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Sister of young Irishman who died suddenly as kite-surfing opens with heartache

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An athlete who died in the air while kitesurfing could have been saved with a simple heart check, his heartbroken sister has revealed.

Ger Fennelly, who would have turned 40 yesterday, died of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome while attending a charity event at Dollymount Strand, Dublin on October 31.

Her sister Elaine Fennelly, from Beaumont in Dublin, said a simple EKG could have saved her life and urged athletes to get checked for heart disease.

She said: “At first people thought he had lost control of the kite and died from the impact of falling from a great height.

“We now know from the postmortem results that Ger died of a congenital heart defect that was never detected at birth. He suffered cardiac arrest and died in the air.

“Knowing that he died before impact and did not suffer was reassuring.”

Ger Fennelly died while kitesurfing in Dollymount

The experienced kite-surfer and triathlete was fundraising for a mental health charity at the time of his death.

He had only been in the water for 29 minutes when he had a heart attack.

The father-of-one suffered from type 1 diabetes, but his sister said he never let his condition stop him from accomplishing everything he set out to do. She said: “He was really, really strong in his physical form and was a really talented athlete.

Elaine said: “He finished an ironman in Barcelona in 2018, he also swam at Alcatraz and did a triathlon in San Francisco.”

Ger has been described as a “gentleman” by his friends and colleagues.

He had worked as a housing officer for the Cluid Housing charity, providing affordable, quality housing to people in need of housing.

He had just been offered a permanent position within the organization and was due to start a new role in the company.

Ger’s family has set up a fundraiser for the screening unit at Mater Hospital which has already raised thousands of euros.

They hope to educate athletes about the dangers of SADS and encourage as many people as possible to get tested.

A statement from Ger’s family on the fundraising page read, “€ 45 is the cost of a life-saving CT or ECG for people at risk for SADS at this clinic.

“And the screening that takes place here depends almost entirely on fundraisers like this.

“Our family will now be screened here for the same genetic disease as Ger, as well as other families who have suffered or will unfortunately suffer from similar grief.

“Donations to this clinic will help screening become more proactive and help researchers build a biobank of samples that can help identify families at risk before the tragedy. “

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A kitesurfing accident calls for a multi-agency intervention

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Coastguards, firefighters and paramedics were called to Poole after a kite surfer collided with a tree in Sandbanks.

The Solent Coast Guard Operations Center received a report at 1:24 p.m. on Sunday March 28 of an injured kite surfer after being caught by a gust of wind off Whitley Lake and blown into a tree off the coast of Haven Road.

The Poole Coast Guard Rescue Team and the Southbourne Coast Guard, as well as two fire engines from the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Services were called in.

Haven Road was temporarily closed when firefighters recovered the kite, which remained tangled in the tree.

Upon arrival, the victim was being treated by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust for his injuries.

A Southbourne Coast Guard spokesperson said: ‘Tasked at 1:24 pm by the National Maritime Operations Center to report a kite surfer that collided with a tree near Shore Road in Poole.

“The Poole Coast Guard Rescue Team, Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Services and Ambulance Service have also been tasked.

“Once there, we established that the victim was in the care of the ambulance service.

“Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue shot down the kite surfer’s kite so it was safe if it was blown out of the tree at a later date.

“Therefore, we withdrew and returned to the station. ”

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How these two kite-surf siblings train and travel together

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How these two kite-surf siblings train and travel together

by Sensi Graves Feb 26 03:00 PST

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2020 was the year of the installation, the hooking up and for these two dynamos of French kitesurfing, to train more than ever. In our new series, we’ll explore how GKA athletes train for competition. As the level of kitesurfing continues to explode, competitors dive deep into diet, training and mental strategy.

We sat down with siblings Camille and Capucine Delannoy for a glimpse into their unique relationship and how they push each other on and out of the water.

Even though he is still only 22 years old, Camille Delannoy is already a veteran of the tour. He was born and raised in France before moving to Prea, Brazil with his family and it was there that he perfected his overpowered riding style. He always seems more comfortable when the conditions are really good and his level of strapless freestyle is high. Its front rollers are some of the smoothest, finest and sleekest on the market and it engages hard when it’s on the water. We asked Camille a few questions about his training style and how he pushes his sister in his riding.

