boarder Ryan Halney catches air on Lake Michigan.
for a house, most people are concerned with location, square footage,
and exterior and interior amenities. But Stafford Kramer is not most
people. When he moved his family to Muskego, his biggest priority was
at five different houses in the same neighborhood around Muskego
Lake," Kramer says. "I wanted the one that had the best spot
to get me on the water."
Adventure Kite Boarding and has been a serious kite boarder for the
past six years. Kite boarding involves strapping yourself to a big
kite and letting it pull you through the air.
"You can do
it on pretty much any surface," Kramer says. "You can kite
board over water standing on a board. You can do it on snow with a
board or skis or on ice with skates."
But one thing
Kramer recommends is not taking up the sport without taking lessons
about six lessons before youíre ready," suggests Kramer, who
charges $50 an hour for private lessons. "Itís dangerous if you
donít know what youíre doing. Itís not very intuitive like
football or baseball. Itís not like water skiing where you can just
let go of the ropes and slide into the water if youíre in
boarders start with smaller kites and progress from controlling the
kite while standing still, then while walking and eventually getting
airborne with a bigger kite.
Kramer, who has
sailed as high as 35 feet off the ground, says that buying a kite,
equipment, a wet suit, gloves and lessons can cost around $2,500,
although his company provides all the gear for lessons. Reed says
interest in the sport is picking up as more people are getting into
the air and staying in touch via social media to go out in groups when
wind conditions are favorable.
teaches at Whitnall High School when heís not strapped to a kite, is
42; he admits most kite boarders are 15 to 20 years younger. But he
plans to sail off into the sunset "until I need a hip
replacement, and then weíll see how the hip holds up."
He hopes to grow
his business by attracting new kite boarders, but that is not his main
objective. "Iím doing what I love, and if people want to join
me, thatís great. If not, Iíve got my friends and my kite. Iím
lessons throughout the Milwaukee area but primarily on Lake Michgan.
For more information, check out www.adventurekiteboarding.com.
temperatures rise so does our desire to get out and embrace the
sunshine. On your way to a mad dash into an idyllic summer, donít
forget to drink plenty of liquids.
should hydrate before, during and after exercise," says
Sarah Kent, a registered dietitian at Froedtert & The
Medical College of Wisconsin. "Men need more fluid than
women and adults need more than children, but generally, a cup
before, during and after is a good way to proceed."
water is still the best drink for hydration, along with low-fat
milk and low calorie beverages like iced tea. Alcohol is the
worst choice. It actually dehydrates the body. Coffee, juice and
soda are also unwise options although caffeinated beverages in
moderation can effectively replenish the body.
seeking to shed pounds through exercise need to watch the
calories in certain liquids.
cup of juice is 110 calories," Kent says. "A 20-ounce
Gatorade is 130 calories. If youíre doing moderate exercise
for less than 60 minutes, water is your best option. If youíre
exercising more vigorously for over 60 minutes, running or
playing tennis, sports drinks are OK, but there are lower
calorie choices with those drinks."
wait until you feel parched to take a drink. "If youíre
getting thirsty, itís probably too late," Kent says.
"Drinking enough of the proper liquids at the right times
will keep your body from dehydrating."