I asked to Slingshot to send some team
that SS will send Christiaan.@He also sent e-mail to Christiaan
Hey Jeff!! Maybe Ifm 1.5times bigger than Christiaan but not like 3times.
We had struggle for find cheaper airplane tickets
for him anyway I have to pay whole trip therefore I need it.(Sales
I arrived to Okinawa A.P. a little earlier
I came back to A.P. again after picking up a rented car. He was late to receive luggeges as usual but we both found each other through A.P. window. We always have a little anxious for arriving at foreign countries especial almost nobody speaks our own language or English. I see team riders sometime look a little worry in case nobody shows up at Japanese A.P. Ifm here.
We were in
After we set up boards at the beach we went
to have dinner together. It was the first time for Christiaan
to use chopsticks. Food of
He tried everything even Awamori(Strong Okinawa Sake). Normally he doesnft drink any liquor at all just drink Coca-cola.
After this night his food problem started. He was shocked to see people eat rice in the morning. He was shocked to see people eat fermented soy bean(Natto) and Sea Weed(Nori).Hey Christiaan, you have been eating fermented milk(Yogurt) every day with serials too.
We had a practice on 18th and had competition on 19 to 20th.He and 4 Japanese national team riders showed their best tricks at demo.
We had two parties between this competition. He was shocked again because Japanese competition party is not dancing and music. Mostly those are dinking parties. After party people go Karaoke(singing room) mostly.
He was shocked because he thought Karaoke is not suppose to be sing in small Karaoke room. It had to be in front of other audience at restaurant. Christiaan, this is original one though!!
After this event we flew from
hHappy with Taco-ricehat Oinawa Air port.
We just stayed one night at my house then we moved to near by new Naogya airport.We visit another national SS team riders Mori-kunfs shop Air Junk. Unfortunately no wind condition and all people there had flu. We planed to stay Mori-kunfs beach shop but we escaped there because we are scared to catch flu. Japanese people wear masks if they had cold or flu. Christiaan thought strange.
Next day we and Air Junk clew moved to world famous windy Omaezaki.FUEL5 was not arrived this moment Christiaan ride by Fuel7 but it was totally over powered. We moved to East 20min.It was less wind but still good for 5m kite. Nearly 10 people ride together. Christiaanwas still over powered to show handle passes or kite loops.
Next morning we moved from
Next morning, we were totally new men. We
start to drive to
Next day we woke up early in the morning I jump on to Christiaanfs Futon to make him wake up. Poor Christiaan couldnft eat breakfast because totally Japanese traditional break fast which is Rice, Sea weed (Ifve been saying this. Thatfs why Christiaan doesnft eat it. Itfs dried laver.) and fish. He ate yogurt and serials as same as every day. After set up tents and had competition meeting. Itfs start browing. Christiaan looks a little worry because this is his first time on snowkiting. Every body expected him to super well. He went to virgin snow.
Snow –shoes are worked great for set up lines. Photographer Endo-san didnft wear it at first point. May be he lost 5kg of his weight. He used later on then he says what was effort before wear these. He loved so much so he took this shot.
Tomaru-kun & Christiaan
Tomaru-kun(Kite Club owner) came from
Wind keeps good. I couldnft stand without kiting. I took new Machine 17.5 and join with their sessions. I made this competition as self judging system which is every competitor and audience vote one who is best of all day of sessions with comment. One reason to take this method is I want to kite together. Judges doesnft need to be stuck in this cold weather all day in the tent.
Here I am (^^)
After this we had First Aid training about an hour. I was
a instructor.(Ifm teaching for
Next day, Wind was very strong. We couldnft stand tent properly.
After wind get less strong. We had more sessions.
Wind stopped during . Christiaan kept digging hole. He and kids kept digging since first day of competition. They made 3 big holes and connected together. They use plastic sled and send somebody down then crashed in there.
Wind didnft pick up again. We start prizing earlier than we scheduled.
We drove back to my house. Next day, we went to museum of
my town. I show him the story of a Duch engineer
stayed at my town. Christiaan could read his diary
and understood more. That engineer is father of
We went to famous Zen temple gEiheijih. They have special course for tourist to experience a day as a monk. I asked him to be in there but Christiaan scared to in.
I tried to wear shinier clothing than Christiaan. Anyway those are out trend or too far front of trend.
with my wife.
After sight seeing days we back to work which is visiting
shops. One day before he leave from
Before next time you come, practice more Japanese food. Youfll enjoy more.