Posted by: viewfromtheriva | February 8, 2016

Kite surfing at Zjnan Beach!


up in the air, pulled by the kite and the fierce winds off Zjnan beach

Up in the air, pulled by the kite and the fierce winds off Zjnan beach

There’s been some pretty strong Buras the past few days–the gusty Dalmatian winter winds that sweep down over the mountains and blast their way to the sea.   Great weather for flying kites!

with the sun shining brightly and the winds at 20 knots or more, the sea was roiling with whitecaps but these daredevils couldn't get enough

With the sun shining brightly and the winds at 20 knots or more, the sea was roiling with whitecaps but these daredevils couldn’t get enough

As we walked along the beach, we saw the sky ahead filled with kites….and since we go kite flying every now and then, I thought it was locals taking advantage of the great wind to try out some cool-looking, hard-to-fly parabolics.

just look at the wake off their boards...these guys are really blasting their way through the waves!

just look at the wake off their boards…these guys are really blasting their way through the waves!

As we got close to where the action was we realized these were not just ordinary kites, but powerful chutes capable of lifting a surfer clear out of the water as well as pulling him along at what looked like an easy 40knots.  Getting up close it was really fascinating to see all the gear–high tech boots and boards, harnesses, wet suits, terrific parabolic sails!

hi-tech boots and board

hi-tech boots and board

There were at least a dozen guys going at it and watching them zoom out past the jetty and then cut back, catch a wave, pop up flying in the air and the hit the water perfectly was absolutely thrilling.

Ready for adventure

Although their wetsuits kept them toasty, Natasha and I were getting frosty, so we headed to the beachfront Cukarin cafe for some hot chocolate and yummy dessert.

Another small winter adventure here in Split!

Trio flying

 

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