Lots of Girls on the Beach”
There’s more to it, I think, but that quote from reigning world champion Johnny Heineken is not a bad start for explaining why kites are hot.
Heineken continues to dominate the course-racing scene with a combination of raw speed and the tactical smarts developed out of growing up racing dinghies and skiffs. How long can the man stay on top? It’s a young sport. The first course racing championships were held on San Francisco Bay, where the game was developed, and the first Worlds was held in 2009.
On to the Olympics? I wouldn’t bet against it.
Here’s a look at the just-wrapped Professional Kite Racing Association event at Playa del Carmen, Mexico: