The first thing you notice about a kiteboard is how small it is for something that can carry a grown man at speeds approaching 60 knots. Then there are the courses where kiteboarders achieve these speeds: shin-deep stretches of water just a few feet from shore, in places where winds reach gale force. Martha’s Vineyard has several such spots, and starting Monday, competitors from around the world will converge to vie for the best speeds.
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