2 Kiteboarding Pros … 3 Legs … 1 Action-packed Sports Series on Discovery’s HD Theater
SEATTLE, Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — With the cable TV premiere of “Catchin’ Air,” it’s now possible for both kiteboarding fanatics and couch potatoes alike to experience the adrenaline rush of the sport – from the comfort of their couches.
Kiteboarding fuses wakeboarding, windsurfing, snowboarding, skateboarding and kite flying. Pilots use controllable power kites that pull and lift to propel their boards across both land and water. The show’s name comes from the phrase “catching air,” which originated with the concept of harnessing wind power to travel, without the use of machines – or in other words, a truly eco-friendly sport.
“Catchin’ Air” is the first to feature kiteboarding; the series follows a team of professional riders and support crew as they push the limits of the sport – and themselves. “It’s a very extreme sport,” said Travis Swanson, producer. “But the series is about the adventure behind the sport. That’s what really has captivated viewers.” Each show goes behind the scenes as riders pioneer new riding locations from the Florida Keys to Alaska.
Andy Hurdman and Sean Reyngoudt are the “star athletes” showcased in each episode. Both are pro kiteboarders and certified kiteboarding instructors. Hurdman also is a pro wakeboarder, surfer and skateboarder. Reyngoudt is a wakeboarder, too. Oh, and he’s also an amputee, the result of a work-related forklift accident when he was 20.
The show’s pilot was set in the Florida Keys, where the team tackled an offshore reef in the Atlantic. Other locations to be featured in the hour-long episodes include:
- Hood River, Oregon – Kiteboarding got its start in the Columbia River Gorge here. One of the show’s riders enters the “Bridge of the Gods” competition, and weather throws a wicked curve ball.
- Windy Bay, Alaska – At the southern end of the Kenai Peninsula is an extremely remote area whose unique geography creates extreme wind. Will the athletes prove they can handle an area most say is impossible for kiteboarding?
- Prince William Sound, Alaska – The winds generated from glaciers and ice fields are ideal for kiteboarding, but they can be unpredictable and dangerous. The athletes will attempt to ride through the floating ice pack of the Columbia Glacier.
- Pacific Coast, Oregon – Tension mounts as the team encounters a large predator that frequents these waters of the Pacific Northwest.
- Utah and Desert Lake, Bonneville Salt Flats – Here the riders will strap on modified skateboards and see how fast they can go, powered only by the wind.
For fans outside the U.S. who want to view the show, full episodes will soon be available at Hydrusmedia.com.
Contact: Travis Swanson, Producer/Owner 360-204-8983 firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Hydrus Media LLC