Mick Fanning learns how to kitesurf with Ben Wilson

June 10, 2015 | Kiteboarding
Mick Fanning: learning the kite basics with Ben Wilson

Mick Fanning has had his first kitesurfing lessons. Ben Wilson proved to be a competent teacher.

The three-time world surfing champion learned quickly. The "White Lightning" took a few tips and lessons from big wave kitesurfer Ben Wilson, and rapidly started riding on his own.

"Got taught how to kitesurf today. Killing time in Fiji with my mate Ben Wilson, one of the world's best kitesurfers. I didn't make too much sense of it but had a fun time trying. Thanks for the lesson brother!" expressed Fanning.

Ben Wilson, who has already taught over 5,000 riders in the last ten years, was quite impressed with Mick's talent for wind sports. Is there a new kitesurfing champion in the making?

"The freak got up and going strapless on his own surfboard pretty much straight away," wrote the elite instructor, who rode the largest wave ever kitesurfed at Cloudbreak, Fiji, in 2011.

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