Bill C wrote: ↑
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:03 pm
Yea, you don't want to be the 'old guy' pretending you're a teenager or 20's doing tricks. People will wonder if you have nothing else better to do if you keep showing up when there is a whisper of wind.
So what if you lost the mojo. It will never be the same as the early years and its not a life requirement to keep kiting. I know a number of people who quit because kiting ran its course. They are still physically able to kite, but have lost interest. There were a number of non-kiting sports activities I used to do, but lost the mojo and they are pleasant memories.
always makes me sad to hear this sentiment...I always think there is soo much more to explore for most (non pro) riders, which doesn't require big balls or huge crashes, but often times some tweaks to technic and an hour of trying. Toby has his thing with Airstyle which is great and offers a great view into what you can do while in the air etc.
I ride boots myself, or strapless, and while I enjoy boosting etc, I enjoy feeling the power of the kite above anything. 20 years ago I never imagined I wanted to do unhooked tricks (passes, kiteloops etc)..in fact it was one of my biggest fears to accidentally get unhooked. Now I ride without a donkey dick as sometimes I just want to unhook for a while...change the style for a bit, specific tricks or trying something new. That's just me and I know I'm one of the few where I ride...only thing I'm saying is that with proper technic I quickly learned that being unhooked is nothing to fear and opens up so many more possibilities..but you do have to commit to trying and it will involve some crashing, but you probably have some control now over how you crash so don't shy away from trying..from the fairly simple (surface passes, rolls, raley) and then up the scale (loops, F-16, airpasses etc)….haven't gotten the airpass yet and might never get there..And if you don't want to unhook I would suggest to most intermediate riders to try say a toeside roll (front or back)...I'm guessing most riders don't really do or try it for no particular reason other than it doesn't get a 'lot of love'. I think it's a fun trick and again opens the door to more.
Almost 50 now and I don't have a drive now to try an airpass....but I might...and I might break in the process...if that happens let's see what comes after that, but until then I'm not crossing it off any list as technic favors the experienced...(excessive) injury and risk favors the bold
And that's just me in boots. Love strapless too and getting to boardgrabs etc. The goal is mega kiteloops but that seems a ways away at the moment.
Love the foiling trend, but right now it's not for me.
Winging...Also not really for me....I love the power and explosiveness of kiting and feel plenty fueled each time I go out to try and improve on something...a trick..style...execution....I love kiting and everything about it.
I will retire in Brazil