Hey Bro,I put this outreach website together for you knowing that you (& Jamie) will need every bit of help possible. I am here for you and will always be here for anything you need. You are 'the man' and have reached out in so many ways to help others. Thank you! I am sure you will be overwhelmed by the landslide of support that will be on the way. Remember, you have enormous support with your health obstacles. I also want to give particular thanks to Steve Davies for helping out on all fronts and Marina Chang with her communication efforts to the kiting and paragliding community.
HI Dear Kinsley and Jamie, We have been thinking about you two daily since this accident occurred. We know you have "the right stuff" to get through this. You both are so wonderful and we want to help you in any possible way, including future babysitting. Hang in there and hang tough. We surround you with healing thoughts. Love, Roger and Joye Lytel
Hey bro, so very glad to hear that you were approved to go to Santa Clara. That's awesome and I know they will take very good care of you there. We will be stopping by there from time to time. Show those Doctors what your made of. See you soon bro.
Kinsley and Jamie,You both provide me inspiration and am so happy that you found each other. I have never met two people who compliment each other so well -- your unconditional love, respect and approach toward life has truly influenced me greatly and I feel very fortunate to have you as friends. I know that together, you can accomplish anything, including this latest challenge. Kinsley, you have always supported and pushed me in the sports we have enjoyed together over these last 16 years. My whole lifestyle and career over the last 10 is because of you. You have shown me not to sweat the small stuff and the importance of balance in my life. Thank you. Facilitating the communications, so many of our old friends are coming out of the woodwork but it still surprises me how many people's lives you have touched and enriched. Know that hundreds of people are sending you love, positive thoughts and support as you work through your rehabilitation.
Hey Kinsley and Jaime, you guys rock. Kinsley has made it possible for me to reach a goal and that was to not only learn how to kiteboard but make it a part of my life. Kinsley's spirit and friendship has connected me to a great community of people. All of these people are behind you 110% Kinsley. We are all pulling for you and Jaime. I am very proud to call you and Jaime my friend and look forward to seeing you soon. If you guys need anything, just give a shout out. Love you guys and you are in my prayers and positive vibes are being sent to you and your new family.
Kinsely and JamieThinking about you every day and sending you tons of love all the way from Switzerland!Your beautiful spirits and strong hearts will give you all the strenght you need to go through this challenging time, and you can count on all of us who love you when you need additional strenght. God bless the two of you...oops...the three of you (sorry Taizen, not used to the mini Kinsley-Jamie yet ;-) )
Hi Kinsley and Jamie Life can sure send us some unexpected turns in road, and even though this one is particularly difficult please keep your loving positive Spirit alive at all costs. I have always marveled at your ability be stay so positive and happy; a skill that I could certainly use more of in my life from time to time. Kinsley you are a great light to all those lucky people that have been fortunate enough to meet you, and partake of your Spirit, and when Jamie came into your life it seemed like your light and love for life went from bright to brilliant. I know that many many people are praying for your recovery, and sending good thoughts of love and healing to the both of you. I'm sorry I missed the window of opportunity when you were receiving visitors in San Luis Obispo. The day I came home I got the email from Marina that visitations had been suspended, and I'm sure that was for the best so you could focus on your healing; but I will visit you when the time is right. Not a day goes by that I don't think of the both you. Lots of Love from Linda and myself. God Bless you and Jamie.
Bro, Just back from the US NATS and PWC and heard of your hit. You have always been an inspiration to me. Heal fast and strong.BestZak
Dear Kinsley and Jamie,We're thinking of you everyday and worrying about your recovery. You're terrific friends and always great to be around with your super positive attitudes. Bow wants to cook up a special Thai dinner for you when we return in September, so please get well soon! We miss you.Love from,Dan and Bow
Hey Kinsley, You are always in our thoughts. Wanted to share the boys latest deal...we all participated in the Triathalon last Sunday. Casey was light headed coming out of the pool and at the transition grabbed Ryans bike, helmet and number! Poor Ryan, but they both worked it out at the end and finished within a minute of each other!We are rooting, praying, and want to support you in anyway we can. Love to you and your family!!!!!
Dear Jamie and Kinsley,Reading all the above comments has given me a vivid snapshot of your life together, and the remarkable people you are. I already knew about YOU, Jamie (and your wonderfully outstanding mother and sister), but the depth of your love comes through with every word people have written. I should have known, you've let on more than once what a terrific guy you married. And apparently he's been blessed with the BEST, himself.Your little one will be a synergy of this light. My sons were both born in Santa Clara County ~ I trust the care will be unmatched, though I have a special place in my heart for Sierra Vista's angels.Love and light, divine healing to Kinsley and peace to you and your families.
