Snowkiter pushes his kite to the limit, flying at the big horn snowkite summit
This is the amazing video of one enthusiastic snowkiter who jumped so high he risked his life to feel like he was flying.
Snowkiting uses kite power to glide on winter snow or ice and this video brilliantly captures the unique moment when it really does feel like you’re flying.
Andrew Muse, the 26-year-old extreme sports enthusiast from Utah, lives ‘the happiest most adventurous life possible.’
He said: “I’m relentlessly positive.
“This was an amazing trip and the video tells the story really well. It was like I was flying.
“The ability to go up hills or mountains and snowboard down or just legitimately fly off them is the most amazing feeling.
“I have had an incredible amount of adventures and small world experiences. I am 26 and doing my best to live the happiest more adventurous life possible.”
Andrew got into snowkiting in 2011 when, rather than driving or catching the bus, he decided to hitchhike his way to the canyons in his native Utah.
He said: “I was just looking for an adventure when this kid from Maui picked me up as he was headed to the same mountain.
“We ended up riding together for the day. Later in the afternoon he asked if I wanted to go try kiteboarding.
“At that point I had only seen kiteboarding on the internet but looked like something I would absolutely love!
“From that day on I knew it was something I was going to pursue with passion.”
Andrew has always loved the mountains but his passion has not only fueled a drive for extreme sport, it’s also repaired family ties.
“I knew I loved the mountains so I took a Ski Patrol course.
“That summer I took my Mum, a former drug addict and alcoholic, rock climbing.
“This showed her she could experience happiness without being high. She got sober and I went to New Hampshire to ski patrol. She has been completely sober for 3 years.”
After seeing his family life turn around, Andrew’s focus is now on his snowkiting career fueled by an overriding ambition to compete professionally.
“The last snowkiting trip I went on has to be the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done.
“At some points, I was over 300 feet off the ground and kites are only just capable of flying like that. Kite’s aren’t really designed for that kind of height so if one part of the system failed I could have died.
“It’s what I love. I’d really like to compete and take my snowkiting career to the next level. It’s just a matter of getting to a competition and having the funding to do so.”