Capucine is Camille’s younger sister, but make no mistake, her drive is powerful and versatile. She’s already one to watch on tour and we’re sure to see some great things from her this year!

Read on for their training schedule, how they like to travel together, and what they have planned for 2021!

Camille Delannoy

How do you help Capucine train?

I don’t know if I can say that I really help her but we spend a lot of time together on the water and being able to ride with her is, I think, motivates her a lot!

Can you explain a typical training day to us?

I can’t give away all of my secrets but it does include a lot of training (in and out of the water), a lot of food and a lot of sleep. I think food is really important and can really make a huge difference in how you feel and how you ride. I am not a vegetarian, but I try to be aware of what I eat and how I feel.

What are your favorite pre-competition foods?

Something light that I can digest quickly. I usually don’t eat that much on a competition day and when I do, only small portions. For example nuts, granola bars, etc.

What is your secret to succeeding in competition?

I think preparation is the key. Again, I can’t give away all my secrets but arriving prepared and confident on a competition day is one of the key factors for success in competition. Of course, even with a lot of preparation it doesn’t assure me that I’m going to do well but it certainly helps.

What are your 2021 goals?

My goals have always been to compete and achieve the best possible results. With the current situation, I don’t know when the next event will take place so my objectives were quite different: I made projects that I always wanted to do but I never had the time (ex: Isole) and I still focus on training but in a different way. I am now more about progression in both freestyle and waves and am finding my own style of riding while trying to bring new things to the sport.

When were you sponsored?

I had my first partnership at 16, it was the start of everything for me!

What’s the best thing about traveling with your sister?

Being able to go to the best places in the world and ride the best waves with her is pretty cool! I’m really happy to be able to share something that is meaningful to both of us.

What’s the worst thing?

When she wants to cook (we usually end up ordering pizza).

How did the move to Brazil go?

I was 13, just started kitesurfing and because we moved to Brazil I was able to kite every day for 6 months a year! So I can’t really complain, it was like heaven to me and I couldn’t ask for anything else.

Favorite saying, quote or mantra?

Have a great time all the time.

How do you keep the board on your feet ?!

Haha this is maybe the question I get asked the most … To put it simply, I use the wind pushing the board against my feet and the rotation helps too. In theory, it’s simple, but on the water it doesn’t always go as planned.

Do you train out of the water?

Sure! I train out of the water almost every day. It’s mostly to prevent injuries and take care of my knee.

How did the confinement go for you?

In fact, I feel bad talking about my confinement … I was in Brazil, windy almost every day so I can’t complain! I worked out a lot (in and out of the water) and did things that I never had time to do, so for me the lockdown was actually pretty good.

What’s your favorite tip?

The triple front roller is definitely one of my favorites!

Capucine Delannoy

How can you help you train with a sibling?

Being always in the water together, training and pushing our limits together helps us a lot!

Can you explain a typical training day to us?

In a typical day, I study in the morning, when the wind picks up, I kite and at the end of the afternoon, I train.

What are your favorite pre-competition foods?

During a competition, I eat small meals, and only things that I can digest quickly, so I can feel comfortable in my heat! Plus, I drink lots of water to stay hydrated.

What is your secret to succeeding in competition?

I think it’s a lot of preparation before the competition physically and mentally and a lot of hours in the water. Also a few minutes before a round I like to enter a “bubble” and not think of the pressure but only of the tricks that I am going to do. My dad helps me with that!

What are your 2021 goals?

My goal this year is to win an event and keep improving my freestyle and my waves.

When were you sponsored?

I had my first sponsor when I was 12 years old.

What’s the best thing about traveling with your brother or sister?

Being able to discover new places, spots and cultures together is incredible!

What’s the worst thing?

When it falls on my waves !!

How did the move to Brazil go?

I was 7 years old, and I was really happy to be able to live on a beach, learn to kite and ride my horse.

Favorite saying, quote or mantra?

Difficult question I asked my family and apparently the quote I say the most is “I’m hungry”

How do you keep the board on your feet ?!

With the wind and a little speed during the rotation.

Do you train out of the water?

Yes, I try to train every day.

