|THE HOWLING WIND AND SEA WILL SET YOU FREE. Or at least it will provide a major distraction from everything else in your life as you seek to set sail in Howe Sound. But it’s not your typical sailing experience. No, this is a human-powered adventure. For this week’s outdoor excursion, I take you to arguably the best kiteboarding spot in Canada for a beginner lesson. PLACE: The Spit (CLICK FOR MAP) LOCATION: Squamish, BCHave suggestions for UNPLUGGED this fall? Tweet me @amberturnau.|
After a drive through the town of Squamish and out onto a winding logging road, I arrived at The Spit; greeted by the characteristic thermal winds what whip through the Howe Sound every summer. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the wind to reach 20 knots or more, which is like standing in a wind tunnel.
As the wind worked itself into a frenzy, creating a hectic and chaotic atmosphere, my first thought was: “Sweet baby Jesus, how am I going to learn how to kiteboard in this?”
But, it was Kite-0-ween, and boarders were out in costumes, hucking big air and having a blast. The vibe was light and fun and people weren’t taking things too seriously, so it helped calm my nerves a bit. But, only a bit…
I met up with my instructor from Vancouver Kiteboarding School who helped kit me out with my wetsuit, harness, helmet and booties. She gave me a run through of all the equipment and how it all worked as we set up our kite on the spit amidst dozens of kites.