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Kitesurfing Love The Journey

If today was your last day, what would you do? [LTJ]

This morning, someone asked me… “What would you do if you knew today was your last day on earth?”

Do you have a passion? Something that gets you fired up? That thing that makes your heart beat a little faster and your eyes shine a little brighter?

There are things in our lives that we can talk about for hours. Activities or topics or people or places that fill our dreams, whether we are awake or asleep. The stuff you want to share with everyone you meet, because you want them to have that feeling too!

But sometimes… we don’t have that thing.

Kitesurfing Lifestyle + Wellness

Life lessons at the Cable Park

I spent a few days at the cable park this week. Working on becoming a total badass, of course. And I’m a few steps closer today. What I didn’t expect was to learn some serious life lessons.

While I was trying to work up the nerve to do a 3 on the funbox (English translation to come), I was given a piece of advice that I’ve been mulling over for days. I’ve found myself repeating these words to others in the context of life, work, and relationships. If only they knew where I’d heard it!

“You have all of the skills you need. The only thing you’re missing is confidence. You can do it. Be confident and go for it!”

Kitesurfing

Let’s talk inspiration // Chapter One movie premiere

Let’s talk inspiration for a moment.

I recently found myself on a boat cruising the San Francisco Bay with some of the most inspired and creative people I have ever met. I couldn’t believe how in alignment that experience was with who I am as a person.

I did a values exercise recently in an effort to understand what I want and need in life. The purpose of this exercise – which I highly recommend you do – is to gain clarity and knowledge on what’s important to me. To guide my choices and shape my future. Here’s a link if you’d like to give it a go.

Inspiration came in right at the top. My fuel. I’m constantly searching for more. Without it, I am not myself. Inspiration is mission critical. Close behind was connnection, simplicity, creativity, and discovery. This knowledge is power. And I’m constantly finding myself surrounded by people that share the same values. Wild.

Kitesurfing

Who is Luis Alberto Cruz?

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!

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Kitesurfing Travel

Kiteboarding in Cape Town, South Africa

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.

Kitesurfing Travel

That time I set a world record…

Well, me and 414 other people. Still counts. 

Some people would ask, “Why on earth would you WANT to get on the water with 400+ kiters?” or say, “It’s going to be a free-for-all out there!”  To be honest, I can see their point. But getting together with the entirety of the kiting community in Cape Town… I’m not sure I can put into words the feeling that came with participating in this event.