amazing story in the SF Chronicle the other day about 3 local chargers who kite-boarded from the farallon islands to the san francisco bay.
let me repeat: KITE-BOARDED FROM THE FARALLON ISLANDS TO SF.
wow, that's a heavy feat.
for those of you not familiar with the farallon islands, they are a smallish archipelago about 30 miles west of the san francisco coast line (visible on a clear day).
but the distance traveled is not the most impressive part. nor is the fact that these three navigated the famously strong currents and unruly swells.
rather, the impressive part is that they made it past the sharks, baby, THE SHARKS.
that's right, the farallons are best known for the dense population of great whites that dwell in them thar parts.
think: shark week on the discovery channel. think: 20 foot, multi-ton eating machines who dine on the seal population but also will sample just about anything that crosses their path. think: every ocean goer's worst nightmare.
the three guys that made the trip were: Steve Gibson, Chip Wasson, and Jeff Kafka. clearly, they've got the free spirited essence of bojon in their blood.
when it was all said and done, the entire crossing took about 2 hours. however, it was likely the first leg of the journey in the shark zone that was the most intense.
commented agent Gibson: "My pucker factor, at the thought of sharks, was huge. But sharks can't fly, and kite-boarders can."
yeah, that's right. sharks can't fly, can they?
Posted by bojon at June 1, 2004 11:01 PM