How did the confinement go for you?

I spent the confinement at home, in Brazil where I was able to kite and train every day so I can’t complain!

How does it feel to be the youngest kitesurf competitor?

It’s really cool, everyone is really nice to me and gives a lot of advice. Plus I feel really lucky to be able to learn from other talented runners!

What’s your favorite tip?

The double front roller !!

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Man died kitesurfing locally named Dollymount Beach

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A man who died on Saturday kitesurfing in Dublin is called Ger Fennelly (39).

An experienced kite-surfer, he struggled while participating in a charity event at Dollymount Strand around 9am.

Emergency services, including the coast guard and ambulance services, were called to the scene. He was removed from the water but pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to Mater Hospital.

“Ger was kitesurfing for the charity Mental Health Ireland,” said his sister Elaine Fennelly. “Some of the guys got dressed for the event, for Halloween.”

In a statement, Howth Coast Guard said on Saturday: “The Irish Coast Guard Emergency Operations Center this morning at 9:14 am received a call reporting a kitesurfing incident on Dollymount Beach and requesting assistance for the National Ambulance Service and An Garda Síochána attending the scene.

“The Howth Coast Guard unit responded quickly and, along with paramedics from NAS and Dublin Fire Brigade, provided first aid.

“The victim was transported off the beach by Coast Guard 4x4s to a NAS ambulance waiting on the Dollymount causeway.”

Mr. Fennelly had been kitesurfing for 14 years, according to the Piranha Triathlon Club of which he was “a long-time and respected member”.

A tribute to him on the club’s website said Mr. Fennelly had been an active member and “friendly face” of the club.

“Ger volunteered his time and energy, leading many Sunday laps and always helping with the club’s race.

“Ger loved the triathlon, representing Piranha at many triathlons across the country and abroad. He was always welcome at any training session or club race.

He said Mr Fennelly finished Ironman Barcelona in 2018 and wrote about achieving the goal while living with type 1 diabetes.

“Ger has made a lasting impression on many members of the triathlon community and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. He had a wonderfully positive outlook on life, was a kind soul and a true gentleman, ”he said.

He would be survived by his parents and his sister Elaine Fennelly.

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Exmouth RNLI called for potential incident after failed kitesurfing equipment

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The two Exmouth RNLI lifeboats were launched this morning after a report of an unattended kiteboard stranded on the beach at Ladram Bay.

At 8:41 am today, Monday October 19, 2020, HM Coastguard has affected both our RNLI All Weather Lifeboat
13-03 R&J Welburn and coastal lifeboat D-755 Peggy-D to a report of an unattended kiteboard found on Ladram Bay beach and potentially a person in trouble in the sea.

The lifeboats, tasked with searching the shoreline from Ladram Bay to Jacobs Ladder, were assisted by two HM Coast Guard rescue teams.

The all-weather lifeboat was piloted by the crew of rescue volunteers, Steve Hockings-Thompson, Scott Ranft, Roger Jackson, Chris Sims and Andrew Stott and the inshore lifeboat by Henry Mock, Sarah Beresford and James Edge.

The two lifeboats were withdrawn from their mission at 9:18 a.m. today when it was established that the kiteboard had been on the beach, apparently abandoned, since yesterday.

They were back at the station ready for service shortly thereafter.

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The kite-surf yacht pushes the limits of sailing

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The ArmorKite 650 is a Mini Transat style yacht sailed in a motorized kite, without conventional mast or sail, writes François Tregouet

It is a gray and wet day in February on the pontoons of Port la Forêt, the Mecca of French solo ocean racing. Olivier de Kersauson, a man who has never hesitated to find the right words, once renamed the place ‘The valley of the fools’ (the valley of the fools). Michel Desjoyeaux, Armel le Cleac’h or Jean Le Cam, all local notables, take this as a compliment.

But standing in front of this boat (I’m not sure you can even call it a sailboat?), With no mast, boom, stanchions or any apparent paraphernalia, I begin to wonder if this local madness is not contagious.

