Posts Tagged ‘Hatteras’

Ready to road tripI have been fortunate to travel with some real pros over the years. Thank you Brad and Skip for all the help. So the first thing I would recommend if you are heading out for a road trip would be to find a couple of veterans – they really will teach you so much and save your butt a few times too. Of course, always check your fins if they build your board. This article will focus on a kitesurfing “road trip”, literally one in which you drive, not fly.

Budget – oh yes, you have to pay for this trip.

At MACkiteboarding.com, we go on a big road trip with customers every spring to Kiteboard the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our trip is a designed to be a bit higher end so that each individual or couple has their own room and our house isn’t too full. A full week with accommodations might be $1,000-$1,500 per person (excluding transportation). The first kiteboarding trip we went on 10 years ago was a super budget trip. Vans packed with gear and people, a house with every couch full, and lots of cheap beer. I think I spent about $600 for the week. Count your pennies and decide how much you want to spend before you do anything else.

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If you don’t already know Chris be sure to do some research.  Bobrick is one of the nicest guys on the water and rips with the best kiteboarders in the world.  “Ricky Bobby” is on fire and lookout for him this year on the PKRA world tour.  He has also been known to dominate Musical Chairs and makeshift skateboard gaps at Christmas parties.

Video and Edit by our own Ryan Goloversic

If you didn’t catch Chris at KOGL check out his latest video. More to come from Chris, he is in Brazil currently with the Best Kiteboard Team.

I decided to unpack the 12m North Rebel for last night’s sunset session in Hatteras NC.  Winds were in the 12-16 knot range and there was one foot chop to ride through.  Me being new rider at 175 pounds I was thinking I could be underpowered so I grabbed the Cabrinha Spectrum which has a moderate rocker and some extra volume.  With the chop I also liked the idea of having the secure feeling you get from the Cabrinha Sync footstraps.

From the first time I launched the kite I quickly realized that my initial thought was wrong.  After a few tacks I decided I needed a board with more outline and rocker to handle the power and chop.  I grabbed a Cabrinha Caliber with Sync footstraps and headed back out.  Now I was riding comfortably with speed through the chop. (more…)