Kite Surfing Tasmanian Style

On the weekend we went camping at Stanley. It is one of our favorite long weekend getaway locations, it is close to home and has so much to do.

One morning we got a call to go wait down by the Stanley abalone ponds from our friends who were coming down the coast kite surfing. I put the big lens on the camera and went to brave the massive winds. Looking through the lens my eyes were watering from the extreme wind blast. I did not envy those in the freezing water. I only got to snap these two kite surfers before the little girl chucked it and we headed back to camp. I so wish I had been there to catch the others coming in.
It was amazing to watch, I could have stayed there taking snaps all day. They were achieving meters of air under their kites, I could not take enough snaps.

There is something that bothers me about Tasmania, I don't understand why the tourism industry isn't going nuts with attracting extreme sporting experiences in the same way New Zealand capitalises on theirs. We live in the rugged state of Tasmania and we should be using that to our advantage. Any one that has been down the west coast knows that it feels like you are living on the edge of the world and experiencing Tasmania in all its raw glory.

We have plenty of gorges that could be turned into bungee jumps, we have fantastic rivers for white water rafting, we have huge surf and when the wind is blowing the wrong way for surfing you go kite surfing. Tasmania is perfect for extreme sports, someone needs to look into this.

Hopefully next time I get to photograph all of the kite surfers coming in - but I tell you now - you will never catch me in that freezing water a stone throw away from Antarctica. Hell-to-the-NO!! I'll leave that one to the boys and stay on the bank taking the photos thankyou very much.

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.