At first glance, the ArmorKite 650 is as intriguing as its deck is empty. To navigate it, we will clearly have to forget everything we have learned to take for granted. In addition, although it may not be seen at first glance, there is no keel, or even ballast. The stability comes from the shape of the hull, thanks to a 2.2 m (7 ft 3 in) beam and a design reminiscent of the Mini Transat 650 class.

The motorized wing provides good boat speed on or out of the wind. Photo credit: Chloé Dubset

It is therefore not surprising that the architect of ArmorKite, Etienne Bertrand, not only participated in the legendary transatlantic race in 2011, but designed around fifteen development boats.

Maxime and Marc Denoix from ArmorKite gave me a brief briefing before leaving – and it was brief. The ArmorKite only has two trimming lines and a drawbar; the boat can be double sailed easily. Pushing off the pontoon by hand and out of the port powered by the small outboard is especially easy with a hull weighing only 273 kg (602 lb). Without ballast or rigging and therefore very little structure, the weight is reduced to a minimum.

Once in the bay, however, our sail is radically different from a traditional outing. First, a sea anchor is deployed aft to limit drift while we prepare and “hoist” the kite. Even more unusual, we contact the coast guard by VHF to warn them of our next test sail: on two occasions well-meaning sailors have called for help after seeing a boat without a mast, apparently dismasted and attempting to put up a rig. of fortune by deploying the kite!

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First sailing and surfing, then windsurfing, before kitesurfing, paddleboarding and more recently the foil arrive to illuminate water sports …


As the mist rose from the surface of the water in the picturesque port of Morges, on the north shore of the lake …

The wind is light, around 7 knots, the theoretical minimum necessary to get the kite out of the water. So we take out the largest sail, at 25m² (270ft2). There are five size options, at 8, 13, 21, 23 and 25 m² (89, 140, 226, 248 and 270 feet2) for all types of wind from 7 to 35 knots.

The kite is placed on the roof, well flocked in its sail bag, and the five lines connected (two front lines, two back lines and a fifth line) to the boat via a transverse Harken track. The wing flies free and to leeward upwind, limiting any heeling, although the design allows the ArmorKite to heel up to 15 °.

Once connected to the boat, the kite can be unfolded and the leading edge inflated thanks to the on-board electric pump. After inflating the kite, the five lines are unrolled simultaneously using the electric winch. With Thibaud Grasset, board sports specialist at ArmorKite at the helm and Maxime Denoix at the helm, they launch the kite at a perfect pace – but they have more than 50 outings to their credit. This is useful because in this light wind range the kite tends to stick to the water, and takeoff can be tricky.


Launching the kite is the trickiest part of the navigation. Photo credit: Chloé Dubset

Finally the wind rises to 9 knots, the kite takes off, the drugs are brought on board and the boat takes off! The speed is immediately exhilarating. We make a few turns, sailing crosswind, going almost at wind speed.

The ArmorKite is extremely sensitive on the tiller, and also sensitive to the positioning of the crew, whose total weight can easily equal that of the boat itself. It is important to keep a close eye on the longitudinal and side trims. A center footrest would help you keep your balance at the helm, but the feeling of gliding across the water is delicious.

We are far from breaking the 19 knot record that the team has already reached, but sailing at 10-12 knots when the real wind is barely 15 knots is more than enough to put a big smile on your face.


The ArmorKite’s current speed record of 19 knots (SOG) is sure to be broken as the team exploits it to its full potential. Photo credit: Chloé Dubset

When it comes to going upwind, skeptics will say that a kite cannot go upwind. But the ArmorKite holds a course upwind comparable to a keelboat, sailing 30 ° to either side of the true wind, at speeds very close to a Mini 650 of 6-7 knots in 10-12 knots of wind. . But where the boat gets even more impressive is downwind. We had 9 knots displayed on the GPS with 11 knots of wind behind. What conventional boat could offer this?

The power developed by the kite is impressive, and sometimes surprising; you have to hang on for gybes, for example. Especially, if there is an error in the angle of the rudder or the wing, or a lack of synchronization between the helmsman and the adjuster, instead of the pulling power turning into speed, it causes the boat to tip over. on its edge.

We experienced this during a wild “downloop”; Denoix got their hands on the automatic fifth row release, and the boat came down the right way – unlike the two capsizes they already experienced in testing sails, when they had to right the boat like a dinghy.


