On the beach just in front of the cliffs at my destination, I saw a boat with someone splashing in the water with a big lens. I did a couple of laps in front of Rein’s camera, had a chill in the water and told him all about my flying fish metaphor, and after that I continued the trip towards the beach to make sure I still had enough time to reach the top of the volcano within the six-hour window.
We decided to take a quick ride with some available quads towards the volcano ridge and from that point a three-hour hike started. A magnificent scene started rising up in front of us and I could imagine how it must have looked when there was a massive volcano eruption happening. The insane force that nature displayed to create these mountains must have been incredible. The typical sulfur smell started penetrating our nostrils and we decided to pick up the pace to spend as little time as possible inhaling this rotten-egg smell! After an exciting and tiring mission of six hours we managed to get to the top of the volcano and ‘Mission Unknown’ was successful.
Now I’m back home in the Netherlands with lasting memories of an incredible trip. The kiting conditions in Cape Verde were absolutely mind-blowing – crystal-clear waters, perfect wind, and the most picturesque beaches you could imagine. But you know what? Coming back home hasn’t dampened my enthusiasm one bit. I’ve been fortunate enough to have fantastic summer temperatures and ideal conditions right here at home. So I’ve been making the most of it and hitting the water with my STOKE kite. I recently got my hands on the new Appletree Skipper board, and let me tell you, it’s a game-changer. The moment I hopped on it, I could feel the difference. The board’s smooth control and maneuverability allow me to effortlessly glide across the water.
And let’s not forget about the new Falcon board from Lieuwe! I’ve been having a blast pushing my limits and attempting all sorts of tricks and jumps. The freestyle board’s design is tailor-made for Big Air, but it definitely doesn’t stop my progress in freestyle, allowing me to experiment and hone my skills. With the summer season in full swing, I’m determined to keep riding these sweet conditions and make the most of what the Netherlands has to offer.
So here’s to an epic summer of kiting missions, both at home and abroad. Let’s keep the stoke alive and embrace every moment of this incredible sport!