Warp Speed Riding and Inter Galactic Boosting
Since 2010, Ryan Coote has been riding the Ozone Edge in one of the most extreme places to kiteboard on earth. Combine the freezing temperatures of Ireland with the the regular 40+ knot winds, plus the added power of particularly dense air, and you get the perfect storm for big boosting. All you need is a kite that can keep up, and maybe a wetsuit. Or three. It's almost zero degrees Celsius in this vid!
High aspect ratio kites like the Edge are built for the purpose, and with some skills we're seeing kites lift riders 18+ meters high with only 25 knots of wind. Coote certainly has skills, he runs a kite school in Ireland throughout their season, and when he's not in instructor mode he's out in the waves. When the storms hit however, like this day, with 45 knots, offshore wind and huge wave to use as ramps - it's boosting time. For the spectators on the beach, it looks incredible; for the riders floating up that high, it's even better.
At a time in the sport where it's all hydrofoils and freestyle, it sure is great to see someone's out there sending their kite. Especially when they're out in such harsh conditions. Watch the clip below of Ryan Coote, boosting to the moon on his little Ozone Edge.
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