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You know you're addicted to Kitesurfing when...

1) you relpace broken shoelaces, hang hammoks and clothes with the extra lengths of Qline you keep in the back of the car.
2) you develop a sudden affection for wind chimes and hang them strategically around your house so the different tones alert you to wind direction and speed.
3) above chimes awaken you at ungodly morning hours and you sprint to the beach without so much as a kiss to your girl or your morning coffee.
4) for the first time in your life you have a "six pack" of abs and very defined quadriceps.
5) stainless steel orings, snap shackles, and clam cleats are your idea of the "family jewels".
6) you can never have enough rope.
7) you carry a spare piece of leader line and, when bored at parties or on the plane or in line at the bank you practice all kinds of intricate knots
8) you have no less than 327 personal "wind meters" that you glance at every day on your commute. These include but are not limited to flags, trees, peeling billboard ads, etc etc.
9) every sunset session is a "religeous experience".
10) your local shoe-repair guy knows you on a first name basis and has operated on your harness 7 times in that many months and you have pretty much convinced HIM to go buy a kite.
11) you have devoloped intricate "systems" for everything from loading the car to laying your lines to cinching the harness to pulling out bladders and you mentally time yourself every run through so as to be a lean, mean, kiting machine and not lose one precious second of time on the water.
12) you are absolutely sure that you will be able to kitesurf until you are 83...and you'll be jumping higher each year.
13) you have reacurring fantasies of somehow becoming one of those lucky bastards that gets to ride all the prototype gear and go on all the photoshoots.
14) you find it VERY, VERY difficult to get psyched to go play raquetball or ride your bike or go scuba diving..."I mean, what if it starts to blow and I'm far from my kite!!??"
15) you're convinced that the human race has finally begun to evolve again and that WE are leading the pack!
16) work functions are distracting you from constantly watching tree tops to see how much wind there is even though you cant get to the beach.
17) Every sport you see is compared to kitesurfing.
18) You argue with non-kitesurfing friends that kitesurfing is better then everything.
19) You try so hard to get friends invovled, but when it comes down to it, it costs so much and they dont understand that spending $2000 bucks will re-define fun in their life...and you still can't believe that a few, although are just as fit as you, have no interest whatsoever in kitesurfing. They would rather spend all there money on junk.
20) When you have no wind or are bored, you will sit down and study kitesurfing movies. But when non kitesurfing friends come around they can't watch it for 5 seconds and you can't understand why...maybe they are jealous?
21) Your living space is shrinking due to the pile of gear in the middle of your house where the TV, VCR, dinner table and couch used to be before selling them to buy another kite.
22) Your control bar is used for hanging coats - when you're not hanging from it...
23) You have a massive stupid grin on your face whilst hosing the kite down with water in the garden after an epic session.
24) Afterwards you think a clean kite sat in your garden drying off is a beautiful sight, while you're girlfriend thinks you've lost yourmarbles and wished you treated everything else in the house with the same care and attention - especially her.
25) Your kite buddies have replaced your lifelong high-school/college buddies.
26) You find yourself daydreaming about kitesurfing at all hours of the day
27) You}ve only stayed at home for 3 weekends in a 5 month period, 2 of which were because of weddings or birthday parties.
28) You are constantly trying to figure out the windspeed in anything you see, movies, magazines, "wild on" shows in Belize, pictures. Saying, "look, there's wind when this was filmed". Your girlfriend gives you weird looks.
29) You are constantly asking friends who went to beaches etc, who don't kitesurf, if it was windy when you weren}t there because you wanted desperately to know if you've missed any kitesurfing...
30) Have replaced dreaming of hot blondes, to landing quadruple back rolls in Hawaii.
31) Add up what you have spent on kitegear over the years to find out you could have bought a car already.
32) Everyone close to you reports how the wind was where they were automatically, you don}t even have to ask them anymore.
33) you have gotten at least 2 buddies on to the sport, your brother, parents or cousins...
34) your grandma knows that scattered whitecaps begin to form at 8 knots.
35) you don't get along with pelicans anymore because they have an uncanny knack for pooping on your kite...
36) you have an epic love/hate relationship with the god of wind and have considered making sacrifices
37) If the wind is blowing you can work miracles on broken equipment with chewing gum, duck tape, extra 600 lb Qline and zip ties.
38) You carry a 30 lb. bag of line and rope spools, rings, shackles, leader line, everywhere you go.
39) when you won't make plans to do ANYTHING else because it MIGHT be windy...!
40) When not at the beach you find yourself looking at windcharts like ten of them - then when you're done about five minutes later you're back in there just to see if the wind change a knot.
41) you constanly check 20+ websites and forums just to get the latest scoop on equipment, new video downloads and pictures or just to hear some guy on the other side of the world flew into a tree and broke his back. reply to everything that gives you a kick and if not finding a reason to reply even though you have know idea whats going on. Then when all else fails making up posts so when you return to check it in 5 minutes to see if someone has replied.
42) you dream about kitesurfing and wake up drooling.
43) when you're on a crowded beach on a hot sunny day and eveyone else is looking at half-naked girls on the beach but you're too busy looking at the lovely white caps in the water.....
44) your girlfriend has to sit in the back seat when driving because your board is on the passenger seat that's reclined - and they both can't fit in the front
45) Every roadtrip you take you are spying for new kitesurf spots relatively close to home: lakes, rivers, open fields for kitesnowboarding or mountainboarding in the winter
46) You take your gear with you on every romantic vacation or getaway (if your girl hasn't left you by now)
47) You have bought a couple women's wetsuits so your girlfriend has no excuse not to try it
48) You have asked all your friends to see if their grandma has a sewing machine
49) You would rule if Jeopardy ever had a category for "sailmakers supply"
50) Your browswer's "favorites" are filled with pages of endless windmeter links and kitesurfing sites.




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