It’s common knowledge that over the last few years I have been suffering chronic, and often acute, depression. It’s a difficult thing to bear; sometimes near impossible. Yet, perversely, there are compensations (for me at least), which have managed to keep me sane during the hardest times.
Part of my pathology is that I’m relentlessly driven to find things to occupy my time and mind; leaving little or no space left for brooding.
This film, in much the same way as my kite-making films, brings together two things which still stir passion in my heart; even in the depths of the blackest depression: kiting and film making.
This year was my first trip to the North American Buggy eXpo (NABX), widely regarded as the best kiting event on Earth. Whilst there I met and got to know a great many good people, and made some very dear friends. Friends who still want to know me, even during my darkest moments.
Next year NABX is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, and Flexifoil, one of the major sponsors, will be marking their 40th Anniversary at the event. It promises to be a very special few days indeed.
If you are a die-hard kiter, or brand new to the sport, a trip to NABX has to be on your list of events to go to before you die; it really is THAT good.
The music in this edit is Spanish Fly [Flamenco Dub, Pt.1], from the album Sub Conscious, by Phutureprimitive. It’s one of those tracks that I love so much that I often set it on repeat, and leave it running all day.
$10 buys you an absolute gem of an album; go on, treat yourself: http://phutureprimitive.bandcamp.com/album/sub-conscious