Kinsley & Jamie -Curt says you're his hero and you’ve got to get well quick and loves you so much. Beyond the fact that you're his hero, you two have touched our lives in so many ways. We were talking last night about the fertility dance Curt made you do over the Gods before you went to BH and it worked! You welcome us into your home any time we come to visit with open arms. And then the travels - can't imagine a better couple to travel with and looking forward to our future travels with Taizen. BTW - Uncle Curt and Aunt Nancy are prepped with a pack & play so you don't have to bring a crib when you come to the Caldwell Casa. Can't wait to meet the little man that will be blessed with the most incredible parents. Needless to say we're going to come see you in Santa Clara as soon as we can. You are in our thoughts constantly as we send all positive energy for your recovery. You are an inspiration to us all. We love you both and miss you immensely.xoxo,Curt & Nancy (and Cole, Cassidy & Nick, Tonya, Billy & sweet little Camden, and Justin too)
Kinsley, Jamie and Taizen,Bro this to shall pass, its just time,And its time you all can spend together.Late night feeding of your son are a short opportunity you will get to enjoy. You will be back, I have too many competitors friends on bikes who have been through this and would happily hook you up for advice and encouragement from them and their wives.You are lucky to have the good health, strength and support coming back to you as you have provided for so many for so long. Heal fast, get wet soon and listen to your doctors but take charge of your rehab.With Prayers tom
We love you so much. We are crushed that you are hurt :=( We'll be fishing before you know it. Be strong buddy. I know you feel terrible now, but you do look like a super hero with the huge lightning bolt scar on top of your head. We love you!! GO KINSLEY }<^>Love Kevin and Roe
I am so glad that things are moving forward in a positive way. I feel fortunate to have spent a bit of time with you, Jamie last week and to see Kinsley briefly. I know that little Tiger coming to visit you soon will be of tremendous help in the days ahead!! loveaunt tommi
Hi Kinsley and Jamie, We are thinking about you many times everyday. When Kinsley can have visitors we want to drive up with Kip and Diana to see you. We often say, "When Kinsley walks into a room it as if the sun has entered the space we are standing in." Your bright light still shines sweet guy. We love you both and can't wait for the babykin. Joye and Roger Lytel
Hi my friend!I met you about 6 years ago at Pismo beach during my vacations. I am from Argentina and at that time I wanted to learn what kitesurfing was about. Just by accident I happened to stop in Pismo while I was driving the 1 to LA. I went to the beach and somehow you were to first person I talked to. I had no idea about the sport. I remember that you were coming in and out of the water riding a skim board, then a surfboard, then a twin tip. Then you landed your kite and hang out with me at the beach telling me about kitesufing. Then you took me to a guy that was selling a cheap second hand kite that I ended up buying and took back to Argentina with me. And that's how I got into kitesurfing. I am grateful to you for getting me into this amazing sport that somehow shapes my daily life. I live in California now and I try to kite everyday, even if it is for a short session. I have a 3 months baby that one day I hope to get into kitesurfing too.From time to time I go to Pismo and I stop by to say hello to you if I see you at the beach.All the best for you and your family in your recovery. Your real therapy is in its way. When your baby is born you will be up and running faster than anybody expected. The energy that they bring is amazing.See you at the beach,Facundo.
