Please introduce yourself as an enthusiastic wind-/kitesurfer in a few sentences.
I've been doing water sports for many, many years. I started out windsurfing on the St. Lawrence River in Quebec. Then I figured out that if I wanted to really windsurf, I needed wind. So I headed west to the Gorge, then to Maui, and eventually ended up in Vancouver. About nine years ago, I started kiteboarding too, thanks to some local sponsors convincing me. Now I do both. It's great to have two awesome sports like this available since conditions are so variable.
|:: Daniel ripping in the Gorge :: (c)image by Daniel O'Sullivan ::|
You are living in the metropolitan area of Vancouver. Please introduce your favorite local playgrounds and gang you are hanging out with.
Vancouver is a great ocean town and we live in Kitsilano, close to the beach and downtown. Just a quick trip to Squamish and I can get in a dual dose of kiting and windsurfing at The Spit, where most local riders play. On windy winter days, there's also Boundary Bay with long, shallow beaches and a great, laid-back crew. Also, I can head to Vancouver Island to kiteboard/windsurf along Dallas Road but mostly I go over there to surf. It's where I first learned to kiteboard nearly a decade ago. Even though I'm living in a city, I'm never that far from wind. And Hood River's just 7 hours away eh? Five on a good day.
|:: Daniel kitesurfing in Squamish B.C.:: (c)image by Jim Hegan ::|
You are both a windsurfing and kitesurfing addict. What is your favorite aspect of each sport ?
Windsurfing's challanging because there's a real technical aspect to it and I like the culture too. It's where I first started. Kiteboarding's easy and portable.
What boards and sails do you ride?
Naish all the way. They have my back for all my sports, from kiting and windsurfing to surfing.
|:: Daniel off the lip :: (c)image by Daniel O'Sullivan ::|
Your latest magic moment on the water?
There's been some nice, sunny spring days lately and it's been great to get into the water kiteboarding in English Bay, close to my house.
About your present life and your future?
Right now? I'm happy getting into the water as often as I can, pushing it and trying new things. Even if it hurts sometimes. he he In the future? A sailboat and no destination.
|:: Daniel, a true Naish fan :: (c)image by Jim Hegan ::|