Liquid Surf and Sail, Fort Walton Beach, plays host this weekend for their 3rd annual Spring ‘Kite Bash’ at Gulf Islands National Seashore on Okaloosa Island. The North Kite team will be on hand to show off their new gear. On May 5th, Liquid Plays host again, this time for a Hobie Kayak demo. For the latest information, please visit the Liquid Surf and Sail Event Webpage.
Today’s demo was highlighted by warm sun, great board action, and tasty food. Unfortunately, a good wind was not to be had. Flexifoil rider Billy Parker reverted fossil-fuel power to put on a show for members of the Gulf Coast Kiteboarders Association and XLKites kite shop. The light winds made for great boating and we took ‘Southern Comfort’ out to watch the wakeboard and wakeskate action. Click on the photo to see the full gallery.
The wind forecast is favorable for tomorrow and everyone will be back out the beach around 9am for the demo and riding. The race and downwinder will start around 4pm wind permitting.
We didn’t have the greatest wind or the greatest weather, but it was enough to have a good time learning proper kite flying from the friendly crew of XLKites in Fort Walton Beach. Phil taught me basic kite flying and safety techniques starting with a 3m Slingshot trainer kite, then up to a 9m Cabrinha Contra and lastly a 14m Carbrinha Contra. Sarah got a little bit of video of me ‘surfing’ down the beach which we’ll try to post later.