Picking up the fin with one hand while controlling two lines with the other is the only time things get a bit tricky when navigating with two hands without an autopilot. Photo credit: François Tregouet

So, if there is a foiling revolution underway, will the next one be a kite revolution? There is still a long way to go before this solution can be universally adopted. Even if learning to handle the kite only takes a few weeks, according to its inventors, the constant attention and necessary adjustments to the kite during navigation put a real brake on its use outside of competition.

If they are tempted to test the performance of their radical design on an event like the Bol d’Or, or the Mini Transat, the designers admit that they do not yet know how to manage the necessary sleep times over such a long period. .

There are so-called self-stabilizing kites, but they are not up to par in terms of performance, with speeds reduced by 50 to 60%. Right now, the choice is between performance and peace of mind. The challenge is to reconcile the two, possibly through the development of a kite autopilot, or by adopting a faster reel winch to bring the kite back on board quickly.

In the meantime, a second boat is experimenting with some design changes, including a single swivel centerboard. This saves a maneuver, because asymmetric daggerboards require movement with each tack or jibe. With an autopilot at the helm, the whole thing takes on the appearance of a very pleasant dayboat: simple, efficient, fun and easily transportable.


LOA: 6.50 m (21 ft 3 in)
MEUGLER: 6.05 m (19 ft 8 in)
Shine: 2.20 m (7 ft 2 in)
Disorganized: 0.07-1.00 m (2 3⁄4 inches-3 feet 3 inches)
Shift: 273 kg (602 lb)
Sail surface: 8-25m2 (86-269ft²)
Design: Etienne Bertrand

First published in the May 2020 edition of Yachting World.

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Kite surfing and social distancing, but no Sullivan on Castle Island

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“It would be nice if we could go to another country until it’s over,” said Brendan Gilroy, a 58-year-old construction worker who has been off work for two months. “I guess we just have to do the best.”

Gilroy sat with his back to the granite fort, an Australian Labradoodle at his feet and Logan Airport across the water in front of him. Normally a hive of activity, the airport was strangely quiet this recent afternoon, its runways almost empty as only a few planes were flying there or bringing passengers from elsewhere.

A runner had a path all to himself on Castle Island.David L. Ryan / Globe Staff

Above our heads the roar of jet engines was absent, and the only obstacle to a conversation at normal volume was a strong wind off the harbor.

That wind swept through the empty parking lot outside Sullivan’s, the Castle Island seafood and snack restaurant that was closed during the lockdown. A locked gate, more suited to the dead of winter, barred the entrance where a long queue would meander outside on happier days.

“Don’t worry,” read one review. “When the time comes, we’ll be there to provide the comforting beach food that our family has been providing your family for almost 70 years.”

The adjacent playground was not in use, not a single child climbed while parents rested on the benches. Near the playsets, piles of overturned hulls from the Harry McDonough Sailing Center waited to be launched in better times.

Still, a small but steady stream of people was walking around Pleasure Bay. They included Marie Morris and Maura Hanrahan, masked friends in their thirties who decided to wander clockwise on the loop, flouting orders from two large digital signs that pointed to visitors in the opposite direction.

“I’d rather do that than stay inside the house,” said Hanrahan, who lives in Lowell.

Mike Doucet can understand. The Lexington man, 62, known as Kiter Mike, wouldn’t let the coronavirus stop him from playing his sport.

The sport is kite-surfing, and Doucet was circling Pleasure Bay, soaring tens of meters into the air and plunging back into the water with a cry of joy that, for a moment anyway, seemed to signal that all was well in the world.

Doucet and a few pals in wetsuits gathered on the beach near Day Boulevard, which was closed to cars on the ocean side of the marine park. A friend is from Morocco, another from Ukraine, a third from France. They joked to each other, measured the wind changes, and rode a breeze that blew 15 to 25 miles per hour.

They weren’t wearing masks. They also didn’t get closer than 6 feet from anyone.

“You’re socially distanced anyway because you’re on the water and away from each other,” Doucet said. “You get in your car, put on your wetsuit and jump into the water. Then you get in your car and drive home.

Doucet, who sells seafood, said kite-surfing has helped fill in the gaps in his schedule.

