Its not often that we get hit by 40knots at Sharm el Sheik, Egypt. I was very aware that this day would be howling winds at Sharm el Sheikh, looking at the weather forecast it seemed like the wind wasn’t going to joke around. Predicted 35+ knots gusting to 40 knots I knew that it was game on for extreme weather kitesurfing at Sharm el Sheikh.
My normal kitesurfing routine in this kind of wind, Shortening my kitesurfing bar lines and choosing a small kite that would be fast enough for Megaloops!
However this time I wanted to try something a bit different in my kitesurfing, I was quite bored of the same routine that I always take at Sharm el Sheik. This time I wanted to jump high, Really high!
The kites used for jumping high and staying in the air that long are called hangtime kites, It’s a kitesurfing style of riding that focuses more on old-school tricks and having fun more in the air, rather than the technical wakeboarding style of riding that I’m used to.
I ride mostly C-kites which are not the greatest kites for staying up in the air for a long time (hangtime), So I had to seek advice from my Sharm el Sheik kitesurfing mentor Kevin Biles of www.kitejunkies.com
Kevin does by far the highest kitesurfing jumps that I have ever seen with my own eyes, the guy just flies and doesn’t come down! He was kind enough to lend me his 7 meter kite so I can handle this Sharm el Sheikh wind. My smallest kite at the time was a 9 meter which was way too big for this crazy 40 knots.
I took his kite and started walking to the beach, Sand was flying everywhere and I could hardly hear myself from the lethal gusts hitting my ears, I must admit I was starting to feel a bit scared! When you find it difficult to walk against the wind at Sharm el Sheikh then you are sure that the wind means kitesurfing business.
With the kite ready, it was time to ride this crazy kitesurfing conditions of Sharm el Sheikh. I launched my kite and started kitesurfing soooooo overpowered, it was just manic conditions with very choppy water, the kite almost lifting me up in the air whether I liked it or not, when the conditions are like that its actually better to just jump!
I edged so hard and boosted myself up into a jump, I swear I never ever felt a uplift like that before, I kept going higher and higher until my body was actually leveled with other people’s kites, and that’s not an exaggeration. I know that because I could even start to see the roads of Sharm el Sheikh past the hotels while I was still hanging in the air!
Its not that easy to land kitesufing jumps that high, you start to pick up so much speed when falling from the apex of the jump that you just have to downloop the kite to recover yourself. Luckly I was used to doing that, so I didn’t have too much trouble landing my jumps but some of these jumps really scared me hehehehehehe.
Next time you see the wind is nuking with power at your kitesurfing local beach, go out there and challenge your self to jump higher and higher, you will sure have so much fun.