6 lessons learned from Photographing a kite-surfer! / by Amr Tahtawi

Spent a day with Omar Darwish, at the blue lagoon, Dahab, Egypt. A 29 years old passionate Egyptian Advanced Kitesurfer with his Light weight gear easily fit for travel and nothing on his mind but to have a great weekend.

As well as capturing some awesome Extreme action shots, Omar was kind enough to answer my photo interview with him. We talked about how long he has been surfing, gave me some great advice about getting started, locations and shared fun stories!

So let me share my reflections of that day spent by and in the lagoon with a talented Kite surfer in 6 things i've learned

1- EGYPT IS A KITESURFER HEAVEN!

Egypt is definitely one of the best places on earth to kite surf. Why? It's full of virgin spots not yet discovered and even the known one stays spacious and clean that makes you feel you own the spot.

Some of the kitesurfing spots in Egypt :

  1. Abu Soma Bay Lagoon chosen for the first World Championship in Kitesurfing (PKRA) held in Egypt.
  2. Blue Lagoon - Dahab ( Photographed here )
  3. Safaga the “birthplace” of kitesurfing in Egypt.
  4. The Island (Ras Sudr)
  5. El Gouna
  6. Hamata - Marsa Allam
  7. Zaafarana
  8. Wadi Lahami Lagoon

2- KITESURFING IS ALL EXTREME BODY WORK

Kite Surfing is a sport combining Wake boarding, Windsurfing, Surfing, Paragliding, so it's a total workout that can replace the Gym into 1 Extreme sport. That's not just physically challenging, it's mentally stretching and fun.

3- ORIGINAL HIGHS ARE RELATIVE!

We all have that thing that takes us to cloud no.9. For some its Music, others writing, eating, Traveling....etc but i never imagined that Waves and Wind riding is an ultimate High, that all kite surfers enjoy and after all Beauty is in the eye of the 'surfer'. Watching kite surfers alone is such a fun experience and shooting the soul of the sport was very rewarding.

4- KITESURFING IS EASY TO LEARN! 

Learning kitesurfing is pretty easy, It usually takes about a week. BUT! After mastering the basics it takes practice, practice, and more practice. Kitesurfing is not as hard as it looks. Don’t be disheartened!

5- PROTECT YOUR TIME MACHINE

Your camera is your time machine, respect it, protect it. As simple and silly as that. You must use water proof case for your gear. I actually didn't practice this preaching but getting away with jumping in water with my gear will never happen again!

6- EXTREME SPORT = EXTREME EFFORT

Photographing an extreme sport was a very enlightening and physically challenging to jump in and out trying to avoid getting hit by the surf board while getting closer and closer for a special second in time, that can't be missed or fill the frame with action instead of shooting from afar.