Hi everyone, Pismo Beach, July 31, 2010Like a lot of folks who knew him, Kinsley and I weren’t tight. He was just another character in our colorful local scene. He gave me some advice when I was learning to kite and I was too cheap and stubborn to buy a lesson. “You been surfing forever bro’. No problem. All you need is the kite. Go for it!” What else could he do, you think a grizzled and grumpy windsurfing veteran is going to join the horde? Nonsense! Eventually I found a used Waroo and learned to kite and I didn’t die. We all know what happened, I almost died, at least that’s how it felt. He gave me more encouragement and free advice. Most of my equipment I bought from a competing dealer. I bought some small stuff from him. He didn’t seem to care; when I needed something he would open up the shop just for me. He knew I would never plaster “Extreme Big Air” stickers or fly car dealership flags on my van, so he never offered me any. They were all over the South County. It just wasn’t done, where I was from. We frowned on it. We frowned on outsiders in general to our little slice of heaven.Especially those that seemed to bring in even more people.However, I was struck by the brilliant light of someone who was living fully. He was always fired up on life. In a world which has its share of grumps who frown when they see somebody they don’t know, he was the ambassador of stoke. I had to admire the stoke, the smile he always flashed…the nerve to attempt crazy maneuvers and tricks…the athleticism, (Bruce Lee has nothing on this guy)… then the unbelievable news… Kinsley?? Say it ain’t so, Joe. Impossible. But there it was, first the phone reports. Then as real as day in black and white on the Internet…I Googled it. On the forums, in the blogs, a website, a benevolent fund. “God bless these folks” I thought. Is there anything I could do than be yet another well wisher on a kite boarding forum? Then I heard he was going to need a long distance transfer by ambulance up to a rehabilitation center up north. Then it clicked. I am a Fire Captain/EMT for Santa Barbara County and my Paramedic/Engineer works part time for San Luis Ambulance. These long distance transfers are specifically the thing they need part-timers for. With a little work, it all fell in place. Mike got the Shift and I secured permission to ride along with them.On July 30, a professional and compassionate crew from San Luis Ambulance and I had the pleasure of accompanying Kinsley on his ambulance ride up to Santa Clara Spinal Trauma Rehabilitation Center. He was transported in a critical care unit under an RN's care which means on a ventilator, i.v's, heart, oxygen, blood pressure and co2 monitors, anti-biotics, anti-anxiety and pain medications. Just about everything except the rectal temperature probe, which was disconnected at Sierra Vista. So many wires and tubes all tangled up, I joked with Kinsley it looked like my kite lines after my last kitemare, which after years of kiting was just days before.Kinsley is weakened by a nasty lung infection of the worst kind that he acquired in the hospital. He has a tube inserted into his trachea, or windpipe, and is on a ventilator so speaking is difficult. As we were getting ready to leave, his pregnant wife, Jamie was lip reading his mouthed words, then translating his needs to the nurses. The nurses at Sierra Vista couldn’t understand him very well and they did not need to. They had Jamie. We wouldn’t, since she could not ride in the rig. I told Kinsley we would do our best to attend to his needs without her, but I was concerned. I asked him to be patient with us, since it was more than lip reading she was doing. He and Jamie are cosmically tied, and she has been at his side since the accident, making sure he is taken care of. My concerns were not unwarranted. None of us in the ambulance could understand his lip movements. En route, we had to communicate by blinking one time for no, two for yes.“Bro- Are you in pain?" One blink. No. That is good. “Do you need us to suction your lungs ?” One blink. No. Also good . Do you want anti-anxiety meds ? One blink. No. Very good.‘Are you comfortable?’. Two blinks. I ask him if he wants to hear some stories. Two more blinks. “Remember when you said all I needed was the kite?” Big smile, as those were some funny moments, albeit scary. “You want more?” Two blinks. “Okay… so the first time Bill and I went to San Carlos was in '89, you wanna hear this one?" Big smile. Two blinks. "There were no maps then…" and off I go... pretty soon he nods off. Yeah. You rest bro. Good.He startles awake when we hit a bump. His eyes search and try to focus. I see his face tighten as he struggles to get a hold in a moment of deep uncertainty.
