Whilst I was busy taking a few dozens of photos a few weeks ago in the Badia de Pollença of kiteboarders and youngsters enjoying their acrobatics, one of the Hybrid Bow Kites nearly knocked me on the head. The wind has an incredible force when it comes to it. I suppose that’s half the point of engaging in this kind of activity. But, better know the perils. The dangers one subjects oneself to in the pursuit of daily photo blogging are quite widespread, really. Well, I am glad to say that I had a narrow escape from a brush with the Grim Reaper. Sadly, I can’t show you the best photo of the day because some fluff had got into my camera and onto the CCD screen. My camera is being service cleaned at the moment. I hope I’ll get it back soon.
On the subject of kiteboarding (or kitesurfing) as a sport activity, I was quite surprised to be told that a decent inflatable kite can easily set you back to the tune of 800 € or more. That’s without the board (another 500 €), the control bar and lines (another 200 €), the kite bag (another 100 €), the pump (150 €) or the straps and pads (40 €). I understand that a complete set of kiteboarding equipment can cost you about 2,000 €. The neoprene dry suit would be an optional extra. Surf classes are being offered at 35 € per hour or at 200 € for a complete course, here in Mallorca. I would suggest you also consider taking out some insurance, just to be on the safe side.
The photo (top) was taken between Alcúdia and Port de Pollença, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: June 26th, 2011. The time was 18:30:49. The photo (bottom) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of edmkpollensa.com.