Kiteboarding for a Marine Reserves

by Guest Blogger

January 8, 2009

My name is Wells Preston, and I am guest blogging for Greenpeace as part of the Kiteboarding for Marine Reserves tour. We’re a group of kiteboarders whose goal is to raise awareness for the plight of our oceans through our unique and exciting sport. After a Collegiate Kiteboarding Association (CKA) event this weekend in Lauderdale by the Sea, the four riders, Alex Moore, Tripp Hobbs, Matt Sexton, and Chase Kosterlitz are attempting to kite the entire east coast of Florida in different segments, with a goal of breaking the world record for distance kiteboarding. Learn more about the tour.

After spending sunset re-packing the truck at the cable park in Fort Myers, we arrived in Fort Lauderdale well after dark. Alex, Tripp, Matt and I wandered into our home for the weekend. It was easy enough to find, even at night, with two large rescue boats nestled in the driveway of the hostel. Inside we met Phil Kline. I recognized his distinctive voice from dozens of conference calls and voicemails. He’d assembled a team of eight Greenpeace activists to run support for the kiteboarding record, safari, and the CKA event this weekend. They drove down from D.C., and suffered through a 7-hour breakdown in their own backyard of Richmond, VA. An axle on the trailer hauling Billy Greene (their 27.2 foot rescue boat) snapped in a mix of smoke, steel and highway friendliness. Phil introduced us to his team, who’d scattered themselves around the pool, enjoying the warm Florida night: There’s John, the captain of the crew, Brent their chief engineer who operates the boats and maintains the engines, Kate, another boat driver, Rachel, who works in the warehouse in D.C., Lauren, a volunteer, who came from a direct action seminar in Indian Town, FL. and Amanda, who runs logistical support for Greenpeace events like this and larger. Much larger. The amount of effort that has gone into this awareness campaign from Greenpeace is staggering.

Wells Preston
Guest blogger for Greenpeace
Kiteboarding for Marine Reserves Tour 

 

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