KITE BOARDING DEBUT: While Auckland hit record high winds and everyone was hiding, we did just the opposite...

Last weekend as all you Auckland folk were well aware, Auckland hit MASSIVE 100km/h + winds, and heck I did notice it while driving my little Swift across the Harbour Bridge as I felt I was going to be blown across the harbour.  None the less I thought it would be an intelligent idea to hit up the Devonport wharf with kiteboarding superstar Lukas Walton-Keim for a few shots in these rather ruthless conditions. 

Its harder than it looks but heck its a lot of fun. The sun came out to play setting behind the Harbour Bridge providing some treat shots. The riders move fast, really fast, no mucking around here! 

Armed with a couple of Canon Beasts: the 7D Mark II with the beauty 70-200m 2.8 IS II for that 1.6x crop (woo). And of course the baby 5D Mark III with a Tamron 24-70 VC 2.8 to get arty with. I got wet, very wet (started raining on us of course) plus the wind blowing the salt and sand into your face. All very well worth. (Remember to always wipe down your gear after the beach kids, and also dry it out, you can buy those sealed containers to suck the moisture out but I just chuck it laid out in the same room as a dehumidifier. Anyone else got any other cool ideas?).

Check out some images from below. Heap of fun doing this! This will be the first of many other flying humans on boards shots I will endeavour. Watch this space as we work on some other cool projects! Follow what Lukas is up to on his Instagram here @lukas_walton .