13 June 2016
Namotu Island, Fiji Pro 2016
Josh Kerr's first kitesurfing lesson
Consecutive lay days on the Fiji Pro means everyone has to find alternate entertainment - fishing, free surfing, maybe a little partying and sometimes even kitesurfing.
The wind is pretty good at this time of year so I always take my kites and try to get a few sessions in. This normally sparks a bit of interest and I usually manage to rope someone into giving it a go. Joel Parkinson & Mick Fanning have tried their hands at kiting and this year Josh Kerr had a crack. I have to say he takes the record for the fastest learner - up and riding in minutes and even going up-wind on his second run! I guess it's no surprise these guys are naturals. They don't really have to worry about the board so all their focus can be on the kite which makes it pretty simple. Here are some pics from Josh's first kite lesson plus a few extras from the week here on Namotu...
All images thanks to fellow kiter & fast learner, Stu Gibson..
Getting the basics on the beach.
A few minutes body dragging..
Then it's time to add the board.
He makes it look so simple!
And he's going upwind on his second run!
Taj about to get run over
Johnny Gannon scored a nice walu
Caio Ibelli showing off in front of Wanga's Bar. Check out his video for more kiting action.