Kiteboarder, filmmaker and Old Stopfordian James Boulding (OS 2003) returned to school to speak to pupils about his exhilarating lifestyle during a careers talk with a difference.
James – who was a regular on our outdoor pursuits trips while at school – came back to Stockport Grammar to talk about his unusual career path, which started by flying a kite in Lyme Park and has resulted in him both starring and making stunning videos like this:
Maths and English
As well as showing pupils his kiting equipment, James explained that it wasn’t just the outdoor activities at Stockport Grammar that have helped him get where he is today. Maths, which he studied at Newcastle University, helps James work out wind directions as he tries new moves, while his English skills mean he’s been able to develop his career away from the water by writing for magazines about the sport.
Despite becoming one of the world’s biggest names in kiteboarding, it is James’s film-making that helps him make a living. The videos he films and edits for kite manufacturers and sponsors receive hundreds of thousands of views online and helped prove to pupils that their subjects and extracurricular activities can take them in all sorts of different directions.