This weekend was very exciting. After an eventful “my parents meet Jill’s parents” dinner, Jill and I zipped over to the upper cape to hang out with Ryan Schenk and Ruth. I had to crop most of the hot vespa out of the picture below because I wanted to keep the sharp resolution on Ryan and Ruth’s expressions. Let it be known that the vespa is indeed very hot.
Everyone was thumbs up for an exciting day of kiteboarding.
We eventually made it down to the beach and I put on a harness. Tom, another Kiter, helped secure me in my harness. Because of a mildly screwy perspective, tom looks like a Giant in this photo:
Ryan helped me get the kite in the air. And he described to me the arc of wind. As you can see from the diagram below, there’s a 180 degree quarter sphere of air that you can work with. As you move the kite around the sphere you get different degrees of power. Thankfully, the wind was low Sunday so my inexperience didn’t lead me to serious injury. But, even with a small kite in this low wind, when I inadvertently drove the kite into the power zone I felt like I was being pulled by a truck. It was one of the most beautiful and powerful feelings I could ever imagine.
With Ryan’s help, I got the kite into the air. It was extremely fun flying it around. At times I would be pulled through the water in what Ryan called “body dragging.” I feel like I got a bit of a feel for the kite and how to operate it. Jill was on the beach taking the photos. She was critical in this operation because otherwise there would be no documentation of this journey.
After an afternoon of kiteboarding, we cleaned up, got some dinner and some ice cream and watched the sun set and some big fourth of july fireworks.
It was an epic day.
We also had great fun playing with Ryan & Ruth’s cat. Appropriately named “Meowstro.” She was a hilarious little cat. here she is with a hat on.
Special thanks to Ryan and Ruth for being so accommodating. It was a super weekend.