If you think about kitesurfing trips in terms of a distinct, temporal window of time that we humans arbitrarily place around a location and a fateful set of conditions, then let it be said that we landed on the Hebrides islands three days entirely too early.

From the maps we studied in advance, we saw many bays and beaches that offered the potential of great kitesurfing spots with almost any wind orientation. Yet in our explorations of Harris, the southern portion of the rocky landmass, we encountered relentless rain and miles of barbed wire with little public access. However, towards the north, in Lewis, we discovered empty reef breaks and perfect flat water lagoons and it is there, after three days of failure, that our trip truly began.

Tkb’s fall 2018 digital issue is available now. The print issue will be landing in mailboxes soon!