I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INTO EXTREME SPORTS. Through middle school and high school, I enjoyed skateboarding, surfing, and motocross. All this time, motocross was my true passion. Injury permitting, I would ride 7 days a week. Unfortunately I was injured a lot more often than I wanted to be, especially considering that the people at my day job did not share my passion for motocross. With each injury, I wanted more and more to find a new extreme sport that was a little more forgiving. Little did I know that my prayers would be answered!
After high school, I had the opportunity to move to Maui, Hawaii to live with family. One day while at a local surf spot, my cousin showed up with a trainer kite. With the wind blowing about 35 mph, I tried out the trainer kite, felt the power, and was instantly hooked. The very next day I went to Kite Beach to see Kiteboarding in action. At the time, you would never see more than 6 people on Kite Beach at one time. But even though kiting was still relatively unknown to most people, I immediately saw the potential. Within one week, my bikes were on the market and I was kiting at Kite Beach.
8 months later, I was ready to take what I had learned back home with me. It was the year 2000 and with the sport still in its infancy, the beaches were largely empty. But I was excited and ready to teach others what I had learned. I started out teaching my friends about kiting so I could at least have some company on the water! I was really amazed at the attention I would draw just flying the kite on the beach. People were constantly asking me what I was doing and how they could find out more about it.