Kitesurfing, kiteboarding shop & school. Lessons - Durban, PE, J-Bay, Cape Town
By Zach Buchan
The reality of the adventure is starting to dawn on me. I remember this feeling from before we went to the South Pole. Six months before you go (particularly if you’ve had a few toots) it’s pure excitement, but as you get closer (and minus the cabernet), some of the realities start hitting home.
No doubt, this will be exponentially more comfortable than the expedition in Antarctica, but there’s still quite a bit of concern. Topping this list is not being able to complete due to lack of wind or serious injury. I have such high expectations of the expedition and am so looking forward to it, that this would be a huge blow. I guess I need to let go. Chin up!
Most of the logistics and preparations have been sorted, thanks in particular to the fantastic team back at The Unlimited, my personal backup Taryn, Rossco and my old man. There’s actually a surprising amount to organise from tracking devices to immigration permissions to gear.
The tracking devices have been modified from the ones that are used to track raptors (this is quite appropriate as Ross’s chest hairs have gone grey, giving him the appearance of a fish eagle). Using these raptor trackers, you’ll be able to follow us in real time online. Very cool. Details to follow.
On immigration, we’ve been given special permission to check into Mozambique and then only check back into SA when we get to Richard’s bay. The most bizarre thing is that the officials seem more concerned about the safety and seaworthiness of our “vessels” than anything else (not sure what this has to do with immigration??). Go figure. Anyway, the whole thing is somewhat disappointing, as the thought of jumping the border carries a certain allure.
We undoubtedly have some of the best gear in the world. Having flown many different kites, we’ve settled on the Ozone Reo. They’re incredibly versatile, responsive and fun to fly. Sin, from Kitesports, who brings them in has been hugely supportive and has gotten right behind us on this adventure. Thanks Sin, Hansa is on me! (Thanks Hansa for the beer sponsorship!) More info on the kites.