Dispatches

Free Like the Wind

White bears fly 

Feeling the wind blowing across our faces reminds us of its power, our attempts to control it, and how it drifts away and leaves everything behind. The colours and flaps of the kite seem to billow like clouds in the sky, against the backdrop of a stunning sun, capturing the power of the wind. We are literally being pulled toward adventure!

This is kite boarding, where that thing you did as a child—running across the field trying to keep a kite in the sky!—is suddenly the coolest thing to do as an adult.

Except this time you’re on boards in the water, as a flapping sky-high kite (hopefully!) is pulling you across the surface. Think of it as a winter sport, of having a slick pair of skis under your feet, sliding across a surface at 100 kilometres per hour. You have to come to Newfoundland and Labrador to discover just how powerful the wind can be, and just how much fun it is to embrace it! Just ask White Bear Adventures in Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador.

Sept. 13, 2012, 6:44 p.m.