Summoning the gods
In the Philippines, it is said the breeze comes at the whim of the gods. The kitesurfers of Amanpulo await the coming of Amihan, the goddess of the northeast winds. In preparation, stretching readies the muscles for the physical demands of riding the board. Meditation melts away everyday stresses and opens the mind to the moment.
When the wind catches the kite and the board lifts from the surface of the water, the mind floods with exhilaration. There are few sports that combine this kind of adrenaline high with such a profound feeling of peace. Here, above the waves, the challenge is maintaining balance on the board while keeping control of the kite. Working in harmony with the wind demands considerable agility and great clarity of thought, but the rewards are unparalleled.