TCM: Kite surfing the Oregon coast looks amazing. How did you learn to do that?
Alex: I have been kite surfing now for three years. I’m really committed. I got into kite boarding when I saw it in 2003 for the first time. I thought it was cool, but left it alone. A few summers later, I went to Oregon to rock climb, and saw people kite surfing again on the Columbia River at Hood River. I went to the wind surfing shop there, and they sold me a trainer kite and DVD. I thought I’d give it a shot.
Then I asked around and bought some old kites off of somebody, booked a trip to Mexico, got a few lessons from Elevation Kiteboarding in La Ventana, and away I went. I’ve probably been kite surfing 300 days since I started three years ago. My main spots are near where I live in southern Alberta. Those are the go-to spots where the wind is consistent and offers world class lake sailing.
I like to go to the Oregon coast in the summer and spend a couple of weeks. In southern Oregon there are some really good places to go. It’s cold, shark infested water, but it’s really good action, with strong consistent wind.
I also go all over Vancouver Island. There are a lot of different spots on the western Canadian coast, it is a pretty rugged place. I’m always exploring, trying new places and spots.
Above: “Wonging” at the south Jetty in Florence, Oregon
TCM: Do you take your truck camper for these kite boarding adventures?
Alex: Yes, the truck camper works perfectly for kite boarding. I take the truck camper wherever I go. For the simple things like changing into my wet suit, my truck camper base camp is right there. It’s a warm out of the wind place to change. We surf in some horrible conditions where it’s just above freezing, so having a shelter is crucial. I even launch my kite right off of my camper.
TCM: You own your own business. Do you work while you’re on the road?
Alex: I own a manufacturing business. When I travel, I am still able to see all of our orders, review every single order, approve them and send them to the shop from anywhere. I just have to be in cell range. It is great.
Pretty much all the billing and bookkeeping can be done on the road. Being self employed, I couldn’t take three months off last summer. I’d work a good session every few days. I was in my camper reviewing orders in the morning, having coffee, playing outside in the afternoon. It was pretty cool.
Above: Alex playing live in Port Albernie, British Columbia
TCM: You’re also a musician. Do you use your camper when you play?
Alex: I’m a singer, songwriter, and one man band. What I do is called multi instrument live looping, which is where I record a track on the spot, play it back on itself, switch instrument, and keep building songs in this fashion. Most of my songs are originals, but I do play covers. Then I throw in a few of mine. I performed probably a dozen shows last summer, and then a bunch of around the campfires. That’s probably my favorite place to play with a few people with guitars. We have a good time. Music is all about fun and I have a good time either way.
Above: Windfest getting ready for a show
Check out Alex’s music site at www.alexfrog.com.
Above: Alex’s dog, Nooka