Arcus Iris spent a week in the Dominican kite surfing and paddle boarding with Chris Smits and Marty Smits -the statuesque celebrity fitness trainers and former olympic athletes known as the Smits Brothers. Canada’s famed fashion photographer Richard Sibbald was down as well shooting Chris Smits for a cover of a kite surf magazine. We soaked up a ton of sun paddle boarding through our dear friend, and paddle board pioneer, Maui John’s private lagoon. He has actually built his home out of salvaged sections from shipwrecked yachts off of the reef!! He happens to be one of only a handful of dudes on the planet who can pull off such a feat! Hence why he gets to keep his loot – the original pirate lives on! Did I mention he has a spiral staircase from one of these yacht missions, oh and he lives completely off the land and runs the most epic surf school in Cabarete! If you are ever down there, you really need to call up Maui John. Tell him we sent you!
Chris and Marty Smits eating their hard boiled eggs before their daily rituals with the waves.
Maui John, Chris Smits, and Glen Goodwin (World kite surf champion) in Arcus Iris. – Photos by Richard Sibbald.