He startles awake when we hit a bump. His eyes search and try to focus. I see his face tighten as he struggles to get a hold in a moment of deep uncertainty. His eyes meet mine. He recognizes my face as familiar. He instantly relaxes and flashes me the famous Kinsley smile again. We connect and then quickly his eyes close and he is off again, dreaming. Resting. Good. My day is made in that instant. In my heart it is six foot, side off at 18 and I am ruling the day. Sometimes you don’t just feel good, you are good.The transport went well and soon we find the hospital. They said to unload at the ER. We wind our way through the maze of corridors and find the Spinal Trauma Rehabilitation Unit. We transition his care to a new nursing team and a doctor who radiates compassion. The Doc is now talking to Jaime and her mom. Our mission is done, time to go.I go to say goodbye, as I lean over the hospital bed, our eyes met. “See ya bro” I say. There is the smile again, and his lips began to move. “Aww c’mon Kinsley” I think “Cut it out with trying to speak already!I cant understand you. Save your strength, please!” My face says it all to him, but he persists, lips making the same motion over and over, his eyes saying “ Kevin, you can do it, hear me, please hear me. It is important”.I put away my frustration and I relax a moment, gazing into his eyes, and then I receive the message. “Thank you very much. thankyouverymuchthankyouverymuch” Recognition. We both smile. Connection. I pound my breast with my fist and then I knock over his. I leave knowing he is in good hands and I say a prayer for all of the angels who have guided him so far, and for all of those whose help he is going to need on the path ahead.Keep praying for Kinsley and Jamie. And of course little Taizen, feeling it all from his mothers womb. They are incredible spirits. In all this difficulty it was a gift to see the love they share. Love Is all you need.I am so blessed to have had an opportunity to help a friend. I encourage all of you to do what you can, when you can to help. Even the smallest thing helps. A good thought, a kind word, perhaps something so small as smiling at a face you don’t recognize at your local spot. Who knows, maybe when you find yourself in that dark moment alone, you will look up into the eyes of a friend you did not expect to see and be comforted.Kinsley, thanks for being my friend. Even though I wouldn’t take a lesson you have taught me so much. I may have even caught a glimpse of what heaven is really like. We can have more than a slice if we put away our fear and live in the spirit of kindness and compassion. Thanks, Bro.Kevin-
Thanks Kevin for taking care of our friend, and for taking the time to share your experience with those of us who could not be there. God Bless Kinsley, Jamie, and the new team of people caring for Kinsley's body. May they be guided, as Kevin was, to quite their self, relax, and open up to hear the guidance from within on what to do and when to do it, to best serve Kinsley's needs. His Spirit is strong.
I have known Kinsley for sometime, coming up on 25 years this fall. I first met him in the dorms at Cal Poly and will never forget my first impression of him….he’s nuts. I know things about Kinsley prior to his transition into the athletic world, and have shared many fun experiences which some would be surprised of. I thought I would write a little bit about our experiences to shed some light on where his spirit of life comes from. We met in Trinity hall in September 1985 when we were just starting out in college. He was an engineering major (soon to change to business) and we shared a few common interest, we both were poor as dirt, both away from home, and had an intense infinity for fireworks and getting into trouble. Kinsley used to keep a stockpile of Chinese fireworks in his dorm closet, a big pile, and I was his biggest customer. Kinsley singlehandedly introduced a fun type of fear into our dorm floor by lobbing firecrackers unexpectedly into our rooms while studying, or taping multiple strands in front of the door and knocking so they’d go off in your face just as you opened the door, which now when I look back I am surprised we both can see. We all loved messing with each other in the dorms and there was no shortage of these antics that took place. Skyrockets shot in the dorms, covering a whole dormitory building (3 floors) 6” deep in popcorn, launching a homemade shoulder launched rocket from a parking lot, going to a punk rock concert and learning how to dance in a mosh pit and much more. While in school I think we slept 4 hours at the most and when not studying ran around looking to have fun and get in trouble. Our dorm floor was unique, because we all had a special bond, and all shared in foolish antics. We all grew very close to Kinsley, as he did us, and I became a better friend as time went on that year. Kinsley who always dressed in GQ style outfits (where did he get the money I thought?) later took me to a second hand store where he would select clothes, then take them to a tailor and have them re-cut. Now many of you will understand even before his kite and wetsuit repairs with his crazy repair methods and where they were born from. I also clearly remember the enthusiasm shared by the store clerk and tailor, because he was always filled with enthusiasm and a big smile about how we was going to create something unique from nothing. I always would give him a hard time later in life, how can you be a blonde surfer born from Mr. Style GQ?It was his enthusiasm and sharp