The Kite Project: free rides for the young guns

Kitesurfing is growing rapidly. Buying kite gear can be expensive for the youngest riders and that's why there's a new program that aims to get more and more people experiencing the wind sport.

The Kite Project has been setup to give the young thrill seekers, at ISCA College of Media Arts, in Exeter, UK, a chance to get involved with the sport by running voluntary kitesurfing lessons.

Starting in March 2011, each group of four will take part in a four-day course over the month. The programme will run through April and May, teaching three groups and twelve rookie kite fliers in total. The lessons will be run at Exmouth Duck Pond.

Students will be filmed and the top kiteboarder of the group (voted online) will be chosen to receive continued training with Robin Snuggs throughout the summer. Also, he will attend a British Kitesurfing Association competition, at the end of the summer, with the aim of putting down a few scoring biggies in the heats.

Snuggs and Dominic McBride Wilson will be coaching the new kiteboarding stars of the future.

Dimitri Maramenides, the founder and owner of Epic Kites, rode his kite a few hours before Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast of the United States.

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