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Here's a short video I just put together from the Bighorns here in Wyoming, USA. It was this last weekend. It’s a 3 minute Vimeo movie. I'll get some jibbing in the next videos with more snow. I'd really appreciate any leads on good music for videos...
We weren't sure if there'd even be snow because everyone was backing out of the weekend. Wayne and Pascal texted at 11pm Friday night before for a 5am start Saturday. I was digging my snowkiting crap out of the closet until 3 am.
We hit the road to get a beautiful sunset session. The funny part is how EPIC kiting can make 0-8" of snow. We knew the last storm blew N and NW so we had hopes for some wind loading on the SSE slope. Ultimately I like to think that it wasn’t pure luck and there was some calculation somewhere.
We used a Canon 60d DSLR camera and a GoPro2 for all the shots. I shot in 720 at 60fps even though vimeo uses 30fps. I’ve been practicing this summer and was really excited to test things out on the snow.
Anyways, I hope you like it and I hope they just get better from here. I’d appreciate a little feedback as well.
Cheers! -Will Taggart
The vid is awesome! I really like you smooth narrative approach in the last 2 videos. Keep the good stuff coming.
Sierra Snowkite Center
at Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge Ski Areas
Got that Warren Miller feel to it.
Benicia Kite and Paddle Sports
4562 East 2nd Street, Unit J & K
Benicia, CA 94510
"Snow quality is just a state of mind." Haha, try telling that to my poor snowboard base after an early season Boreal trip.
Loved the video though, great editing and so many beautiful shots in there. I'd agree that trusting your lines and non-paragliding setup at that height is crazy.
I'm gonna guess that you guys are paragliders that took up kiting. I see from the video that you use both SLE kites and paragliding kites. I think you can only use paragliding kites in thermals when there is little to no wind, so you must stay busy being able to do both. How come you use skis instead of snowboards, is that a personal preference or is that something to do with paragliding?
Which is more fun for you, paragliding or kiting?
Yeah, it's a little Warren Miller'ish, I agree. I don't really want to go for that necessarily, but I also want to ad a little adventure to the vid so there's entertainment value beyond the kiting itself.
Wayne and Pascal are Paragliders gon kiters, but I'm a kiter learning to Paraglide. I still prefer the kite. I really like the rigid fast wing while flying, and the fun of riding along behind a kite is just self explanatory.
I actually only ski for ease of access while filming. Stopping, starting and carrying gear is way easier on skiis. I'm actually a snowboarder. I hope to get you guys a nice film with some creative jibbing this year when we get some more snow.
As far as flying under those 4 thin lines, I agree it does seem questionable. We all keep our gear newish, and the kite I fly on has only been on snow. I inspect it regularly and know I'm taking a bit of a risk. However, since learing to Paraglide, I'm still more nervous of the inherent dangers of Paragliding. Perhaps because the internet is swamped with scarry paragliding accidents, where you can barely find video's of kiters dropping out of the sky. I can tell you this, Ozone does not approve of the flying on their kites. But like all new adventure sports, someone is bound to take risks to push the sport.
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