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Kite Boarding the Pacific Northwest 

I wonder if any of you have ever done kite boarding? I saw someone out on lake Coeur D Alene doing it a couple weeks ago and I thought now that is an extreme sport! I think the boarder was a newbie as he was swimming more than boarding but it looked very exciting and fun. I looked into the local opportunities for lessons in kite boarding and came up with a company called Cascade Kiteboarding located in Hood River OR- on the Columbia River.

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Kite boarding race on the Columbia River at Hood River Oregon.

For just under $300 you can have your first lesson. They will help you learn to manipulate your kite in such a way that you will be skimming across the water and doing tricks sooner than you think. Then you will be the one drawing a crowd of spectators!

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Jeff Yates kite boarding the stormy winter waters of Lake Coeur d Alene.

Update- oddly enough I got a chance to talk with our local kite boarder Jeff Yates last night in Coeur d Alene. He was getting his kite set up to ride the amazing northwest wind we were experiencing. He informed me that he was the ‘newbie’ that I referred to earlier, but really he is quite experienced. He let me know that boarding Lake Coeur d Alene is not easy and that there are no good launch points, which makes it hard to get going. He encouraged me to take lessons from Cascade in Hood River and told me how he had taken a year off work to learn kiteboarding down there on the Columbia.

By the looks of his 6 pack, I’d say kite boarding is good exercise as well! I asked about shoulder strain and his response is that this sport is much easier on the shoulders than windsurfing and even people with surgeries/hardware can do this sport. Sounds fun, I just might try it someday!

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Close up of the energy and speed of kite boarding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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