Hung Vu was an important figure influencing many in our sport. Sadly he passed away from natural causes in May of this year. I am working on an article to commemorate his work in kiting and could use some input from those who were influenced by Hung Vu.
Folks who started in the early days or even not so early days come to think of it, frequently had little information to go on in learning how to kite. Instructors were few in many areas. Many of us turned to the Internet to try to figure out ways to approach and expand into kiting. Hung helped a lot of us in that regard. Hung created an early website titled "Kitesurfing School," http://www.kitesurfingschool.org/HungVu.htm
in 2001. Prior to that time starting in 1999 he had an email list by the same name on Egroups later know as yahoogroups. Hung was also active on the kitesurf email list since he started to learn to kite in 1998. His starting email list post in October 1999** provides a good overview of what he was trying to achieve:
"This kitesurfing school mailing list was created to promote communication among everyone learning kitesurfing who wish to learn and share their experiences without being afraid of embarrassing themselves or annoying anybody else. The atmosphere should be casual and lay-back. All participants are expected to post to share their learning experiences as their participant and experiences are very valuable to the everyone on the list.
At the end of the day, to have fun is the most important thing!"
So, for those of you who knew Hung Vu at beaches around the world, communicated with him online or worked from his postings on how to learn to kite, what experiences stuck with you which you would like to share? Things like comments he made, breakthrough moments, kiting incidents, "I learned from that ..." and other memories which underscore what Hung's work did for you.
** https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ksu ... s/topics/1
"Hung & Jan (Pina) re-united in Juan Dolio, DR, 2005
(7 years after they first met)"