These Things I Know
ONE - Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
TWO - The second rule is you do not talk about Fight Club.
THREE - The smartest woman in the world is your mum.
FOUR - You don’t need a wind meter, it’s either windy or not. FACT: When you are standing on the beach holding that meter into the wind, there are people making fun of you.
FIVE - Everyone dies, not everyone lives.
SIX - Technology will be the downfall of Man. At least that’s what my robot whispers to me every night before I go to bed.
SEVEN - Love is not only the single most important thing in life, it is the meaning of life. However, 42 is also a correct answer to the meaning of life.
EIGHT - Wookiees come from the planet Kashyyyk. It's not wise to upset a Wookiee; they’ve been known to pull people's arms out of their sockets when they lose.
NINE - I can guarantee three things when it comes to wind. It will either pick up, drop off or just stay the same.
TEN - Unknown fact: The Ripstop material used to make the kite canopy is actually a byproduct of Soylent Green.
ELEVEN - Handle placement in relevance to your hips is the key to everything in kiteboarding, from efficiency, speed and height to tricks.
TWELVE - Movies are always better than the books.
THIRTEEN - The end of the world is near; just an estimated 13 billion years away.
FOURTEEN - Everyone should listen to Black Sabbath.
FIFTEEN - I didn’t invent the high five, but I’m sure as shit doing my Best to bring it back...
SIXTEEN - Everything you read in kitesurfing magazines is true, especially on this page.
Already a two-time wakeboarding champion, AWWA hall of fame member and inventor of the S-bend, Shannon Best was introduced to kiting in 1995, but didn't actually pick up kitesurfing seriously until 1998. Revered for his powerful wake-style riding from day one Shannon created and coedited Kiteboarding 101 and 201, a wake-style instructional DVD series with Tronolone Productions. He became the namesake of Best Kiteboarding when the company launched in 2004, although his business card reads 'Janitor'. 'Still too young to know any better' he is currently working on setting up a wakeboarding company and spends most of his time in Florida when not travelling
Find more on Shannon at: www.bestkiteboarding.com
This feature is in Issue 46