Thanks to the vision and undeniable adrenaline of one man, Xiamen, a coastal city in Fujian province, has become a hub for Chinese kiteboarders. After learning to kiteboard in Vietnam, Shanghai native Han Lu is one of the first kiteboarders to bring his expertise to the mainland.

What I like most about kiteboarding is the speed. It's intense. You can go faster than 30 kilometers per hour on a good wind.-- Jiao Xu, Chinese kiteboarder

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At his beach-side Xiamen Kiteboarding Center, Han says he has certified more than 200 new kiteboarders. He claims he can teach anyone to kiteboard in just five to 10 hours.

"Xiamen is a perfect location for kiteboarding," Han explains. "It has a wide sandy beach, windy conditions, and tropical weather. But even with all this, kiteboarding is