Kitesurfing Mavericks

by Mark Lukach

Big wave surfing has become so ubiquitous that it is almost blase. We nonchalantly watch video clips of guys flying down the face of 50 foot waves, and then turn away to sip our coffee and go about our day. It’s kind of sad that we have de-mystified such an awe-inspiring feat.

Lest we forget, big wave riding is very, very dangerous. Sion Milosky drowned at Mavericks this winter, and he was a bonafide big-wave surfer.

And so into this arena we introduce kitesurfing on big waves. Jean-Marc Mommessin and Frederic Stemmelin strapped on their kiting gear, and about a dozen GoPro cameras each, and charged Mavericks on a day when the waves were around 20-25 feet. GoPro cameras are notorious for shrinking the size of waves, but you can still tell that these bombs are big.

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Sure, the video is a tad bit cheesy at times, but the stoke experienced from 1:56-2:10 is anything but cheesy…more like an exhilarating reminder of what these guys were out there doing.

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