Pismo Beach Kite Expo 2016

What a wonderful weekend we had celebrating the life of our friend Kinsley ThomasWong at the Pismo Beach Kite Expo! We couldn’t have asked for better conditions with Friday starting out sunny with nuking winds around 25 knots.

Day 2 brought us a bit lighter winds 15-20 knots but it was perfect as we were able to demo ALL of our Best kites from sizes 5m through 17m in the Roca, Cabo, TS and GP!

We had over 160 people sign up for demos for the weekend making it a record turnout for a great event put on by The Kiteboarder Magazine and Xtremebigair.com.

It was great to see familiar faces and meet new ones as people came from all over the US for the best kite testing expo in the USA. The Roca was a crowd favorite as they never touched the sand handing it off to each person waiting to take it for a ride.

Best rider Sam Medysky flew in from Canada for the event and joined West coast team riders James Ropner, Fritz Otiker, DJ Guacamole and Jack Brown as they stoked out the riders getting them on the water and also put on a show for the audience.

James actually learned kiting from Kinsley back in the day and rode his local spot wowing the crowd with strapless airs like no others on the water. DJ Guacamole took top honors in the Woo big air contest with 12.3m on his 12m TS!

We even had a surprise drop in with Joe Ruscito showing up on the final day with his girlfriend Devon as they just happened to be at the right place at the right time after riding their bicycles across country from Florida to San Diego. Now they are on their way from Mexico to Alaska!

It was nice to spend time with friends and share stories about how we all need to #livelikekinsley and live life to its fullest every day. The vibe this past weekend definitely proved this and it was very touching to be around all that loved Kinsley. Kinsley always had something to give to everyone, whether it was a good deal on some gear or just blessing them with his infectious smile. :)

On the final day, the wind disappeared and turned out to be a perfect beach day as the day started with a memorial and paddle out for Kinsley. We are all better people for having someone like him in our lives.

Thanks to all that joined us and see you on the water! Ride with Us and #livelikekinsley!

RIP Kinsley Thomaswong 1967 - 2016