13 June 2016

Namotu Island, Fiji Pro 2016

Posted in Interviews

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.. 

 

 

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Getting the basics on the beach.

 

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josh kerr wsl fiji pro kitesurfing ben wilson namotu island ben wilson kite weeks

A few minutes body dragging.. 

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Then it's time to add the board.

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He makes it look so simple! 

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josh kerr wsl fiji pro kitesurfing ben wilson namotu island ben wilson kite weeks

josh kerr wsl fiji pro kitesurfing ben wilson namotu island ben wilson kite weeks

And he's going upwind on his second run!

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Taj about to get run over 

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Johnny Gannon scored a nice walu

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Caio Ibelli showing off in front of Wanga's Bar. Check out his video for more kiting action. 

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