Madness..or just .. Gone with the Wind ?
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|I wouldn't be at all surprised if the majority of the world's population thought that traveling on a kite harnessed snowboard at speeds in excess of 100 kph and with temperatures below -30 Celsius is pure madness. |
However, there are many others who would consider it nothing but an exhilarating, refreshing bit of fun .........
Snowkiting or Kite boarding is an outdoor winter sport where people use kite power to glide on snow or ice. The sport is similar to kitesurfing, but with the footwear used in snowboarding or skiing. In the early days of snowkiting, foil kites were the most common type; nowadays some kitesurfers use their water gear such as inflatable kites. Snowkiting differs from other alpine sports in that it is possible for the snowkiter to travel uphill and downhill with any wind direction. Like kitesurfing, snowkiting can be very hazardous and should be learned and practiced with care. Snowkiting is becoming increasingly popular in places often associated with skiing and snowboarding, such as Russia, Canada, Iceland, France, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Sweden and the Northern and Central United States. The sport is becoming more diverse as adventurers use kites to travel great distances and sports enthusiasts push the boundaries of freestyle, big air, speed and back country exploration.
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- [2013-03-01 12:53]
Impresive action to this image, so good to see that you have managed to add to the theme this week.
- [2013-03-01 14:40]
That guy is stark raving mad, imagine the chill factor.
May I add, you must have questioned your sanity, being out there to capture this stunning action shot ;)
Ciao Derek, fantastic action scene in a beautiful winter ambientation, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio