…I believe I can touch the sky…
Surrounded by the white sand, turquoise sea, blue sky and strong wind, I am sitting in the shallow water, not far from the beach, trying to keep my small kite up in the sky, in the “12 o’clock position”. An instant later 30 playful kites in myriad of bright colours swing into sight from behind the dunes, appearing out of the blue. The moment is pure magic. Even though I need to concentrate on my kite, to control it so it doesn’t drop into the water, the scene around me enthrals me and all I cannot focus on anything else but this enchanting moment.
My instructor Larbi, a former Moroccan freestyle champion, brings me back into my beginner’s reality with the instructions for my next exercise. I still have a long way to go to be able to kitesurf. I haven’t even tried to stand on the board yet, but the exercises I do, which include observing how the kite flies in the sky, feeling its pull to the left and to the right while floating in the shallow water, already make me feel giddy with excitement. I am on the verge of flying.
Feeling like this after only a few lessons, I cannot imagine what the advanced kitesurfers must be experiencing, as they fly with their kites through the sky. So far I have only seen such feats in photos, but that same afternoon, after my daily lessons are done, the conditions are perfect and a few guys from our group go out to the sea and pull out all the stops.
I cannot believe my eyes. They are flying through the sky, sometimes up to 15 meters above the sea. At times they manage to stay up in the air for as long as 5 seconds, performing various spins and flips (that all probably have their own special name in the kitesurfing slang :)). I can’t help but scream with amazement every time one of them is up in the sky (which later in the evening becomes THE joke of the day :)).
If you have ever seen a video or a movie about an extreme water sport like surfing or windsurfing, then you probably know what I am talking about. On this day it feels like I’m in the middle of such a movie.
As I am interested in so many different sports, it is not easy for me to stick with one for long enough to learn it properly. About 15 years ago, I did a beginner’s course in windsurfing, then I tried surfing the waves, and finally I took on wake boarding, but I never stuck to any of those.
Somehow I just can’t find the right amount of determination and dedication to learn a new sport to the level where I would be able to enjoy it, but today I wow that kitesurfing will be the sport that I will learn well, no matter how much time (and money) this might take. Some fellow kitesurfers who are older than me are the living proof of that old saying: it is never too late to learn something new – even if that something is kitesurfing 🙂