There is nothing more fun than working on design projects that I have a personal connection to. LUISCRUZKITE.com was one of them.
There’s a Dominican kitesurfer in Cabarete that I’ve gotten to know over the past year. His name is Luis Alberto Cruz, and he might be one of the best freestyle kiteboarders in the world… But he is virtually unknown by the rest of the kiting community!
Let me be the first to admit that I got worked in Cape Town. Worked like a crash test dummy being smashed into walls of water over and over again.
I remember that first session at Kite Beach in Bloubergstrand. I pumped up my smallest kite, rigged my lines, and tried in vain to squash the nerves building inside me. As I realized what kind of power I would have to hold down, I wondered if I was out of my depth as I was involuntarily being dragged towards the water by 30-something knots of thinly veiled fury. If I wasn’t in a mild state of panic the whole time, it would have been funny.
How would I describe the kiting conditions in Cape Town? The first word that comes to mind is extreme. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Honestly, some of the sessions were absolute punishment. But… I can’t even tell you how extraordinarily good the adrenaline rush is.
Who is Bianca Forzano?She’s an inspiration. I was a little bit stunned by Bianca. She’s an entrepreneur, a true waterwoman, and she radiates positive energy. She’s living the life that I’m working towards, and I have a world of respect for her.
Cable parks have always made me a little nervous. Perhaps it has something to do with trying a raley during my first cable session at Dirty Habits Playground… because if you can do it on a kite, you can do it on the cable! Too easy! Right?No!! Not at all!
There are some moments that happen in our lives that can never be matched. Unexpected. Pure. And completely serendipitous. This was one of mine.
I was sitting at Morgan’s Cafe in Bloubergstrand absentmindedly plunking away at my laptop keys, sipping on a skinny cappuccino, and gazing out at the ocean. Something caught my eye in the distance. Was that.. a whale tail? Surely not. But a few minutes later, I saw it again.
I packed up and hustled back to the Endless Summer Beach House to commandeer a paddleboard and begin the search. Spoiler alert:I never found the whales. This story is about dolphins, remember?