Sunderland kite surfers shoot the breeze

Kite surfers at Seaburn, Sunderland.
Kite surfers at Seaburn, Sunderland.
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LIFE’S a breeze for these daredevil kite surfers.

Strong winds and high waves provided excellent conditions for them to put their talents to the test on Seaburn beach.

Date 07/07/2011 HOT WEATHER COMBINED WITH STRONG WINDS   Strong winds along the north east coast have provided excellent conditions for kite surfers to exercise their acrobatic techniques on the surf at Seaburn beach, Sunderland.  NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

Date 07/07/2011 HOT WEATHER COMBINED WITH STRONG WINDS Strong winds along the north east coast have provided excellent conditions for kite surfers to exercise their acrobatic techniques on the surf at Seaburn beach, Sunderland. NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES

The extreme sport – said to combine windsurfing, paragliding and gymnastics – harnesses the power of the wind to propel the rider across the water on a small surfboard.

They can often reach speeds of up to 40 knots.

But they made the stunning acrobatics look effortless as they put on a spectacular show for onlookers on Wearside.