It’s been a trying couple of years for Australia’s top kiteboarder. Ewan Jaspan was travelling the world and climbing the ranks of the World Kite Tour (formerly Professional Kiteboard Riders Association & Virgin World Kite Tour) before shoulder surgery and a run of bad luck requiring ankle surgery also saw him sidelined for a couple of years.
During this time on the sidelines Ewan’s passion and commitment to get back out there and follow his dreams saw him hitting the gym daily, Standup Paddleboarding to work on both core strength and balance as well as plenty of time on the bike to strengthen his leg without too much impact.
All this time, commitment and extra strength Ewan now brings to his kiteboarding was clearly worth it. He wowed the KR Tour Crew in Aitutaki last year where he absolutely blasted the cobwebs off in his return to kiteboarding in what is undoubtedly one of the best flatwater kiting locations in the world (CLICK HERE for Aitutaki Kite Trip info).
Since Ewan’s return in Aitutaki he has been blowing everyone away with the variations, consistency and style that he’s throwing down with. It’s been awesome to watch and after all the hard work Ewan’s been putting in behind the scenes we couldn’t be happier to see.
Ewan’s currently on the road and has just finished judging the World Kite Tour stop in El Gouna, Egypt. We tore him away from the water for a few brief seconds to find out how’s his return to the water has been, what’s changed, and how Australia rates as a kiting nation right now.
[EJ] Hey Chris! Yea pretty amped with my recent results and level of riding. It’s just great to be able to be back doing what I love most and doing well again. I think just the fact that I have been off the water for so long, is what inspired me to really push my riding. I’ve also been watching a lot of other board sports and taking bits and pieces from what I like in other sports, to try and make my riding a bit different from everyone elses.