“I always wake up at 4 am without an alarm clock,” Doucet said, shrugging as he stood in the sand. “So you’re up, making coffee, and there isn’t much you can do in the house. It’s a godsend.”

Gary Pikovskay, 41, from Ukraine, beamed as he prepared for the water for the first time in more than two months. Pikovskay had been quarantined at his Cambridge home, but with a broken leg, not because of the pandemic.

“This is my first day away from home since having had surgery,” Pikovskay said. “The whole virus thing kind of missed me. In a way, this is the right timing.

Good timing, however, doesn’t extend to the other parts of the band’s routine: the hot dogs, fries, and cokes at Sullivan’s. Then stop at Santarpio’s across the water in East Boston. And the camaraderie over a post-surf beer, said Doucet.

    Empty tables at Sullivan's.
Empty tables at Sullivan’s.David L. Ryan / Globe Staff

It’s all about adapting to the era of the coronavirus.

At the end of the beach, Giovanni Sambotti was getting ready to put away his windsurfing equipment as a spitting rain fell. The 47-year-old from Cambridge had only surfed for the second time this spring. The other years, Sambotti said, he would go out three to four times a week.

Sambotti said he was not afraid of contracting the virus, but wanted to do his part to keep others safe.

Still, the change in routine was difficult. Sambotti held his sail, admired its slender lines and smiled slightly.

“This,” he said, “is my psychologist. “

Brian MacQuarrie can be reached at [email protected]

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The thrill of kite surfing in Zanzibar | London Evening Standard

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It’s hard to improve the exhilaration of a day of kite surfing, no matter where you are in the world.

But as the evening sky turned pink over the Indian Ocean and the bartender tossed ice in my glass while someone else was packing my gear, I was struck by the fact that the kite scene in Zanzibar has a lot to offer.

Located 26 km off the coast of Tanzania, the Zanzibar Archipelago has an exotic past and an alluring present. The same winds that now attract kites have for centuries brought sailors from Persia, India and China. Zanzibar was known as the Spice Islands for the thriving exchange of cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg. The spice trade was supported by an equally lucrative but barbaric slave trade; both were encouraged by the Omani sultans who ruled from the 1600s to the late 1800s, when the British took control of a protectorate that continued until 1964, when it became a part of newly independent Tanzania.

This rich heritage comes to life in the old quarter of Zanzibar city, Stone Town, which received UNESCO World Heritage status in 2000. It is an intoxicating mix of sultan’s palaces where Scheherazade told his stories, forts and fish markets, town built in coral houses with carved and studded teak doors. The site of the old slave market is now an Anglican church, but the air is heavy with ghosts and the original slave chains are on display. There are still spice markets, and you could stop at Africa House, a venerable colonial-style hotel with a terrace reminiscent of the days of Victorian explorers Richard Burton and David Livingstone, who came to Zanzibar to prepare their expeditions to the deeper in Africa.

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If Stone Town is captivating, the coast is spellbinding. Over the past five years tourism, including kite-surfing, has increased in Zanzibar, bringing a greater choice of upscale hotels, a campaign to remove garbage (I haven’t seen any) and improved roads. The main kite destination is a 4 km stretch of coast in the southeast. For the nightlife and tourist buzz, stop at the northern end of the strip at the village of Paje: bounce along a rutted track and you’re immediately on the beach in a scramble of kite and snowboard schools. beach bars, flaming white sand and strange shepherds taking his cows for a walk.

“It’s not as crowded as Tarifa, but yes it can get crowded,” says Mo, 32, a consultant from Dubai whom I meet on the way out of the water. “But it’s really great: once you get past the learners near the shore, there’s a lot of space. ” Advices ? “Do you see the fishing boats? They attach to sharp anchors that are difficult to see. Don’t hit one.

Correctly warned, I deployed my kite. The coral sand was like sifted flour, warm and light underfoot. Warm, crystal clear water and steady wind, curling just enough waves to lift my jumps. The joy I felt was reflected in the shining faces of the runners around me.

At lunchtime there was live music at Mr Kahawa, a café-guesthouse famous for its flat white and wi-fi lingua franca, avocado toast and freshly grilled tuna. peach. The guests appeared to be mostly French and Italian; girls in brash vests braid each other and henna, tanned guys comparing plank sizes.

