Kitesurfing on Slush is an Annual Requirement at Lake Silvaplana

DailyStoke Team

Kitesurfers are expected to become accustomed to different types of surfing terrain, but there’s an annual tradition at Lake Silvaplana in Grisons, Switzerland, that offers a unique challenge.

Silvaplana freezes over in the cold months, but there’s a period between spring and summer when the ice begins to melt, and kitesurfers have become a welcome aid to breaking the waters back up.

Their tracks through the slush accelerate the process, and SwissKitesurf1 posted a video tracking the mesmeric process:

The lake is a regular hotspot for kitesurfers and windsurfers in the summer, but they return to Silvaplana early and help disperse the ice so it’s ready sooner for first-time surfers.

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