High as a kite! Kitesurfers take to the snow for a bit of winter fun
Kitesurfers are making the most of the snow – and no ski lifts, mountains or freezing cold sea are needed.
With lockdown restrictions seeing ski lifts closed, and with plunging temperatures making the sea a definite no,no, kitesurfers have moved to the fields.
Harnessing the power of the wind and ice, the kitesurfers can hit speeds of up to 70 km per hour.
Marcin Rekiel of KiteAcademy.pl told local website Trojmiasto.pl: “There is so much snow that one does not catch on the ground, so farmers do not cause us problems.
“We explain that the ski lifts are closed, so they allow us to use their land.”
First combining kitesurfing with a snowboard or skis 15 years ago when he was living in the Mazury lake district in northeastern Poland, this year, Rekiel and a group of around 50 others have been whizzing across fields around the Tri-City.
Children have been able to join in the fun, too: a sledge can be safely attached to a person who is kitesurfing.
One photo shows a kitesurfer on skis pulling a sledge with a woman and small child behind him.
Rekiel said that as long as the winds are high (at least 11 knots, around 20 km per hour) and the snow is packed enough (8-10cm), the kitesurfers can do jumps of up to 4 m and reach speeds of up to 70 km per hour.