THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY ＃01
Basically, the title fit with the theme of not very cleverly matching words to the days of the week for our Daily Doses features. But good things can come from the most unlikely places and each week we'll bring you a variety of content that might slip under the regular rider's radar.
JENNY RIDLEY ROCKS
Jenny Ridley has a burning desire for kitesurfing. In that respect, she's no different from any of us. On 17th May this year she will jump out of a plane in a tandem sky dive to help raise funds for Kiteright, an excellent UK-based charity that is dedicated to using kitesports to help, support, educate and develop people of all ages with physical, mental health or learning challenges. That makes her quite different from most of us.
Being disabled herself and the first disabled kitesurfing instructor (probably in the world – please correct us if we're wrong) makes her different to all of us.
Jenny is the Northern Ireland co-ordinator and instructor for Kiteright. Read her inspirational background story here on the BKSA website: www.britishkitesurfingassociation.co.uk
Support her skydive for Kiteright here
Find Kiteright here: www.kiteright.org
Follow Jen on Twitter: @Jenridley13
THE DESIGN HISTORY OF A KITE THAT HELPED WIN BACK-TO-BACK WORLD TITLES
The Slingshot RPM was the first bridled kite to legitimately take on the much-favoured C kite in a PKRA Freestyle Championship and win, twice. At a time when riders firmly believed that they simply had to have the raw, uncompromising power of a C kite to stand any chance in competition, Youri Zoon proved them wrong in 2011 and 2012. In this video, designer Tony Logosz explains the ins and outs of designing such an all-round kite, talks about its heritage and where it stands today.
More at: www.slingshotsports.com
WAY BACK... WHEN?
In 2002 – 2003 Underground kiteboards were killing it, especially on their home turf in New Zealand, old school boosts, spins and riding with imagination for big air ruled... and lots of people wore kite pants.
We just came across this video, 23, shot in Christchurch, New Zealand in '02 – '03 but 're-released' to YouTube this week by Craig Knights. Oh, and it's like movies used to be – about 34 minutes! So it's perfect to go with your packed lunch.
Don't forget the past and boost large people!