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From December to February, the first season of Kaskazi winds, with an average of 16 knots; the second is from June to September, bringing the Kusu to around 18 knots. They both blow across the shore which is great for kiteboarding, when you veer to and from the beach and hopefully if you lose your board at sea it will be sent back to the beach. Speaking of which, that night I was learning a new trick and lost my board. A passing kite gently brought him back as I floated in the sea; by this time I had drifted to the southern part of Paje and caught a booming pace coming from burger shack B4. Apparently the bars in Paje collude to make sure there is a party every night; that night, B4 was an alluring mix of electronic music and powerful Caipirinhas.

A few miles south along the shore, the village of Jambiani is a quieter option, where you’re less likely to be invited for a game of beer pong on the beach. This is the place to go for low-key hotels that open up to the beach: think sun-bleached hammocks hanging for lounging with a view. We stayed at Mwezi Boutique, a friendly place with a lovely pool, thatched-roof beach cabanas, and service heavily inspired by the Swahili currency, pole pole, or slowly slowly.

There were fewer people in Jambiani, but there were also fewer opportunities to be on the water. Low tide in Paje just means you have to walk further to get to the ocean. But in Jambiani, when the water turns off, it reveals a bottom of coral dotted with farms of algae. These represent a much needed source of income for local women, but pose a danger to the kite with many rusty struts.

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“Whenever there isn’t enough water here, we take customers to the lagoon,” shrugs Julia, the Swedish-born co-owner of the Mbuzi Kite Center in Jambiani. “It’s a nice area of ​​shallow water within a 10 minute walk.”

Although it is more of a kiosk than a ‘center’, Mbuzi is the friendliest and cheapest of the kite spots I have explored (around £ 17 to hire a board for the day, even if it can be a bit ringing). It is also one of the few places where the instructors are all local. There is always someone happy to help you pump up your kite or pack your kit, and even though I was only paying for the board rental, Gardi, the head instructor and a gifted rider, was always ready to go. give useful advice. One day, as we were returning from the lagoon, I asked Gardi what he does during the windless seasons. “Anything,” he smiles. ‘If I can get 10,000 shillings a day [around £3] I will do it.’

“There is no seaweed or boats to avoid, just a huge expanse of ocean. I ran outside; the day has faded, illuminated with pure joy “

Located in the luxury Relais & Châteaux White Sands villas between Paje and Jambiani, Zanzibar Kite Paradise is unmistakably luxury. Founded by Austrian pro-rider Marcel Glaser, it’s the pinnacle of efficient service: the kind of place with a compressed air pump and well-trained assistants, as well as multi-skilled instructors from all over the world. Being between the villages means that there are also less kiters around. “I love that we have flat water here on the shore, but if you kite all the way to the reef, there are always big waves,” says Glaser. “Some people see dolphins.” Best of all, there’s no seaweed or anchored boats to avoid – just an expanse of ocean beckoning you. I ran outside; the day fades, lit with pure joy.

At the Kite Paradise bar, I chatted with Alizée, a 28-year-old Parisian yoga teacher with enviable movements. “I’m used to the strong winds and cold water in Cape Town. Having a light wind and flat water to practice new tricks is amazing, especially compared to the big waves in South Africa which can make things painful! ‘

If you fancy a day off, there are a myriad of options. Take a boat with operator Safari Blue for an idyllic day trip to one of the small local islands: feast on Swahili food and fresh fruit, and swim to see shoals of brilliant fish and huge red starfish. Take a trip inland to visit the spice plantations or spot the endangered Zanzibar red colobus monkey.

But whether you are a novice or a seasoned pro, kiting here is very special. No doubt: I will go back.

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Aditya Roy Kapur embarks on the extreme sport of kite-surfing to film underwater stunts in Malang

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Aditya Roy Kapur, who will be seen in an action avatar in Mohit Suri’s upcoming director
Malang, got into kitesurfing for an important part of the film. It was shot during the movie Mauritius last week’s schedule for which a Mumbai-based trainer was airlifted to ensure a smooth shoot. Kite-surfing is an action sport that combines aspects of snowboarding, windsurfing, paragliding and sailing into one extreme sport.