witted antics that bonded us together. He used to make fun of me constantly because I was tall and thin he would joke he could break me in half. I of course made fun of his smile, and poor English, and when other friends saw us together, they wondered how we lasted so long. If we were not trying to blow each other up, we were ripping into each other, and having fun at it. I guess that is what men do best. Later that year in college I realized he was truly crazy when he learned how to surf on a body board, not a surf board. He was to poor to afford a surfboard, but eventually, he would get one and find his true love the ocean. He was always pushing the limits of his experiences, one hobby was never enough, and his dreams were as crazy as mine. Bro if we…then…. Ok Kinsley you go right ahead I’d say, I’ll stand here and watch. Time after time he would succeed in everything he did. Fast forward to the last ten years, and we grew closer as he taught me things I never thought I was capable of doing, kitesurfing, paragliding, diving for bugs. A small side note, I asked Kinsley once about why the spot where we were diving, which was so beautiful, had no other divers, and he said because they were afraid of the sharks, what I said! “Bro don’t worry” he said, “If you seen one let me know and I will catch it and we have a great dinner!” To be honest I couldn’t stand how he taught me, because I am a visual person who needs repetitive slow learning and he is a gifted athlete. “Dude” he’d say, “Just do this and that and walla! You’re good to ride bro!” I almost quit a few times from everything he taught me through the years, but he always pushed me over and over again to succeed, thus I am eternally indebted for what I have learned from him, and always thankful. I remember about five years ago when I was having a bad year in general with business and life and Kinsley told me the lowest point in his life, which was when his girlfriend said he was to obsessive about surfing and broke his surf board in half, which made me laugh till I was blue. If you could have seen the look on his face when he told the story, it was priceless. “Dude….my surfboard!” When I had a real bad accident and de-laminated my face and cut it in half he had a positive spin
made fun off me and kept me on my toes. It always seems no matter when life throws lemonade at us there was you figuring some way to sweetin’ it up a little. I am writing because it has been over a year and half since we have spoke because we have had a falling out, which is not our first, and I accept and apologize for this last one. While we have been the best of friends and we have also managed to drive each other crazy at times, and I have to admit I am his only friend whom has pushed him to his limits of sanity. “Dude” he’d say, your driving me fucking nuts!” I’d say likewise then we’d forget what we were arguing about and head off to lunch for some laughs and antics. I have learned in life that as you bond with someone and love them more, you in turn also challenge them at times and have differences which when put in perspective of life in general seem petty. Kinsley, I must admit selfishly I have been depressed and shed tears knowing the pain you are going through, but I know if I saw you now you’d say, “don’t worry bro, next week when I get my hands on some super glue and JB weld I will be outta here sooner than you think!” and I’d laugh till I’m blue in the face again and I’d make fun of you then we’d go off and have lunch, as we always have. Kinsley, I have always wondered at some of the crazy things you do, and how you do it. I see you start on “A” and finish on “Z” and have no clue how you go from beginning to end. For years I have been amazed at your accomplishments, and have always been proud of what you have done. I know now like anything else you will succeed at what you set your mind to, no matter how long it takes, and I pity the people who have to help you and believe any less. I cannot wait to see you progress and come back down South and say to me “Bro, you’ve had eight weeks to improve your skills while I was gone, and I can still do that trick better than you!”I will be there for you when the time is right, come North and visit you soon, doing whatever you need as long as I am around. So many times through the years we leaned on each other, and now I will use in the equity of our friendship and try to give back to you what you have done for me over the last 25 years. Thank you Kinsley for your continued support through the years, love of life, enthusiasm and foolish times.Your Friend,Brian
Hey Kinsley,Glad you traveled well up north. You are in terrific hands. Our entire family thinks of you and your family daily. Remember our night dive for lobsters????? Another great adventure.Hope to see you soon.Sonny
Kinsley and Jaime,We have been following your progress closely and we are pulling for you both and sending positive vibes for your healing and recovery. The show of love and support for you guys from around the world is simply payback for the positive energy and stoke that you have brought to so many people. I often think of our trip together to Cabarete and the many laughs and awesome times we all shared, and I am sure all the great memories of so many good times with good friends will help to carry you thru the journey ahead.We are all here for you both to lend support in any way, and we know that your positive energy and spirit will serve you well in your recovery. Hope to visit with you in the near future. Best wishes, Mr and Mrs "Joe".
