I guess you could say I’m a “no plans” kind of gal these days. I love the feeling before a wide-open weekend with no commitments, no pressure, and no travel needed. This is especially true now that I’m in my third trimester (my third, third trimester to be exact). I’m definitely starting to slow down, and the closest thing I get to that famous second trimester “glow” is more like a sheen after something as simple as climbing a flight of stairs sends my heart racing.
But there really is nothing like a free weekend on the Central Coast. It opens you up to the opportunity to be a little spontaneous and try something new. This weekend I got creative and checked out the upcoming events in my Facebook feed. My husband and I settled on making the short trip south to check out the Pismo Beach Kitexpo.
The expo is a weekend of kiteboarding demonstrations, clinics, and tributes in honor of Kinsley ThomasWong, a beloved kiteboarder who died in March as a result of devastating injuries he suffered in a kiteboarding crash in San Simeon back in 2010. I remember covering his story while working at KSBY, but I don’t recall as much about the crash as I do about the impact his accident made on those in the local community. Many considered him to the father of kiteboarding on the Central Coast. His love for the outdoors, his positive outlook on life, and his ability to live in the moment left behind a legacy in the form of an affirmation seen and heard at this weekend’s event: Live Like Kinsley.
Living in the moment is something that’s been on my mind a lot lately. Despite a tough patch in my pregnancy that has sucked all of my energy away for the past month, I am reminded every day that this is the last time I’ll experience this (no more kiddos for us) so I’m doing my best to soak it up and appreciate this magical time.
So, without knowing a single thing about kiteboarding, my family and I found a little perch in the sand and enjoyed the simplicity of watching the kites float through the air. It was one of the most beautiful days at the beach this year and no doubt a stunning tribute to Kinsley. Might I add the people at this event could not have been friendlier.
The kids loved watching the action, my hubby found a cold beer, and we all grabbed lunch at Fin’s on the way out of town.
What events are you most looking forward to attending on the Central Coast this spring and summer? Leave the details in a comment. I’m always up for trying something new!