Jaimie-Lee logs on for kite dream

ROCKHAMPTON'S Jaimie-Lee Smith is one kite surfing fanatic who means business.

Not only is this 14-year-old being swept up in the kite surfing craze, but she also has her own website at www.jaimie-lee.net and hopes to one day make this sport her career.

It's a pretty determined effort from someone who only started the sport in February, 2005 after watching some family friends in action at the Capricorn Coast.

So what is kite surfing?

"It's like wakeboarding, but instead of a boat pulling you there is a kite pulling you,'' she said.

"At first it was a bit hard to get the hang of, but it's like a big rush.

"It's hard getting used to controlling both the kite and the board.

"A couple of days last week were really fun.''

Even in good conditions JaimieLee set sail from Corio Bay to Yeppoon one day while mum, Julie, was driving along the coastline at 30kmh.

These kites cost about $1600 and the board is around $500. Not the cheapest sport going around, but that won't stop Jaimie-Lee who has been doing her own fundraising to get on the water for her first competition at Tannum Sands over the Easter weekend in the Coconet Classic.

Judges will not only be keeping a close eye on the action from the beach, but some also venture out onto the water ? at times unbeknown to the competitors.

So what will help Jaimie-Lee win the competition?

"The good moves at the moment are power moves ? wakeboarding tricks.''

The Tannum Sands competition runs from April 14 to 17 with junior, women's and men's divisions competing for $10,000 in prizemoney.

l If you have any interesting news items for the column email me at rachael.borich@capnews.com.au or call me on 4930?4261.

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