He lives in Tarifa, Spain, and at the tender age of 13, with just one year of kitesurfing under his harness, is already making big waves.

Old School Jason Furness has a little history in the sport and was so impressed by Forest he ended up signing him up to Flexifoil over the internet! What with emails, Skype chats to Forest and his father Jeri, and checking out some amazing shots and movies on You Tube, this was more than enough to pull the deal.

Maybe not the most common way to sign up a new rider to Flexifoil but so far it has proven a great success: Forest has just returned from the Spanish Nationals with an amazing 2nd place in the Juniors. He was by far the youngest rider, competing against 15/16 year olds.

Such is Forest's sucess so far he has also been given the 'Wild Card' for the Tarifa PKRA next week where he will be joining most of the Flexifoil team at the grand opening of the New Flexifoil Centre, located in the heart of Tarifa.

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When Fuerteventura calls, they all come. The island, situated in the Canaries, has got the wind the windsurfers and kiteboarders need. Guaranteed. Plus, there’s the bonus of white sandy beaches, blue skies and summer-like temperatures.

The athletes race across the water with an acceleration which would leave a sports car standing, performing spectacular stunts worthy of an aerobatics team. And all with no exhaust fumes or motor noise.

The efficiency with which the sportsmen and women use the wind is formidable. A modern windsurfing sail develops more horsepower per kilogram transported than a car equipped with an 800 horsepower motor.

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The 2008 US Nationals were held in wild conditions just under the Golden Gate Bridge. Like the 2007 event, the 2008 event was hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club and run with the precision of a finely tuned Swiss watch. The US Nationals are sanctioned by US Sailing, the governing body of sailing in the US. This designation helps to pave the way for kite racing to be sanctioned by ISAF, the international body of sailing and hopefully an Olympic berth in the future.

This year’s event could only be described as competitively heated! The world’s top racers were in attendance, including last year’s champion, Anthony Chavez, top Bay area racers Shawn Richman and Jeff Kafka, kite master Sky Solbach, and of course reigning PKRA world champion Sean Farley. On the women’s side, Kristine Boese was on hand to fearlessly defend her 2007 title.

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