We feature Ian in issue #73 in ‘Sessions’ after he kitesurfed for over 1,300 kilometres along the northwest coast of Western Australia to raise funds for SoldierOn.org.au – an independent organisation that gives aid to physically and psychologically wounded men and women of the Australian Defence Force. Supported by a small but passionate mobile land crew, Ian, 54, managed to raise over AUD$22,000 from donations made for this huge kitesurfing challenge.
In the account of his story in Kiteworld he talks about having his harness fail about 15 – 20 kilometres north of Gnaraloo and his kite bar ripped out of his hands about 500 metres offshore. He managed to launch the kite again unhooked and holding the chicken-loop with one hand and turning with the other. He limped another 10 – 15 kilometres until he saw a flash on the beach which thought was his support crew but it wasn’t. He didn’t see his crew until the next morning, but he did find a guy called Joey from Adelaide who was camping on the beach by himself until some of his own friends arrived a few days later. In the middle of nowhere, Joey shared ‘a very nice drop of red and some food’ with Ian and they chatted under the stars and in front of a roaring fire, united as adventurers. Joey had a spare swag which he offered Ian to sleep on, Ian added his 19 metre Flysurfer as a duvet and had a very comfortable night’s sleep.
Joey has just sent these images which weren’t quite in time for the magazine, but give you the idea here of the scale of his adventure. Good on ya fellas. Find Joey at: www.bikesa.asn.au/
Ian’s charity fundraising page is still open. Support him and the many soldiers recovering from injury at war here: Soldier On Give Easy