90 Second Escape: Dance of the Kiteboarders

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb.
Today’s 90-Second Escape: Dance of the Kiteboarders

Sunday, during a weekend escape to the coast we came to the end of the road — NC 12 South, in this case — and came upon an extraordinary exhibition. There, in the rough surf and strong gale of late fall, were a dozen or so kiteboarders taking advantage of what to anyone else would have been questionable weather conditions but to them must have seemed ideal.

Take 90 seconds are share the escape, and escape that begins off the beach at Cedar Island.

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  1. Joe Windsurfer says:

    Yeah a few of us windsurfers were there too. Cedar Island is great when the North winds are blowing. Ocean type waves to surf and launch into the air. This looks like Saturday when there were 10 or so kiteboarders and 3 of us windsurfers. Sunday had a smaller crowd as there was a little more rain but not bad. We clocked winds up to 36 mph on Sunday afternoon. A fun time was had by all.

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    • JoeMiller says:

      You guys — both the wind surfers and the kiteboarders — were awe-inspiring. I've tried both sports, took lessons, and was absolutely terrible at both. Knowing how challenging both are only increased my appreciation for what y'all were doing out there, not to mention how effortlessly you made it look. Stunning: thanks for the great afternoon of entertainment.

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  2. Michael Schrems says:

    I am Orange guy in your clip. Was a lot of fun to be out at Cedar Island with a mix of kites and windsurfers. Kiteboarding is my absolute passion, It is an individual sport as well as a group. When everyone else is staying away from the beach, staying indoors looking outside, I am out on the water saying, thank you, thank you for this amazing day!

    Taking you away from the mundane, the pain of the everyday grind, what better way to unwind, then to harness the power of wind. Kiteboarding, its where its at!

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    • JoeMiller says:

      Michael - You were the picture of grace and power on the water. So much fun to watch. And you looked every bit thankful and grateful for the opportunity to be on the water. My wife and I were in awe.

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