Post general kiteboarding discussion topics here!
Lots of Bay Area kiteboarders work in high tech, but we usually talk about kite-related stuff while hanging around on the beach waiting for wind, and our "other life" often stays hidden. I thought it would be nice if we made ourselves known to each other--it could be a great networking tool, especially for people like me who are looking for work (hint, hint). Or, it just might be fun to find out that kiting buddy you've casually chatted with over the last couple of years at Third Ave. shares your passion for C++ or new startups.
So here's your chance to briefly describe what you do, and include your company Web site, personal Web site, and/or other relevant links like your LinkedIn profile. (If you haven't tried LinkedIn yet, check it out--among other things, it's an easy way for us all to share info and stay connected in addition to BAK). Keeping in mind that this is a kiteboarding forum, include a favorite kiting tip.
Okay, here's me:
Technical Writer / Documentation Manager / Author
Other skills: Web design, C++, Java, quality assurance, project management, teaching/training
Other interests: Music (play the saxophone and keyboards, home software-based recording studio w/ Sonar X2, Reason et al.)
Some companies I've worked for: IBM, Wells Fargo Bank, Autodesk, Broderbund, Adobe/Scene7, Lyris, Passport Music Software
Learn more here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/tieto/
You can find me at: Toll Plaza, Berkeley, Race Track, Alameda, Marina Bay.
My kiting tip: This is about jumping. I notice that a lot of people crash land when they jump. I found that the key to avoiding this (after I did a lot of crashing) is: don't oversend your kite, and keep it overhead as much as you can while descending. Your kite should be like a parachute on the way down. It's easier to oversend when the wind is light, so jumping really works best when you're reasonably powered.
I'm passing your info on to my employer, seems like you could be a good fit for helping our corporate office out with building training manuals and perhaps setting up some sharepoint or similar services for clients. They need a lot of help and I'm in the field so I can't do it.
Senior Software Engineer @ Zynga
Also worked for: Blizzard, Electronic Arts
Other Interests: Snowboarding/splitboarding, games
Spots: 3rd ave, Coyote, Crissy
Tip: Always bring a kite repair kit and backup hardware for your board when travelling. I lost a screw in Brazil (Jeri) and had to pay $20 for a replacement.
Co-founded by people who co-founded Sun and gave Google their first angel money.
I am developer there and we are actively hiring
Recommending my customers which one of your high-tech solutions they should buy and negotiating deals on their behalf.
My kite tip: Always bring your quiver, you never know how the wind will be when you get there.
Just when you thought the only time you were gonna get snaked by Ron was on a Sunday at Waddell he chicken jibes you Monday morning on that big deal that you were riding in way from the outside just as it's about to peak - Ouch!
That would be great--thanks, jwest!
Good tip. You might want to include, of all things, zip ties. I was riding at Alameda on Saturday and all of a sudden one of my footstraps started flopping around. Seems that the metal ring that held it in place rusted, disintegrated, and fell off. End of session. I've since inserted a couple of zip ties which seem to be holding up nicely. If I'd had them with me I could've done a quick repair and kept riding.
Hello my name is Sloughslut, Drinking is my job but kiting is my hobbie if anyone has any money they dont need i will take it.
Riding used and closeout kites and boards from e-bay,craigslist,ikitesurf, and local surf shops.