Written by Marjorie Dawson

Kite Surfer Photo Opportunity

Kite Surfer Photo Opportunity

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I wanted to share an event I managed to photograph on the beach recently. It’s not something I usually see from such close quarters, as the sportsmen and women are usually far out on the waves catching the breezes across the water. This kite surfer though, set up his equipment really close to us giving me a close view of what setting up his equipment involved.

Wind Surfer Portrait

The Kite Surfers Equipment

I wanted you to see the beautiful kite against the sky before I shared a closer look at the man’s board, and harness. He also had a very strong looking control handle to steer the kite.

In the picture below he has raised the kite into the air and is holding on to it firmly as he walks towards the sea. Behind him you can see Kapiti Island, a small wildlife reserve with strict access conditions.

Wind Surfer Portrait

I was able to use my zoom lens as I sat by our small beach tent and follow his progress without moving much but as my lens is more geared to closer work with cats, I could not get quite the sharpness I was hoping for. These are not bad for a first time taking sports photos though!

If you have seen water-skiers waiting to be towed you will see them adopting a similar pose to this surfer. The skier will crouch low in the water waiting for their tow to take up the slack and tow them slowly upright. The same thing happened here and I had to zoom my telephoto lens as far as it would go to capture this surfer lifting out of the water really fast!

Wind Surfer Portrait

Once the kit surfer was able to get himself on his feet he sped around the sea for over half an hour towed at speed by his kite and steering himself backwards and forwards using the u-shaped control bar you can see in the picture above.

He made it look so easy but I suspect you need a lot of arm strength to control something so big. I checked up on what kind of equipment a kite surfer needs at KiteSurfist.com and can recommend the post I found as it’s a real eye opener. Like most sports starting isn’t easy, or cheap!

Wind Surfer Portrait

This guy made it look easy but, apparently you can easily wreck a kite if you drop it into the water often enough, especially as a beginner. The size of a kite can range from approx. 15-17m(16-18 yds) according to one site Spleene Kiteboarding so I guess I will stick to taking photographs of kite surfers for now!

Have you ever tried kite surfing, or are you like me, happier on dry land?

Marjorie Dawson

Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.

She is a Professional member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.

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10 thoughts on “Kite Surfer Photo Opportunity”

  1. great shots Marjorie; I enjoyed reading the post also. I tried water skiing once and fell flat faced forward; I agree it would take a lot of strength though it looks like a lot of fun; then again sea shell searching is fun also !! 🙂 ♥

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  2. I shall be on the beach as an observer…I tried regular water skiing in my twenties…I couldn’t even get upright, LOL!

    Beautiful pictures you got! Amazing for sure!

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  3. You did really well to get those shots with the lenses you have. Faster bigger zooms would really help the shutter speeds. That seems far safer than actually being up in the air, and at least the landing is wet rather than from a vast height!
    Purrs
    ERin

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  4. Lovely photos! I also prefer to be on dry land or in the sea swimming. Definitely not up in the air!

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