Hey...Bro!It's your Trikke buddy. Get well soon so we can ride the streets of Shell Beach. I will ride the Streetstrider and you can ride the Trikke. We will climb the biggest hill in Shell Beach.Hope to see you soon!Trikke Buddy....Tim Weston
KinsleyI was devastated when Curt called me about the accident. Lynn and I were on our way to San Diego for our anniversary. We immediately started praying for you Jamie and son to be Taizen. We will continue to pray and support in any way we can. I have been keeping up on your progress through Curt as well as the updates, I was so happy to hear your spinal cord was not damaged. Knowing that, and your spirit it’s just a matter of time before you are walking with Jamie and your son down the beach. You are such and inspiration to so many people and I will never forget the first time I was able to come up wind in 3in of water, I look up and see you with you hands in the air screaming “way to go Bro”. Last year when Curt and Nancy first introduced me to you and Jamie I immediately knew you guys were awesome people. I have known you for such a little time and yet you have welcomed me into your home and called me your friend, which I am honored. I look forward to seeing you soon so work HARD! on your recovery and get well. God bless you, Jamie and Taizen. Jack
I went to school with Kinsley, and later he was on my interview committee...it was great to see him there. I was very sad when I heard the news and have been constantly in prayer for Kinsley and his family. Kinsley, we are really pulling hard and praying hard for you. -Aaron, NetAdmin
Kinsley, praying for you and your family every day bro. It's just not the same on the water without you. I am looking forward to the day when we are riding together again. God bless you, Jamie and Taizen on the way. CJ
Kinsley,hope you are doing better. hope to see you out in the line-up at sewers sometime ol' friend.take care and feel better !Kirk (your old surf friend from the sewers days)
Hello Kingsly,I have been in shock since your accident and I just wanted to let you know , you have been in my thoughts for the past month. I wish you a speedy and healthy recovery. The recovery process will be a long up hill battle as my wife struggled with a major rehab four years ago. No matter what we all want you to know we wish you all the best, think of you daily and keep up the good spirits!!!! were all thinking and cheering for you!!!!! Congrats on being a new father.See you on the water !!Rich Covert
Hi Kinsley,You are in my thoughts and prayers! You will show those doc's what your made of! I am sure you will be up and back on the water in no time! I want to share a story as well. I think i was the first (or very close too) your first student when you had come back from the DR getting your kite school accreditation. It was the spring of 1999 I will never forget the day as i was passing through Pismo after windsurfing close to the "castle" I had been in Maui only weeks before and had seen "the guys" Robby, Flash, to name a few learning this amazing new sport. And wanted to be a part of it! So, when i saw your flag flying off your truck i couldn't believe my luck! I thought who is this guy.... This sport is not even a year old and there is someone here teaching it!! WOW. I waited for you to return to land your kite and if i can remember you were just learning to stay upwind!! You were flying a F1 ram air 2 line... which for anyone even today it was super hard to stay up wind on a 2 line and a surf board!! I am guessing that will jog the memory banks!! Once you came in with that surf stoke look on your face i asked you "hey man, how do i get a set-up and can you give me a lesson." You were so kind that you gave me a lesson(for free) on your gear right then and there! You set me up with a F1 surf board and a 7m ram air F1! After our time together i headed down to SD to work at Sea World doing a extreme show and any time off i had i was kiting in Mission bay. Two years later a friend and i set up a kite school in Canada which is still running today. another short story i would like to share with you is about my identical twin brother who from birth had cerebral palsy. He had a mild case of it and could walk with wrist crutches. When the doc's told my parents of his disability they said he would never walk and be confined to a wheel chair for the rest of his life. Well....they got that wrong!! Crosby walked with writs crutches, snow skied, raced PWC's, and drove his own truck!! Unfortunately, Crosby passed away in 1996. Even though this was devastating to me and my family what i learned from it was that Crosby touched everyone he met (just like you do) and that it is what life is all about. "Go Big or go home!" Live life to the fullest and make the most of it! Kinsley, I am 100% positive that you will ride the waves another day! Doctors rarely figure in the human spirit in there diagnosis!!! Hang in there you are going to be an amazing father as you are a husband!! You are in my thoughts and prayers!! See you on the water!!Dustin Wilson.
We are all rooting for you!I just back from Hawaii, Colin Angle (kitesurfing student a few years back) got married. Helen Greiner (another student of yours) was there as well and I shared your story with them. We all have fond memories of our interactions with you, and wish you the best for a speedy recovery!
Hi Kinsley and Jamie,As fellow Pismo residents and kiters, we have been following the updates of your accident while in Hood River, OR. (We are here to windsurf and kite for the summer) As usual, you are an inspiration and bright light to all who are lucky enough to meet you. We are confident that you will recover and fly free again! While in Hood River, we are spreading the news of your recovery, and the website, to access info and send donations and good wishes. Many people know you here (or have seen you in the magazines) and are sending good vibes your way. Heal fast, and congratulations (early) on the birth of Taizen!Love and God Speed...Steve and Marti Anderson
BTW....We posted a link to this site on nwkite.com yesterday. There have been immediate responses, best wishes, and donations made. Amazing how Kinsley's spirit has touched so many in so many places. Hopefully, Taizen is here by now. What a beautiful gift he will be. Steve and Marti
Congratulations on little Taizen you guys!!!!
