"Kororo": a kite mission to the Russian Far East

October 15, 2019 | Kiteboarding
Kamchatka: a Russian kiteboarding heaven

Camille Delannoy, Maxime Chabloz, Mallory de la Villemarqué, and Paul Serin went on a strike mission to Kamchatka in the Russian Far East.

The place is a raw gem, home of untouched landscapes, angry volcanoes, rugged coastlines, thriving wildlife, and the kingdom of vodka.

The crew took four years to get the right local team, coordinate the kiteboarders' busy agendas, logistics, and the photographer and a cameraman.

When World War II came to an end, Kamchatka was closed to visitors and classified as an ultra-secret military zone.

As a result, nature there has remained almost intact. And today, you still need special permits to get this place.

A Volcanic Kiteboarding Haven

In "Kororo," the explorers unveil an uncrowded territory with splendid, yet sometimes tricky conditions for unforgettable kiting and surf foiling sessions.

"The wind played hide and seek with us. We sailed around an untamed coastline to find it and even and even prayed to the ancient gods, without much success," explains Serin.

But the best part of the journey would arrive later.

"After a few days without much wind, we heard about a frozen lake inside an ancient volcano's caldera. The ice melts only for a few weeks during the year, and this time was now."

The team found an old soviet military truck and got to the place where they wanted to be - a perfect flat water spot surrounded by thin ice platforms.

Then again, the team returned to the ocean, in a volcanic black sand beach with plenty of fun, rideable waves.

The trip had an impact on the planet, so the crew took action to reduce carbon emissions globally, offsetting 100 tons worth of carbon emissions.

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