Valley VCs and entrepreneurs have long mixed their sports and networking, just like other business executives. A large swath of Silicon Valley executives lean toward weekend bike-a-thons or days at the links, but a subset of the culture is drawn more toward risky sports like extreme skiing and windsurfing. Some in the industry say kiteboarding (and its cousin, snow kiting) are resonant of a faster-paced Web 2.0 tech environment.
"This sport attracts a certain early-adopter type with a bundle of energy and a lot of confidence. That personality set just happens to overlap with what makes a technology entrepreneur what they are," Tai said.
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