I think it would be cool to hear how different people got turned onto Kiteboarding. When was the first time you seen it, what turned you on to it? Where were you? How did you get started??? Thanks!
For me, it was Stuart Beach, FL 2003. Out surfing on some small choppy wind blown waves. One guy came out on a kite and was just having a ball!! I was blown away at that moment. I never got to talk to him, he was gone when I paddled in. Three weeks later, a different guy, who happend to be visiting from Wisconsin was kiting, when he came in, I was that idiot that kept asking a million questions...this guy had the right answer...he just gave me a 2m trainer kite and sent me down the beach!!
When he left, I drove to the only Kiteshop around brought a trainer kite...flew that for a week everyday for hours and hours...then signed up for a lesson, that was it....completly addicted from day one.
First set up was a used Cabrinha 12m Nitro and a Naish Stubby board to learn on!!!!!!
Funny now....all my friends are kiteboarders, we have kiteboard party's, I call the wind-meter 20 times a day, and read Kiteforum all day long!!!!!!!
Hope to hear some cool stories....I know mine is kinda boring....I can imagine some good two-line kitemares, making your own equipment, etc...
Ps. If the guy from Wisconsin reads this....Thanks Jens!!!!!!!!!!!!!