No one doubt Jessie's skills and absolutely awesome commitment. I think what Toby has been trying to say (and I agree) is that it doesn't require more than average skill to get into a big wave. I have seen this plenty of times. Obviously it gets harder with massive waves. Kiteboarding makes it relatively easy to get into big stuff. Riding it is something completely different. I think I could make it into the wave...I think I would be completely fu-bared trying to ride it. I do say that after having ridden fairly big wave even for big waves. This stuff is next level of the next level.
You say surfing right? Not tow-in?edt wrote: ↑Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:40 pmHard to get a grip on how difficult it might be to kite large waves. I know for regular surfers, big wave surfing is incredibly difficult, you have a mountain roaring behind you and every sense has to be at maximum alertness, as you instantly scout out your line while being thrown down the wave going 30 knots and the whole time you have to be constantly charging down the wave, if you let up for a second you get hammered. So for regular surfers the transition from 8 foot waves to a monster tow in wave is something maybe 1 in a 100 surfers will be able to do. I have no context to figure out if it's incredibly difficult, incredibly easy or somewhere inbetween for kiters. Only way to know for sure is do it yourself, or watch Jesse's movie when it comes out two weeks. Can't wait to hear what he has to say about kite surfing a mountain.
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