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Kendallís Kiteboarding Adventure
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.14

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    adrenalin-pumping, de-powering, dinghy, Eeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaah, Hoooooooo, kiteboard, kiteboarder, kiteboarders, lanyard, sunbathers, upwind, waist-deep, standing, downwind, wetsuit, laughing
     content words:    East Coast


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Kendallís Kiteboarding Adventure
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     The first time Kendall saw people kiteboarding along the East Coast, he stood and stared in awe. Kiteboarding is an extreme water sport that's been gaining popularity since the late 1990's. Kendall stared as a person maneuvering a red kite surfed past a person with a blue and yellow kite. Each kite looked something like a rectangular section of parachute. However, if the wind only blew in one direction, how could two people who were kiteboarding at the same time go in opposite directions? Kendall simply had to find out! He approached the first kiteboarder who came ashore and asked.
 
2     "You use the kite as a sail to tack into the wind," the dark-haired man told him. "You don't just get pulled downwind when kiteboarding. That would cause a lot of problems! You can tack perpendicular to the wind, upwind, or downwind. You can go anywhere you want to go."
 
3     The longer Kendall watched the kiteboarders, the more he longed to join them. The most exciting part was when a kiteboarder "caught air" and was lifted up to 40 feet off the water! Since his birthday was in June, Kendall told his parents, grandparents, and anyone else who cared that he wanted to learn to kiteboard for his birthday.
 
4     Kiteboarding turned out to be more expensive than Kendall could have imagined. His father had shared the cost information with him in an effort to dissuade him from wanting lessons. Instead, Kendall persuaded his father to take lessons with him so that they could share the adventure and the kiteboarding equipment!

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