As a family we have always been adventurous. On trekking tours in the mountains that lasted several days, on trips around the world that lasted several months or in a caravan year through Europe, we experienced many unforgettable moments - and that's also where kiting started:
During the first kite lesson in Bariloche (Argentina), the kite instructor warned that this sport was neither suitable for marriage nor for the family, as the last two kite students had separated from their families because of kiting.
To prevent our most precious asset on earth - the family - from being challenged by the most beautiful sport in the world, we (Michaela and Nathanael) decided the following:
1. kiting - we do it together!
2. in case of doubt, family before kiting!
While Nathanael spent his first hours on the water with kite and board during the holidays - if the family situation allowed it - Michaela accompanied the children on the beach, who were already practicing with the two and four line kites.
Our biggest breakthrough as a kite family was definitely thanks to the Swiss Kitesurf School in Silvaplana. Whether it was the ever prudent and competent advice of Yannick, Stef's cheerful and winning manner in the Junior Kite Camp, Simon's helpful and professional support with any kind of problem or the barbecue and chilling with the whole Swiss Kitesurf Team, we cannot judge. It's the mixture of everything that attracts us to Silvaplana again and again - a place where family and kiting go together.
My name is Benaja and I am learning to snow- and kiteboard.
My hobbies are kung fu and kite surfing. My motto in life: "Fight and kite!"
My name is Lynn. I have fond memories of that year in the camper. I liked it best in Spain, especially in Tarifa, because there you can climb the rocks and kitesurf very well. Thanks to the year in the camper, I discovered kitesurfing and learned to love it more and more. I am already looking forward to the summer. If you don't see me surfing on the water, I am at home in the basement of Ninja Warrior Park or training for the climbing competition. My dream is to become a stand-woman or a policewoman someday.
Already at the age of four years I stood on the beach with my kite at every opportunity. At 8 I started my first attempts with the board on the water. With good wind I can often be found on the water nowadays, too. In my spare time I like to bike and jump on the trampoline. One of my best experiences was kitesurfing in the camper year. In Tarifa we could go kitesurfing almost every afternoon. Whenever the moon was full or empty there was a lagoon where you could kite very well. The water in the lagoon was mostly 10 - 50 centimeters high. We were also in Sicily, more precisely in La Stagnone. There the water is one meter high - so ideal for kiting. Tarifa, Sicily and Silvaplana are my favourite places for kitesurfing.
My name is Kesia. I started kiting when I was 10 years old. The kite fever caught me at the junior kitesurf camp in Silvaplana. My teacher was Stef. This camp was great fun and I learned a lot. In good weather conditions you can find me kitesurfing on the water. I like to go over the water with a little speed and I like to try new things. I also like snowkiting. I love to swim or be in the water and I like to play volleyball. My life motto is: "Kitesurf the waves in your life down!
Well, I am blessed with enough adventure and innovation in my life. That's why I love to be creative in my free time, to enjoy nature by hiking and jogging, or just chilling in a deck chair with an exciting book. To squeeze into a wetsuit in wind and cold is not really my thing. I prefer to stand on the beach for a few minutes and take pictures, film and admire my action stars. If the conditions are right, I will probably try to keep up with our youngest when kiting.
The kite instructure course was an important part of the Family Kite
Project. I like to discover new things, like strapless surfing, foiling
or snowkiting. But it is just as nice to pass on what I have
experienced. And very soon I will experience that my kite students (my
children) are better than me - a great joy for a father.