// // Kitesurfing
This past Monday I had the day off from work. My roommates and I had planned on a chill day of kiting in the sound with some strong Northwest wind. Upon arriving at REAL I talked with Jason Slezak and he made me aware of the massive waves going off towards the south-side of the island. In my years of living on Hatteras Island I’ve learned a few life lessons… one of which is: “If Jason Slezak is excited about riding somewhere, you sure as hell better be with him!”. We loaded up REAL’s new “helicopter” van and caravanned to just south of Avon with Sam Bell, Brandon Scheid and Bryan Elkus in tow.
Upon arriving at the spot we realized we weren’t the only ones who knew about the waves. There was a crowd of about 15-20 other kiters congregating on the beach… a clue to how big the waves were, only one other rider was actually putting up a kite! Hatteras’ own Jay Crawford was pumping up his kite to join in on the mayhem!
Before Brandon and I could even fully comprehend how much water was moving, due to waves that were well over head-high and massive current, Sleezy was already done pumping up his new 2010 Havoc and ready to ride. Fifteen minutes later Sammy, Jason, Brandon and I were all jumping on our surfboards and hitting the water. The amount of time it took on our first marathon tack out allowed you to gauge the magnitude of the waves. As I rode out over the 13ft walls of water breaking on the outer sandbars I knew this was going to be an Epic session.