Zebulon Jakub is one of my favorite people to talk to about adventure sports. I first spoke with him over a year ago when writing one of my first articles for Intrepid Northeast. That article, Jakub’s Ladder, profiled the sport of snowkiting. Zeb gave such a great interview that I knew I had to talk with him again for the podcast. Here, we talk about kiteboarding both on water and land. Zeb is a professional kiteboarding instructor, as well as a climbing guide and paraglider. So no matter what the weather is like, he’s ready to get outside.
Zeb talks about everything from the concept of lift and how it makes kites generate power (and also why the shower curtain keeps lifting off of the edge of the tub), what to look for when choosing gear and an instructor, kiting in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and some of the local kiting events around the northeast.
Zeb can be reached at http://kiteboardne.com
Towards the end of the interview, Zeb explains why we recreate and why we all need to get out and play often. We talk a bit about Flow, the state of heightened consciousness that leads to optimum performance in whatever your chosen activity is (not necessarily physical). If you would like to know more about Flow, I have a book recommendation for you. It is called Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler. He describes how the flow state works and how you too can hack into it. He illustrates his research with examples from legendary surfer Laird Hamilton, skateboarder Danny Way, and other action/adventure athletes like the late Dean Potter (alive at the time of publishing). It’s an excellent book. I have read it myself and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about why we are constantly able to push the limits of performance. You can get pick up your copy HERE.
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