Not your average Aunt, Not your average Sister!

by Kitchen Ladies

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For our Wednesday Lifestyle post we really wanted to introduce you to Kim’s Sister, our Aunt Cynthia. Not only is she an incredibly talented kitesurfer and artist but she is probably one of the funniest people you’ll ever meet! We asked her to write something up about her love of kitesurfing as she is one unique woman who has chosen to live the life she loves not a life dictated by others. Here is what she had to say:

“Kitesurfing is more then just a sport. It is a passion that more often then not becomes an addiction that ultimately governs a lifestyle. Fortunately it is a healthily one, since it requires strength, athleticism and finesse. Kitesurfing can also alter our perceptions about what is important, as I have often found myself marooned on a remote beach, with no 21st century comforts (water, electricity, or internet) for weeks on end just because the wind and waves were epic.

As a kid, I had always dreamt of flying. Like others with the same fantasy, I was often found leaping off tall structures with an umbrella or an outstretched garbage bag. In college, I ramped my quest up a notch by sojourning to the French Alps to master the art of hang gliding. After a month of jumping off higher and higher peaks, I thought that I had finally quieted my inner seagull, but then came along the sport of kitesurfing.

From the moment I first saw someone soaring with a kite, I was a manic mess. I would stop at nothing until I too could be yanking myself above the sea. This was back in 1999, and since then the changes to my life have been huge. Once a professional Creative Director receiving accolades for logos and campaign designs, in Aspen Colorado, I am now a professional Kitesurfer, living most of the year in a third world country. No more custom, alligator, cowboy boots for me it’s all about the rags and swag now.

Earning only the checks from podiums, and the deals from my sponsors. I have no 401K, and have no idea how broken my body will be by the time I am 60, but for today, at 51 years of age, I am living my little girl dream. Flying over the sea by the strings of the most amazing sport to ever have been invented!

Go fly a kite!”

Close up Cynthia/The Kiteboarder.com

California Tripping – video

Into The Dust – video

More of Cynthia’s videos

CynbadPhoto credit Ellen AtkinPhoto credits : Kent Forrest and Ellen Atkin