Girl in wheelchair learning to kite board in Ireland!

Over the last few weeks, hidden away on the northern beaches of Ireland, two slightly crazy individuals are having a go at something truly amazing. Jason McGrugan is attempting to teach his friend Jen how to kite board. Now before you say "Ireland's not that cold, people learn to kite every day!", take a squiz at the movie below and have a look at Jen. In Jason's words - she's wheelchair bound for the rest of her life, but is incredibly keen on learning to kite surf. 

It's been almost a month since Jen has begun learning to kiteboard, and in that time she's learnt to fly the kite, set it up on her own (not so easy on sand!) and now body drag upwind. The next step is of course riding on the board, but a special seat needs to me made and a custom board adapted to suit their purpose. Currently they're working on the design, but within the next few months they'll get it sussed - so hopefully then we'll see Jen up and riding! 

Here's what Jen had to say about learning to kiteboard: 
"I know its dodgy, its mad but hey aint that why we are living...... I know all the risks and dont worry I am not wrapped in cotton wool and i aint putting anyone else at risk! I have surfed, paddle boarded, knee board, kayaked, I am a diver, I can bench press my own body weight and have some hang time on the olympic rings. ... oh yeah bungee jumped to the only thing I cant do is walk. The ocean is where I am at peace, enough said."

Don't believe us? Check out the video below of Jen learning to body drag. There's also two episodes prior, check them out for the full story - and stay tuned for more updates on Jen's progress! 


Kiteboarder attacked by crocodile in the NT.

A kiteboarder has been attacked while relaunching his kite off Casuarina in the Northern Territory. The 2.5m croc latched onto Chris Keeping's shoulder and arm, before being poked in the eye and swimming off.

Cabrinha takes the FX down under.

Featuring St Kilda, Dolls Point and Brighton to name a few, chances are your local has been graced by the presence of Liam Whaley and his mates as they did the rounds of Australia last season.

Hadlows going for six (world kiteboarding titles)

This year, Hadlow wants the title, he wants number six, and if he continues riding like he has been in training, he just might get it.

Get together with the Strapless Society.

Bursting onto the surfboard freestyle scene in a big way this week, was a trio of boys from the Strapless Society based in Cabo Verde, riding balsa surfboards branded with their own brand - HB Surf Kite.

The 77 year old kitesurfer - inspiration from the UK.

We all know the local 'old bloke' at the kiteboarding beach. The age varies, from guys in their late thirties, to the occasional bloke in the 60+ club.

Susi Mai Rides Naish Kites

It's been a long wait since Susi Mai announced her split with long time sponsors Cabrinha in early January this year, but finally, she might be gearing up to let the world know which kites she will be flying!

The 77 Year Old Kite Surfer

David, a 77 year old pensioner who after the sudden death of his wife, decided to live life to the fullest by taking up kite surfing.

Kitepower QLD Closes Down

This week the second of what was once three Kitepower Australia stores has closed it's doors, citing poor weather this season and fierce competition in the kiteboarding industry as the reason business owners Jon and Jo Ashmore have called it quits.

Storms in Sydney provide perfect boosting conditions!

With storms continuing to sweep through Sydney this week, experienced kiteboarders made the most of the conditions to clock up some airtime, as evidenced by the WOO leaderboards this week.

Sliders, Sliders & Sliders - The Triple S gets slippery

It's all about the sliders at this years Triple S, but it kind of always was.