Being a Canadian i’m used to fanatical hockey parents. The ones who are defined by their kids sport. They always have something to talk about at parties. They are put in better social circles if they’re child is gifted. You know the ones. Well, I actually met one of these fanatical parents at the kite beach near Corpus Christy, Texas. I could not believe it. She was a single mom with two teenage boys. They drove from Dallas to Corpus Christy every weekend to kite, a three hour drive each way. She had coolers of drinks, food, camera’s, hats, sunscreen…… she was on it. I approached the oldest boy to ask him how he liked his liquid force kite he was riding and the mom answered. She gave me a 10 minute detailed description on the boys gear and riding history. When I asked her if she kite surfed as well she said she has never tried. I was instantly amazed that a woman who doesn’t know anything about kite surfing knew so much. I asked a few more questions just to see how far this over parenting would go and to my surprise she knew absolutely everything there was to know. Amazing! When her boys went to switch off (they only had 1 kite between the 2 of them) she was right there telling them what to do and how to do it. Then when they were riding she was taking pictures and videos. Don’t get me wrong I think the support was great but the way she treated these kids I thought they were 12 and 14 years old so when I asked them how old they were and they said 17 and 19 I was shocked. Watching this display really made me think about how far kitesurfing has come. The fact that the sport has grown to a point where parents are saving up to buy their kids kite gear and sitting on the side lines bragging to others about the gear or their kids abilities is amazing. It puts me right back in the hockey arena were I spent many years of my life watching my little brother grow up. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next 5 years!
We got up early and headed from Austin to Texas City to go kitesurfing. It’s a pretty long drive so thank god the wind was good there in the afternoon. When we arrived to the lagoon the wind was only 13 knots. Not quite enough for my 9m but it was all I had so I decided to give it a try because not kiting was not a possibility. I had to borrow someone’s board here because the airline would have charged me over $100 for luggage if I brought mine so I had this huge 139 Liquid Force board to ride. Low wind, big board…..oh well the challenge will just make me better in the long run. The riding area there is awesome. There is around 500 feet of thigh high water and it’s really warm. Perfect spot for teaching and fishing. While I was riding I kept running over fish and some of them were so big they would made a thud sound as they hit my fin. On one tact a fish jumped up, hit my thigh, bounced up and smacked me right in the mouth. For the next 20 min all I could smell was fish. What are the odds of this happening? I wish I had my GoPro on for that! We ended up riding for just under 3 hours until the wind was just too light for my kite. It was an awesome experience for me to ride flat water as it was my first time ever!!