I thought I’d kick this discussion off with a topic for introductions. I’ll go first to get the ball rolling… Just reply to this topic to introduce yourself.
My name is Keven. I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. I used to live in the mountains in the Kootenays (Nelson, BC) and while sleeping on the couch one night, I had a vivid dream about learning to kiteboard. When I awoke, I was convinced that I had to learn. I didn’t know anything about the sport. I wasn’t even sure if anyone kiteboarded in Nelson. I did a quick google search and easily found my first kiting buddy who showed me the ropes. Before I knew it, I had developed a new passion. Any rustle of wind in the trees sent me running to the car to speed down the North Shore road to 6-mile beach. Wind was not consistent and fairly hard to come by on Kootenay Lake, so there was a fair degree of wind-chasing involved and learning to kiteboard was a slower process than I would have liked.
Since those early days, I have kited in a number of different places and I am always looking for the next adventure. I founded the Kite Travel Club to align my dreams with reality - to help me seek out new destinations, to make new connections, and to make sure that I continue to have amazing adventures. I’m hoping that other Kite Travel Club members will want that too.
Here’s a video of a snowkiting excursion I went on with a few buddies from Nelson in my early days. (yes, i’m the awkward guy on skis)
I have kited at Spanish Banks (Vancouver), Squamish, Southern Gulf Islands, Kootenay Lake, Skaha Lake, Nicola Lake, Nitinat Lake (BC), Baie de Beauport (Quebec City), The Magdeleine Islands (Quebec), Cape Breton and Halifax (Nova Scotia), Snow-kiting in Idaho, La Ventana, Los Barilles (Mexico), Dakhla (Morocco).
When I’m not spending time with my amazing daughter and my beautiful wife Celine @ccmichiels, playing soccer or kitesurfing, I have the pleasure of working at the Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft unit in Vancouver.
Celine and I intend to travel this Spring to somewhere in the Carribean Sea or the Gulf of Mexico to go kiting…any suggestions?