A gust of wind fills the large kite.
As it billows out, it pulls its strings tautly, rising majestically in the air. At the other end of the strings (kite lines), a young man is harnessed. With his feet planted firmly on a mountain board, James Blick sails across an open field.
"I feel free," he says of the sensation known as kiteboarding.
Blick, 25, is athletic and into extreme sports such as snowboarding, snow-kiting, paddle boarding, white-water paddle boarding, and kiteboarding.
"I love the adrenaline rush you get when doing them," he says.