Every two weeks or so I have to sit down for many hours and craft a story of our most recent adventure. Sometimes they write themselves, other times they are a real grind. Jody (our photographer and my partner) has to spend hours getting all the photos ready. After over a decade of traveling the world by sail seeking out wind and waves we realized we’ve got a lot of information stored away that might be of interest to fellow adventure-seekers. But we don’t really have a place to easily share what we’ve learned. Well, we’re hoping this new blog is the answer. We’re going to try to make the blog informative, interesting, visually stunning, and our ultimate goal- to inspire and motivate people to get out there. Be it on water, in the air, or somewhere in between- it’s a great big wonderful world out there. So here we go, the top 10 places to kite that we’ve found on our world tour. Thus far 40,000 + miles, 40 countries, 131 locations, over 90 of them virgin.
We go as remote as you can in the northern Cook Islands- a place only a handful of boats have ever sailed
We can’t leave Huahine. And dammit we don’t want to! We picked up our skeleton crew, Richard and Paschi in Tahaa on day one with every plan of staying in the area, but by that evening (after a nice kite session of course), we were back in Huahine. Huahine has a tractor beam on Discovery that I’m happy to keep getting sucked back into. Richard and Paschi would be joining us for a week compliments of Best Kiteboarding as they won the sales competition this year (nice incentive Best!). Having just two people on board is kind of like a vacation for us and we’d make the most of it this week.
Nuking storm force winds bring a massive swell to polynesia and we are there to ride it with Clarissa Hempel on board
Paragliding, whale watching, kiteboarding and more in the remote Austral islands and on Huahine in the Societies
Kiteboarding with Humpbacks is pretty damn cool, especially in a place that well…maybe no one has before?
The prettiest island in the Pacific? It isn’t Bora Bora. Find out here where it really lies.
Mauricio Abreau, Josh Mulcoy, Clinton Bolton and Moehau Goold jump on board for a serious wave and wind romp through French Polynesia with John Bilderback and Jody MacDonald photography…
sharks attack in the tuamotus takes the amperage up a bit
This trip goes down as one, if not the finest expedition of my life. To qualify as an “expedition” it should have the following attributes: remote, rarely or never attempted, difficult, and requiring great planning and usually heroic effort. Having two amazing chefs and a luxury yacht probably removes ‘difficult’ from our list, but we topped the scales on remote and never attempted on this one, and if you add what our chefs went through to get food on this boat we definitely have heroic. Although swimming with dozens of sharks cannot be described as easy…