Kite-surf legend drills Dragons squad

Former South Coast surfer Ben Wilson took the St George Illawarra squad out of their comfort zone chasing the waves while kite-surfing in wild weather in Wollongong yesterday.

The passionate Dragons fan, originally from Merimbula, had fun putting some of the club's stars through a crash course.

"My dad's a massive Dragons fan so he's stoked," Wilson said.

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"I've grown up down here so it's a great excuse to get back."

After five years spreading the kite-surfing gospel, Wilson secured the best advertisement for the sport in a little over 30 seconds at Cloudbreak in Fiji.

Wilson, the first man to use a traditional surfboard in harmony with a kite, rode the biggest wave ever surfed with a kite in conditions he had chased for the best part of a decade.

"It was around 35 feet - it was probably one of the most exhilarating moments of my career," Wilson said.

"It was big milestone for me, not just because of the size of the waves on that day but because I'd been waiting for conditions to come together like that for about five years.

"If you can imagine waiting that long for it to actually happen, when it did was the best feeling.

"I've been supported by Jeep now, who've really helped me bring kite-surfing to the mainstream and a lot it has to do with that wave in Fiji."

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