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! 


Red Bull King of the Air - First Rounds Complete!

It was megaloop city in Capetown South Africa this week, as the third day of the event window saw 25+ knots blowing from Table Mountain and rounds one and two of the Red Bull King of the Air were run.

Kiteboarding world record broken - 415 kiteboarders at once.

Think your local spot is crowded? Think again! The Virgin Kitesurfing Armada this week broke the world record for the most kiteboarders on a 1-mile stretch of beach, cramming 415 of them onto a beach in South Africa.

Pro's Arrive in Cape Town for 2016 King of the Air

The cargo holds are packed with kite gear on flights inbound to Cape Town this week, as the worlds kiteboarding elite arrive for the two-week event window for the 2016 Red Bull King of the Air.

The coolest kiteboarding video you'll ever watch.

Literally, three kiteboarders Richard Flindall, Andre Schlotz and Geza Scholtz embarked on a three week expedition to Greenland for Cabrinha, and they scored some incredible footage.

4 days of competition into 1 at the Lanncelin Ocean Classic!

It was worth the wait for competitors, who stuck out three days in the doldrums waiting for the perfect racing and surfing conditions. Lancelin turned it on for them though, and the event organizers did a stand-up job of fitting in four events to one day!

Pro's boost double-kite-high in Cape Town - King of the Air

The 'double-kite-high' boost has always been rumoured in kiteboarding circles, but never recorded until this week in Cape Town, SA, during training for the Red Bull King of the Air event.

Iconic watersports shop on the Sunshine Coast for Sale!

After 32 years in the business, the owner of KiteAction is looking to retire. Would you like to invest in the Kitesurfing industry?

Brisbane kiteboarding hits talkback radio.

Kim Mothershaw gets down to business with Jason from Brisbane longest running kite shop about the risk and reward associated with kiteboarding (or is it kitesurfing?)

Registrations for the Lancelin Ocean Classic now open

One of the most popular kitesurfing downwinders races in Australia is now ready for you

Ruben Lenten vows to go twice as high - Leaves Best

It's been three huge years for Ruben Lenten since he left his major, and long time sponsors Slingshot for Best kiteboarding. But today that relationship ended, with some exciting news from Lenten!