Everyone has their own judgment on this, but I know them, and they inspire me. They don’t go out, arrogantly, to defy Mother Nature. On the contrary, they are aware of their abilities and decide to ride just after having analyzed the weather conditions in detail. They share the session as a group to help and motivate each other. This is their way of getting out of the comfort zone and experiencing that adrenaline rush beloved of the BIG AIR practice.
They are both very experienced riders and have been practicing for years. But what really drove them to this discipline and to endure 40 knots wind all year round?
Jessy told me how his memory of the first jump, not even 50 cm, is still engraved in his mind. That feeling of flying is something that no sport had ever given him. So, he wanted more and more, until the BIG AIR became his favourite discipline.
Jojo, on the other hand, told me about the first time he attended the Mondial du Vent, a historic kite competition held in Leucate. The wind was so strong that it thrilled the windows of the houses, and there Jojo saw the best international riders get ready and compete in those apocalyptic conditions. “It was exceptional“.
For both of them kiting has become more than a passion, and they couldn’t imagine living in an area far from the spots. And even better, if this area was renowned for being one of the windiest in Europe.
However, the area of Leucate is not for everyone. You need to have a strong motivation and a spirit of adaptation that are out of the mentality of those who live in the comfort of a city.
And this is exactly the reflection that intrigues me the most: when I observe them, I understand how every difficulty and discomfort is irrelevant if compared to the freedom to develop its own passion.
The confirmation comes directly from Jessy‘s words: “I love that feeling when I see the sand flying and I tell myself, let’s do it. I feel free and it’s like time stands still. The only barrier is my brain and I try to knock down all the limits imposed by the fear and anguish that it causes me. The kite is my life, No Wind No Life“.
The wind as a way of life, which unconsciously influences the moods. “Actually, people change according to weather conditions, in the north it’ s the rain, here due to the wind” Jojo says. “when we undergo two weeks in a row at 40 knots people can become easily irritable, but for me it has become my daily life. I love to ride in a strong wind so big air is the discipline I prefer“.
Jojo and Jessy are therefore two kitesurfers who have found their place in a location dominated by an unstable but generous nature. Respecting it and observing it, they understand it and take full advantage of it.