Four of my local surf buddies have gotten into kite boarding. There's very little stress on the arms and shoulders due to the chest harness hookup. Hands, arms, shoulders are free to control the kite lines. Now they embrace, not curse, the wind! I never made it to "famous obscure" status. Just plain "anonymously obscure" was all the status I ever achieved. Probably due to my bad attitude. A news crew showed up with a camera to do a story on the surfing here one year back in the late 80's, and I told them we didn't want any publicity, and to go back to Seattle. They included a very brief clip of me (anonymously) wiping out in the footage they showed on TV.