after an absolutely stellar day of kitesurfing the waves north of playa del carmen yesterday in 20-30 knot storm winds we arrived this morning to VERY unstable conditions (and great waves) evidenced by no less than 4 separate water spouts or "mini tiphons" as local tequila master "Mike" was quick to point out in his charismatic "morning after" slur.
At one point it DID appear as if we were watching the famed bermuda triangle with three whirlwinds reaching skywards and mixing into one nasty funnel! As Mike said.."mira la gravidad.." jejejeeje
the Pool sign was just a shot I had in my phone camera memory that I wanted to share...nice spelling!!
VERY GLAD I didnt have my kite in the air when these puppies formed up and passed by. Have a safe kiting season everyone!!
Organizers were plagued by lite wind once again this year but we got a chance to take some interesting footage of the beach and the party from KITE CAM view, 25 meters up. Yours truly was acting only as technition on this day as I was too lazy to pump up MY kite! Mr. Nick Touissant, visiting from his home in Italy, was kind enough to let us strap the camera to his 13 meter Ozone kite.
Nice colors of the ocean and interesting footage of many kites in the air at the same time.
Music by MONTE BONG..a Guadalajara based reggae/ska band.
Still had tons of video from my FIRST attempts at filming with the GOPRO HD this Dec/January while kitesurfing at the lagoon of Isla Blanca which is just north of the city of Cancun, Mexico.
The trouble with filming using the line-mount and the Kite-mounted camera is that the image is nearly always rotated 90 degrees. As a result, editing the footage is much more time consuming because of the need to apply a "rotation filter" to the takes. Complicating matters further is the fact that we are always changing direction so I have to apply various rotation filters to each section! Not for the faint of heart..but this vid came out pretty good. I decided to go with some OLD favorite tunes this time...hope you enjoy it!
Sunday, the second day of this fabulous north front, saw sunny skies and 18-22 knots. This video includes a LITTLE of the previous day (white kite, grey skies) but mostly midday to sunset footage riding the 9mt Wainman and my trusty OR Zen board. Some video was again lost to the GOPRO housing condensation problem.
This past sat and sunday we had a good old fashioned rip snortin cold assed cloudy North wind which averaged 25-32 knots. SUnday had clearer skies and less rain so most of the footage is from that day. The helmet cam only fogged up a few times due to the lack of strong sun (good thing) but the mount was a bit loose and sometimes the camera angle changes abruptly when landing from high jumps etc.
I neglected to bring the GPS on this weekend to measure my speed runs but im sure that I was topping out around 58-60 km/hr in the flats. CUTTING BUTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!