On June 19, I literally strolled into a picture perfect kiting day on Sherman Island to participate in Kristin Boese’s KB4Girls event. It was my first time to drive out to Sherman Island, which is an hour away from the center of San Francisco. An easy drive on the weekend. Sunny with consistent wind conditions and the temperatures more forgiving than its counterparts in the San Francisco and the Bay Area. Sherman Island is located on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and is known for water sports.
Kiteboarding World Champion Kristin Boese and 35 women kiters at the KB4Girls event in Sherman Island
The KB4Girls event was equally enthralling as our backdrop. Kiteboarding World Champion Kristin Boese and pro-rider Sandy Parker opened the clinic with an IKO safety briefing followed by a demonstration of tricks on the water. Then they walked the participants through the maneuver specific key points before finally sending everybody out on the water to try these new moves themselves. Our group was divided into sub-groups based on level of experience and area of progression.
Women kiters on Sherman Island at the KB4Girls Event
Seeing 35 smiling women and their kites out in the water is such a breath of fresh air, when you’re used to seeing one or two others in the water. It was inspiring to hear what each participant had to share about their kiteboarding life and experience. One participant who is a mother noted how she was so “stoked to be in the event since having the baby it was not easy to simply get away and kite.”