The Best Odyssey: can you imagine yourself in there? | Photo: Jody MacDonald

Imagine you're going to travel five years searching for the perfect kitesurfing session in a paradise island, in the middle of nowhere.

It's not a dream, it’s reality. Well, at least for the carefully chosen water men and women that have already surfed 132 kite spots of 39 countries.

The Best Odyssey is more than a kiteboarding expedition. It is an unbelievable life experience. The crew of kiteboarders has already travelled 40.000 miles in a Lagoon 570 catamaran, through the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean.

At the same, the Best Odyssey is offering to serious explorers the opportunity to participate in a world sailing expedition that has never been done. Of course, this trip is not for kiteboarding beginners.

The mission kicked off in 2007 and will end in 2012. Jody MacDonald is the resident photographer on board the Best Odyssey and has captured incredible pictures, as the one above.

Recently, the crew has chosen the "Top Ten Places to Kiteboard on Earth". They are:

1. Marshall Islands
2. Cargados Shoals
3. Micronesia (Pohnpei and Kosrae)
4. Anakao, Madagascar
5. Raivavae, Austral Islands, French Polynesia
6. Atolls, French Polynesia
7. Los Roques, Venezuela
8. San Blas, Panama
9. Barbuda, Caribbean
10. Bazaruto, Mozambique

Kinsley ThomasWong: he'll be back soon

Kinsley ThomasWong, who had a serious kiteboarding accident last summer, is finally recovering from his injuries at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

The 43-year-old pro kiteboarder from Pismo Beach was kiteboarding in gusty winds when he was pulled out of the water and against the rocks.

ThomasWong, owner of XtremeBigAir, now has sensation into the C4 region (pectorals and chest above the nipples, upper part of the arm/shoulder) and he is also breathing with his full belly.

Doctors say progress made in spinal injuries is all about what muscles and parts he has control over and less what he can physically move.

Kinsley is doing great and he is very happy of becoming a dad. Taizen ThomasWong was born on the 26th August.

Meanwhile, all support is welcome.

SUP Kiting: no excuses to leave your girl

Brendan Richards, Senior Vice President of Demo Operations for Caution Kiteboarding, has published a very interesting article about a new possibility in kitesurfing.

That's Stand-Up Kiting (SUK). The idea might seem ridiculous, at a first glance. But, remember how do you feel when there's almost no wind, your girl/boy is alone in the beach and you simply have nothing to do.

Richards experienced riding a 15m kite with a SUP board, in 5-8 knots of wind. And he really enjoyed it. Of course, it is not as intense as riding small boards at high speed, but who cares. You're having fun.

If you're interested in trying SUK, learn a few tips from Brendan Richards:

* Start on your knees with small power strokes.
* Sink the upwind rail.
* Take steps back if you want to turn