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It’s All Smiles at the 2008 Kiteboarding Nationals – San Francisco Bay

Posted by direwolff on June 14, 2008

As most seasoned kiters know, keeping a serious face during anything to do with kitesurfing is down right near impossible to do. Even on game day, when the racing stakes are up, every kiters you talk to can’t help but beam a smile. Spent Saturday walking around talking to racers after their finish and with few exceptions, it was happy all around regardless of where they placed. Couldn’t resist sharing these shots here…

(Row 1: Steve Gibson, John Gomes (race organizer), Sandy Parker (Kitopia); Row 2: John Van Malsen, Clarissa Hempel, Eric Due; Row 3: Anthony Chavez (2007 Nationals Champion), Donny Parker (Kitopia), Jeff Kafka (WindOverWater); Row 4: Chip Wasson (Ultra Nectar), Shawn Richman/John Modica/Sky Solbach/Damien LeRoy/Kent Marinkovic, Shawn Richman)

Even the spectators couldn’t help but get into the smiling trend…

(Spectator Row: Bill Tai (KiteVC), Kathy Smith/Chad Nicols, Pete Cabrinha (Cabrinha Kites)/Austin

It was great to see all of this happiness bundle up in one place :)

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Kiting The Lobby with Bill & Saar

Posted by direwolff on December 8, 2007

I recently attended The Lobby Conference on the Big Island of Hawaii from October 24th through the 26th.  It was put together by David Hornick, a venture capitalist with August Capital.  The event brought together a really bright group of entrepreneurs along with top folks from several media and tech companies, to mingle and share their thoughts on where things are heading in this fast pace interactive online world.  But for three of us, it was also about kitesurfing a new island :)  Bill Tai, Saar Gur and I were on e-mail for the two days leading to the event deciding on times and locations for our kitesurfing rendez-vous (plural, if there is such a thing in this French term).  We were as maniacal as being in the Bay Area deciding which spot we are going to kite on any windy day.  The kitesurfing addiction is not to be taken lightly.

Rather than to recount this, let me point to Bill’s blog post on our adventure here.   Suffice to say, we pretty much got skunked for the first two days that we could go, Wednesday and Friday, but managed to get a good 30-45 minutes of riding on Saturday before the winds died and left several kiters stranded off-shore.  Fortunately, Bill, Saar & I had just come in as the winds dropped so we came away without incident and happy to have gotten some nice warm water riding in a truly inspiring location.

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