Besides the stunts, Aditya followed his fitness routine with personal trainer Sudarshan D Amkar, who traveled with him to Mauritius to make sure the actor was ready for the action-packed schedule. Aditya was put on a strict diet which he must follow until the end of the film.

According to a set source, the lead man will be seen performing high octane action in the movie and the team have incorporated plenty of water stunts as the movie takes place in Goa. “Aditya trained for a month before shooting the final streak. Currently, he and Disha (Patani, the main lady) are filming for the Mumbai program, and will be able to perform another underwater streak for which they had been training with professional stuntmen for over a week.
Shimmering had reported earlier (March 22) that in the Bhushan Kumar and Luv Ranjan production, Aditya plays a Goanian exploring the party scene in the tourist state when an incident changes the lives of the protagonists. The actor will wear two looks in the film and has just started to gain volume for the second. The film, which also features Anil Kapoor, Kunal Kemmu and Akshay Oberoi, went to the prosecution of Goa in March. Mumbai’s current schedule is expected to end by the end of the month.

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Watersports coach Tom Downer dies in kitesurfing accident – News –

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Tom Downer loved water and gladly shared his passion with others, especially young people.

Last Thursday, the 63-year-old water sports enthusiast, trainer and instructor died in a tragic kitesurfing accident in the Cayman Islands. According to the Cayman Compass, Downer was blown away in a building at Colliers Public Beach in East End Village in Grand Cayman and later died in a local hospital.

“It was a real shock,” said Herb Vochatzer, who has known Downer for many years and coached with him at Bear Creek High School. “He was always in good shape and taking care of himself. It happened doing what he loved to do.

Downer’s last Facebook post, December 27, shows him walking towards the ocean holding a kitesurf board: “I’m trying to kitesurf. This may be my last post before landing in Venezuela.

Downer, who worked in the home loan business in Stockton, ran Bear Creek Aquatics, a program in which Downer invited “everyone to the exciting WORLD of swimming and all the cool things you can do, IF you can swim” , according to a passage he wrote on the Bear Creek Aquatics website.

Downer coached swimming and water polo at Bear Creek High School and helped lead the boys’ water polo team to two consecutive unbeaten San Joaquin Athletic Association titles and a first round playoff victory of the Sac-Joaquin Division II section in 2016.

In 2011, Downer and local parents continued Stockton’s summer swim program when it lost town funding. In 2013, Downer began his role as director of the Stockton Summer Swimming League meet, an annual event that brings together hundreds of kids from Stockton’s recreational swimming leagues for a three-day extravaganza. As a child, Downer swam around town to meet for the West Lane Tennis Club.

“A group of parents got together and decided, ‘we can do it,'” Downer said in a Record article in July 2014. “It was a group effort with the hard work of all parents and the financial management that made it possible The kids didn’t even notice it It’s a tribute to the swimming community We’re a tight-knit group.

Through Bear Creek Aquatics, Downer has offered competitive initiation and development programs in swimming and water polo, water safety, lifeguard, first aid, CPR, open water training and advanced, including nitrox and SCUBA certification and training. In 2012, Downer swam from Windmill Cove to Ladd’s Marina in Stockton, about two miles away, in less than 90 minutes to raise money for the organization.

“He’s Bear Creek Aquatics,” said Vochatzer, who took over as the Bear Creek boys’ water polo coach in 2018, when Downer resigned to devote more time to Bear Creek Aquatics and d ‘other interests. “He’s done so much. I don’t know who is going to step in and do it.

Downer has traveled frequently to Hawaii and other places to lounge and play in the beautiful waters of the area. Some of his favorite activities outside of diving included whale watching and blue water rafting during the winter months in Maui.

“The most important thing about Tom was his outlook on life,” said Mike Heberle, women’s water polo coach at Bear Creek High and frequent collaborator with Downer. “He was just one of those people who was able to be in the moment but could also plan.

“He was a very active person, who shared his passion with everyone.”

A Memorial Vigil will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Bear Creek High Pool.

Contact reporter Bob Highfill at (209) 546-8277 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @bobhighfill.

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