Flying high

Flying high

Kitesurfing is becoming a popular sport in the Sooke region

Willem Weiss ripping it up on Ella Beach. While kitesurfing has been likened to “walking on water”,  ‘flying on water’ would be a more appropriate phrase, as the speeds of the fastest kitesurfers have reached in excess of 50 knots or more than 90 kilometers an hour! The distances covered by kitesurfers are also mindbending, with an astonishing record of 2,000 kilometer solo journey over a 24-day period set by Louis Tapper. A 5,000 km trans-Atlantic crossing by a team of six took place in 2013. There are many different styles of kitesurfing, from the most popular ‘Freeriding’ which is all about having fun and learning new techniques to ‘Waveriding’ which combines kites and wave surfing in an adrelaline surging tsunami of rapture.  It is advised to never kitesurf alone, and taking lessons is highly recommended.