Congratulations on the newest member of your family. We are so happy for you both! Can't wait to meet Taizen. Much love to you. XOXO, Nancy & Curt
Kinsley and Jamie; congratulations on your baby! I've been trying to follow everything that has been going on and finally someone directed me to this website. I'm pulling for you Kinsley - happy memories of times long ago in the beginning of paragliding here on the central coast. I wish I had stayed with it, and followed you into kiteboarding...but now I just wish for your speedy recovery. You obviously have a ton of friends - easy to understand why. There must be a huge collective energy following you now...hurry up and heal!Steve Norby
Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful son, Taizen! We just stumbled on the story of what happened. It's so good to know that you have had such great care and progressing in your recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dave & Eileen Putnam
We love you so SO much! GO THOMASWONGS!!! Kevin and Roe [_O_]
Jamie & Kinsley - congratulations all around! Taizen looks like he has inherited the "family smile" (or was he screaming for food in the picture??). Christine and I were so happy to hear that Kinsley is making progress - a long tough road ahead but I am sure one that you will successfully navigate ... I will reserve a slot a couple of years down the road for the next Brazil trip (as long as Jose comes along for entertainment!!). We are part of the large group that is sending positive thoughts your way.Jamie & Christine from Victoria
We wish you all the joy and happiness in the world as you relish in getting to know your most amazing little man ever. Welcome to the coolest club, PARENTHOOD!!!Doesn't is blow your mind how you can just look at him all day? Can you believe how much they eat? Can you believe that he is yours? Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!The Purdy Fam
Hi Taizen,I can't wait to meet you and for us to be friends. I am so happy that we will be able to play together. Love,Sydney
TaizenWelcome to this world!I wish you and your mom well, and a speedy recovery to your dad. RegardsChris
hi kinsley and jamie! congratulations on your beautiful little boy. love the picture of dad and son together for the first time. i've not met either of you, but know i'm rooting for you and your (what is sure to be) full recovery. you can just see it in the eyes-- i know you will be back kinsley. it looks like you are blessed with family and lots of great friends. Dan Tudor--great idea with the cases of wine. just picked up a case of sauv. will be sure to raise the first glass to kinsley, Jamie, and Taizan!
Hi Bro, I hear you're making some excellent progress. We'll be taking a motorcycle trip up to see you soon. Wow, first Antoine, then you. Crazy huh? Looking forward to see you both - oops, all three of you - that's even crazier! - soon.Len
Hey, Im visiting my folks, and my step-mom Olia has fond memories of the tandem ride XtremeBigAir did for her when her MS was keeping her from walking, that KSBY put on the local news that night. Thanks man!
Hi Kinsley,Don't really know how to deal with blogs, but will submit this and hopefully you'll get to read this message from us.....Dorothy and Larry called us regarding your accident. We were shocked and very sorry to hear about this but we are relieved to know you made it through and going for recovery because we know you're strong in many ways. We were in Pismo recently for Labor Day week-end and miss your presence there. Congratulations to you and Jamie for your newcomer, Taisen. We wish you well and think of you. All the best and look forward to seeing you Jamie and meeting little Taisen soon. We'll be back in Shell Beach on Thanksgiving week-end! Take care. Warm regards. Your vacationing neighbors. Ghia and Keith
I don't know Kinsley personally, only watched him many times along the central coast, taking many photos of his amazing skills in the water and air. Seeing is same big smile on this website is wonderful. I wish the best to Kinsley and his family. I look forward to seeing him, his family and all their beautiful smiles on our local beaches soon :)
Hi Guys -Awesome news today! So happy, yet not surprised, that Kinsley is progressing so well! We can only imagine how excited you are to get back to Pismo. We are equally excited to come visit and meet little Taizen. Not a day goes by that you all aren't in our thoughts and prayers. Sending nothing but love your way.xoxo,Nancy & Curt
Kinsley! Yay! You're off the ventilator! You are so RAD! We are sooo happy for you! Seeing you all, as a family, out of the hospital brought tears of happiness to my eyes. We look forward to visiting all three of you soon. Much love, Serenity
Flew Annecy yesterday!!! I, of course, thought about you while in the air. I miss you guys and hope you keep your spirits up. All my love.
