at Kite4Girls

Photos: Rick Iossi

ricki 04-02-2008 10:03 PM
JP provided this very nice low altitude oblique image over looking
North Beach at Crandon Park, part of Key Biscayne, Bear Cut,
Virginia Key and the SoBe skyline in the background.

ricki 04-07-2008 05:41 PM

Damien and Demion caught in a bubble at the 2007 Jupiter Kiteboarding Invasion.

Photo: Rick Iossi

ricki 04-08-2008 06:25 AM

Kevin Collins got in touch with these great shots of a wave session in Hookipa, Maui. More at:

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.

ricki 04-15-2008 08:38 AM

More from KB Masters 2008 ...
Click image for full sized photo
Jon Modica rips towards the finish while the fleet heads the wrong way?
Wind eases, no problem, just standup! Bring a friend.

Photos: Rick Iossi

ricki 04-16-2008 08:33 AM

Melissa Gil setting up for the Naples Pier to Pier Race earlier this year.
Doing a ride by of Sanibel Light after the race.

Sorry for the poorer image quality. I used a carry along small amphibious camera for the shots.

Photos: Rick Iossi

ricki 04-17-2008 09:22 PM

Shots from the first Ft. Lauderdale to Matheson Hammock Race late last year.
Things get real shallow at low tide as the regatta moves inside Key Biscayne
Neil and Garry have a breather at the far end of the run. Neil living on the edge "parks" in a posted zone?

Photos: Rick Iossi

ricki 04-21-2008 05:57 PM
Shot over 5000 of these for a calendar last year for Chrys did a great job pulling in models, attiring them in her bikini lines for the shoot. It was a fun project. Might as well bring some out once in a while. Grabbing for a prop, a hat, there's even kite gear in the frame! More (just a few though) at:
No kiting in this at all. Wonder if they do Capoeira on the NE coast of Brazil in the kiting latitudes? Caught this photo along with several hundred others during a demo at the Brazil Festival in Deerfield. It is amazing that they do this extremely gymnastic sport without benefit of mats or pads over concrete! Didn't notice any scars or bruises on any of the players either. I imagine that if an adept learned kiting they would throw some truly insane moves on the water. More at:


StringBean 04-21-2008 06:55 PM


Originally Posted by RickI (Post 31816)
Doing a ride by of Sanibel Light after the race.

Sorry for the poorer image quality. I used a carry along small amphibious camera for the shots.

Photos: Rick Iossi

What a great shot! I used to live in the area and my favorite spot was on Sanibel. Ah, good times.

ricki 04-22-2008 06:30 AM

Thanks, I was uneasy about getting back to Ft. Myers. Otherwise I would have taken more time with the shots. The wind was falling off and in fact eventually turned off. At least I was able to make it back to the beach over there and walk back, whoops! It is a scenic area, one with some good wind direction options.

ricki 04-22-2008 09:37 PM
Paul Menta of The Kitehouse does a speed run on the Flats of Key West
Paul throws one of those spinning hand dragging things, can't ever remember what it is called. Sure looks good though.
Another Key West sunset, this one from years in the past. Is that a meteor in the upper left part of the frame? Almost 'Shopped it out but started to wonder about it ...

Photos: Rick Iossi


conchxpress 04-22-2008 10:12 PM

Photo assistant
Rick, need any help for your next bikini shoot?

conchxpress 04-22-2008 10:15 PM

Paul Menta's move
From the looks of the position of Paul's board shorts, I'd call this trick "the plumber."

Sorry for the last two posts. Too much coffee too close to bedtime.

ricki 04-23-2008 07:51 PM


Originally Posted by conchxpress (Post 32032)
Rick, need any help for your next bikini shoot?

Not sure there will be another. That was the first one that I had done. Still, it was a challenge and I think some interesting shots came out of it. Who knows what may come?

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