Zealand is a great place for out door sports. I was north of Auckland
at Orewa, known for retirement homes and beautiful surfs. I don't know
if the retirees are involved such extreme sports of wind, waves and
In the very cold breeze, I quickly went out to take my
photos and then recluse myself in the car challenging my brain a
mathematical game of Sudoku while the water engineer when to investigate
his beach with another friend. You will like my photos of a new sports.
Kiteboarding. I admire these sportsmen and women in their wetsuits
oblivious to the cold. I thought of Jean batten
when I saw the surfer. I guess if Jean is alive today, she too would be at the Orewa beach.
a synergy of wind and water forces, takes harnessing the wind to the
extreme! Kiteboarding is the ultimate fusion of kiteflying(power kites),
wakeboarding, and snowboarding. This fascinating combination realizes
mans eternal dream of flying. Once you experience the rush of
kiteboarding, you will never be the same! Kiteboarding is the hottest
new kite sport to sweep the world and it thrives on pure adrenaline!
This photo takes me back to when I was a kid in Borneo.
flying was a serious business to the boys like my brother Charles and
Joseph. They made their own kites, spending ages shaving bamboo rods to
make the skeleton of the kites, slowly shaving a little and checking to
make sure the sides balance.
Then with home made glue, they glue the coloured wax paper on the frame.
serious competition, they melt some smelly horse glue and mix it with
pounded fine glass powder and attached them to the string. This is real
serious as in the process of doing this, they cut themselves.
the strings are dried, they fly their kites and war begins when they
cut the string of each other's kite. They shout "BALAYANG" when a kite
is cut off, and the scramble for the fallen kite begins.
low rise houses, the boys even climb up people's roofs, trees or over
fence. They trample on vegetable patches, topple over flower pots. They
just want that prize kite. Totally oblivious to anything else. A
complete disregard for people's property.
My part in
this vicious fight, I was the kite flyer's aide. Like the boy in the
photo, I help to lift the kite up before the kite is launched.
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