Kinsley, I just found out about your accident. I've been in San Diego and lost touch. I pray every night for you and Jamie. Knowing you and your will to live more beautiful days are ahead. I remember the day I met you, I just moved to Pismo, and I saw all these big kites flying in the air. I rode my bike to the beach and met you. The very next day I was on the beach, and you taught me the skills of Kite Boarding. Back then we were Flying F-One's, and boy was that Fun. I enjoy watching you Kite Board, it like music. I miss you and pray for a rapid recovery
Kinsley Jamie and Taizen and family, It was a pleasure to meet all of you and share such significant eventsin your lives... the birth of Taizen and your amazing accomplishments in Rehab. You are a miraculous inspiration and influence to people around the world. Sorry I missed you home-going day and hope that you have settled in to a comfortable routine. I hope the spasms have subsided. I think of you every time I walk by room 47. My prayers and best wishes always,jan
Thinking about you....sending you love and strenght from Switzerland
Hi Kinsley and JamieI have been following the story of Kinsley since the day I seen this happen and I am so extatic to see and read that Kinsley is getting feeling back slowly but shirley... I am glad that you can keep a smile and go about your days with such a strong possitive attitude. When my day gets bad, I think of how much worse it could be and just smile and press on thanks to both of your great attitude. Keep up the amazing job.
Kinsley,I have been away from South Padre Island and kiteboarding since May, so I was unaware of your accident until a couple of days ago. My wife and I (I got married this summer!) hope and pray for your speedy recovery, and wish you all the best.These things happen for a reason, sometimes it's hard to know why, but they make us stronger. I got buried in an avalanche backcountry skiing several years ago and I thought I was dead for 20 minutes. The entire course of my life was altered by the experience, all for the better.So, I look forward to seeing you healthy and strong again. And congratulations on the birth of your son. Life is a mysterious, confusing and wonderful journey.All the best, Chase & Shannon Stewart
Not sure you guys still read this blog....if you do..just wanted to let you know you are in my thoughts and my heart.
Hey buddy,Just back from Maui Kiting and Diving - you have a lot of friends over there and they are all pumped about your improvement. I would love to have you both out next year at my place.Now back in SB - Diana & I will be out to run you though some PT this month!Kip Lytel
Thinking about you guys...Loads of loveXXXXX
hello all my friends
a big huge thank you for writing on this blog. I love reading them. Jamie and I and Taizen are deeply appreciated the love, support, and prayers that you and your family have sent to us.
Currently we are moving forward strongly: I have been training with Larry my personal trainer every day on the standup machine. I could probably stand up more than 35 min. but limited myself to do 30 min. standing up and work out the rest of the session on my arms. I am now can use my computer with the help of Dragon naturally speaking software and mouth control mouse.
Again we are deeply appreciate your love and support and prayers
love and hugs from Kinsley, Jamie, and Taizen
....thinking about you every single day...keep on showing us what an amazing human being is made of....
Loads and loads and loads of love to all three of you
a big huge Thank you for your support, love, and prayers. I love reading this blog. Jamie and I read it every week when we were at the hospital rehab in Santa Clara.
please keep them coming as I will be reading this every week.
Much love to all my friends.
Kinsley, Jamie and Little T
The impermanence and fragility of this precious life showed up today when you emailed me and mentioned your accident . It was great to hear from you regardless of your state.
I remember just about 10 years ago, flying off a mountain in California when I met you , crazy dude he was, but man alive you were and are. Back then kitesurfing was just taking off. I hardly cared to get into another thing and blew it off even with all your insisting. However, because of you and your great friendship and generosity , we had some good times , and you were my best teacher. I have been many places around the world kitesurfing and the times I got to kite with you and your friends have been the best. I remember the sky high airs we did on the original C kites, of course I hardly knew what I was doing, but you elevate us all.
I look forward to see you soon, and I hope I get to , as life is always changing and we never know what will happen. Its clear that you have made an impact on many people, and I am glad I got to hang out with you even a little. Seeing you grow and get married, and have a little one is so cool. Do we get to call him baby Kong?
With Gratitude and Love,
Thinking about you guys....today planted a bunch of flowers and decided to plant couple for you....miss you...
Sending tons of love your way
Hi there! So happy to hear /watch the great progress Kinsley is having! I think of the 3 of you frequently - take care and I will be checking in on you via your website.
Wish I could be with you guys on the 15th.....but I will be thinking about you and sending you lots of love.
Loads of blessings
Glad to see your progress! you are very strong.
I have been out of the state for about 10 months returning next month. Love to see you and help if I can.
Keep the spirts up bro
Loads of love to you guys
I like this topic! Great!
Well....not sure you guys still read those posts but was thinking about you and wanted to send you all my love.....
Your blog is very inspiring, I just love it.
Kipley J. Lytel