Can you say dumb? This hombre, caught on tape, got lofted and flew into a building during Tropical Storm Fay in Fort Lauderdale. OUCH! Pour me a strong one Barkeep, that had to hurt.
From Kitesurfing School: "Getting lofted is one of the most serious dangers of kitesurfing. Due to the high power requirement of kitesurfing, a serious wind gust can send the kitesurfer upward if he/she has the kite park overhead. Getting lofted in the water is fun (it is normally called tea bagging). It is getting lofted on land that normally results in serious injuries or death." Via Señor Miguelito.
Ben does it! It looks like Britain will rule the waves again, at least at this year's Olympics. The Brits could tally as many as 7 medals. Next up is Paul Goodison sailing in the ...cough, cough, cough....Laser.
Kite Surfing is starting to really appeal to me. It's not just all about the air, it's also about simplicity. Dog, you can throw all your gear into a backpack! Check out Kite Surfing School's "How To Build Your Own Board" page.
You should locate and read "East Is A Big Bird" by Thomas Gladwin. The detail of the canoes, the seamanship, and the sheer balls of the navigators is telling of the seafaring wanderlust. -- I loved the map of your last post.
This underwater photograph shows US swimmer Michael Phelps during the men's 400m individual medley swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 10, 2008 in Beijing. Phelps won in a world record time of 4:03.84.