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Jason Slezak

Discovery Channel Visits Hatteras
Local kiteboarder Slezak appears on "Stunt Junkies"

You may remember our interview with professional kiteboarder and kiteboarding coach Jason Slezak in the July 2006 issue of Half Vaster. Since we spoke with Jason, he has been featured on an episode of the extreme sports program "Stunt Junkies" on the Discovery Channel. The episode, entitled "Kiteboard Island Leap," first aired on Sept. 6, 2006.

Jason's stunt was to approach a takeoff ramp, jump across an entire island on a kiteboard and land on another ramp only three feet wide. The two ramps were about 140 feet apart and the stunt required Jason to achieve a height of approximately 40 feet in the air in order to clear the island. To further complicate matters, Jason was not able to see the other side of the island or the landing ramp from the takeoff ramp.

According to Jason, the difficult part was not the distance, but the accuracy. He said it's fairly easy to take off and land somewhere on the water, but to land on a ramp only three feet wide was very challenging.

Did he make it? We don't know yet! We didn't find out about the episode until after Sept. 6 and haven't been able to catch a rerun. We've sent an email to Jason asking for the details and will update this story as soon as he responds.

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