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Nunavik: The kiteski paradise

Nunavik Kite Ski Paradise                        


Inuit youth reclaiming their land
By Guillaume Roy

Featured in Above & Beyond July / August 2013

With eight-month long winters and ice as far as the eye can see, Nunavik is a kiteskiing paradise for those willing to give it a shot. Over the past seven years, over 1,500 people have learned to kite – ski in 15 communities in Nunavik and Nunavut. And more keep coming.

At the northernmost Quebec village, a light snow sweeps across as strong northern winds blow at 40km/h. Snow has been falling all night and 15 cm of fresh packed snow covers the bay. Blue, red, white, green and yellow forms are speeding up left and right in the Ivujivik bay. Looking closer, one can see skiers being pulled by colourful kites flying around. It’s a spectacular sight for the curious villagers who barely knew what kiteskiing was just a few days prior.

They better get used to it because when you begin to kiteski, it completely changes the way you see the world. Every time the wind blows, it makes you wonder if it is strong enough to ride. It turns on a brain connection that makes you crave to go out on your skis and ride as fast as the wind can pull you. It happens to me every time and I am always impressed how fast people become addicted to kiteskiing.

“It’s too much fun to miss. I don’t want to waste good wind anymore. Before, I thought that on a nice day, there should be no wind. I now despise those nice days,” says Aulla Qaunnaaluk, only five days after he first learned how to kite. No wonder why alianattuk, which means fun, was one of the first Inuktitut words I learned after anuri (wind).

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Nunavik Kite Ski Paradise

                         
 

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Paraski near the crater of Pingualuit, Nunavik, Québec

 

The wind of tourism blows in the North. Kiteski's expertise acquired by the Inuit since 2006 has led to the development of

more and more ambitious. After the establishment of kiteski clubs in many northern communities, it's now the tourism development projects that see the light of day  Nunavik. On the menu, steady winds, lossy ice views, grandiose expeditions, high national parks in color, but above all, a warm Inuit culture.

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Publié dans Kitebordermagazine le 13 décembre 2014,

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Kangiqsujuaq 2018 Kite ski Championship

This year again two of the best Nunavik Kite skiers reached podium top stairs.  Former 2nd place (2016) Quppa George Pinguatuk from Salluit came first before 2013-2016 Champion Tommy Tuniq from Kangirsujuaq who finished second. Tommy Sallualuk from Puvirniyuk first time on the podium took third place.  Age does not matter in Paraski as Lukasi Tukirqi (55) showed taking the 6th place while participating to only one out of the 2 days tournament. 

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Nunavik: The kiteski paradise

Nunavik Kite Ski Paradise                        


Inuit youth reclaiming their land
By Guillaume Roy

Featured in Above & Beyond July / August 2013

With eight-month long winters and ice as far as the eye can see, Nunavik is a kiteskiing paradise for those willing to give it a shot. Over the past seven years, over 1,500 people have learned to kite – ski in 15 communities in Nunavik and Nunavut. And more keep coming.

At the northernmost Quebec village, a light snow sweeps across as strong northern winds blow at 40km/h. Snow has been falling all night and 15 cm of fresh packed snow covers the bay. Blue, red, white, green and yellow forms are speeding up left and right in the Ivujivik bay. Looking closer, one can see skiers being pulled by colourful kites flying around. It’s a spectacular sight for the curious villagers who barely knew what kiteskiing was just a few days prior.

They better get used to it because when you begin to kiteski, it completely changes the way you see the world. Every time the wind blows, it makes you wonder if it is strong enough to ride. It turns on a brain connection that makes you crave to go out on your skis and ride as fast as the wind can pull you. It happens to me every time and I am always impressed how fast people become addicted to kiteskiing.

“It’s too much fun to miss. I don’t want to waste good wind anymore. Before, I thought that on a nice day, there should be no wind. I now despise those nice days,” says Aulla Qaunnaaluk, only five days after he first learned how to kite. No wonder why alianattuk, which means fun, was one of the first Inuktitut words I learned after anuri (wind).

Read more on Above & Beyond

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